First Draft Rush, and then…

Last week, I completed the first draft of UNDERTOW, my first solo screenplay! I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes when a major project is finished, and I hope, finished well. Of course, there are still the rewrites, but that’s another major project. However, I’ve found something strange when the draft was completed – an emptiness that is not […]

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Elizabeth Gilbert on Genius

So I’m back after too long away. On the up side, I have lots of stuff to share. To start, a friend sent me this link: Elizabeth Gilbert giving a TED talk on genius. Much food for thought. Here’s the info: Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea […]

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An Awesome Ten Minute Exercise

Set your timer for ten minutes. Write down FIVE novel or movie concepts  in logline form (one sentence describing each idea). You must get down five ideas within the time allotted. Polishing the loglines afterward is optional. I did this recently and came up with the following: Comedy/Coming of Age: A teenager drops out of high school and heads out to […]

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Poetry as Inspiration

When I was a kid, I loved to read, and one of my favourite books was an old leather bound copy of Sir Walter Scott’s poems that I found in the attic. Being a kid, I had little idea of what I was reading, but that didn’t matter. What I liked best was the sound and rhythm of the words, […]

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You know you’re meant to be a novelist when…

You know you’re meant to be a novelist when: You haven’t written anything for two days, and you fall into the pit of despair. Your spouse says they’re leaving you, and all you can think is “I can use this.” Listening to the bickering couple seated behind you on the bus is completely fascinating. You get entire story ideas, complete […]

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A Great Review!

The writing life is full of ups and downs. Earlier this week, I received this email regarding one of my unpublished short stories: Dear Angela, Thanks for giving us the opportunity to consider this one. After reading and discussing it, and then holding it for further consideration, we’ve decided to pass on it. We like it, but in the final […]

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Quick Quote on Protagonists

Know what your protagonist wants, know why she wants it, and know why the thing she wants isn’t the same as the thing she needs. If you know those three things, the rest of your protag’s characterization will fall into place. ~ Xander Bennett

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Symbols in Fiction

Why symbols are important in fiction, from the book Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway: People constantly function symbolically. We must do so because we rarely know exactly what we mean, and if we do we are not willing to express it, and if we are willing we are not able, and if we are able we are not heard, and […]

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The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

Have you heard of the The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest? I hadn’t until a friend (thank you, Stan!) sent me the link to their 2012 contest winners. To give you a flavor of what the contest is about and why the winning entries are definitely worth reading, here is one of the Dishonorable Mentions in the Romance category: “Chain-smoking as he […]

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CONCEPT with Scott Myers

I’m thrilled. I just got a spot in Scott Myers class on CONCEPT, starting on Monday. Here’s what his website says about the course: In this 1-week online screenwriting class, you will delve into the mindset of Hollywood studio executives, producers, agents, and managers, and learn time-tested ways to generate and develop story concepts, as well as the means to […]

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