Pretend You Have Amnesia

Imagine you are waking up right now in a hospital bed without your memories. A person comes in and says you love them. They take you to a building and say that you chose it as a place to sleep and to keep your things. Others wait inside. They say they love you. Some say…

We DO NOT All Have the Same 24 Hours

I would like to spend a whole blog post talking about how incredibly stupid and hurtful the phrase “we all have the same 24 hours in a day” is. There’s this simple fact called “children”. Just one of many things that are LEGITIMATE REASONS why Person A may has more time available than Person B….

Be The Protagonist – But Not A Dumb One

We all know that the protagonist of a movie is supposed to learn something. There are ways around every “rule” and “should” and “always” of course, and plenty of movies where the protagonist learns absolutely nothing. And some of those are even good. But there’s nothing like that moment when you watch someone you can…

Sometimes You Just Need A Break

I just want to remind you that not only can you not work 24/7, you shouldn’t. Brains are not built to be used up and spent, down to the bone, over and over. I am giving autobiographical advice here. You know how you tend to get ideas in the shower, or on the commute, or…

The Sacred, Despicable “Rules”

There’s a ton of debate out there about whether there are any “rules” to screenwriting, and if so, what they are. Here’s my two cents: WHO CARES? If you need a little help understanding how structure works, and you want to read one of the books that uses the word “rules”, (and you understand that…