Happy Friday! Greetings from paradise, a.k.a Fire Island. We held the final class of Rewriting the Screenplay in Six Weeks. I can’t wait to read the screenplays that will be due in six weeks! Here are a few tips from the class for rewriting a screenplay efficiently: 1. Test your structure against common sense – would this event really happen? Would your character really do that? Is this the way the situation is in real life? 2. Review the 4MQS for villain/obstacle and
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Happy Friday! This has been an exciting week! I’ve taken residence in my summer home, and have been living the writer’s dream! Peace, quiet, walks on the beach, the ocean, deer and birds. Fire Island is a paradise with no cars, only bicycles and wooden boardwalks where you often can see deer feeding. You feel at one with nature, surrounded by your fellow creatures. I realize how important it is to be free of the need to be watchful as you do in the city, and the
Happy Friday! This is the first week that I’ve seen stores reopening and restaurants serving outside. Combined with the mostly beautiful weather, it feels like summer is here, and that happy times are ahead! Don’t focus on the momentary presence of scary statistics, doomsayers, protests and any other upsetting things. Remember that we writers are the ones who see the truth behind appearances, and must bring the real story to our readers and viewers so that the truth is kept alive. What is
Happy Friday! I commend everyone’s ability to keep their eye on the ball, and to continue writing in spite of this week’s disturbing events. The value of the right word It’s worth noting that a nonviolent solution was attained by reclassifying some of the people involved in the demonstrations. As soon as consequences were attached, and the violent events were reframed from revolution to crimes, all those thugs mysteriously disappeared. This current event is especially relevant to us