1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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