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The Idea File — Exercising The “Is this a good idea for a movie” Muscle

Every writer should have an Idea File – preferably a whole bunch of them, a little notebook you carry around, a file on your computer, a file folder, your iPhone, a shoebox. Anything and everything that works for you. My first junior development executive job was working for writer-producers Bruce Evans and Ray Gideon. They […]

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Eenny, Meeny, Miney, Mo…

Eenny, Meeny, Miney, Mo… How do you decide what to write next? It’s the single most important decision you will ever make as a writer. Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall building in a single bound, a great idea is the most powerful thing in the film business.  A terrific idea can […]

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Damn, I wish I’d thought of that!

Damn, I wish I’d thought of that! In industry meetings, we’re constantly asking writers, “What’s Next?” eager to hear about their next project, hoping it’s a terrific idea. Screenwriting is about decision-making – thousands upon thousands of decisions.  But the single most important decision you will ever make as a writer is what to write […]

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