I came across this article in Variety on “first time” scriptwriters that I think you’ll find interesting. It goes through many screenwriters’ experiences with writing their first produced screenplay. What I find most informative is the variety of approaches and how all these writers have come to screenwriting from different places. And it shows how the writing process is truly an individual thing–something that every writer ultimately has to figure out for him or herself.
And today Variety ran this article on screenwriters working on projects with star actors. As you’ll see this can be a risky business. Some good tips on what to avoid among other things.