The One Hour Screenwriter eCourse
January 18, 2014 – 10:34 AM | 2 Comments

GET TO THE HEART OF THE STORY®

This comprehensive course breaks the screenwriting process down into simple steps that can be accomplished in just one hour a day. You will never be stuck or stymied again. Finally finish your screenplay!

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Celebrate the Small Victories!
August 18, 2014 – 8:54 AM | No Comment

Too often we are so focused on where we are going, we forget how far we’ve come.  Today take a moment to look at your diary or calendar to see where you were a year ago, two years ago, and five years ago.

Several years ago I really felt I had hit a slump.  It felt like I’d made no progress and would never make progress.  I signed up for a Women in Film New Year’s workshop.

One of the assignments was to go though your calendar day-by-day and make a list of everything you’d done– every script mailed out, every meeting, every research session, every phone call!  When I tallied up the year I was amazed at what I have accomplished– progress I had completely forgotten about.

My career was moving forward!  The next assignment was to analyze what was the most effective use of my time.  What paid off and what seemed less productive.  Looking at that whole year day-by-day as it added up was a revelation.

The step by step by step of  incremental progress is always what makes a lasting career.  List the small steps you’ve taken so far this year and be sure to count ALL  the little victories.  Celebrate the mistakes you made that taught you valuable lessons and enabled you to move forward in new ways.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than an unsuccessful person with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”  Calvin Coolidge

Your small, seemingly insignificant, steps and your continued little victories make up the persistence that turns into a solid career!

Fast for Writing Fitness
August 1, 2014 – 8:12 AM | One Comment
Fast for Writing Fitness

I strongly recommend that you take a break from all factual and fictional media stories to get over a block in your story.

Adaptation
July 21, 2014 – 6:52 AM | No Comment
Adaptation

I’ve been working with Enter the Pitch, which runs a short film competition with a £25,000 prize to make a short film. The subject must be inspired by a character or story in the Bible. Choose from an amazing range of powerful, dynamic, complex, troubled characters in stories that have persisted for thousands of years.

Three Simple Keys to Writing Success
May 19, 2014 – 4:00 AM | No Comment
Three Simple Keys to Writing Success

Writing is writing regardless of what kind of writing it is. Here are three key tips for success.

Children’s Media Conference 2014
May 12, 2014 – 4:00 AM | No Comment
Children’s Media Conference 2014

Leading children’s media event to host Waterstones Children’s Laureate

Aronofsky’s Noah & Adaptation Challenges
April 28, 2014 – 8:02 AM | No Comment
Aronofsky’s Noah & Adaptation Challenges

Whether you liked the film or not, Noah is a great look at the adaptation process and the key elements in transforming a story from one medium to another.

It’s What’s Not on the Page that’s Important
April 23, 2014 – 7:30 AM | No Comment
It’s What’s Not on the Page that’s Important

Research has shown as much as 70% of communication is unspoken. It’s what’s not on the page that’s important.