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Do You Fear Writing Success?

Posted by on January 5, 2016 in Writing Advice | 2 comments

Do You Fear Writing Success?

For many writers, as their project gets closer to completion, fear starts to set in. Instead of getting excited or motivated, they become anxious and procrastinate. It is confusing! This novel or screenplay is your ambition, your dream even…so why all the negative feelings? I call this vulnerable state the Fear of Writing Success because it gets stronger as you near your goal. It is filled with “what if” messages and negative self-talk. Here are some common thoughts writers have when they feel the fear of writing success: “I really...

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How Do I Establish My Own Voice as a Writer?

Posted by on December 16, 2015 in Exploring wonderment, Writing Advice | 2 comments

How Do I Establish My Own Voice as a Writer?

Every writer has their own voice, there is no way around this. That’s a good thing! Some writers have a more distinct or unusual voice than others. Some writers have luck on their side and tap into the zeitgeist and find themselves resonating with a niche group of followers or they experience a mass following. One of the sure-fire ways to develop your own voice is to be true to yourself.

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How to Avoid Writing a Mediocre Text

Posted by on November 5, 2015 in Exploring wonderment, Writing Advice | 1 comment

How to Avoid Writing a Mediocre Text

As an aspiring writer or screenwriter you should know the answer to this question: How Can I Write Authentic Texts and Avoid Mediocre Ones?

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Summer Blockbusters Lack a Sense of Wonderment

Posted by on August 25, 2015 in Exploring wonderment | 1 comment

Summer Blockbusters Lack a Sense of Wonderment

It is wonderful to see a critic using the word “wonderment” as I have been dedicated to teaching my students and clients how to introduce this element into their material.

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Manuscript Wish Lists. A Resource to Get You Inspired

Posted by on January 26, 2015 in Exploring wonderment | 0 comments

Manuscript Wish Lists. A Resource to Get You Inspired

In this post I discuss a great manuscript resource that allows you to explore the actual tweets from industry professionals — and why this is a great opportunity for you.

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Why Theaters That Show Old Movies Are the National Treasures

Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Exploring wonderment | 3 comments

Why Theaters That Show Old Movies Are the National Treasures

I would hope that everyone reading this blog has a favorite old movie theater that has been part of their life. You know the one. The one that is a bit run-down, usually located in the downtown area of a metropolitan city or college town that runs double features of films made throughout the history of films. These are usually the same “movie houses” (as my mom always referred to them) that screen midnight showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Well, for me this theater was the Oriental Theater located on the East Side of Milwaukee (See my...

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Ode to the Oriental Theater and Watching Films on the Big Screen

Posted by on October 13, 2014 in Exploring wonderment | 4 comments

Ode to the Oriental Theater and Watching Films on the Big Screen

The Oriental Theater is one of those grand old showplaces built in the early years of movie-making. It is a palace if there ever was one. It was where I viewed all of the foreign films I could devour and all the alternative screenings as well. Dare I say that the entire Oriental Theater movie-going experience brought wonderment into my life for the weekend? I think it did.

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Make your audience think. Create moments of wonderment.

Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Exploring wonderment | 1 comment

Make your audience think. Create moments of wonderment.

A moment of wonderment is that moment in a book or movie or TV show that makes you sit up and think. In this post I explore “mows” or Moments of Wonderment and why they matter.

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Why Wonderment in Writing Matters

Posted by on August 4, 2014 in Exploring wonderment | 0 comments

Why Wonderment in Writing Matters

“Wonderment?” you ask…yes, wonderment, that indescribable essence of your favorite book, movie, TV show, song, video-whatever form of media you find yourself consuming. Wonderment is necessary in all forms of writing. It is what speaks to you alone as you read the book, view the filmed visuals, or listen to the music. It is that energy that connects our collective consciousness. It is what takes you out of your own world and transports you to the world you are experiencing. It is what you get out of having read the book, viewed...

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