Sell Your Novel to the Movies

When I did a book tour for my first novel, someone asked, “Have you sold the film rights?” And when I said yes, there was this gasp, like I’d been...

Trust

I grew up in a very bright, academic family, but at times I felt alone. My family members were very logical, reasonable people. I was not. I was more interested...

Writing Memoir: Personal & Universal

The challenge in writing a memoir is that self-examination is not typically meant to be shared. The goal in writing a dynamic memoir lies in offering a transformative experience for...

Weights and Measures

PROXIMITY Do our characters have to be two thousand miles apart, or three miles apart? If we are trying to convey a sense of distance, remember that distance is relative....

Setting Up the Argument

Story is an argument. The theme (or dramatic question) is the thesis statement, and the story is the argument played out. Any argument requires opposing forces. These forces manifest as...

Hold the Story Loosely

“Film is a dramatized reality and it is the director’s job to make it appear real . . . an audience should not be conscious of technique.” – David Lean...

Simplicity

Forward, he cried From the rear And the front ranks died. Pink Floyd (Us and Them)   Hi Writers, We can tell a whole world in a sentence.  The rewrite...

Dilemma: The Source of Our Story

  At the heart of every story lies a dilemma. It is not a question of whether or not our protagonist has a dilemma, but rather, how effectively it has...

No Good Guys, No Bad Guys

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

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...