Finding time to write when working


Good morning, readers! 

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I  know that we as writers we have lives. We have to make ends meet somehow. I know plenty of writers who work full-time while trying to make it as a writer too. I once worked two jobs while writing my first novel. It was hard as hell, but the end result was so worth it. We all want to be able to write full-time and make those Stephen King checks, but first, we have to walk before we can run. Currently, I am not working, but if I do get a full-time job, I will still make time to write. It will be a little tough because I am going to school for my PhD.  No matter what happens in life, if you want to be writer, you have to keep writing!

Tips for writing while working 

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1. Rest- It’s important to get a nice amount of rest. I know some people who get up an hour earlier and write before it’s time to go to work. This is real dedication.

2. Make time to write- Write whenever you can. Write on your lunch breaks, while waiting in the doctor’s office, even while at the bus stop. It is always good to keep a notepad and pen handy. You never know when you will get good ideas and have to jot them down.

3. Make a goal- I know some writers never make a daily goal, but when you are working, it is good to do so. This way you will get a routine going and be able to write everyday.

4. Family Time- I knwo that this has nothing to do with writing, but it’s important to have recreation time while working and writing. These avoids burnout. It can also reduce stress.

5. Depending on what you do, you can write at work. I know some receptionists or security guards have an easy job where they sit all day. I would get some serious writing in.

Dealing with burnout…

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It’s been said that writing helps reduce stress and burnout in the workplace and in life. I am actually thinking about doing my dissertation about this topic. But, creative writing helps with stress. At least it does for me. When I am stressed out, I love to be able to tell a good story. One that is fun and full of life. Burnout can cause you to be tired, depressed, or have fatigue. I used to suffer from burnout a lot when I was working 2 jobs and going to school. It can be hard, but if you just find a balance for everything, you can get through it.

 

I want to turn my book into a movie, how should I do that?


 Good morning, readers! 

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I come to you today with a guest post that I wrote for another blog. I decided to post it on my blog because it’s very important information and I see a lot of writers are interested in it lately.  I have been asked a few times about turning a novel into a screenplay. Let me tell you, it is VERY time consuming only because everything in your book, can’t go in your movie.

    Adapting Your Novel Into A Screenplay

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You have this great novel that has probably sold well and now you think it will be a good film. I know that writing a novel is no easy feat, but now it’s time to adapt your baby into a screenplay. It may be difficult to some, but here are some easy tips that will help you.

First things first: Even though you may have written the book or may be hired to adapt a book, read the book twice before you start your process. Read it the first time for leisure and to get a good grasp on the main characters. The second time, start to take notes on the characters, how they look, their personality, and things that they say. Once you have done these steps, make a detailed list of each character that’s most important to the story. If you have to, this is also the time to do some research about things you are unfamiliar with. Remember, although this is fiction, fiction has to be believable. If it’s a biopic film, then it is imperative that it is believable. With movies, it has to look real and be believable, or your audience will realize it is not. When it comes to screenplays, it is a different ball game. The audience wants to see if the screenwriter can put on a great movie.

Second: Now that you have your outline and a structure for your screenplay, it’s time to format it into your paradigm worksheet (See below about the paradigm sheet). When the worksheet is completed, it’s time to start writing your screenplay. Keep in mind, that everything WILL NOT be added into your screenplay from the book. Some parts should be omitted, but the basic storyline is there with the characters.

Examples of Film Terminology: INT (Inside), EXT (Outside), ACTION (Action Scene), FADE IN (The beginning of your screenplay), FADE OUT (The ending of your screenplay), CUT TO (Camera goes to next scene)

The Paradigm: The Paradigm is a blue of what your screenplay will look like.
Act I- Beginning
Act II- Middle
Act III-End

Act I- Unit of dramatic or comedic action
Act II- Unit of action that begins at the end of Plot Point I and extends through the end of Plot point II. (This portion of the script is approx. 50-60 pages).
Act II is about conflict and obstacles overcame. It’s also a unit of dramatic action. Act II goes from the end of Plot point II. (Approx. Pg. 80-90 to the end of the screenplay.)
* Remember that resolution means solution.
Act I- Everything in Act I sets up your story.
A plot point is the story’s progressive point.
Plot point I is the true beginning of your story. A plot point can be anything you want it to be as long as it moves the action forward.
Act II is the most difficult to write because it’s the longest unit of action.
The function of Plot Point II is to serve the story progression.
For example, Plot point I, Plot point II can either be a decision, a line of dialogue, a scene or an action sequence-anything you want it to be.
Act III deals with the context of resolution other wise known as (the solution).

