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Tips and Tactics

10,000 Hours 

I love writers. And I especially enjoy helping young writers who email with the big question: When? When will I sell my first script? When will I “get on the boards”? My patient reply is always the same:  Don’t worry about that right now. Have…

Tips and Tactics

The Primal Piece 

Overheard at the place where I get my hair cut: “I think it’s about comedians. It seems okay. Then I saw that Adam Sandler is, I guess, dying or something. It looks really good.” This was a conversation about the upcoming Judd Apatow movie, Funny…

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And the Winner Is… 

Well, the results are in from our Second Save the Cat! Contest of 2009, and to quote Leonard Pinth-Garnell: Awwwwwful! Truly dreaaaaaadful! And that’s a good thing. Asked to write the first 250 words of a screenplay guaranteed to be thrown across the room before…

Tips and Tactics

Well-Rounded 

Have you listened to Rick Dees’ Top Forty lately? What’s the latest trend in Art? Quick. Who’s Frank Gehry? If this sounds far afield from the subject of screenwriting, not so. The topic is: being well-rounded. And it’s a must for any writer attempting in his…

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