Happy 8th Birthday, Go Into The Story!

May 16th, 2016 by

That’s right, Go Into The Story is 8 years old today! I launched the site on May 16, 2008 with this humble post. Since that time, I’ve uploaded over 19,000 entries and the blog has had nearly 10 million unique visits. Talk about penetration in social media, we’ve even made car license plates!

GITS license plate

I’m pressed for time, so won’t get into much in the way of hoopla, but I do want to say this: Thank you.

Thanks to everyone who has supported what goes on here. For each one of the 2,923 consecutive days I have posted on this site, I have tried to do something different and in the blog’s own minor way contribute to the online screenwriting community.

I have made it a point to provide a frank, honest acknowledgement about how tough it is to break into the business as a screenwriter, yet also embrace the fact that it can and does happen. Hell, it happened with me!

So where there are Haters out there, here we about Creators.

I have approached the blog as a kind of one-stop shopping site for screenwriters, TV writers, and writers in general, where you can get the latest in entertainment news and business trends with an eye for what writers care about… where you can come for information and inspiration… and as I always envisioned, over time create a free online educational resource. I think we’ve done that. Check out the archives sometime, literally thousands of helpful posts.

So tomorrow I’ll post for the 2,924th consecutive day (I’ve got my eye on you 3,000!) and hopefully we’ll be around next year to celebrate another birthday.

But again, my thanks to you readers for your contributions to the Daily Dialogue series, the guest posts in the Classic Movies series, the Scene-By-Scene Breakdowns, and tens of thousands of comments uploaded by readers over the years. Oh, and emails. Tons and tons of emails over the years!

Finally a special acknowledgement to Franklin Leonard. If I were to list the many reasons why I’m happy to have started this blog, getting to know Franklin would have to be right up there toward the top of the list. What he and the Black List team are doing is fundamentally disrupting the status quo in Hollywood, opening new avenues into the business for people who would have been shut out only a few years ago. Moreover the Black List puts a much needed spotlight on a grossly underappreciated segment of the filmmaking community: Screenwriters.

So here’s to you, Franklin. I’m glad to have Go Into The Story be a partner with the Black List and for our friendship.

As I am prone to say…


Plug City

June 5th, 2014 by

Have you got one or more of the following:

* A writing blog or website

* A film (short or long) you have been involved with making

* A movie Kickstarter or Indiegogo project

Feel free to plug it here in comments. Be sure to include links.

Also if you’re new to the site or a long-time visitor but have yet to post any comments, I would love for you to introduce yourself.

Special bonus for everyone who responds: A big batch of Creative Juju for you!


As always, thanks for being part of the Go Into The Story community!

Happy 6th Birthday to Go Into The Story!

May 16th, 2014 by

Six years ago today, I launched Go Into The Story with this humble little post. The very first paragraph I wrote was this:

Welcome to Go Into The Story! Right now, it’s nothing but a humble, threadbare blog, but I hope it will evolve into an active resource for aspiring screenwriters, as well as a community for anyone interested in storytelling and the creative life.

Since May 16, 2008:

I have uploaded over 14,500 posts.

I have posted for 2,192 consecutive days.

There have been over 8,000,000 unique visits to the site.

There have been over 14,000,000 page views.

I currently have over 24,800 Twitter followers.

Beyond the numbers, when you get a chance, take a look at the archives:

I asked Franklin Leonard if he would provide a reflection on the 6th birthday of the blog. He was kind enough to send me this and I thank him for it because these words mean a lot to me:

“Simply put: The Black List partnered with Go Into The Story, because I thought it was the best screenwriting blog on the internet. Nowhere will you get more, better information on both the dream and the reality of being a working screenwriter in Hollywood. Scott Myers is the cheerleader who tells you you can do it, the disciplinarian who reminds you the inordinate amount of work that’s necessary to do so, and the philosopher who reminds you why it’s important.”

So as to the blog evolving into “an active resource for aspiring screenwriters, as well as a community for anyone interested in storytelling and the creative life”… I think it’s fair to say: Mission accomplished!

But I’m not done yet. Got a few big ticket items on the horizon, one of which should be exciting for those of you who enjoy my interviews with screenwriters and filmmakers. More on that as things shake out.

One fun thing I thought I’d finally pursue involves two original writing mantras I bring up again and again on the blog. One I came up with myself several years ago:

Watch Movies. Read Scripts. Write Pages.

The other generated by my then almost three year-old son Luke and in many ways an inspiration for this blog:

Go into the story and find the animals.

For years, people have been asking me to do the whole T-shirt and coffee mug thing. I think now is the time to test those waters. So a question for you all: I’m pretty sure folks would like the first mantra, but I wonder if there are enough people out there who would embrace the second one? If not, I’ll probably just go with the Movies, Scripts, Pages mantra. However if there is a flood of requests for the Story, Animals version, I might explore that, too.

