New Year’s Reflections and Resolutions

happy new year

As the eve of the New Year approaches I would like to pop some bubbles and savor the lessons of last year.

Number one, as always, write everyday.

Pop the cork, but before a sip of the champagne, roll your finger around the edge of the crystal to make a harmonic ping. So cool.

As I reflect on last year and the next would like to ingrain a few resolutions:

1. It is near the end of the Third Act of 2014 and it’s time to learn from the obstacles of Act II; so as a screenwriter I vow to SET UP SUSPENSE IMMEDIATELY so that my sub text is firm.

2. Listen to the pitched producers who so respectively sent notes: what did producers say about scripts that can help me on my way to a sale?
a. not big enough
b. pitch too monotone for thriller, get more excited, use hand gestures
c. great premise than drops
d. dated

Take heed and MAKE SURE THE STORY IS BIG.

Take a shot of expresso and then pitch like your life depends on it!

Keep up momentum.

Stay current and relevant.

3. MAKE ME THAT STORYTELLER AU PAR EXCELLENCE, oh great script muses.

4. Capture the essence of irony.

5. Feel the family

6. Get into the heads of the characters

7. Write  robustly, with all the new found knowledge that obstacles bring.

Then finish off the champagne and plunk the glass.