Remember that the average length of a film is 2 hours long, which makes the average screenplay between 90- 120 pages long.
I write my screenplays in Final Draft. I know some people who use Word, or a program called Celtx. . Final Draft is software that’s used to write your screenplay.

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Questions: Here are some questions to think about when filling out your paradigm sheet:
1. What is the solution to your story?
2. Does your character live or die, sink or fail, go on a trip or not?
These are some of the questions to be answered during the writing process of your screenplay.

IF YOU ARE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN WRITING YOUR SCREENPLAY YOU SHOULD:
1. Be reading ALL the scripts you can that have to deal with your genre.
2. Watching every movie that you can afford in your genre.
3. Downloads screenplays for free. Some sites that have them are Simply Scripts.com or Dailyscripts.com.
Try this exercise: Before you express your story, know these things:
1. The Ending
2. The Beginning
3. Plot Point I
4. Plot Point II
these elements are the structural foundation of your screenplay. Once you know these four elements draw the paradigm. The exercise is designed to prepare you to structure your own idea so you can move into the next stage of your screenwriting process.

Okay, now that you have learned about the beginning stages, how research is important and the paradigm let’s get busy!

FADE IN:

SCENE HEADING: INT. HOUSE – DAY

ACTION: JORDAN, 18, brown eyes, wears a satin blue gown, sits at her vanity table putting on make-up for the prom. As she applies blush, she looks at the pictures of her and MIKE, blonde hair and blue eyes, as they kiss each other. CARLA, Jordan’s mother, brown skin with brown eyes knocks on the door.

CHARACTER: CARLA

DIALOGUE: Jordan, Mike’s here and he looks so cute in his tuxedo!

CHARACTER: JORDAN

DIALOGUE: Mom, I will be down in a few minutes, I have to finish my make-up.

Smiling from ear to ear, Carla has tears in her eyes.

AN EXAMPLE: 

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Are you a panster or planner type of writer?


Happy Monday, readers! 

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I was reading a blog from Aerogramme Writer’s Studio for today and it talked about pansters. For those of you who don’t know what it is, a panster is someone who writes without an outline. Sort of like, a fly by your pants kind of writer. I must admit this was me for all 6 of my other novels. I know some other writers who just get the idea and go for what they know. As I was reading the blog post, I notice that I used to do everything that a normal panster does. Now, I have nothing against punsters, but they style is not working for me anymore. I notice myself getting stuck, irritated, and aggravated about being stuck in certain areas.

Some Tips…

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Here are some tips that I have learned about why it’s important to keep focused and always have a blueprint or an outline to go off of.

1. Make an outline- It’s good to have this before you start the writing process. I know for some it maybe hard because some don’t know what outline structure to use. For me, I write out each character in full detail, even down to the personality–this is also known as a character profile. Check out my blog on that. Then, I write a few sentences out about each scene, what will happen and to who.

2. Notecards- Some people may think this is crazy, but I sometimes make notecards of each chapter. This is so I make sure that I am telling the story correctly. But, keep in mind, sometimes the story will shift in another direction and begin to tell itself. This has happened to me A LOT!

3. Study the craft- This may seem off or odd, but for me, while I write, I read a writing book as well, just to keep the rules correct. I have tons of books on writing. Right now  I am reading 100 ways to improve your writing by Gary Provost. This book has some good tips!

