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Breaking In: Abraham Lincoln, Verbosity Hunter

Abraham Lincoln was a great writer and public speaker– and a master of brevity.  His entire Gettysburg Address was just 272 words.  A tall man, he knew just how long or short anything should be.  Once, while riding in a stagecoach, Abraham Lincoln was asked by one of his fellow passengers how...

Ask the Expert: Beyond the Chick Flick

Question: What are the top ten things to remember when writing a female-driven screenplay? Answer: 1. Turn The Tables on Female Stereotypes Don’t ignore negative perceptions about women; challenge them by turning negative labels into positive traits for your character. “Gossipy” becomes well informed. “Catty” becomes competitive. And don’t forget that...

Meet the Reader: Apples and Oranges

Readers aren't trying to steal your creativity. It's just that if you make the process of reading your script far too arduous and time-consuming, then all you are doing is giving development people — all of whom are always pressed for time and always have a million other scripts to read...