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Mar 25, 2014

John and Craig talk Lab Rats, multi-cam, and what scenes might mean in their imaginary screenplay format. Craig clarifies what "spec writing" is, and when it’s permitted, both legally and ethically.


Then they dive in for another round of the Three Page Challenge, with entries ranging from second-grade bullies to...

Mar 18, 2014

John and Craig discuss how you create a fictional universe for your story, and the limits of how much can fit on the page. From location to language to wardrobe, choosing which details to make explicit is a crucial early decision. Too little detail and the reader doesn’t know how your story is special; too much detail...

Mar 11, 2014

John has questions about the questions Craig answered on his Reddit AMA, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg as we answer six great listener questions:


  • What’s the deal with the “mystery insider” Twitter accounts?
  • Can a screenwriter use the n-word?
  • If we had to start from scratch, what would we do?
  • What did...

Mar 4, 2014

John and Craig pay their respects to Harold Ramis with an episode devoted entirely to Groundhog Day.


Ramis and co-writer Danny Rubin fashioned a deceptively simple story that upended expectations and essentially created a new genre of supernatural predicament comedies. Often imitated but never surpassed, Groundhog Day...