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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Words

Words to a writer are what notes are to the musician.

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Willie Nelson performs

Master Storyteller

Last night, I enjoyed a wonderful storytelling experience, led by a master storyteller.   Okay, it was actually a concert by performing legend Willie Nelson.  But it felt like a great story.  There was a beginning, middle, and end.  There were surprises and supporting characters.  There were highs and lows.  Each song, though comfortable and familiar […]

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Funny Drama

In honor of Nora Ephron, I was reading the When Harry Met Sally… script and watching the movie.  Gosh, I love that movie; there are so many sensational scenes.  One that really stood out to me in the reading was the scene in which a despondent Harry reveals that his wife Helen is leaving him.  […]

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Ticking Bombs and Success

It hit me!  Right before bed, like always.  (Had to jot it down so I could get to sleep.)  Inspiration for how to make a funny and tense scene even better.  I needed to add more dramatic irony, where the viewer/reader is wise to something before a character is, giving the viewer a superior position.  Like […]

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Short & Snappy

“Economical and evocative.”  Bitter Script Reader said that the ability to be this way is a necessary skill for script writers.  He, along with two other writers/professional script readers (Amanda Pendolino and Nate Winslow)  shared their insights on a twitter chat last night, organized by Scott Myers, of the Go Into the Story blog.  Another […]

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Debating Debate

On my kids’ behalf, I’ve endured quite a few tiresome activities.  Withstood mind-numbing piano lessons, practices, and recitals.   Suffered through back-breaking sporting events (any bleacher = back-breaking).  To name a few.  Now as I develop my characters, I feel I must accept their weird foibles and interests, as if they were my own children. So […]

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Loglines and Smart Dialogue

I was fortunate to attend a wonderful workshop yesterday with Karl Iglesias, sponsored by the Austin Screenwriters Group.  The topic was Writing for Emotional Impact, and he did address some of the topics in his book by the same name, but he spoke on several other topics that had been specified by the group as […]

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Different Strokes

I met with two writer friends last night, and we had a great chat about our current projects.  Plus I indulged in a sinfully delicious dessert – strawberry shortcake, yum.  Anyway, one friend had an interesting tip passed on to her from an accomplished writer.  This wise writer asserts that we all feel the need […]

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Neck Braces Speak for Themselves

My recent research has me watching Spanish Soap Operas, Telenovelas.  Specifically “Un Refugio Para El Amor” (A Shelter for Love).  Even the title is funny.  Love the characters; they are totally over-the-top!  Too bad I can’t understand more of the Spanish.  Ah, but love is the universal language.  And neck braces speak for themselves.

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