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Disney's New Cruella & Why It Works So Well (SPOILERS) 101 dalmations am writing cruella cruella deville disney plotting save the cat screenwriting story arcs storytelling the hero's journey writing tips Jun 10, 2021
 
CONTAINS SPOILERS!
 
This week, I'm breaking down Disney's newest live-action flick based on an animated film from the past. CRUELLA.
 
First of all, I LOVED it. It was "brilliant, bad, and a little bit mad" That's something she herself says and it fits.
 
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Why FRIENDS Worked So Well We Are Sill Talking About It am writing comedy friends friends reunion screenwriting sitcoms tv writers tv writing writing comedy writing novels writing tips Jun 04, 2021

Hello, Writers! 

Today I'm talking about my favorite show, ever, in the history of shows, and there are a lot of great TV shows out there but this one is special, to me, and about a billion others. 

Yes, I'm talking about FRIENDS

Why did it work so well? 

Why do we still love...

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How To Write A Story That Works am writing comedy female writers novel writing romantic comedies screenwriting storytelling tv writing writing comedy writing fiction writing novels writing tips May 27, 2021
Hello Writers, today I'm talking about writing a story that keeps the reader or audience invested, and evokes something to talk about after.
 
This is important.
Many stories are just "meh" and they should have worked but didn't.
 
I never want to cut any writers, cast,...
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Romantic Comedy Character Archetypes & Who Needs To Be Included comedy how to write light romance romance in story romantic comedies romantic comedy screenwriting storytelling tv writing writing writing coach writing fiction writing tips May 13, 2021

This week I'm talking about characters in comedy, specifically romantic comedies. What I am seeing in a lot of work that is coming in is the stereotypes of the snarky leading lady-who honestly, no one, not even our leading man, would like because she's too awful, and the womanizer leading man-who...

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Breaking Down Legally Blonde-the perfect romantic comedy am writing legally blonde novel writing rom-com romantic comedies screenwriting storytelling tv writing writing coach writing rom coms writing tips May 07, 2021

Hello Writers!

This week, I'm breaking down a popular romantic comedy from twenty years ago that nails it when it comes to story structure! LEGALLY BLONDE

How Legally Blonde Does it Perfectly!

When this film came out I lived with a roommate, whom I'm still friends with so I mean...

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How To Go Deeper With Your Characters am writing characters dialogue novel writing revisions screenwriting storytelling writing writing novels writing tips Apr 22, 2021

Hey, Writers! 

Happy Thursday. This week I'm talking about when you get that dreaded feedback that goes something like "I couldn't connect with the characters" or "she/he wasn't believable" or "I just didn't care." And, there's more too but you get the point. 

Your story is fine, but...

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Always Do What You Love For A Living am writing career creative life do what you love happiness screenwriting tv writing writer writing Feb 21, 2021
Happy Sunday!
 
Usually I blog on Wednesdays but I decided to toss in a bonus blog this week because this has been on my mind a lot! 
 
Here's a little reminder if you are stuck in a rut!
 

DO WHAT YOU LOVE and accept nothing less for your life and career. 

 
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The Truth About Why You Are Getting Rejected am revising am writing novel revisions novel writing revisions screenwriting writing comedy writing tips Feb 10, 2021

Happy Wednesday, Writers! 

Rejection sucks doesn't it? And yet, we all go through it, but so many times I see writers posting on forums, in social media groups, or clients of mine, talking about how they have no idea WHY they are getting rejected, especially after putting in so much...

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Why Women Characters Need to Be Strong-Realistic screenwriting tv writing writing writing novels writing women Feb 03, 2021

Happy Writer Wednesday! 

Today I have a new video on YouTube about how to write strong older women characters and you can watch it here! (I'd love for you to subscribe and share with other writers) 

It's so important to represent women correctly in books, TV, and movies but still there...

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Even Your Villains Need A Reason novels screenwriting storytelling tv writing villains writing tips writing villains Dec 30, 2020

It's Writer Wednesday and today I'm talking about writing the perfect VILLAIN! 

Snidely Whiplash, an archetypical sinister cartoon villain

I love me some villains, well the good ones, the well written, well thought out villains who are bad for a reason. Now, that reason probably...

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Successful Writers Do These Things am writing novel writing screenwriting tv writing write writing writing tip Nov 18, 2020

Happy midweek WRITER WEDNESDAY! 

This week I want to talk about the habits of successful writers because they do make a difference. And they are ALL things that you can start doing right now to change your writing career and take it to the next level. 

1. Successful writers-WRITE. I...

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Why You Should Stop Focusing on Being A Good Writer screenwriting tv writing writing writing novels writing tips Sep 09, 2020

Forget About Being a Great Writer and Focus on Story First

Have you ever picked up a book that has been on the bestseller list for months and months and the author is all over the publishing news because all the movie deals coming in and how rich they...

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