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S-e-x Tips for Screenwriters: Does Page Count Count? My Script is Too Long!

Paige, I need your help. It’s my page count. My script is too long! It’s a whopping 121 pages long! I know it will be instantly rejected by everyone, everywhere. This is my passion project, and it doesn’t stand a chance. This is so unfair!  Who makes up these rules? And what about all those […]

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Query Letters

S-E-X Tips For Screenwriters: Creating The Outstanding Query Letter

Dear Dr. Paige Turner, With several completed pieces of material polished and ready to go out into the world, suddenly I’m faced with a terrifying new writing challenge – the query letter. While I’ve worked to master my craft, this bizarre half man-half beast hybrid of letter writing/sales pitch/self-promotion leaves me baffled, and, to be […]

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Stop listing to your doubts about being a real writer.

S-E-X Tips for Screenwriters: What to say when people ask if I’m a “real writer”?

Dear Doctor T., The absolute worst part of the holidays wasn’t the travel travails, shopping stress, or even the heated family political arguments. It was the incessant questions from so called well-meaning family and friends: You still doing that writing thing? So when are we going to see your name on the big screen? You’re […]

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Negotiating Negotiations

Negotiations: It’s Nice To Be Important, But It’s Important Not To Be A Jerk

Dear Paige, Woman-to-woman, do you think women always get the shaft in negotiations? I’ve read about top tier actresses getting paid far less than their male co-stars and even less than male supporting actors. I want to stand up for myself and get the best deal possible, but aren’t women who do this labeled “bitches”? […]

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Reading For Free: Just Say No

S-E-X Tips for Screenwriters: Reading for Friends and Strangers “Just Say No!”

Dear Paige, I‘m a giving kind of guy, so I’m always open to reading the work of other writers. I’ve put a lot into building my skills as a writer. I think this is a great way to build relationships. But Paige, some of these scripts… umm, stink. Despite this, I’ll kill myself on creating […]

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Creating great loglines takes practice!

S-E-X Tips for Screenwriters: Avoiding Logline Wipeouts

Dear Doc Turner, I give up. I can’t do it. I consider myself a writer, but putting together a logline has been more frustrating than writing an entire screenplay. How can a single sentence be so hard to write? I read up on loglines online and followed all the advice I could get. I’ve tried […]

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Free Rewrites

S-E-X Tips for Screenwriters: The Free Rewrite

Dear Paige, I couldn’t be more excited! I’m finally working with a real, Hollywood professional! At first, they told me they LOVED my script. What a rush! But now they want me to make all these changes. For free. I thought that once I was a real, working writer, I’d be getting paid to write. […]

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Structure and Outlining Help You See Your Story Clearly!

S-E-X Tips for Screenwriters: Are You Writing With Beer Goggles On?

Paige, please settle this debate once and for all. I’ve had it with all the back and forth. Is it really necessary to outline a script before you begin? I adore the thrill of the moment. Creating little details is so pleasurable. It’s the tiny touches that are arousing. Letting the story take me where […]

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The Happy Ending

S-E-X Tips For Screenwriters: The Happy Ending

Dear Paige, I’m hoping for your advice. I’ve gotten my script into the hands of readers, and the feedback I’m getting is that they don’t like the ending. I don’t want to cave to peer pressure and the relentless push toward commercialized crap by grafting on a traditional, clichéd happy ending to my romantic comedy. […]

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S-E-X Tips For Screenwriters: Ticking Off Your Reader?

Paige pops by to present Pet Peeves readers proclaim particularly pesky.   Dear Doctor T, I’ve got a good script. I’ve been entering it in contests and getting nowhere. No wins, no placing, not even a “show” to show for it. I’ve shelled out big bucks for coverage and gotten a bunch of picky notes. […]

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A Rewriting Disaster: "Too Much Tinsel On Your Tree"

S-E-X Tips for Screenwriters: Rewriting – When Is Enough Enough?

Dear Doctor Paige, I feel I can turn to you for help with my problem. Everything was perfect until I started rewriting. You see, my script and I have been together for a while now. A long while. At first, the mere thought of the concept thrilled me. It was intoxicating to run my eyes […]

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Extreme distraction is one of the symptoms of resistance.

S-E-X Tips 4 Screenwriters: Is it Writer’s Block? Dr. Turner’s Diagnosis and Cure

Paralyzed by a blank page? Is it merely Writer’s Block or are you suffering from Resistance Syndrome? R.S. slows productivity, saps energy, kills inspiration. Paige’s Rx

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