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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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Writing In The First Person Mistakes That All Writers Make author tips fiction writing first pages first person how to open a novel novel writing writing novels writing tips Apr 08, 2021

This week I've been focusing on how to get you noticed when you are submitting your query letters and my new course on writing the perfect pitch is open now! 

YOU CAN SIGN UP HERE 

 for the Pitch Fix (it's just $37) 

But, the truth is if you don't have killer opening pages...

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Getting Behind in Your Publishing Goals? It's Okay!! female writers fiction novel writing womens fiction writing writing novels writing tips Mar 10, 2021

Hello, Writers!! 

Happy Wednesday and first of all let me apologize for not getting my blog posted last week. 

Life happened and I got behind which has inspired me to write today about what that can do to your writing goals and how to reset and push past it!! 

So, you have a plan...

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It's All About Character & What That Really Means character storytelling writing writing tips writing well Feb 17, 2021

Hello Dear Writers!! 

Today, I'm talking about CHARACTER. 

The concept is simple. You write a story and it's filled with characters. Maybe you have one or two leads and then some sidekicks and potential villains but you know that you need characters. 

Sadly at the character level...

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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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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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You've Finished NaNoWriMo-Now What? am writing nanowrimo novel writing revising revisions writing tips Dec 02, 2020

Good morning dear writers! 

You have finished the new novel that you wrote in November for National Novel Writing Month--AKA: NaNoWriMo and now what? 

Many new writers go immediately to submitting query letters to agents and or tossing it up on Amazon via self-publishing. Here is why I...

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