No Good Guys, No Bad Guys

  I think there are times, as a storyteller, that I can be so bull-headedabout what I want to express, that I end up pushing an agenda rather than telling...

What Happens Next?

“Be curious, not judgmental.” – Walt Whitman Hi Writers, A fatal mistake many writers make in beginning a new story, is allowing themselves to be seduced by their premise. They...

Writing the Forbidden

“Freedom of speech and freedom of expression are so ingrained in our society we rarely stop to think about it. I can write anything I want – dark fiendish plots...

Technique

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham   Hi Writers, Technique is developed over time. By reading and...

Backstory

“The past is prologue.” – William Shakespeare When we are stuck, it is inevitably because some part of our backstory is unclear. Backstory refers to what happened before our story...

The Lens Through Which We See Our Story

“I find that when I am working I become like an antenna, and suddenly, somewhat like a paranoid schizophrenic, everything relates to my screenplay: a mentioned recipe, a joke somebody...

Make it Cinematic

  A picture paints a thousand words. Since a movie is a story told in pictures, a screenplay is the blueprint from which the director takes his cues. It is...

CHOICE

Why do we write? Why do we spend months, years, even decades engaged in the solitary act of creating a world on paper with no assurance than anyone will read...

Prose

“Prose is architecture, not interior design.” – Ernest Hemingway Our words are in service to our story. Not the other way around. When we get too flashy with our adjectives...

Dialogue

“If you have a good ear for dialogue, you just can’t help thinking about the way people talk. You’re drawn to it. And the obsessive interest in it forces you...