Articles:

 

Learning is at the heart of good writing – a willingness to constantly learn is one of the key attributes that will help you to elevate your writing.

 

In addition to writing and re-writing scripts, I also teach screenwriting at college level, and write regularly on the subject.  The following are links to a number of articles I have written, divided by subject area:

 

 

Structure:

 

The First Page - The Most Important Part Of Your Script

 

The First Act - How To Start Your Script

 

The Second Act - The Heart of Your Story

 

The Third Act - How to End Your Screenplay

 

Why Screenwriters Should Love Genre

 

Low Budget Scriptwriting Tips

 

Script Outlines - Do You Need Them?

 

Great Endings: How To End Your Script

 

 

Problem Solving:

 

Common Story Problems That Will Sink Your Screenplay - Part 1

 

Common Story Problems That Will Sink Your Screenplay - Part 2

 

 

Characters:

 

My Hero Needs a Problem! Inner and Outer Conflicts

 

Villains: The Hero of Their Own Story?

 

Developing Great Characters By Learning From The Pros

 

Essential Traits for Your Antagonist

 

Why Should I Care? Building a Better Hero to Engage Your Audience

 

Creating Great Characters for Your Screenplay

 

 

Creativity:

 

Four Key Habits For Successful Screenwriters

 

How To Find Great Ideas For Screenplays

 

More Great Ideas For Screenplays

 

Developing Screenplay Ideas: An Assignment To Unlock Your Creative Powers

 

Screenwriting Tips: Keeping an Ideas File

 

How to Beat Writer's Block

 

The Hero's Journey - Screenwriting Structure Explained

 

Non-Chronological Scriptwriting

 

 

Marketing:

 

Writing Great Loglines

 

Writing Great Treatments

 

Developing Skills:

 

How to Make Voice-Overs Work

 

Practice Makes Perfect: Screenwriting Assignments To Improve Your Writing

 

Watch And Learn: Finding Story Beats In Successful Movies

 

Four Great Ways to Write a Scene

 

The Art of the Screenplay Re-Write

 

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"I have worked with Don on three scripts over the past 18 months, and I am looking forward to an ongoing working relationship.

Creatively, he is highly imaginative, capable of utilising both his own ideas and incorporating those of others to their maximum potential. Don is very hard-working - he works fast, but cares - which means that it becomes very energising for those he works with.

Tough deadlines are a challenge rather than a problem, so if time is of the essence, Don is the ideal person to have on your team."


 PR, Copenhagen
  

Don is by far the fastest scribe I've had the pleasure of working with. In fact, I am puzzled by how high the quality is; you would think it would suffer accordingly.

 

Don is always just an email away, and didn't hesitate to open up his phone lines despite us being in two different countries. Note that he insisted on picking up the bill every time, which I thought was class.

 

Don's educational background, with a Masters in Screenwriting, plus his global travels and experiences, all come through and result in rich, pointed prose. Highly recommended.

Rhys Trenhaile, Writer/Producer/Actor, Probity Productions Inc., Canada.