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Why is it that some writers without much initial talent seem to develop very quickly? Or, how is it that writers who possess talent early on struggle to make progress? Last time, we looked at fixed vs. growth mindsets. Now, we’ll look at a variety of roadblocks that impede our progress. These roadblocks frustrate us, confuse us and deter us. But there is hope if we first recognize what they are.   Read More
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Each week during piano lessons, my piano teacher must have been frustrated that I didn’t practice enough that week yet I had enough talent to "get by" and move on to the next piece. Why was she frustrated? Because she knew I relied on talent. I had the wrong mindset. Does this sound familiar to you or someone you know?   Read More
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Why do most of your brilliant ideas happen while you're in the shower? Or when you're about to fall asleep? Or in your dreams...or while you're cooking...or while you're in class (or at the office) daydreaming? There is an answer found in an exciting, emerging area of science.   Read More
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Because so many companies use Agile for some of their projects, I thought it would be fun to see if any principles can apply to screenwriting. If one thinks of a screenplay as a product, can focusing on working in smaller increments of time, being flexible to change, and getting feedback sooner work?   Read More
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Part 2. Because so many companies use Agile for some of their projects, I thought it would be fun to see if any principles can apply to screenwriting. If one thinks of a screenplay as a product, can focusing on working in smaller increments of time, being flexible to change, and getting feedback sooner work?   Read More
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Essentially, there are three things to keep in mind when you embark on any creative endeavour aimed at the television makers and audience.   Read More
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If you want to work on the most important thing of the day, do it first thing. Writing in the morning may be difficult, but once you build it into your morning routine little by little, it will be as essential as brushing your teeth.   Read More
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Being a stickler about my story-breaking is one of the key reasons I’ve managed to sustain a 20+ year successful writing career.   Read More
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The studio system is very political. I have dabbled in it a few times and it is just a world I am not comfortable with at this point in my career. My motivation for filmmaking is simple: I want to be able to create things I like, with people I like and enjoy myself while doing it. That is the definition of MY success.   Read More
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Writing a limited-location script can be tough. Sure, we could come up with another premise about a man who invades a home and terrorizes a woman, but can we make our script shine? Even if you come up with an angle, obstacles exist when you sit down to write a one-location script.   Read More
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