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Vacations for Better Creations

Vacations for Better Creations

Everyone needs pockets of downtime to recharge, whether it’s an hour or a week-long vacation (3-4 if you are a joyful European! Lol). But for us creative types, I challenge the idea of binging on mindless relaxation. For me, a break from the norm can be restorative and productive in equal measure. My family and I just got back from the beach. It was amazing. We swam, drank margaritas, watched movies, and I actually read not one but TWO novels…

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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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Revising The Revisionist

Revising The Revisionist

I absolutely hate writing first drafts. No matter how much practice I seem to get, I grind my teeth and slug through the mud of my own inability to convey the wonderful images in my head. Those blank pages are where I meet my weakness. They are the place where I know that I suck. It’s all wrong, but I need to get something down on paper. Fortunately for me, however, I love rewriting. There’s real joy in editing– in…

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Creating a Sustainable Writers Group

Creating a Sustainable Writers Group

A year and a half ago, a female screenwriter friend and I met for lunch. As we checked in on each others’ progress on creative projects, we found ourselves wishing for additional support. Both of us were well passed the “beginner” stage of learning the craft and industry ropes. We wanted to learn from other writers, and put DC talent more firmly on the entertainment radar. But how? We walked away from the meeting with the idea for a small…

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Taking Control – The Moment I Stopped Trying to be a Screenwriter and Became A Producer

Taking Control – The Moment I Stopped Trying to be a Screenwriter and Became A Producer

It’s my anniversary. No, not that kind (though that one is coming up soon, too). This month marks one year since I made one of the most pivotal decisions of my screenwriting career: The day I stopped waiting for Hollywood’s stamp of approval and decided to make my film myself. That significant decision—like so many in life—came about through a moment of deep despair. I had been working with a development executive to perfect one of my pilots for a…

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I Want to Be a Producer – The Beginning

I Want to Be a Producer – The Beginning

I started writing for the screen in 2015 while in the middle of writing my novel series, Ashes, Ashes. It’s a tale of a group of young people trying to survive the aftermath of a nuclear attack on Washington, DC. I was working on the third of the six books and struggling to build a fan base in spite of amazing reviews in the crowded field of dystopian novels. Then my friend Tom suggested, “Why don’t you rewrite them for…

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New Digs- Office Pics!

New Digs- Office Pics!

Finally, after fifteen years of writing professionally, I have designated a space in my home just for writing. In other words, no more kitchen table, family room, desk in the bedroom. I’ve graduated. I have an office! It’s in the basement, far from the noises of the rest of my house. No dishwasher or laundry distractions. And it’s a long walk to the refrigerator, which is also a good thing! Here are a few photos: I’ve arranged it with things I…

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Pop the Champagne!

Pop the Champagne!

I’m celebrating this weekend: I just finished the last book of the Doomsday Kids/Ashes, Ashes series. It will go live on Amazon.com on February 22, 2017.  You can find it here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6TUACM Writing these books has been the culmination of an incredible personal journey for me, with as many twists and turns as the tale of survival recounted in the books themselves. Like the kids, I almost gave up. I had a very dark moment of depression where I questioned…

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Adventures in Television

Adventures in Television

I spent last week in Los Angeles, working on my “television career.”  Why the air quotes? Because this experience feels a lot like I’m living in a dream… and at any moment the alarm is going to go off. I keep having to pinch myself to make sure this is all really happening. It’s been one of the most confusing and exciting times of my life. It’s also been so completely unpredictable that I find myself completely unable to anticipate…

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