Happy Friday! Do you like snow? Do you hate snow? How do your characters feel about snow? Have they ever seen it? Do they live in Alaska? Weather is a way into the heart of our characters. Every moment of our lives can be an opportunity to delve into our characters. Borrow from acting techniques and use yourself as the basis of comparison to gain a deeper understanding of your main characters. First, find out how you feel, then compare it with the feelings of your characters. Always write
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Use Scripting to Succeed in Your Writing and Your Life, Part 4
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
7:00 to 8:30 pm EST
Writers have a special reason for using these new self-improvement techniques: words are our medium of expression. We can easily write our way to writing success! For any writers who haven’t taken this workshop before, don’t worry! Just show up! I’ll be reviewing what we’ve learned so far. Thank you to the brave writers who have agreed to take on the challenge for another two weeks!
In this webinar, Part 4, we’ll do an overall review and see what we’ve gained so far. We’ll also revisit the Word of the Day clustering process, and learn how to create a second cluster that will lead us to a tantalizing story idea, and write a two-line synopsis. In the following seminar (3/10/21) we’ll start writing.
Please join me for Part 4 for a review and a deeper dive into how to use writing to improve your personal and professional life!
Please email me at email@example.com if you’d like to attend so that I can admit you into class!
Episode Boot Camp: Write Your Half-Hour TV Pilot in Six Weeks
In this accelerated class, you’ll execute or revise a half-hour show using Marilyn’s fool proof method for structuring a story. A great pilot begins with a memorable main character, an unusual setting, a great story, and a strong supporting cast. I will review your story ideas before class begins.Click here to learn more!
From Idea to Concept
Were you unable to attend my recent NYWIFT seminar? I am excited to be offering the seminar in digital format.Click here to learn more!
How To Write The Perfect Pilot in 30 Days
In this practical workshop, Marilyn will discuss the elements that make up a perfect half-hour pilot.Click here to learn more!
Happy Friday! The latest webinar, Use Scripting to Succeed in Your Writing and Your Life-Part 3, was very exciting. Attendees reported many benefits from following the techniques, such as increased productivity, confidence, and some “miraculous“ events occurring as a result of doing exercises. In the class we reprised the basic exercises: 1. As a quick warm-up, think of a word you love, write it down, and write all of the things that the word reminds you of. Lisa S., one of our
Happy Friday! I’m excited about my upcoming webinar on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Please join me, even if you haven’t before. These writing techniques help writers use their skills to transform their writing and effect positive changes in their personal lives. These techniques are new, you haven’t seen them before, and they work! One of the benefits of thinking about what you’d like to happen is now that we are starting to recover from the past year’s chaos, we’ve all learned a lot
Happy Friday! I’m so excited to be sharing how to use your writing skills to improve your actual life. Without a map, it’s hard to find the treasure, and these techniques help you create a map that works! Part 2 of the Scripting webinar went very well! It was exciting to see how many of the attendees took the two-week challenge and accepted another two-week challenge. Go to it, brave fellow writers! Please add these two additional parts of the process to your routine. Also, please GET