What we write in the past lasts and has an after-life that impacts the future.  I experienced this in real time the last week of 2019 during a late-night writing session. The Hot Zone and Contact aired on different cable networks nearly back to back.  I had to watch because of the unique serendipi…Read More

  2. Italy Epiphany

    “…a moment when you suddenly feel that you understand, or suddenly become conscious of, something that is very important to you.”    – Cambridge Dictionary Have you noticed epiphanies occur at the most unexpected moments, places and situations? They certainly do for me in this wri…Read More

  3. Dracula Sucks

    [OR HOW THE HARTCHART WAS BORN OUT OF A CREATIVE CRISIS] 1992. I get a phone call at midnight in NYC. It is Francis Coppola. He has been in post production on Dracula for several months and it is not going well. Another disastrous preview has the studio on edge. He asks [politely commands] me to get…Read More

  4. The 7 Rules of Tackling Adaptations

    This Post originally appeared on the blog ScreenCraft. ScreenCraft is dedicated to helping screenwriters and filmmakers succeed through educational events, screenwriting competitions and the annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship program, connecting screenwriters with agents, managers and Ho…Read More

  5. Writer as Job Creator

    The term “job creator” has been, perhaps, overused by our elected officials to convince the electorate that such alchemy exists and that these candidates for elected office know the secret formula to make it so. I say I am a job creator, therefore I am. Let me say that with conviction. I am a jo…Read More