What Zombies Can Teach You About Screenwriting

Ok, so you’re sitting here all, “this headline is total clickbait,” annnnd… you’re partly right. But, let’s get real – zombies know what they’re after, and studying them can help you get your screenwriting in gear. Here are five things zombies can teach YOU about screenwriting. Braiiiiiiiins  Yeah, we said it. Brains. It takes brains to…

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Genghis Khan’s Guide to Screenwriting

Yep, that’s right. The great Mongol leader knew what he was talking about when it came to pretty much everything, and here’s some wisdom he shared that can help you get on track with your writing. If you’re afraid – don’t do it, – if you’re doing it – don’t be afraid! This is a…

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10 Tips to Excel at Querying

Having a good query can further or kill your career. It matters almost as much as having a good idea, as your initial query is the calling card that ensures someone will read your script. So, make sure you have a good query crafted before sending it out to managers, agents, and production companies. Here are some tips…

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Calling “Action”

When I was young, I was taken to see the film A League of Their Own. I still remember the excitement of watching the women’s baseball teams go head-to-head, and the rush of leaving the theater, knowing I wanted to make movies and re-create that experience for others. It took a lot of years –…

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5 Tips for Writer’s Block

Ok, we’ve all been there. Stuck on an idea, or stuck with how to proceed with your project. Maybe you’re halfway through the outline and don’t know where to go from there. Or you’ve started writing and just can’t figure out the next scene. It happens to the best of us, and we’ve put together…

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Screenwriting Frustrations

A week ago, I had the chance to teach a course on screenwriting to a number of engaged and awesome writers through The Writers Store. It was a great opportunity but also brought to mind a question – what is the biggest frustration for screenwriters? I’d love to be able to answer that question for…

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The Lesbian Death Dilemma

As a lesbian writer/director/producer/script reader working in Hollywood, I’ve been following what’s going on since the recent deaths on The 100 and The Walking Dead, neither of which are shows I watch – so I won’t comment specifically on them, as I don’t have the context. But, naturally, the LGBT community makes a good point in sticking…

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Advice from a Writer

Back in 2010, I was sure I would never be a writer. I had moved to LA a few years prior to direct, and, though I had a film that had hit festivals, I was sure that writing just wasn’t for me. I was a director, or maybe a producer, but definitely not a writer. Then,…

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