Happy Friday! Tonight is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. New beginnings are always fun, whatever your religious persuasion. As a writer, I always appreciate the symbolism that accompanies religious events. The holiday celebrates the birth of the world, not just a new year. My grandparents, Bertie and Charlie Schwartz were both religious Jews, and together wrote a book, Faith Through Reason, that delves into the principles of religion through the prism of reason.
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“I really don’t think I’d be writing today if it wasn’t for Marilyn and the way she’s taught me. Her methods, her 12-step map and really everything I’ve been learning from her in the five years I’ve been studying with her, it’s really made me into the writer that I… Read more “Nick B.”
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“Marilyn— I thank you for your help. Your system for storytelling, along with the process of outlining, has enabled me to organize my thoughts and proceed to a finished initial draft, which is the single hardest hurdle in the writing process at least as far as I’m concerned.”
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Create a Hierarchy of Villains–FREE Webinar
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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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We’ve used storytelling to understand our experiences since the first cavemen sat around a campfire. Making meaning of our lives through storytelling is our first need once our basic survival is secured. We tell stories through our conversations. In dramatic writing and fiction. These conversations become scenes, which are the basic units of storytelling. whether for a film, TV pilot or book. A scene is made of dialogue and action. Each scene must be complete in itself, like a short story, and a good scene will have a beginning, middle and end.
In this webinar you’ll learn:
1. How to structure a good scene.
2. How to use dialogue to reveal character and drive the action of the scene.
3. How to make your dialogue sound like an overheard conversation.
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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
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How To Write The Perfect Pilot in 30 Days
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Happy Friday! I have returned to New York after three months in Fire Island, which not to put too fine a point on it, is paradise. My block has four restaurants and an open-air market full of plants and shrubs. There is a good feeling of optimism and hope. Hair salons are open, health clubs are open, and clothing stores are open. There’s an air of optimism, and yet the city seems more calm than usual. I took the subway and found it clean, and pretty empty. I think New York will
Happy Friday! I’m so excited about my new episode, number 35 of Jokeonastick.com. We all need to laugh! Please enjoy, and subscribe for free to get four new animated jokes every Friday delivered to your inbox! This week, I held a seminar, Create a Hierarchy of Villains. I had so much fun, and want to thank everyone who joined. During the seminar, we began by reviewing The 4 Magic Questions of Screenwriting. The key is not to judge your villain or obstacle, and to treat them with
Happy Friday! This week’s webinar was so much fun. Great class members, and insightful and provocative questions that have inspired me to hold another free webinar this coming Wednesday: Building on last week’s webinar: Create a Compelling Villain (contact me if you’d like a copy of the zoom recording), we’ll review the 4MQS, the exercises, and move on. Stories need more than one villain or obstacle, and using additional characters to create obstacles is as important as adding great