From my dear and talented friend Michelle Muldoon.

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(Photo courtesy University of Worcester Screenwriting BA)

I recently spoke with a friend who provides script coverage services to a local agency.  The conversation veered towards the difference between emerging spec writers and the established writers with book value and “street cred”. The gist of the conversation was that experienced writers work on a different set of rules than the emerging writer. Scrutiny is much higher for those not established, and there is very little fudge room for those not already in the produced pipeline.

Here, in no particular order, are some of the most glaring indications that you’re a new writer.


  • Write in an active voice. “John walks to the store” NOT “John is walking to the store.”
  • If you use the word “begins” to describe an action, then that action must be interrupted. Begins implies End. Otherwise refer to point #1; write…

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