Big Mistake Screenwriters Make With Their First Screenplay by Shannan E. Johnson

Film Courage: Everyone can write, but is everyone a writer?

Writer/Instructor and Script Consultant Shannan E. Johnson (The Professional Pen): Great question! Everyone can write and everyone can bea writer. But I think the bigger question is what part of the creative process are you trying to be a part of? And a lot of people don’t know that there are so many other ways of being a part of the creative process in this particular industry that you don’t have to be a writer.

So I think because of the lack of knowledge people know there is a director, they know there is a writer, they know there is a producer. Some people might not think past those three things, right?…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).






About Shannan:

After grad school I became a junior creative executive at NBCUniversal at the Syfy Channel. I was there for the rebrand. Remember Sci Fi? Yeah, not really. Anywho, it was my job to help writers and producers take their ideas from pitch to production. I co-exec’d on Alphas, Being Human, Haven, Sanctuary, Warehouse 13, and more Syfy dramedies. This is how I honed my skill in all stages of the screenwriting process…(read more here).

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