Staying Ahead

Ted Tally (of Silence of the Lambs) has some interesting things to say during the 7/21/12 episode of KLRU’s On Story.  He concludes that today’s audiences are very savvy and sophisticated when it comes to storytelling, and that it is difficult but necessary to stay a little ahead of them.  This is especially true, I […]

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A Light Touch

I was at the park on a recent morning with my toddler.  Always ready for a challenge, she climbed up onto some raised stepping stone play equipment and reached for my hand. Cradling her hand gently in mine, I could feel the surge of power in her small body, as she managed adept little leaps […]

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At the Table

I had the opportunity to participate in another table read this past weekend.  I am amazed how much there is to learn from hearing a script read aloud, even when it’s someone else’s script.  Seeing how the characters come to life (or don’t), hearing whether the dialogue rings true, watching the reactions from others in […]

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The Heart of a Film

I was recently moved by the discussion on the 7-14-12 episode of the KLRU PBS show “On Story.”  Caroline Thompson (of Edward Scissorhands) spoke of how powerful the experience of seeing a movie can be.  She still recalls a film experience from when she was three years old.  I have my own strong memories of […]

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Beginnings

This morning, in between making cheese balls (yum) and playing “Cicada Girl” outside with my 2 1/2-year-old (Man, you had to be there for the cicada close-encounter thing we had!), I squeezed in some snippets of yesterday’s Scriptnotes with John August and Craig Mazin.  Part of their discussion was timely for me, as I was […]

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Endings

Well, I’m working on the second draft of my comedy feature.  I decided to print the whole sheboodle out and take a gander at it. It’s a good feeling to actually hold your writing in your hand and feel the weight of it!  Makes it all feel real. Reading it through the print-out gave me […]

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Friends With the Urinator

“…You’re friends with the urinator!”  Yes. Yes, I am.  Knee-deep in potty training.  They never tell you in the parenting guides just much bodily fluid contact is part of the job description.  I’m not sure people would take this parenting gig if they knew. I have to come to believe that “Pee on the Floor […]

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Save the Cat

I saw an interesting blog post today about the well-known Blake Snyder Save the Cat screenwriting books.  Save the Cat was the very first book on screenwriting I ever read.  I have a soft spot in my heart for it.  Even if it does sum up perhaps too tidily the craft of screenwriting, it was […]

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Emily’s Top 10 “Write Your Ass Off” Rules

1) Write what you don’t know, because who really knows shit?  How about write what you wish you knew, because if you want to know it, maybe so does someone else. 2) Do write about people you know.  Craft characters you either love or love to hate. 3)If you start to worry about your characters […]

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Busy Idleness

I recently came back from a family trip, rested and ready to write.  Vacations always inspire me, even if it is just a family vacation and I am busy doing my usual cooking, cleaning, and caring.  Something about getting away from the usual routine seems to open my mind to new thoughts and ideas.  I […]

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