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“Different Shades of Pink” 2009 (my Valentine’s Day Short Story Exercise)

// February 14th, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

Happy-Valentines-DayHere’s an old short I wrote a while back. It was based on a writing prompt: “She smelled like the lemon sherbet that melted all over my kitchen counter the other night.” 

It turned into this… it was kinda free from, no real edits or rewrites – it is what it is. An exercise in writing.

Enjoy and… Happy Valentine’s Day.

Different Shades of Pink

I was dressed in a completely inappropriate shade of pink. My color scheme has never been my strength and when they said to wear pink, I had to find the only pink think I owned. It was a blouse stuffed way back on a shelf with other ‘old clothes for the garage’ cloths. I actually did not pick it because, first, I hate pink and second, it’s the only pink blouse I had. It was by necessity and not by choice. I grabbed at it knowing exactly where it was: three from the bottom. Continue Reading

3 Tips on Writing for Teens

// January 17th, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

Another article for the YA writer that was on another blog: 3 tips on writing for teens:

hobbitSometimes keeping up-to-date with today’s teens is like making sure you know what the next best video game is or the next teenage rock star is singing about. That’s fine – but in order to write for them, its an even bigger challenge. It is tough enough getting teens to read ‘our’ fantasy/sci-fi classics: like “The Hobbit”, “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”, or even the classics like, “Tom Sawyer” or “Catcher in the Rye”. They don’t know what they are missing – unless they are forced or ‘required’ to read them.

And I doubt most teachers are having Young Adults read the Harry Potter series or the Twilight series – but this is how to understand how to write books for teens. Most importantly: What’s hot and trendy!

Here are 3 tips on writing for teens:

1. Trendy now may not be trendy tomorrow.
2. Know what the daily conversations are about.
3. Be a teen.

Keeping each tip in mind on a daily basis, especially as a Young Adult writer, will help you develop subject matters that teens will ‘go for’, and hopefully, create the tipping point for your book as a top seller and eventual movie deal! Continue Reading

How to Overcome Procrastination

// January 16th, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

This article, “How to Overcome Procrastination”, as another one of my writing tip articles from another website. Enjoy!

How to Overcome Procrastination

best advice - writeWhat leads to writer’s block? It’s the same thing that leads to failure in every aspect in life – its called, “procrastination”. Procrastination will kill you – it will kill your work as a writer, and it will kill the chances of success! As a writer, you need to know how to overcome procrastination!

Procrastination is unavoidable – so we think. To overcome procrastination, just make a list of all the things you could have accomplished if you had not procrastinated! This is your list of failures! Are you a failure? No! If you aren’t, then work on that list and turn them into a list of goals!

Successful people have goals! Winners have goals! Goals lead to success!

One day of procrastination can lead to a month of failures – because one day of procrastination as a writer will lead to another day. That day will lead to a week, then a month. Once a year of procrastination sets in, how hard do you think it is to get back on track? It is hard!

Be accountable to your responsibility as a writer. Wear the title well – if you do not writer, you are not a writer. It is plain and simple. If you want to be a writer you need to write instead of procrastinating!

If you are accountable to your mortgage, and you have to write to pay your mortgage, you have hung something on that responsibility and now have to take ownership for it. Hang something on your responsibility as a writer and take ownership for every page written and unwritten! Continue Reading

Novel Writing Tips – Turn your script into a novel

// January 14th, 2017 // No Comments » // On Writing

This article, “Novel Writing Tips – Turn your script into a novel”, was previously published on another defunct writers website… I’m putting it up for all to read here:

Novel Writing Tips – Turn your script into a novel

nancy k haddockYou did all the leg work. You have stacks of research, outlines, character sheets, time lines, plot points and a treatment. And you pounded out 120 pages of a feature screenplay. But as you read your script you have your very own epiphany:

You should have written a novel!

You toss the pages in the air. You come to the conclusion that all that time and effort to write the script was a waste. More could have been told in prose, the novel that you always wanted to write was spent churning pages upon pages of a screenplay, and now you wish you did not spend your valuable time writing something nobody will ever see – let alone read.

Wait – do not walk away now. You just developed the best outline, structure and story for your novel! All the beats are there.
All the plot points, set-pieces, and character relations are built. A 10 page treatment was ready to send out. You have everything you need to write a novel – now just write it!