My thinking is this would be a limited edition sort of thing, but truthfully I have no idea. If there’s any marketing or sales guru out there with advice, please hit me up via email. Maybe I should be thinking big like the side of the Goodyear blimp…

As I say, there are other more substantial things in the works, but for now, let me just acknowledge each and every one of you for your interest and support over the years. Having been a complete outsider to Hollywood when I sold a spec script to break in, and having virtually zero training in the craft of screenwriting, it’s almost like a default setting for me, to provide daily information and inspiration, an online place where anybody anywhere can come to read an honest, professional perspective about the movie and TV business, no pie-in-the-sky schemes and promises of quick riches, but rather my version of the truth. Combine that with an insatiable curiosity about and passion for Story, a commitment to the craft of screenwriting and those who practice it, plus a healthy dose of whimsy, and that’s pretty much what you get at Go Into The Story.

So thanks, everyone! The GITS community is wonderful. A quick birthday blast of creative juju for each of you!

As I like to say…


Go Into The Story Week In Review: March 10-16, 2014

March 16th, 2014 by

Links to the week’s most notable posts:

Character Introductions: A consistent challenge for screenwriters

Daily Dialogue Theme for Next Week: Standoff

Dispatch from the Front Lines: Nayan Padrai

Great Character: Donnie Azoff (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Great Scene: Apocalypse Now

“How to write a screenplay” is NOT the question you should be asking

Interview (Video): John Gatins

Interview (Written): Lena Dunham

Movies You Made: Capps Crossing

Movies You Made: Cinema Roulette

Movies You Made: Here Comes the Night

Movies You Made: Melting the Snowman

Movies You Made: Yellow Sky

Movies You Made: Tentacle 8

Movies You Made: The Russian

On Writing: Raymond Chandler

Reader Question: How do you sit down and actually do it [i.e., write]?

Reader Question: What are keys to a sparse style of screenwriting?

Screenwriting 101: Ted Tally

Script To Screen: Looper

Spec Script Sale: “Aether”

Spec Script Sale: “Hot Air”

Writing and the Creative Life: 19 Daily Habits of Artists…

Go Into The Story Week In Review: March 2-9, 2014

March 9th, 2014 by

Links to the week’s most notable posts:

Black List announces digital partnership with WIGS

Daily Dialogue Theme for Next Week: Sports Announcer

Dispatch from the Front Lines: Matt Shield

First Hand Reports: Lindsay Doran on “The Psychology of Story-Telling”

Go Into The Story interview: Lisa Joy

Great Character: Dr. Emmett Brown (Back to the Future)

How Does Quentin Tarantino Approach Writing Scenes

Interview (Video): Spike Lee

Interview (Written): Stanley Kubrick

Movies You Made: Annabel Lee

Movies You Made: Blood of Man

Movies You Made: How to Break Up With Your Mother

Movies You Made: Miss Dial

Movies You Made: Protesters

Movies You Made: The Crew

Movies You Made: The Secret

On Writing: Ethan Canin

Reader Question: What do you do if nobody responds to an idea you’re passionate about?

Saturday Hot Links

Screenwriting 101: Nicholas Winding Refn

Screenwriting News (March 3-March 9, 2014)

Script To Screen: The Talented Mr. Ripley

Spec Script Sale: “Pushing Daisy”

Studying Aristotle’s “Poetics” – Part 24: Tragedy and Epic Poem

The Writer Speaks: Billy Wilder (Part 1)

Update: “True Detective” primer

Video: The Hollywood Pitch

Walt Disney Studios and Black List Team to Discover Diverse Writers

Writing and the Creative Life: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Go Into The Story Week In Review: February 24-March 2, 2014

March 2nd, 2014 by

Links to the week’s most notable posts:

2014 WGAW Feature Access Projects Honorees Announced

Billy Wilder with his writing partner I.A.L. Diamond

Character Type: Companion

Character Type: Healer

Character Type: Rebel

Character Type: Visionary

Character Type: Warrior

Daily Dialogue Theme for Next Week: Lecture

Dolby Presents: “Silent” — A Short Film

Great Character: Andy Hanson (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead)

Great Scene: Young Frankenstein

Interview (Video): Scott Z. Burns

Interview (Written): Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Movies You Made: Cleetus Redbone: Apparition Apprehension

Movies You Made: Strangers

On Writing: Nora Ephron

Saturday Hot Links

Screenwriting 101: Leigh Brackett

Screenwriting Lessons: Michael Arndt (Part 1)

Screenwriting Lessons: Michael Arndt (Part 2)

Screenwriting Lessons: Michael Arndt (Part 3)

Screenwriting Lessons: Michael Arndt (Part 4)

Screenwriting Lessons: Michael Arndt (Part 5)

Screenwriting News (February 24-March 2, 2014)

Script To Screen: The Artist

Spec Script Sale: “The Bringing”

Stephen Frye’s 2014 BAFTA Awards final comments

Studying Aristotle’s “Poetics” – Part 23: Unity of Action

“The Gap” by Ira Glass

The Periodic Table of Storytelling

Where do you find inspiration for your writing?

Words of inspiration to first time writers…

Writing and the Creative Life: “The hard is what makes it good”

Go Into The Story Week In Review: February 17-February 23, 2014

February 23rd, 2014 by

Links to the week’s most notable posts:

Are “TV” and “Movies” terms bound for obsolescence?

