Back around 2006 or 2007, in my long-gone ScriptShark days when I ran that coverage service, I had written a short blogpost about pitching. Pitching, as a tool for presenting story, was only just gaining steam outside of the pro-writer community then. Yes, pitch fests have gained some popularity in… read more →
What screenwriters and TV writers make for a living should not be mystery.
The other day I was talking to a client. Just for context, the client, while extremely talented, is, at this time, unrepped. Through Virtual Pitch Fest he was able to get a known production company interested in one of his screenplays. While there is no deal yet, there are talks… read more →
Here is something that came up in Screenwriters Support Group and with one of my coaching clients a couple of weeks ago: If you’re writing all the time, taking classes, working on your craft, getting notes, doing all those things they tell you to do to improve your craft… what… read more →
On most things, I find that there is wiggle room when it comes to screenwriting, breaking in and building a screenwriting or TV writing career. We break things down into two options: What’s probable (and by that, I mean difficult but achievable) and what’s possible (highly, highly unlikely but… you… read more →
As part of my job, I meet new writers regularly. While career coaching has allowed me to work with both professional and up-and-coming writers, on most weeks I will meet with at least a couple writers taking those early career steps as they thoughtfully navigate the emerging writer landscape. And… read more →
Emerging writers putting pen-to-paper or, more likely, fingers-to-keyboard, have faced a confusing, and largely conflicting challenge for some time: On one hand, just a little bit of research reveals that most screenplays and TV pilots from new and emerging writers don’t actually go on to sell, get set up or… read more →
There are so many screenwriting competitions, fellowships, labs and programs. How do you know which ones to spend your money and time on? In this weeks’ blog post, I share the complete list of all the ones that I’m tracking!
Often, when we talk about screenplays and TV pilots, we talk about craft. Story. Characters. World. Themes. Plot progression. Story turns. All incredibly important when it comes to building a screenwriting career. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, If there is one inarguable truth when it comes… read more →
This week, as I was talking to various writers in various career stages, I got to thinking about some of those things – my mantras, if you will – that I find myself telling writers more often than I would probably like to admit. These mantras are not all my… read more →