4. Reading- Some writers don’t like to read anything when they are working on their writing projects. I feel that it’s important to read a book that’s either in your genre or a different one. Some writers won’t go near a book in the genre they are writing. I find that reading is good while writing because you can learn how to tell a story. Not to replicate the one you are reading, but you can always learn something new that you can add to your writing that you may have not thought about writing before.

5. Write when you feel like it- Some people make a schedule. I have tried to do that and it never works. I do give myself a deadline though. On days when I don’t feel like writing, I don’t. Why put more pressure on you than you deserve? Now, if your manager gives you a schedule of when to write, then that is something different. I am already stressed enough by life, my many writing projects and more. I won’t let the one thing that I LOVE to do add more pressure on me.

Write from your heart…

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I was reading some articles last night and I read where writers write for publishing houses. I thought this was crazy as hell. Writers, please don’t do this. Write your own stories your own way. How can you find your voice, if you are writing for other people? I know this maybe hard, especially if you want to be traditionally published. I do want to be traditionally published, but I want the company to like the work that I wrote from my heart. Another thing, don’t let ANYONE change your writing style. If mystery is all you love to write, then you write the best mystery stories ever. Steve Martin said, ” Make your writing blow them away.” I agree 100% with them. I want to be original and not a copy. This is why I embrace the rejections that I get. I still feel a little bruised  only because I have been doing this forever, but it’s okay. I am not for them, that’s all. It’s just like trying to find a husband or wife, you will date until you find that person you feel you are compatible with. Whatever kind of writer you are, write that from your heart. Don’t let anyone change what kind of writer you are or want to be.

Question: Are you a panster or planner?

As a writer, are you confident?


Good morning, readers! 

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Most of us are introverted, often shy and hate speaking to people in general let alone about our work. I often talk, eat, sleep writing, but I don’t always writer. I feel that as a writer, we have to take a step back and focus. Lately, I have been reading books in different genres, because I am currently writing a mystery novel.  But, I notice that as I read more books, I am not as confident in my writing as I think I am. The ability to be able to tell a story can be stressful and an exciting time. If you are like me, you start from having this great idea and then do some research.

Are you confident?

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Being a confident writer is something that I feel takes years to build. We always make mistakes, but it’s about mastering a skill that will help your writing go tot next level. Some writers are strong in dialogue, plots, endings, etc. No matter your area of expertise as a writer, do it to the best of your ability. It’s funny, I have an MFA in Creative Writing and I still find myself feeling not as confident as a writer. I don’t know if it’s word usage, grammar, or what, but I feel down about it sometimes. To cope with not feeling as confident, I do writing prompts and continue to read on the craft of writing. Stephen King’s ” On Writing” was a great confident booster for me. Ever since I read his book, I was golden! I now am focused and know what I need to do to succeed as a writer. Well, at least succeed in getting the writing done!  As a writer, I don’t think that I know it all, but I am learning to progress in the craft of writing. There are a lot of people who ask me for advice about writing. I am no expert, but I always give my honest opinion and let them know, it’s just MY opinion. People do not have to take my advice.

What is your learning style?

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As a writer, I find that my learning style is to read about writing. I LOVE to read these kinds of books and it gives me confidence. I read a book by Anne Lamott when I was getting my MFA. At first, I thought the book was boring, but I soon realized why I had to read it. It taught me a lot. One of the things I learned from the book is that a writer writes no matter what. If you are working, a college student, a mother, or whatever, ALWAYS make time for writing if you are a writer. There is nothing wrong with taking a break, but don’t break for too long. Get back and finish your project. My learning style as a writer I am all of the above. I’m visual, auditory, and tactile. Well, maybe not so much a tactile learner, because I go to school online. A lot of writing classes that I had to take I learned online. I also like to read books on writing as I said earlier.  I think I like to learn online is because if I get a job, I don’t’ have to worry about missing class. Writers have many different learning styles, whether you are learning about writing or any other subject. Whatever works for you is fine.

