I’m happy to have Kathryn Dahlstrom guest blogging today! Kathryn is a talented author who writes across multiple formats. We met through a screenwriting workshop of which we are both alumni — and which helped Kathryn with the book & screenplay she’s blogging about! Check it out! Julie, thanks a mil for inviting me to […]
Posts Tagged: screenwriting
Steampunk, screenwriting, and pneumatic zeppelins! Meet Richard Ellis Preston, Jr.!
I’m thrilled to have my friend Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. blogging here today! I’ve known Richard since my days in Los Angeles (he and my husband were roomies!) and he’s a great friend, a terrific guy, and an amazingly talented writer. He’s written dozens of made for cable films including The Sender starring Michael Madsen […]
Indiana Jones and the First Rule of Writing Fiction
As in life, first impressions are everything in writing fiction, and writers can learn a lot from the classic, stellar film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. That movie is, frankly, a wellspring of examples of great story-telling. Right now, I’m focusing on only one. First impressions Who is Indiana Jones? Well, he’s the hero of […]
How to Pitch a Story to an Editor (or a producer!)
This article came into my inbox a few years ago. It was written for screenwriters, who do an obscene amount of oral pitching (yet another reason I prefer writing books…most of the time your pitch is on paper!). But with summer conferences such as RWA (Romance Writers of America) approaching, this seems like a great […]
Dead In The Room – How not to pitch. Then again….
I love this short movie. If you’ve ever pitched a screenplay or a novel, you really want to watch this!
Indiana Jones and the status quo
I’ve been listening to some tapes on story craft, and something in one of them recently struck me. In a nutshell, the instructor was talking about the first act, and how in the set-up, we see the hero in their ordinary life–the status quo. Then, per the Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell, Vogler, and basic story […]