Discover Amazing Screenwriting Websites With The Ultimate Guide

May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm

The Screenwriting Spark

HUNDREDS OF SCREENWRITING WEBSITES AWAIT!

As part of The Screenwriting Spark launch, I’ll be showcasing some of the big features the new screenwriting site has to offer thus far.  First up:

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SCREENWRITING WEBSITES

This page is home to hundreds of screenwriting websites, blogs and resources from around the world.  I had a lot of fun researching all of these wonderful sites.  Every entry is given a category so you can find the type of site you’re looking for quickly and easily.

The page itself is separated in alphabetical order but you can also view these sites by category here.

What I love the most about The Ultimate Guide is that it will continue to evolve.  Passionate screenwriters are launching new blogs everyday.  Be sure to submit your site if it’s not part of the guide.

Check out more great features on The Screenwriting Spark here.  Don’t forget to subscribe for email updates on all the latest sparks.

Introducing The Screenwriting Spark!

May 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

The Screenwriting Spark

A NEW WEBSITE FOR SCREENWRITERS IS HERE!

About 6 months ago, I took some time to completely reorganize myself online.  First, I deleted a dozen accounts on various sites I never used.  You’d be surprised how great that feels to be rid of so many user IDs and passwords.  I also eliminated a website I was maintaining but rarely contributed to.

From there I focused on The Athletic Nerd.  My 4 year old blog got a complete makeover with a new theme, an updated logo and new graphics.  Behind the scenes, I deleted tons of outdated posts, updated others and spent a lot of time refocusing the content and my promotional techniques.

It was time for a new project.  For years, I wanted to launch a screenwriting website.  I write about screenwriting on this blog all the time but I didn’t want this new site to be a blog.  I wanted to create a place that would inspire me to write more and in doing so, hopefully, inspire others.

The Screenwriting Spark was born!

The Screenwriting Spark

This new screenwriting website was built around a simple idea: Screenwriters Inspire Screenwriters.

There are so many wonderful writers out there sharing their experiences using websites, blogs and social media. These unique stories are full of insight. I’ve learned so much about myself and my hobby of choice thanks to dedicated people who love screenwriting too!  I decided to collect all of these resources in one place.  (Screenwriting Spark)

The site is home to hundreds of links to amazing screenwriting websites.  Beyond that, it’s also home to blog posts, videos, tips, resources, interviews and much more.

Here’s a quick guide on getting started:

Among the highlights is an exclusive section where screenwriters share why they love writing screenplays, the obstacles they face and what keeps them coming back.  You can add your own story by answering 6 screenwriting questions found here.

The Screenwriting Spark began as a hobby and quickly became a passion of mine.  I had so much fun researching and gathering resources to pull it off.  I’m thrilled with how it turned out and I sincerely hope people enjoy the content there.  Subscribe for all the latest Sparks and happy writing!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SCREENWRITING SPARK!

INSPIRE THE ASPIRING

The Day Before I Launched A Screenwriting Website

May 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

The Day Before I Launched A Screenwriting Website

THE SCREENWRITING SPARK IS HERE BUT WHAT ABOUT MY NEW SCREENPLAY?

Last summer, I challenged myself to put this blog aside and finish a new feature length screenplay.  I did.  It was an amazing experience that ended a year of doubt when it came to screenwriting.  I had spent so long thinking only of shorts I could produce I lost confidence that I could create enough content to fill the pages of a feature.

When I finished that script, I immediately began developing a new screenplay that would become my take on the superhero genre.  Towards the end of 2012, I gathered all my notes and script pages and began writing.  I made it through the first act and ran into a little bit of trouble.

Around this time, I got an idea for a new screenwriting website and decided it would become a hobby project.  I also stopped writing my superhero tale in favor of more development time.  Months passed and I continued working on both project in addition to regular posts on this job.  If there’s one thing my Summer of Screenwriting taught me, it was how to budget my time.  About a month ago, I had a big breakthrough in my screenplay.  It was a wonderfully inspiring moment as I was getting frustrated.  I didn’t know if I would ever crack the story and truly immerse myself in the world.  Thankfully, that wasn’t the case and I couldn’t wait to get started.

