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Learning About the Money, Honey

Learning About the Money, Honey

I love school and I almost always have. I say “almost” because I really struggled in law school, largely because I knew I didn’t want to be a lawyer and I couldn’t make myself care about the material….but that’s another blog. For most of my life, I’ve been happiest in a classroom or with a new area to study, challenging myself to learn something new. For example, when I wanted to learn screenwriting, I happily signed up for all kinds…

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Taking Feedback Like a Champ

Taking Feedback Like a Champ

Many screenwriters identify as introverts and enjoy the initial phase of solitude while they flesh out this new idea, this new world, on paper. But bringing a script to the screen, whether it’s film or television, flips to the other extreme where playing well with others is essential. As a ghostwriter, I have had many experiences with taking input from clients as I tried to craft their story in ways that served their goals and desires. I’ve had experiences where…

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You Can (technically) Make a Movie in 48 Hours

You Can (technically) Make a Movie in 48 Hours

Two weeks ago several of my screenwriting friends and I participated in the 48 hour film project. #48HFP! Here’s how it works: on designated weekends in cities all around the world, filmmakers gather together a team of writers, actors, gaffers, camera and sound operators to make a short film, between four and seven minutes in length. The project begins on a Friday evening when each team sends a representative to pull from a random drawing: A choice of two genres—or…

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The TV Pilot’s Many Jobs!

The TV Pilot’s Many Jobs!

In last week’s blog, I shared that I shifted from writing novels to writing for the screen after a demoralizing experience with my self-published novel series, “Ashes, Ashes.”  At the Booksellers Association Expo BEA) in New York City, I realized that my books were just a tiny drop in an ocean of words, virtually indistinguishable from a dozen others. So of course, after realizing my dreams of becoming a bestselling author had crumbled to dust,  the only logical thing to…

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