Here are 3 Novel Writing Tips to get you started on transitioning your script into a novel. Continue Reading

Novel Writing Tips on starting your Novel

// December 17th, 2016 // No Comments » // On Writing

This article, “Novel Writing Tips on Starting your Novel”, was formally on another one of my writer’s website with MY pen name M. Santero… That site is no longer in my control so I’m delivering it here:

Novel Writing Tips on starting your novel

ray bradburyCapture that fleeting moment before it fleets!

If you are like me, you get these moments of inspiration out of the blue and you are convinced that they are such great ideas and you will eventually get to them. The problem is, you never do. The moment disappears as soon as it appears; a call from your best friend, a question from your daughter, or the red light turns green and the moment is gone forever.

Here’s a novel writing tip: As soon as you get an idea in your head you have to start writing. Make it a do-or-die situation and you are sure to get your ‘next idea’ into a novel idea!

Here is the do-or-die checklist to start your novel right now! If you can just get to Tip #1, you will be able to get to Tip #5!

1. Write the logline!
Make it a one liner – it’s in your head already, so get it on paper now! Now make it work. This is the one line that you will tell your best friend so that she will say, “I want to read that!”

2. Write the Amazon.com Product Description
Head over to Amazon.com and read the Product Descriptions of some of your favorite books. It could be a lengthy synopsis or an expansion of your logline. This is your ‘thought in process’ going through the motions so it does not have to be the ‘final draft’. It’s a rough draft to your idea, which is meant to get the reader to buy the book! Make it exciting enough for someone to want to own it! Continue Reading

Ask yourself “And then what happens?” after your great idea!

// November 2nd, 2016 // 2 Comments » // On Writing

And then what happens?

by Glenn Magas

Does your ‘idea’ for a screenplay sustain itself for at last 90 minutes? If not, you don’t have a story for a feature film. Before you get started on your screenplay, you need to make sure you have a through line that can get you from page 1 to “The End”. If you are stuck and can’t answer a simple question like, “And then what happens?”, you are in trouble.

If you find yourself writing a story, or a scene, that seems to go on and on without focus and without pushing the story, ask yourself the question, “And then what happens?” in order to get you back to a story’s through-line and help prevent wasting time writing a script that goes nowhere!

Outlining a script is important. Having, ‘been there and done that’, getting started on a script without clear-cut direction leads to wasted pages, time, and another uncompleted script. Only commit to the start of your script once you can answer the question “And then what happens?” from beat to beat, scene to scene, act one to act three. Continue Reading

Screenwriters – be egoless!

// October 8th, 2016 // No Comments » // On Writing

I belong to a Screenwriting forum and this is the number one issue. Ego. It’s thrown around like a badge of honor and it’s not.

Get rid of your ego! Be “EGOLESS!”10701998_10152752974073529_55326401400905867_n

Seems like everyone wants to be the ‘authority’ of screenwriting rules and how it’s done when the bottom line is – “Don’t try to be right – just do it right.”

Here’s some of those ego-driven hard fast rules that some screenwriters stand by and can NEVER let go of:

Don’t use Voice Overs… ever!
Don’t use camera angles/direction… ever!
Don’t break the 4th wall… ever!

Here’s what should be taught. Continue Reading

Tootsie – Plot Break Down

// May 10th, 2016 // 2 Comments » // On Writing

Here’s a Tootsie Plot Break Down: A quick breakdown based on both the Movie and the script.  In my opinion, Tootsie is one of the most efficient, in terms of every scene has something to do to support all aspects of the story, and best structured screenplay and movie ever.  You can put it through anyone’s structure breakdown ‘formula’ so-to-speak, and it will past the test with flying colors.

This is why it was nominated for best film in 1983.

If you are new to screenwriting, or if you haven’t watched Tootsie in a while – I suggest and highly recommend you should.

 

Tootsie – Plot Break Down

 

Tootsie

What do you get when you cross a hopelessly straight, starving actor with a dynamite red sequined dress?

Tootsie Continue Reading

Writing Tips on the Web

// February 14th, 2016 // 1 Comment » // On Writing

 

Need some writing tips?

 

If you are a new writer you might be looking for some inspiration or motivation to write your next project.  Here are a few links that can steer you in the right direction as you search for Writings Tips on The Web.

I found some cool pages that include incredible writing tips for anyone writing articles on the web to screenwriting. Bookmark them! Continue Reading