Learning is at the heart of good writing – a willingness to constantly learn is one of the key attributes that will help you to elevate your writing.


In addition to writing and re-writing scripts, I also teach screenwriting at college level, and write regularly on the subject.  The following are links to a number of articles I have written, divided by subject area:





The First Page - The Most Important Part Of Your Script


The First Act - How To Start Your Script


The Second Act - The Heart of Your Story


The Third Act - How to End Your Screenplay


Why Screenwriters Should Love Genre


Low Budget Scriptwriting Tips


Script Outlines - Do You Need Them?


Great Endings: How To End Your Script



Problem Solving:


Common Story Problems That Will Sink Your Screenplay - Part 1


Common Story Problems That Will Sink Your Screenplay - Part 2





My Hero Needs a Problem! Inner and Outer Conflicts


Villains: The Hero of Their Own Story?


Developing Great Characters By Learning From The Pros


Essential Traits for Your Antagonist


Why Should I Care? Building a Better Hero to Engage Your Audience


Creating Great Characters for Your Screenplay





Four Key Habits For Successful Screenwriters


How To Find Great Ideas For Screenplays


More Great Ideas For Screenplays


Developing Screenplay Ideas: An Assignment To Unlock Your Creative Powers


Screenwriting Tips: Keeping an Ideas File


How to Beat Writer's Block


The Hero's Journey - Screenwriting Structure Explained


Non-Chronological Scriptwriting





Writing Great Loglines


Writing Great Treatments


Developing Skills:


How to Make Voice-Overs Work


Practice Makes Perfect: Screenwriting Assignments To Improve Your Writing


Watch And Learn: Finding Story Beats In Successful Movies


Four Great Ways to Write a Scene


The Art of the Screenplay Re-Write


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"I have worked with Don on three scripts over the past 18 months, and I am looking forward to an ongoing working relationship.

Creatively, he is highly imaginative, capable of utilising both his own ideas and incorporating those of others to their maximum potential. Don is very hard-working - he works fast, but cares - which means that it becomes very energising for those he works with.

Tough deadlines are a challenge rather than a problem, so if time is of the essence, Don is the ideal person to have on your team."

 PR, Copenhagen

Don is by far the fastest scribe I've had the pleasure of working with. In fact, I am puzzled by how high the quality is; you would think it would suffer accordingly.


Don is always just an email away, and didn't hesitate to open up his phone lines despite us being in two different countries. Note that he insisted on picking up the bill every time, which I thought was class.


Don's educational background, with a Masters in Screenwriting, plus his global travels and experiences, all come through and result in rich, pointed prose. Highly recommended.

Rhys Trenhaile, Writer/Producer/Actor, Probity Productions Inc., Canada.