Getting an agent is the first step, not the last step.

A frightening percentage of writers seem to think of an agent as the magic conduit that will sell their screenplay, make them a fortune, and negate the need to ever work again. Nothing could be further from the truth.   Getting an agent is the first step in a long journey, not the last one.... Continue Reading →


Write whenever you can (written in ten minutes)

"We often overestimate what we can accomplish in a day and underestimate what we can accomplish in ten minutes." - Bill Gates (paraphrased) I had to write a blog, but I didn't want to. So I set a timer for 10 minutes and I started typing. This is what I got (I spent an extra... Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

It happens to all of us.  We get stuck, and then we can't move forward.  Here are some tricks you can use when you don't want to write anything. 1.  Use a timer. Using a timer focuses the mind.  It's better to have ten minutes of solid focus than a hazy weekend where you occasionally... Continue Reading →

How to write a mediocre logline

Nine months ago I wrote this post. It became one of my most popular blogs. I've come to realize that the words "mediocre" and "logline" were poor choices, because it opened me up to a lot of repetitive arguments about what is or isn't a logline. I clarified my thinking and renamed this: The Premise... Continue Reading →

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