In 2013 I participated in the NYCMidnight Short Screenplay competition. In this challenge, writers were grouped into heats and wrote in two rounds before advancing (or not). Maximum length for each screenplay was five pages, and my prompts in this round were Ghost Story / A Convention / A Gallon of Ice Cream. Here’s my … [Read more…]
If you’ve ever taken a journalism class, you know what that headline means. Those are the six questions that every story should answer. Since I promised to tell you in this post what I’d write about, and how often, this seemed like a good way to start. Who? Well, the obvious answer is me, but … [Read more…]
We B Late? Huh? I struggled for a long time trying to come up with a name for my blog. Coming rather late to the party as I am (more about that later), it seemed all the clever play-on-words names were long since taken. One great suggestion came from my daughter Sammi’s beloved, Sean. He … [Read more…]
Other than my two-minute initial challenge for Project Publish, this was my first-ever attempt at a screenplay. It’s my entry for the NYCMidnight 2013 Screenplay Challenge. My assignment was to write a screenplay of up to 12 pages that was a Fairy Tale (also a first), about a billionaire, with the subject of pregnancy. I … [Read more…]
Week 6 of Project Publish had us writing a piece to show off the storytelling ability of our actor. Here’s my story: Sullivan’s Story A dozen pair of eyes followed me as I approached the bench and took my seat. “This isn’t a jury of my peers,” I thought, but it’s too late to … [Read more…]
Think Dancing with the Stars…with no dancing (and better writing and acting) In Spring of 2013, I participated as a Writer Contestant in Project Publish – the first (and, so far, the only) season of a reality show for writers and actors produced by Kimberly Kozar Lescelius on BATV – the public access station of Batavia, … [Read more…]
Meet the Contestants There was no competition or elimination on Week 1 – just all of us TV newbies getting the hang of everything and being introduced to the audience.
Let the Games Begin! Episode 2 brought the first challenge. We writers were to write a scene with 2 or 3 characters that was completely dialogue-driven. This was quite a baptism by fire for the actors, having to play at least two different characters right off the bat!
Poetry Week This week was scary for me, as Poetry was something new to me. But that made me do research and really work hard – and with great results. If you’d like to read the poems yourself, you can find them at Creative Writing → Poetry → Creative Contrasts
Just Add 249 Pages, Give or Take Our Week 4 Challenge was to write the opening scene in a thriller novel, which the actor could perform in three minutes. It’s a great start – now I just have to tack the rest of the book on the end of it and I’ll be all set! … [Read more…]