Writing from a subjective POV

Jan 21, 2011 by

The single most devastating note I could ever hear on one of my scripts (if readers were brutally honest enough to say it), would be,...

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THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

Dec 20, 2010 by

As I watched this very enjoyable movie recently, I found myself trying to identify the main character, central story problem, and...

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SAVE THE CAT genres

Nov 26, 2010 by

Ever since an established producer recommended I read  Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat, I’ve found it to be an essential...

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Writing miniseries on spec

Oct 25, 2010 by

In my script consulting work, I often meet screenwriters who are hoping to get into the marketplace with an idea for a potential...

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MODERN FAMILY: 4 stories in 3 ...

Oct 15, 2010 by

I found this week’s MODERN FAMILY (“Strangers on a Treadmill”) to be a good example of how bare bones a...

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Jul 20, 2010 by

To me, this is a great example of taking appealing source material that doesn’t specifically meet the usual story structure...

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WGA guide to Television Writin...

May 27, 2010 by

In my coaching and script consulting, I help a lot of writers with original series ideas: evaluating concepts, reading pilots, and...

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Passion. Openness. Persistence...

Apr 24, 2010 by

I guess I’ve become a fan of acronyms. First, it was “CURE”: what I think we as writers should aim for with every...

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Blake Snyder’s “5-...

Mar 24, 2010 by

For those of you who use the Blake Snyder Beat Sheet (which I highly recommend, and use in my script consulting), I recently came...

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“The Blind Side”

Feb 22, 2010 by

I loved the book, as well as Michael Lewis’ other book MONEYBALL, and was surprised and interested to see that a movie version...

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Main characters and DRAMATICA

Nov 25, 2009 by

One issue I commonly find in scripts I read is a lack of clarity on whose emotional point-of-view the story is being told through.  I...

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Loglines and SAVE THE CAT

Oct 29, 2009 by

Most story (and series) ideas fail at the level of concept.   Sad, but true.  I’ve learned this the hard way.  Of course,...

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