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The Script Whisperer

The Script Whisperer

By Ben Scharf
A motivational and inspirational podcast about the challenges of being a writer and how to achieve your goals and master your craft of storytelling.
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Episode 13 - My best kept secret

The Script Whisperer

Episode 13 - My best kept secret

The Script Whisperer

Screenwriting Competitions, Notes and Rewriting. feat. Jenny Frankfurt
If you are a writer wanting to break in, this episode is a MUST. Find out what screenwriting competitions can do for you and what the number one thing is that you need to master in order to build your career as a screenwriter. Jenny Frankfurt is the founder of Finish Line Script Competition, one of the few competitions where every writer wins. How so, you may ask, well just listen and find out. You can find all the infos about the competition here: And you can reach out to Jenny via Twitter @finsihlinescrip or Instagram @finsihlinescriptcomp
January 15, 2021
Everything comes to an end
This year has changed me so fundamentally that I decided to change my professional life in a major way to. Listen to the episode to find out how... I recap this year, the ups and down, what I learned and how much it changed me. And I give a peak into what the new year brings for me. It’s going to be a major shift in my life.
December 31, 2020
The bones and glitter of producing your own independent feature (feat. Erin Granat)
This episode is all about taking the leap of faith and committing to the most scary thing you can do as an Independent filmmaker: Producing your own feature film. Join us as Erin and I discuss everything from the first spark of an idea to the finished movie and what each step meant to her professionally and emotionally. Follow Erin on her journey: IG @justeringranat @moon_manor_movie Website Be part of Erin‘s writing workshop here: Workshop will be held on the 12th, 19th and 26th of January 2021 Listen to the full episode to find out about the DISCOUNT CODE for her workshop.
December 20, 2020
The one and only formula to writing stories - (feat. Steven Bernstein)
Steven Bernstein is an American cinematographer, director, screenwriter and author. In this episode we discuss his approach to writing and chat about Hollywood’s demand for formulaic movies and how this effects the writer and ultimately the art of filmmaking itself. You can find Steven on Instagram @stevenbernsteindirectorwriter and on the web Steven has a movie coming out called „Last Call“ staring John Malkovich, Rhys Ifans, Rodrigo Santoro, Romola Garai. Make sure to keep an eye out for this beauty.
November 5, 2020
Breaking In - From Blacklist to Blumhouse (feat. Stephen Herman)
Breaking In is every writers dream. In this episode Stephen Herman shares his struggles and successes. His latest movie is Black Box and you can watch it on Amazon Prime. Go follow Stephen on Instagram @forwritersonly to get inspired by his journey of becoming a writer and navigating the failures and successes of being a screenwriter.
October 20, 2020
Episode 20 - The Pitfalls of Filmmaking
n this episode Alain Maiki and I discuss the importance of script consulting and what you need to pay attention to as a a filmaker before you start production on your independent movie. Alain is an independent filmaker with 3 Emmys under his belt and two feature films with a third one in development. Alain shares very openly what he wished he paid more attention to with his first two movies and what he thinks could have prevented him from having a lot of headaches in the editing room. You can find him on Instagram @alainmaiki and you can get in touch with me,also through Instagram @dr.sharpwrite. Check out the trailer for UMA here:
October 2, 2020
Episode 19 - Procrastination, Perfectionism and the way out (feat. Mihaela Sl.)
We cover big topics in this one. I promise you, you have never heard me talk so openly about myself and my career and all thanks to the life coach Mihaela who sheds some light on all these topics and how to go about tackling them. You can find her on Instagram @mihaela_sl
September 25, 2020
Episode 18 - Overcoming Self-Doubt
Let‘s get a little philosophical here for a moment and discuss why self-doubt is actually a great asset to have a s writer. Follow me on Instagram @dr.sharpwrite Write on!
September 18, 2020
Episode 17 - Knowing when your script is ready
In this episode I discuss 6 bullet points that ought to help you to figure out whether your script is ready to ship, or not. Follow me on Instagram for daily motivational content and insights on the craft of screenwriting. My handle there is @dr.sharpwrite
