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  • Defense Tactics for Your Story

    Writing your story is one thing. Getting your story to the professional--that's the money making--level is another. Here you will find guidelines and tips to make your story submission ready.

@TheScriptLab tweeted: “Quiet People Have the Loudest Minds.” -@StephenKing #Writing

Popular in your network The Script Lab @TheScriptLab "Quiet People Have the Loudest Minds." -@StephenKing #Writing pic.twitter.com/6MeO5dfOQ3 View on Twitter The Fault in Our Stars John Green & Shailene Woodley Reunite: Rule Breakers Hollywood Reporter is tweeting about this. Vulture @vulture From @TheSimpsons to @shondarhimes, these were the 4 most successful TV strategies of 2014: … Continue reading

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Final Draft retweeted a photo from Hollywood Reporter on Twitter!

Margie Walker, Here’s a photo that was just shared on Twitter. Go to Twitter Final Draft retweeted

The Writer’s Mind

Writers think even when they can’t be writing. It’s been an eventful sabbatical: surgery, recovery, two moves and a permanent home, at last. Writing projects took a back seat but I never stopped thinking about them. Thank you to all the loyal followers who stayed with me with tweets, comments and visits to the Facebook page. … Continue reading

Sabbatical for this Blog

Dear friends, In July two life-changing events occurred. I was diagnosed with breast cancer and my vehicle was hit by someone racing through a red light in a truck. My Volvo S 80 saved my life. But my sternum was severely bruised which curtailed activity for a number of weeks. In addition, I was diagnosed … Continue reading

Write in increments: tackle parts of the whole

The outline is the key to writing your story. I am currently working on a script with a co-writer. Since we both know the outline we can plug in scenes no matter where in the story. We are building the story scene by scene but not necessarily written in sequence. Each increment we write adds … Continue reading

What makes a character strong?

When I say strong, I mean a character who grabs your attention during the story and is memorable afterwards.  He or she may or may not have a strong “character.” Think of your five favorite films. Take a look at the character who leads the story. What does he do? Why do you care? Examine … Continue reading

Plot templates and devices, Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

You’ve seen them— the books, lists, articles—that enumerate plots. The betrayed lover, coming of age, the quest, the hero’s journey, etc. There’s nothing wrong with them—as tools. Any reader can tell you they can spot a “plot template.” The story plods, the turns are predictable. The reader puts down the script and picks up the … Continue reading

Two Exercises to help with Dialogue

  If you read scripts by other writers, you will often find the same flaws that industry readers find. One of the shortcomings is flat dialogue. Boring dialogue is one of a script’s elements that will stop a reader. He’ll put down the script, possibly never to pick it up again. Two exercises of writing … Continue reading

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