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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Creating TV series ideas on sp...

Oct 7, 2009 by

Here’s something that comes up a lot when I work with writers who have original series ideas, and spend time mapping out...

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What makes a great idea

Oct 2, 2009 by

To my mind, there are four things a concept has to have for it to really work. The first is, it has to be COMPELLING.  By that I mean...

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Twenty minutes a day

Sep 9, 2009 by

Even when your full-time “day job” is working on a writing project (as it is for me), chances are there’s something...

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Paying tribute to Blake Snyder

Aug 7, 2009 by

I never met the man in person, but ever since a producer turned me on to SAVE THE CAT a couple years ago, it has been my most-quoted...

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Having faith

Jun 25, 2009 by

I’ve been working on my primary current project, now, for nine months. That might not seem like such a long time, until you...

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"Talent" is overrate...

May 29, 2009 by

Because screenwriting is such a competitive field, and a “tournament profession,” where there are a very limited number...

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Why I pursued a writing career

Dec 30, 2008 by

I realize now, after about ten years making my living as a Los Angeles-based screenwriter, that there is really only one kind of...

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