Christmas Gift Ideas for Writers

Session #13 – Christmas 2017

Happy holidays! You’ve bought the tree, you’ve sung the carols… but you still have to buy the presents! We talk about some things to give the writers in your life. Show notes: Netflix Gift Cards (for research purpose of course) from Amazon.com Amazon Gift Cards (can be used for research on Amazon Prime Video, or anything else) HBO Now Gift SubscriptionsWriters Emergency Pack – cards that help writers with ideas, writers block, etc. Celtx – Cloud-based screenwriting software Final Draft – Screenwriting software (Check if your writer needs just an upgrade!) Starbucks Gift Card – for late night writing sessions Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf – LA coffee house chain Apple Gift CardsWriter’s Journals – and other books and gifts for writers The Writers Store – books, classes and more for writers  

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Table Read

Session #12 – Do you Need a Writers Group

No man is an island. Well, except for maybe writers. We’re known for being solitary creatures. But if you want to be successful, maybe you shouldn’t go it alone. We discuss the pros and cons of being in a writers group. Show notes: Patricia C. Wrede’s blog post about her writers group, as mentioned in the show: www.pcwrede.com/a-group-of-ones-own

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Writer As Actor

Session #9 – Writers as Actors

Actors are the ones that bring your finished project to life, but it’s surprising how little writers understand an actor’s world. We discuss the importance of trying out the #actorslife so you can be a better writer. SHOW NOTES:LA On Camera Training Center – www.laoncamera.comThe Big Four in Improv:GroundlingsUpright Citizens BrigadeSecond CityIO WestBonus! ComedySportz LA

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Good vs. Evil

Session #8 – Good v Evil

Once upon a time, there was a good, beloved king and an evil witch… until they wanted to switch places and cause havoc in the way audiences view the world. We discuss the evolution of good guys and villains in media, then and now. Show Notes: No notes for this episode

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Session #7 – Writing with Production in Mind

If you want to be a great writer, you have to be a great… producer? If you want to sell your script, you do! Learn what producers are looking for so you can write a script that stands out. SHOW NOTES:Current SAG Rates – Go to www.sagaftra.org for current TV, commercial, music video, etc. rates

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Session #6 – Outlining

Your English teacher made you do this all the time in school. You hated it then, you hate it now. But now at least you realize the importance of a good outline. Or is it just an antiquated exercise? We discuss how and why outlining (still) matters. SHOW NOTES:Syd Field’s 3 Act Structure Resources on Amazon.comBig Ideas for Screenwriters – Writing Consultant Barri Evins

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Session #5 – Writers Block

The bane of every writer’s existence… the dreaded case of writers’ block. We discuss how to climb over, dig under, go around, or just blow up your biggest writers’ block hurdles. SHOW NOTES:Writer Emergency Pack by John August. 

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