Pro Tips on Scripts

There were some interesting tips today at the Austin Film Festival session on “Writing a Script That Will Stick.” Black List creator Franklin Leonard moderated, interviewing several industry pros.  He asked each panelist to elaborate on what they look for in a script and what catches their attention. Sharing their expertise were panelists Matthew Gross […]

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Throw Out the Buttons

It happened to me after my youngest daughter came into our lives.  A re-awakening of sorts.  Up until then, I was pretty good at maintaining my façade of perfection.  Some might argue with this, but I felt like things were pretty darn orderly and organized with two kids around.  I initially expected the status-quo to […]

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Notes and Rewrites

Thanks to my local screenwriting group, I recently had the privilege to sit through a table read for my comedy screenplay.  It was an incredibly useful experience.  I got some extremely helpful feedback.  A lot of the recommendations were things I would have told myself – if I were coming to the screenplay fresh as […]

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Traveling Solo

Usually I travel with three kids in tow. But a few days ago, I ventured alone for the funeral of a close family member. In many ways, it was a melancholy, introspective sort of trip. However, the silver lining for me was being on my own. Unaccompanied, I found many moments to observe and study […]

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Comedy Timing and James Burrows

I heard an interesting NPR interview in the car this morning, Making A Comedy Pilot? You Might Want To Call James Burrows by Neda Ulaby. The new CBS sitcom which James Burrows directs, Partners, airs tonight.  But Burrows is a veteran of sitcom writing and directing.  He has directed more than 50 pilots, including Cheers, […]

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Critically Acclaimed!

The Reviews Keep Rolling In… “I heard she was a writer, or something.” -a friend “She certainly spends a lot of time on the computer.”- her husband “Well, she got the format right.”- a fellow screenwriter

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What Have We Got Here?

I’ve been looking over someone’s screenplay for ideas on how to re-work it.  As I was tossing around concepts, I began to realize that the simplest solution would be the best.  Simplest is usually best, right? My dinner plans this evening brought this home to me again.  It’s a Sunday night, and I always seem […]

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Prep: Pen, Please

Writing Prep: I’m doing that right now for one of my projects, so this discussion on Go Into the Story was apropos for me.  I mentioned this recently – how I tend to do a lot of work in my head and in the form of tiny notes.  It seems like for me, too much […]

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Starting with Characters

So, as mentioned in my previous post, authors often state how important they feel it is to develop characters before ever starting to write.  A scriptquack article says, “It should be impossible to know anything substantial about your story before you’ve defined the character that will be driving it.” I have been playing around with […]

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Tips from Other Writers

I saw an interesting article in The Atlantic by Romy Oltusky.  He gathered advice from some of the most prolific (and speedy) authors.  Here are a few gems I thought were especially useful. Pulitzer nominee Joyce Carol Oates starts by creating character and setting (which she also considers to be a character).  She gives her […]

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