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Deciding What to Write Next

If you ask for opinions on your writing, you’re likely to get them—both the good, and the constructive. Notes and feedback are part of the creative process. In fact, they are mandatory once you have your very first draft of your script. Without an “a...

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Make Your Character the worst Person for the Job

If you read my last column, you may recall that impossible pairings are one of the ways I suggest injecting your Authentic Lens—the way you see the world that nobody else does—into an existing script. Another way to think of impossible pairings is:

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Four Ways to Inject Your DNA Into Your Script

William Goldman famously said, “Nobody knows anything. Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what's going to work.”

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The Screenwriter's Coach: Clarity is the Secret to Success

Admit it, you already hate me after reading that headline. How dare I limit you to being and talking about only one thing?!  If five-years-ago-me had read that headline, I would have punched it. I thought that the more willing I was to write and be a...

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The Screenwriters Coach: Making Your Script a Thing That Exists in the World

Who would you rather hire to write the biopic of your life—a screenwriter with a great sample, or a screenwriter with a great sample who believed in it so much, they went out and made it? Or a trailer for it! Or a short of it! Or a dedicated Instagra...

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The Screenwriters Coach: Networking

Screenwriters hate networking. And now we’re talking about strategic networking? That’s even worse! Networking is selling your soul, sucking up, laughing at bad jokes… Being strategic about it makes you even more of a %&*#.

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The Screenwriter's Coach: Treat Screenwriting Like a Startup Business

My first job out of school was at a tech startup. I was employee #3 and my duties ranged from taking out the trash, ordering lunch, and answering emails on behalf of a robot character, to interviewing CEO candidates and appearing on CNN news. That’s ...

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The Screenwriter's Coach: I'm Working Hard and Have the Talent! What Am I Doing Wrong?

It sucks to work hard, confident you have the talent, but not have any “proof” to back it up (a sale, a job, reps, your definition of success….) You know you’re working, you also know whatever you’re doing is NOT working, so you start questioning you...

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