September 3, 2020
Episode 16 - Write what you know (featuring Estella Gabriel)
This episode has honesty written all over it. Estella and I talk about grief, writing your heart out, the difference between good scripts and great scripts and the future of moviemaking. You don’t want to miss this episode. Estella Gabriel is an award-winning screenwriter, actress, and the founder of the app called 10 Block. You can connect with her on Instagram @estellagabriel
August 28, 2020
Episode 15 - Development Hell
This episode is me sharing what I do as a script consultant and what it means to prepare yourself for your writing career. This episode is jam packed with tips on how to achieve mental health and live a more balanced live to sustain in this movie business.
August 19, 2020
Episode 14 - How to approach people with power
I share 6 ways to approach those people that can give you a career boost, based on my experiences. Follow me on Instagram my handle there is @dr.sharpwrite
July 29, 2020
Episode 13 - My best kept secret
I‘ll talk about the fear of releasing something I created into the word and you‘ll learn about my best kept secret. Engage with me, share your thoughts with me. You‘ll find me on Instagram @dr.sharpwrite. Share this podcast, leave a review and subscribe to this podcast. Thanks for listening.
July 15, 2020
Episode 12 - To outline, or not to outline, that is the question
I will be looking at what famous writers have to say about outlining, whether they do or don‘t outline at all and I will also share my 2 cents on outline and the way I go about it. Please share this podcast with fellow writers who could benefit from it, leave a review and follow me on instagram, my handle there is @dr.sharpwrite Thanks for listening, tune back in next week.
July 8, 2020
Episode 11- One thing screenwriters do not pay enough attention to
In this episode I talk about a component of your scriptwriting that is sometimes not developed enough. Follow me on Instagram @dr.sharpwrite, leave a comment, share this with fellow writers. Thanks for listening.
July 1, 2020
Episode 10 - Perfectionism
Let‘s talk perfectionism and the devastating effects that it has on your progress as a writer. If you want to reach out find me on Instagram @dr.sharpwrite or write me an email
June 24, 2020
Episode 9 - The odds of getting into a writers‘ room feat. Lauren Glover
In this episode I discuss how to get into a writers‘ room and how a writers‘ room works with Lauren Glover a Showrunner‘s Assistent on LA‘s Finest. You can find her on Instagram @wolfiegoldmine If you want to reach out to me write to me at or find me on Instagram @dr.sharpwrite Thanks for listening.
June 17, 2020
Episode 8 - The movie that wasn‘t meant to be
My most honest episode to date! In this episode I deliver on the promise that I gave you guys a long time ago. But up until this very moment I wasn‘t ready to share this with anyone, because I was to much in pain and also the process of reflecting on wasn’t quite shareable, if you know what I mean. But here it is the episode you all have been waiting for where I tell you why I was about to make a movie last year and why it fell apart.
June 11, 2020
Episode 7 - Can writing be taught featuring Evan Matthews
I‘m discussing this huge topic with my dear friend of mine, writer and director Evan Matthews. Follow him on Instagram @evanbmatthews Make sure to like and subscribe to this podcast to be informed about future episodes. Thank you for listening. You can find me on Instagram @dr.sharpwrite
May 27, 2020
Episode 6 - Why you haven’t sold your screenplay yet
Here’s how to set yourself up for success, in almost everything in life, not just writing.
December 13, 2019
Episode 5 - From being massively overweight and how it affected my writing for the better
In this episode I use a personal struggle to highlight two very important aspects of writing and explain how you can apply this to your own writing and maybe even to your own life.
December 4, 2019
Episode 4 - I quit
My recent struggle and how I managed to carry on.
November 26, 2019
Episode 3 - How to procrastinate effectively
In this episode we’ll look at why you procrastinate and some very practical methods on how to deal with procrastination in order to use it to your advantage.
November 20, 2019
Episode 2 - The character’s WANT is not what you think it is
Through a story example I explain what writers often don’t consider enough when coming up with a story and the protagonist.
November 6, 2019
Intro plus Episode 1
A story of how to understand who you are as a writer and knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Enjoy.
October 29, 2019