Screenwriter & Consultant David Trottier

Guest Post: Screenwriter & Author David Trottier’s Favorite Flubs

My Favorite Flubs
~by Dave Trottier

I’ve read a gazillion screenplays over the past several years, and the following are my ten favorite clichés and glaring goofs. Avoid these flubs in your screenplay or handle them in a creative way.

Screenwriter Terry Rossio

Guest Post: Screenwriter Terry Rossio: Ten Things TO DO When You Get Your First Writing Deal

Ten Things TO DO When You Get Your First Writing Deal
~by Terry Rossio

1. Immediately try to leverage it into another deal. Ask the people you are working with if there is something else they need done. See if the deal can lead to an agent. If you have an agent, see if the agent can set up meetings on the basis of this deal. Projects can drift away quickly, the trick is to sustain a career. You may need to work on 10 projects to get one produced.

The Wishing Well

What Not To Do – When You Get Your First Writing Deal


1. Don’t spend the money before the check arrives.
People writing those checks are collecting interest
they are not in a hurry to cut your check.

2. Don’t spend money before the check clears.
Checks don’t always clear.

It's the Concept, Stupid

It’s The Concept, Stupid

“Most aspiring screenwriters simply don’t spend enough time choosing their concept. It’s by far the most common mistake I see in spec scripts. The writer has lost the race right from the gate. Months — sometimes years — are lost trying to elevate a film idea that by its nature probably had no hope of ever becoming a movie.”

~Terry Rossio [Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Mask of Zoro]