However, I was nearly finished building The Screenwriting Spark and I wanted to launch it before diving into a screenplay again.  Today is that day.  It took a while to finish the site but I hope screenwriters will find a creative spark there if they need it.  It certainly sparked my need to get back to writing.

Launch day is finally here.  Yesterday I woke up and my to-do list was empty. Over the last few months, I completely reorganized my online life.  I redesigned and simplified The Athletic Nerd, eliminated some of the creative clutter on my desk and designed a brand new site.  I’m all caught up.

What did I do with my free time before my shift?  I fired up the first act of my superhero screenplay, read it and began a brand new first draft.  I always say I missed screenwriting after a long lay off but that’s just a cop out.  I could have been writing all along.  I know it.  When I first started this screenplay, I thought I would have it finished before 2013 began.  I was wrong but I care more about the story now than I did in the Fall.  That’s more important to me.  Screenwriting is my escape from stress.  An activity that’s just for me.  If I don’t care about a story, it’s tough to keep my mind occupied and I wind up getting stuck.

Creating The Screenwriting Spark was just another challenge but it did the trick.  I created a website I hope will inspire screenwriters.  It certainly inspired me.  I don’t know when I’ll finish my latest screenplay but I’m just taking things one day at a time now.  No pressure.  Just writing.

Check out The Screenwriting Spark and let me know what you think!

Screenwriters! Do Me A Favor?

April 23, 2013 at 11:00 am

Screenwriters! Do Me A Favor?

I’m looking for some help with a new project and if you love screenwriting, it involves you.

Send an email to jason@theathleticnerd.com with the answers to the following questions:

1. How did you discover screenwriting?

2. What inspires your writing?

3. What do you love the most about screenwriting?

4. How do you cure writer’s block?

5. What is your biggest screenwriting weakness and how will you overcome it?

6. Describe your screenwriting experience in ONE word. (Ex: passion, creativity…)

Answers need only be a paragraph or two.

Don’t forget to include your name.  You can also include your website and Twitter page.  They will most definitely be promoted.  Please feel free to pass this along to any passionate screenwriters you know as well!

Top 15 Screenwriting Books That Inspire

April 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

Top 15 Screenwriting Books That Inspire

15. SCREENPLAY

The Foundations of Screenwriting

by Syd Field

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

14. SCREENWRITING UPDATED

by Linda Aronson

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

13. ADVANCED SCREENWRITING

Taking Your Writing to the Academy Award Level

by Linda Seger

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

12. THE 101 HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL SCREENWRITERS

Insider’s Secrets from Hollywood’s Top Writers.

by Karl Iglesias

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

11. LEW HUNTER’S SCREENWRITING 434

The Industry’s Premier Teacher Reveals the Secrets of the Successful Screenplay

by Lew Hunter

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

10. STORY

Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

by Robert McKee

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

9. YOUR SCREENPLAY SUCKS

100 Ways to Make it Great

by William M Akers

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

8. SAVE THE CAT

The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need

by Blake Snyder

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

7. THE SCREENWRITER’S BIBLE

by David Trottier

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

6. POWER SCREENWRITING

The 12 Steps of Story Development

by Michael Chase Walker

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

5. SCREENWRITING FROM THE SOUL

Letters to an Aspiring Screenwriter

by Richard W. Krevolin and Jeff Arch

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

4. ALONE IN A ROOM

by John Scott Lewinski

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

3. CRAFTY SCREENWRITING

Writing Movies That Get Made

by Alex Epstein

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

2. REAL SCREENWRITING

Strategies and Stories from the Trenches

by Ron Suppa

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

Check out my exclusive interview with author Ron Suppa.

1. HOW NOT TO WRITE A SCREENPLAY

101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make

by Denny Martin Flinn

Top 15 Screenwriting Books that inspire

Which screenwriting books inspired you?