Stupid Writer Tricks - The meeting from Hell and how I blew six figures by (gasp) telling the truth
You're a Genius! - The most damaging lie told in Hollywood on a regular basis
Why an acting class might be the best screenwriting class you can take
How to become a good screenwriterFirst and foremost:"Ho ho," you're thinking, "that Dan . . . what a card! What a goof!"
Stop writing screenplays.
Start reading poetry;
Read more poetry;
Lots of poetry;
Work at a series of meaningless jobs;
Get betrayed by someone you cherish;
Watch THE SEVEN SAMURAI without reading the subtitles;
Pray for forgiveness. Mean it;
Read your poetry out loud to an unappreciative audience;
Help someone for no reason;
Well, here's the ugliest truth of all--I'm perfectly serious. There is not even a trace of a smile on my lips as I write this. Nobody wants to read a movie about a movie written by somebody who's only seen movies.
(thanks to Raymond for originally finding/linking Knauf's excellent essays.)