I woke up this morning, read a bit more of Syd Field’s book, THE SCREENWRITER’S WORKBOOK and then all of a sudden it happened–a major breakthrough in the writing of my screenplay…the missing pieces that I had been looking for, for the past eleven months.  Upon realizing this, tears poured from my eyes and I began to sob–tears of joy and resolution.  I jotted down as much dialogue as I could so I wouldn’t forget the exact wording–almost as if the characters gave it to me, themselves.  I have to be at work in one hour.  I can’t wait to come home and start writing.

Put your characters through hell – reblogged


– Richard Beynon

Kurt Vonnegut was a hero of my youth(as you will know from a previous blog post ). His science fiction particularly thrilled and delighted me. The stories themselves were apparently light-weight, many of them built around what amounted to little more than jokes. And yet they seemed also to point to much deeper truths about the meaning (or perhaps lack of meaning) of existence itself. Indeed, some of his laconic, throw-away phrases seemed to carry the weight of entire philosophies. “So it goes,” was the catch-phrase of his great anti-war book, Slaughterhouse Five.

The same is true of his advice to aspiring writers. It seems so simple, so obvious – and yet it conceals a depth of experience and wisdom that is not at first apparent.

Take this little aphorism: “Be a Sadist,” says Vonnegut. “No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things…

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Tagged Again!!! :-)

A Game of Tag

Last night while reading blogs, I noticed that I have been tagged again–this time by screenwriter, Paul Rothbart who is currently raising funds on Indiegogo for his romantic comedy, Isn’t it Romantic at:  http://www.indiegogo.com/Isnt-It-Romantic   Reading Paul’s updates is a very exciting thing, as Paul and the others are very passionate about making this project happen.  If you have a couple of dollars to spare, the project is in great need of funders.  For as little as 5 dollars, you too can fund this project.  What I like most about Indiegogo, is that you can pay using Paypal.  Anyway…if you would like to check it out, I urge you to do so.

Getting back to being tagged, the way the game works is I have to reveal 10 things about myself and then tag 10 other bloggers I would like to know more about.  This is a cool idea to help bloggers learn more about each other and I am flattered to be chosen.  So here we go:

1.  I was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and have lived here all my life.

2.  I have written two first draft screenplays.  I am currently working on the second draft of the first screenplay.  It is on my mind every waking hour of every day.  I hope that some day, you will be able to view it on the big screen.

3.  I plan to read all of Syd Field’s books on screenwriting.  His work inspires me and provides a great wealth of information.  See his website at:    http://www.sydfield.com/  I am also grateful to Scott Myers for his ongoing blog and efforts to help aspiring screenwriters at Go Into The Story at: http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/  If you are an aspiring screenwriter, check it out.

4.  Writing freestyle poetry is one of the ways that I enjoy expressing myself.  I do skip back and forth in time a lot, writing about whatever comes to mind at the moment.

5.  I am both an optimist and a realist.

6.  I am not afraid of hard work.

7.  If someone makes a racist comment, they have lost much of my respect.

8.  I believe in general, that people should show respect for their own Government while encouraging positive improvements.

9.  I still believe that there can be world peace if we put the wellbeing of our world’s children first and learn to help each other.

10.  Part of a quote from Albert Enstein –  “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Now for the tagging.  I tag:











Best regards,

Mary Ann/mypenandme