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'Ex Machina,' 'The Martian' Win Final Draft Awards

The screenplays for “Ex Machina”and “The Martian” have won the Final Draft Screenwriters Choice Awards as the top scripts written last year.

The winners were announced Thursday night in a ceremony at the Paramount Theatre on the Paramount Pictures Studios lot, hosted for the second year in a row by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. 185 more words


Assignment for 2/11 & 2/12

Today is the culmination of the writing process that we began when we selected the piece of short fiction we wanted to analyze back on… 161 more words


Final Draft Struggles

Last week I blogged about the difficulties I had experienced writing my YA novel The Tree Of Rebels. I was just about to dive into what I hoped would be the final edit of the book, and I was looking back on the struggles I’d had so far. 1,516 more words

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Getting To Know Your Characters

For me, writing is all about the characters. It is the characters who come to me first, with their lives and their problems. I let them set up camp in my head for a bit, try to ignore them while I am busy with other things, and then, inevitably I can’t drown them out and they get the attention they demand. 1,181 more words

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Screenwriting Software Leader Final Draft Bought by Cast and Crew

Production management specialist Cast & Crew Entertainment Services has bought screenwriting software leader Final Draft Inc. for an undisclosed price.

Cast & Crew said the deal, announced Tuesday, continues to accelerate its investment in technology, supported by its majority shareholder Silver Lake Partners. 193 more words


Letting Go

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I’ve had it! Enough is enough! I can’t change one more word! 378 more words