“If you can’t pitch an idea — if you’ve got an idea for a story, whether it’s a book, a TV show or a movie, if you can’t pitch it in like 30 seconds and hook somebody and make them believe in it, you’re probably in trouble…Many, many years ago, I had just finished A […]

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“I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you might nudge the world a little or make a poem that children will speak for you when you are dead.”  Oscar-winning screenwriter Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) The old Hollywood adage is “If you want […]

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“When I was younger and finally got an agent—I was turned down by everybody—finally an agent who said he would represent me I may have told my family there was a book in the works. I really don’t remember, it was a long time ago. I had read so much about how to get published […]

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“Routine is what it’s all about. You’ve got to get into a [writing] routine that is second nature. Something you love. I wrote the first two books real early in the morning because I didn’t have any extra time. Now it’s about 7:30. Same small office behind the house where I’ve been writing for the […]

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  “I’m doing the outline [of my story] upfront so I always know where I’m going. I work on the outline for weeks, months, sometimes even years if I can’t get it right. But when I start the book on January the first to finish by July the first I’ve got a clear outline—I know […]

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The Beach Theatre in St. Pete Beach, Florida was owned by screenwriter Michael France (Cliffhanger) until his death in 2013. The theatre first opened in 1940 and France bought it in 2007. But unlike The New Beverly Cinema (owned by writer/director Quentin Tarantino) in Los Angeles, The Beach Theatre didn’t have a large cinephile fan base to […]

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It’s fitting that I was in the Tampa Bay area on the day that Fidel Castro died over the weekend. A third of all Cubans in America live in Florida. The majority of those of those live in the greater Miami/South Florida, but Cuban immigrants began coming to Tampa in greater number in the late […]

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“The last thing I want to be remembered as is an annoying blabbermouth.” Del (John Candy) Planes, Trains & Automobiles It’s Thanksgiving here in the United States and one globally universal thing about holidays is the potential for conflict (drama) as family and friends get together. (At least one crazy family member per get together […]

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“A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.” Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) in Annie Hall  Have you ever had a boyfriend or girlfriend break-up with you?  Raise your hand if you’ve […]

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“Reversals can work physically or emotionally. They can reverse the action or reverse a character’s emotions. In Ghostbusters, our unemployed university professors reverse direction and start their own business. In Jaws, the townspeople think that they’ve caught the shark and start celebrating….The down and out psychic professors in Ghostbusters suddenly change from disappointment to excited. […]

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