Great Days In Chicago… and Everywhere Else!
Just back from Chicago. Had a GREAT time! I love this city! Fabulous! I stayed downtown and let me tell you, a very fun, busy, cool place to be.
But everywhere I go I think “I could live here!” Recently as my travels took me to Seattle and Vancouver and Toronto AND Barcelona, I’ve thought – yeah! I’m moving! I love it here!
But could it be that it’s not the place but the people I meet that make me feel so good?
Maybe. The Cat! experience for me has always been that. It’s a Rorshach test for positivity. And those who respond to it are the ones more likely to succeed. They are bright, happy, engaged, and looking to themselves for self-improvement.
Cat! people are winners!
It may be the real reason that everywhere I go seems like home.
Case in point: I am waiting for permission to announce the sale of a big spec script from a writer who brought his idea into one of our early workshops. It’s big, big news and I can’t wait to tell every detail. (Hopefully in Thursday’s blog)
But it it not an isolated case.
Lots and lots of writers who have come through the Cat! process in one way or another are on their way to success. Many have gotten agents, sold pitches, refined scripts that were lost in the drawer, and gotten great feedback on what were “dead” projects — all due to hard work, clear focus, and yes, positive upbeat outlooks.
So as I go back to work here on several new projects (I am writing 2 scripts now and very excited about both these), I want to thank all those out there who help keep my sprits up.
I’d like to thank my pals in Chicago: Linda, Mary, Dan, Michelle, Michael, JD, and Richie!
I’d like to REALLY thank alll those who gave comment to my last blog — you give my life meaning!
And just wait til Thursday ( I hope) for the big spec news.
All because of you!
No matter where you live.
p.s. My book is now available in France and I am starting to receive email from screenwriters there! I am very pleased with the reception I have gotten and want to welcome our French readers to this blog too! A bientot! Welcome! Come on in!
- Brian B
The Beat Sheet Weekend I just completed in Chicago with you was just what I have always needed. I’m always amazed at your patience and energy. Thank you for giving so much of yourself. This was my second opportunity to work with you and learn from you and both have been great experiences. I look forward to being part of a Cat group and having that ongoing contact. Again, thanks so much. I have momentum again..:)…Brian B
- Linda Frothingham
The group of COOL CATS from Chicago are well on their way with new loglines, beatsheets and soon to be scripts…thanks to you. The workshop was fabulous. Thanks!
Blake, your energy and insight is amazing. You can move here anytime.
I discovered your book thanks to the french edition I ordered it but haven’t received it yet. I can’t wait to discover your beat sheets and method. I’m sure it’s gonna fit me perfectly!
I hope you’ll come soon to give workshops in Paris. If you do, be sure I’ll be there.
I’ll post a comment on your blog as soon as I read your book!
In the meantime, I already mentionned it on my own blog (which, as of now, is written solely in french): http://architecriture.wordpress.com
Thanks for many words of your wisdom.
Love your positivity! A small cavil on your welcome to French readers: that phrase is spelled “A bientot”! (And there are accent marks too, but let’s not get carried away…)
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I hate to give the idea that I’m part of the Cat propaganda machine but I have to say that your book really helped me in my very first script assignment which was an adaptation of a true life story. The first thing I did was to outline using index cards and your beat sheets and it really helped. The script went to an LA based producer (who’s produced top films with A list cast), his verdict – ‘great script, very well written’ it is now out to some well known directors. Because of this success I’ve been offered 2 further assignments and I’m just outlining the second one now and reading your beat sheet again. Looking forward to your new book!