It was an exciting week! I held a Webinar, and had 18 interesting attendees, some returning from the last Webinar series, some new, and some old friends that I haven’t connected with in a while. Thank you all for attending! During the webinar, I revisited my method of structuring good stories easily by using character to generate the plot using the 4 Magic Questions of Screenwriting . Here are the steps we discussed: Form the intention to discover the 4MQS for your character.
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Happy Friday! I’ve been in Fire Island for over a month, working with the students remotely and also finishing up my current novel. This week marked the passing of John Lewis, a very great man. A friend told me a story about how years ago, John Lewis was leading a march. across a bridge and was beaten so badly that his skull was fractured. He survived, and continued his great work. Many years later, after President Obama was elected, he and Lewis returned to the same
Happy Friday! I hope everyone is coping well, and finding a way to get outside for a little sunshine and fresh air! I’m back from vacation with a draft of a new book! Now comes the hardest parts: doing a final clean up, and then sending the manuscript off to my publisher. Like every other writer, I’m now faced with the real job: overcoming my fear of rejection and getting the story out into the world. I’m also currently working with students who are writing screenplays, novels, TV
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