ScriptShark Gives My Screenplay a Thumbs-Up

ScriptShark recently gave a CONSIDER to my screenplay, Cooler Than You Think, and promoted it in their monthly Scouting Report. Nice to receive some recognition!

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Honor Thy Character

There’s an interesting lesson for writers in the American Film Institute interview with Dustin Hoffman, where he discusses preparing for his role as Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie. Before production began for Tootsie, screenwriter Murray Schisgal asked Hoffman to imagine, “If you were born a woman, how would you be different?” Hoffman had make-up artists work […]

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Dear Blog

Dear Blog, What’s up? Nothing much with me, thanks for asking. OMG except can you believe it has been one year since we started out together? You remembered, right? I knew you would. This year has been so great. I just had to write and say thanks. So… 1. Thank you, Blog, for keeping me […]

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How Embarrassing

I was reading an article by veteran T.V. writer Sy Rosen in The Writer magazine about how he turned the embarrassments of his youth into story lines. Sy talks most specifically about his episode for The Wonder Years, entitled “The Nose,” in which a high school girl finds confidence and social success despite her large […]

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Child’s Play

If it feels impossible to get those creative juices flowing, it could be you’re dealing with a bad case of adulthood. Psychologist Alison Gopnick has discovered through her research that babies and children are more conscious thinkers than adults. (Hear her TED talk here.) Children, like little scientists, are constantly taking in and analyzing multiple […]

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Editing Overload

I’m rewriting a feature and TV pilot project at the same time, and I must say I’m sick of editing.  I am so ready to move on to a new project. At times, it feels like it would be easier to start from scratch than to repair some of the problems I’ve discovered. Ugh. Griping […]

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Inspired by Larry Wilmore

I was privileged yesterday to attend the Austin Film Festival- sponsored “Conversation with Larry Wilmore.” Larry shared his insights on comedy writing from his well-rounded perspective as a television writer, producer, comedian, actor, and author. The advice that resonated perhaps the most with me was the importance of finding the right delivery system for what […]

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Exposed

As writers, we are artists. Not the kind of artists who perform directly in front of the audience, but artists nonetheless. We are called to expose ourselves through our words. To offer up emotions and events from our lives that we have perhaps kept hidden for many years. Sometimes even from ourselves. It can feel […]

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Show, Don’t Tell; A New Resource

I met with my book club recently. We all consistently liked the plot, the world, the idea of the book we were discussing. But something was missing. The author had failed to guide us into her world with her writing. In the end, there was only one scene that rewarded us with a vivid experience […]

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And… Scene

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a good scene. The improv class I’m taking has been an intense study in scene writing for me.  I get to watch so many scenes unfold and see first-hand what works, what doesn’t, and why. Even more helpful than watching my classmates’ scenes is experiencing the […]

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