General

Mindset For Success: Selling Your Script

Most aspiring screenwriters spend a great deal of time trying to learn how to write a screenplay.  They do their research. They read the classic screenwriting books, (Syd Field’s Screenplay, Blake Snyder’s Save The Cat).  The more dedicated writers will enroll in screenwriting classes, or go to film school.

A lot of these people eventually learn to write a decent screenplay.  Usually their first script sucks.  I know mine did.  Writers who are truly committed to their...
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Career Strategy

Famous Screenwriters’ Big Breaks

"I had no formal education whatsoever, completely on my own from the age of eighteen, financially and in every other way, working crappy jobs. And then one day I had an epiphany. I think I was twenty-three. I said to myself, “I don’t want to be living this life with these people and doing this ten years from now.” So in a calculated move, I decided to go to to become a screenwriter. I didn’t...
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Career Strategy

Why Everybody Has A Movie Idea

“I am selling my story that I have been creating for 10+ years (not constantly writing, but of piecing everything together in a cohesive manner). It can be compared to stories like Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Matrix, Indiana Jones and other titles in those “

“I will share my story with someone in person only and not over the internet. My story is too valuable to be spread publicly and will give...
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Creating Your Second Act In Hollywood

There are many reasons you might want to reinvent yourself.  What your doing isn't working.  You're burned out on the same old thing. The trends are changing out from under you.

Ben Affleck is the most famous person to reinvent himself in  Hollywood.  He started as an actor in films like Mallrats and Chasing Amy. Wanting better parts, he started writing and sold  Good Will Hunting, which earned him an Oscar. After that, he enjoyed a long, sort...
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How Writers Survive With High Sensitivity


"The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.”— Pearl S. Buck

Highly Sensitive Persons (or HSPs) are people tend to be very empathic, intuitive, and hypersensitive to external sensory stimuli, and have a highly emotional reactivity.


If you have this kind of sensitivity, you are probably very good at accessing your own emotions and the emotions of others.  This kind of connectivity can...
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Surviving Social Anxiety


A lot of writers are shy, or introverted.  Do you feel anxiety around networking or pitching?
If so, do you feel nervous, feel your heart racing, have trouble communicating, stutter or “freeze up” in front of a group?

I believe the source of all social anxiety goes back to a fundamental fear of being judged.  Nobody likes to be judged, especially when you don’t feel you’re at your best.

When I feel that people are judging me, or my...
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Creating A Second Act In Hollywood

“Success in screenwriting today is more about a series of small breaks.”

One writer who keeps reinventing himself is Woody Allen. He went from stand-up to writing short stories for the New Yorker. After that, he wrote Play It Again Sam, a Broadway play.

He adapted the play into a successful film. After that, he wrote several similar broad comedies --Bananas, Sleeper, and Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex.

Apparently, he just wasn’t satisfied writing in that sub-genre....
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Celebrity

Odd Places Famous Writers Like To Work

When you set out to become a writer you have to really commit to working at it – 24/7. And, it’s not easy writing and rewriting, day in and day out, chained to a desk.  That’s why some of the most successful writers throughout history sought out some very odd places to work.

One of the more interesting places some well-known writers have chosen to write was at a book store on the Left Bank, in Paris...
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How To Find A Mentor In Hollywood

The first rule about finding a mentor is it’s all about them.  At first.  You want to build a relationship that works for both of you --not a one way street.   If they're not getting anything out of the relationship, it's not going to work.

It will help if you two hit it off over something other than writing.  You can find out if your mentor gives to certain charities, or if he’s interested in race...
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How To Find Time To Write

One of the most difficult challenges writers face is finding time to write. Most writers have a day job, and some have spouses and children. You can’t ignore your family, or your job, but you do have to make time to write.

How do you find the blocks of time you’ll need?    You're going to have to get organized.  Create a schedule and stick with it.  You may have to tell your family and friends you...
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