Case Study – Combover scripts.

Vlad (not his real name) is a client I've been working with for a while. When he started, he had me do notes on a few scripts. They were all "combover" type scripts, all setup, no middle. https://thestorycoach.net/2015/02/19/common-mistakes-in-beginner-scripts/ I gave him my standard advice - build out the middle by writing one awesome second act... Continue Reading →

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Fundamentals

People often learn to run before they learn to walk. I was always guilty of this. When I was young, a teacher told me this story about slightly corny, thoroughly brilliant coaching genius John Wooden, which I hated then, but have since passed on to most of my clients: Wooden also paid rapt attention to... Continue Reading →

The Ira Glass quote

I drop this one a lot: “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying... Continue Reading →

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