Author: Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig

Chuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game designer. He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with wife, dog, and newborn progeny. He’s the author of upcoming novels DOUBLE DEAD and BLACKBIRDS and author of e-books CONFESSIONS OF A FREELANCE PENMONKEY and IRREGULAR CREATURES. He is a fellow of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Lab, and has a film in development with director/co-writer Lance Weiler and producers Ted Hope and Anne Carey.


Posts by Chuck Wendig:

10 Things You Should Know About Writing A Screenplay

10 Things About Writing A Screenplay


1. Just A Blueprint A novel is a finished product. A film is a finished product. A screenplay is just a blueprint. It’s just a template. You’re creating the possibility of a film, not the final product. Let that free you. 2. Writing To Be Read Before Writing To Be Seen A script has to read well…

Five Ways To Tighten Your Script’s Mushy Middle

Five Ways To Tighten Your Script’s Mushy Middle


  There sits your script. In the recliner. Feet up. Mouth open. His gut pooches out past the sweat-stained wife-beater. Bulging at the fabric. Flopping over the arm-rests. Pale as a cave-cricket. Sweaty, too, exuding the smell of hoagie oil. It’s time to talk about the fatty, smooshy, mushy, gushy, blobby middle of your screenplay….

Photo by Michael Coté

Three Questions To Ask Before You Start Your Script


You’re on the cusp of two words: FADE IN. There before you lays the trackless wasteland that is the first blank page of Final Draft. It’s empty. Waiting for you to step across its tabula rasa snowscape, leaving footprints that look like words, words that form into a script, a script that will go forth…

Latest Tweets

Stay Informed

Click here to register with Focal Press to receive updates.

about MasteringFilm

MasteringFilm, powered by bestselling Routledge authors and industry experts, features tips, advice, articles, video tutorials, interviews, and other resources for aspiring and current filmmakers. No matter what your filmmaking interest is, including directing, screenwriting, postproduction, cinematography, producing, or the film business, MasteringFilm has you covered. You’ll learn from professionals at the forefront of filmmaking, allowing you to take your skills to the next level.