Creativity doesn’t have rules

Recently I’ve been reading about the subject of “creativity”. It’s one of my favorite topics – along with imagination.

Here’s some excellent advice for all writers, especially new writers and ‘recovering’ writers.

- Be true to yourself

- The creative process is not linear, predictable.

- Your creative process is unique so don’t compare it with others or sell yourself short

Read the full article, Creativity cannot have rules

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If you feel like you have nothing to say

“I see a lot of screenplays and movies that are derivative. That’s like trying to be second in a race. Lightening in a bottle is when you touch on something real. It can be a small observation, but you need to have something to say. If you feel like you have nothing to say, then ask yourself ‘Why do I hurt?’ or ‘Why can’t I find love?’”

Screenwriting Quote of the Day: Producer Barnet Bain

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Lion King 3D release

The amazingly successful animated film, Lion King, is being released today in 3D by Disney.

It contains songs written by Elton John and Tim Rice and wonderful soundtrack by film score composer extraordinaire, Hans Zimmer.

Read more at Mashable.

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The power of stories

“The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won – than by the stories it loves and believes in.” Harold Goddard

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On reading

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend.
Inside of a dog, it’s too hard to read.”

Groucho Marx

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The Golden Pitch Festival is Almost Here!

Tickets will be going on sale soon for the greatest pitch fest in 2011: The Golden Pitch Festival, held at the 2011 Screenwriting Expo.

No other gathering exposes you to more A-list companies, agencies, and management companies. These are the people getting films made day after day – and they are at our event, waiting to hear YOUR stories.

Click here to register

Before You Pitch, Let the Expo Teach You How

The key to any good pitch is first of all, a great story. But you need to know how to convey that great story to the executive who is listening to it. You may have the Greatest Story Ever Told, but if you can’t sell someone on it, no one will get a chance to see it.

The Expo recommends specialist classes, all taking place before the Pitch Fest begins! You must register for the Expo to get access to the classes.

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Have a screenplay to rewrite: 21 steps to a professional rewrite

The more effective your rewrite strategies, the better your script will be. In this two hour teleseminar, presented by Hal Croasmun from ScreenWritingU, learn 21 strategies to make sure your next rewrite will be your best so far.

“It’s the best rewrite class I’ve taken. I’ve taken three, one was 2 months, another 2 days and the third six weeks. I learned more high quality tools in two hours with Hal than all of the other courses combined.”
— Kymber Yung,

Best of all, there is no charge.*

Here’s some of what is covered:

  • A step-by-step process anyone can follow to create a professional level screenplay that will be respected by agents and producers.
  • The #1 Key to Rewriting Success. Change this one thing and rewriting gets so much easier.
  • Three ways to turn ordinary characters into extremely compelling story people.
  • The most important question you must ask to turn dull scenes into dramatic and valuable scenes.
  • The #1 Reason writers won’t cut bad scenes. Don’t be guilty of this.
  • And 16 other Advanced Strategies for rewriting.

Whether you are entering contests or promoting your script to Hollywood, this call will give you valuable tools for improving your chance of winning and/or selling.

“I have never heard of such a comprehensive step-by-step rewriting process before finding you. I started not to even get on the call because I just found your website a few days before the teleclass. But, boy, am I glad I did!”
— Dolores Wix

Limited to 100 callers

PRICE: Free for ScriptForSale Members (Find out about our free membership)

PRICE: Nothing…*except the long distance fees you pay to your own phone company. (Usually around $5 – $8)

TIME: Saturday, August 13th at 2pm Pacific Daylight Time — Please check your time zone.

Sign up for this teleseminar!

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