Happy Friday! My NYU class is going well. I am so proud and pleased with my students! As we get to class 4, the question of how to work with outlines naturallyRead More
3 Ways to Get to Know Your Characters
Happy Friday! It’s very suddenly fall and I hope you’re enjoying. This week in my SVA class, we worked on really getting to know your main character well. Over the years, I’ve foundRead More
What Would Make Your Character Kill?
The most common mistake I see in screenplays is that the plots just aren’t good enough. There are unlimited variations on the basic plots, but rarely do we get aRead More
The Play’s The Thing–Isn’t It?
Tio Louie: Every day it seems we are presented with more and more outlets to write for. There’s theatrical, film, television, and now there are Web series. Is there a commonRead More
Mistakes to Avoid
Q: You’ve worked with hundreds of aspiring writers, mid-level writers, and seasoned writers. What is your biggest frustration with all of them? M.H.: I have two. One is that writers tooRead More
Improve Plot and Character Fast–Explore a Character’s Junk Drawer
Sometimes it’s hard to get a handle on a character’s history and to add a little juice to a plot. One way I have found that is effective to improveRead More