Happy Friday! I spent the last couple of days in Fire Island writing. Even though I'm in a time-share house this summer and sometimes surrounded by people, my concentration is much better. Here's a photo of me and the sunset I can see from my office window. I also worked with one student on their novel and another on a screenplay. In both cases was a question that I'm often asked: how can I make my story great? Of course, my answer is always, how do you know that it isn't? But
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The Scripting Writing Room
April 27, 2022
7:00 pm EST
The scripting webinars have been so successful that we’re keeping the momentum going with bi-weekly workshops. These effective techniques can solve story problems in a flowingly creative way.
In addition, we will focus on solutions and work on two story problems. Please send me an email in advance containing a one-paragraph summary of the story and your block or obstacle.
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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! I've spent the week in Fire Island working on my new book. No one was more surprised than I was to find me telling a new story so soon after finishing the last one. The new book is called Finding Home, and is about a family therapist who becomes an artist after many trials and tribulations and hopefully a lot of laughs! I don't write with an outline when I am writing fiction. It's boring to execute an idea that already exists. Instead, I find an essential image or events
Happy Friday! It has been an exciting week because I have been working on the scripting book and teaching my new concepts to the wonderful Scripting Writing Room class. One of the most significant innovations I have made in the Word of the Day process is three-fold. One, create a group of topics for yourself and pick one before going to bed. Topics would include: writing in general, your current project, something you feel stuck about, or a problem you're having. Two, before you go to
Happy Friday, I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and took a bit of a rest. I'm so happy to report that all six members of my Rewriting the Screenplay in Six Weeks class completed wonderful drafts on time! When I asked the class how they felt about their work, not one of them was happy. I asked, "Why not?" "It's not good enough." "I could do better." "It needs a lot of work." These were well-crafted scripts from talented writers on their second draft. I asked them if