Character Type: Advocate

Character Type: Angel

Character Type: Destroyer

Character Type: Gambler

Character Type: Rookie

Check out an early outline for The World’s End

Daily Dialogue Theme for Next Week: Agony

Do you start scripts, but not finish them?

Exposition: Do modern audiences want less of it in stories?

Go Into The Story interview: Aaron Guzikowski

Great Character: Lancaster Dodd (The Master)

Great Scene: The Wizard of Oz

Interview (Video): Craig Borten, Bob Nelson, Jeff Pope, John Ridley, Eric Warren Singer

Interview (Written): Ed Neumeier (Robocop)

On Writing: Donald M. Murray

Saturday Hot Links

Screenwriting 101: Michael Werwie

Script To Screen: Hanna

Screenwriting News (February 17-February 23, 2014)

Spec Script Sale: “Eternal”

Studying Aristotle’s “Poetics” – Part 22: Word Choice


The Black List is hiring

“True Detective” primer

Writing and the Creative Life: “Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking”

Go Into The Story Week In Review: February 10-February 16, 2014

February 16th, 2014 by

Links to the week’s most notable posts:

Character Type: Artist

Character Type: Clown

Character Type: Femme Fatale

Character Type: Loner

Character Type: Orphan

Daily Dialogue Theme for Next Week: Surgery

Go Into The Story interview: Ted Hope

Go Into The Story interviews: Women Writers

Great Character: Truman Capote (Capote)

Great Scene: Witness

How good are you at handling exposition

Interview (Video): Akira Kurosawa

Interview (Written): Amy Berg (“Caper”)

On Writing: Natalie Goldberg

Reader Question: Is it okay to pitch a story with an open ending that suggests a sequel

Reader Question: What does it mean to tell a “simple story”

Saturday Hot Links

Screenwriting 101: Steve Coogan

Script To Screen: A Serious Man

Screenwriting News (February 10-February 16, 2014)

Spec Script Sale: “Shadow Run”

Studying Aristotle’s “Poetics” – Parts 20+21: Language and Words

The highest grossing movies produced in each state [map]

“The Layers” by Stanley Kunitz

Writing and the Creative Life: Dark Places

Go Into The Story Week In Review: February 3-February 9, 2014

February 9th, 2014 by

Links to the week’s most notable posts:

Character Type: Addict

Character Type: Bully

Character Type: Innocent

Character Type: Martyr

Character Type: Prostitute

Daily Dialogue Theme for Next Week: Sarcasm

Documentary: “Making of Taxi Driver

Great Character: Father Brendan Flynn (Doubt)

Great Scene: Withnail & I

Interview (Video): Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said)

Interview (Written): Phil Lord and Christopher Moore (The Lego Movie)

Learn the craft!

March is Movies You Made month

On Writing: John Green

Screenwriting 101: Jay Presson Allen

Script To Screen: Before Midnight

Screenwriting News (February 2-February 9, 2014)

Spec Script Sale: “Mena”

Studying Aristotle’s “Poetics” – Part 19: Thought and Diction

TNT & TBS partner with the Black List to tap talented writers

The Business of Screenwriting: I can do that!

The Business of Screenwriting: The phone call

The Business of Screenwriting: Your first big check

The Business of Screenwriting: Someday someone WILL beat you to the punch

The Business of Screenwriting: Get a damn good lawyer

The power of movies

What is the function of a logline

Writing and the Creative Life: Your characters WANT you to tell their story

Go Into The Story Week In Review: January 27-February 2, 2014

February 2nd, 2014 by

Links to the week’s most notable posts:

2013 Spec Script List

2013 Spec Script Sales Analysis: Agents & Managers

2013 Spec Script Sales Analysis: Buyers

2013 Spec Script Sales Analysis: First-Timers

2013 Spec Script Sales Analysis: Genres

2013 Spec Script Sales Analysis: Top Sales

50 Years Ago Today: Dr. Strangelove

Daily Dialogue Theme for Next Week: Pregnancy Announcement

Great Character: Cameron Frye (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

Go Into The Story Interview: Screenwriter-Director Sean Hartofilis (“Beach Pillows”)

Interview (Video): Terence Winter

Interview (Written): Cari Beauchamp on Anita Loos

Leonardo DiCaprio meet Charlie Chaplin

Matthew Hickman: Reflections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival

On Writing: Colum McCann

Script To Screen: Pan’s Labyrinth

So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules’: Part 11 — Flashbacks

So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules’: Part 12 — Voiceover Narration

So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules’: Part 13 — Sympathetic Protagonist

So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules’: Part 14 — Protagonist and Shifting Goals

So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules’: Part 15 — Certain Events by Certain Pages

So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules’: Entire 15 Part Series

Script To Screen: Pan’s Labyrinth

Screenwriting 101: Diablo Cody

Screenwriting News (January 27-February 2, 2014)

Spec Script Sale: “The Forger”

Spec Script Sale: “The Unseen”

Story Summaries: From Loglines to Beat Sheets

Studying Aristotle’s “Poetics” – Part 18(D): Chorus

When a writer snaps…