1. 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 …Read More

  2. BACK TO THE HOT ZONE – OR STILL CRAZY SCARY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

    At 9pm EDT on May 27, Memorial Day eve, The Hot Zone, a 6 part mini-series premiered, based on Richard Preston’s terrifying 1992 article in the New Yorker, “Crisis In the Hot Zone”, and his even more terrifying 1994 book, The Hot Zone, introducing the unsuspecting public to the deadly pathogen…Read More

  3. THE AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL – 25 YEARS LATER

    Why writers like to hang with each other and are “still crazy after all these years?” This photo was taken at the first Heart of Texas Film Festival in 1994. The brainchild of Barbara Morgan, a fiercely determined force of nature and Austinite, it was to be a film festival for Writers….yes, fo…Read More

  4. SANCTUARIES, SAFE HARBORS AND OTHER HAPPY WRITING PLACES

    Every writer needs a happy writing place. And if we don’t, that is often the prime excuse we make for not writing. My computer crashed and I lost all my files is a good one. My significant other and I broke up works. Hey, I had to walk the dog. The baby is teething. The line at Starbucks was like,…Read More

  5. THE SATISFYING ENDING: DAMIEN CHAZELLE + THE LALA LAND DILEMMA

    After all the weeks and months and sometimes years of slaving over your script-to-screen adventure, it would be nice if your audience affirmed and validated your efforts by feeling satisfied by your ending -- satisfied by the experience and the landing zone you provided for them; satisfied that the …Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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