My writing process…

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When I am not being lazy, I love to write a lot! I wouldn’t say I am lazy, but I am easily distracted. Like right now, I have my book up ( the one that got lost) and I am now listening to a webinar on getting a PhD and writing this blog. See, I should be writing and staying focused. But, my writing process, I can write for an hour or several hours once I am in the zone. Some famous writers stated that they wrote 1-2k a day, wrote only 10 pages, wrote for a set amount of time, etc. Whatever works for you is best! What works for me may not work for others. My goal is to finish this book that I am writing by Sept. 2nd. I really want to have it done by next week, but that may not happen. I am currently sending queries for one of my screenplays that I wrote, job hunting, and trying to focus on the craft of writing. I’m telling you writing is the easy part. After you finish the book or screenplay, that is where the hard part comes in. We all want success with our writing, it is not going to be easy in achieving that,if you plan on being rich from your book. I have given up on that option. I mean if it happens, it happens, but I just want to put out quality work for my readers.

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Readership Award


Good morning, readers! 

Happy Saturday! I get so excited when I receive these awards. Although, they are not real awards, it’s still nice to know my readers appreciate me.  I was nominated by Natacha Guyot. She is a great writer and blogger. Check her out and tell her that I sent you!

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This is so pretty!! I am too excited. Speaking of readers, I would LOVE to thank all of my subscribers!! I now have 3,082 and I am floored. I am happy that my blog is able to inspire and keep you going. I decided to do a writer’s blog, because I know that writer’s need the inspiration and the extra push. I do as well! I am subscribed to many blogs. Knowing that you guys appreciate my content makes it all worth it. Again, I thank you for your time to read my blog. I know that life can get in the way of things and sometimes you don’t want to read everything. I get overwhelmed sometimes with reading a lot, but I know I need to be doing it.

I know that I am suppose to nominate 15 people for this award, but I can’t. I nominate ALL of my readers and followers for this award. I think you guys deserve it. Even if you just come on my blog and like the blog, you read something that you liked! Haha, I know that was corny, but still. Thanks again to everyone! Thanks Natacha!

 

12 Useful Websites to Improve Your Writing


A Writer With Something To Say:

Here are some great links that will help writers out!

Originally posted on Just English:

by Johnny Webber

1. Words-to-Use.com — A different kind of thesaurus.

2. OneLook.com — One quick dictionary search tool.

3. Vocabulary.com — The quickest, most intelligent way to improve your vocabulary.

4. ZenPen.io — A minimalist writing zone where you can block out all distractions.

5. 750words.com — Write three new pages every day.

6. Readability-Score.com — Get scored on your writing’s readability.

7. YouShouldWrite.com — Get a new writing prompt every time you visit.

8. WriterKata.com — Improve your writing with repetitive exercises.

9. IWL.me — A tool that analyzes your writing and tells you which famous authors you most write like.

10. HemingwayApp.com — Simplify your writing.

11. FakeNameGenerator.com — Generate fake names for your characters.

12. Storyline.io — Collaborate on a story with others by submitting a paragraph.

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Ira Glass Needs to Tell You Something…


A Writer With Something To Say:

I just had to share this. It was speaking to me. I think I say on behalf of all writers when I say, ” Amen!!”

Originally posted on theOffice:

ga79kx5asvt614mijnnu“I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.”

-Ira Glass

The quote is from this Lifehacker piece. It is part of a series called “How I Work” which “asks heroes, experts, and flat-out productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more

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My Gift To You: Signatory Agent List For Writers


My Gift to you painted in a red bow! 

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I know that this blog is very long, but I hope that it will help writers. I am ALL for helping any writer. As someone who is seeking an agent, I know others will benefit, too. This was given to me by another writer and I am passing it on. I hope that someone’s agent is in this list! Good luck and best of all, keep writing! This is the list for the EAST COAST!

 

 Signatory Agency List 

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250 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013, (212) 767-7837

Before sending a completed script: We suggest that the individual first write or telephone the agency, detail your professional and/or academic credentials and briefly describe the nature of the material you desire to submit. The agency will then advise the individual whether it is interested in receiving the material with a view toward representing it. Most agencies, as a courtesy to writers, will return material sent to them if a self-addressed stamped envelope accompanies the submission. However, should a submission not be returned for any reason, the individual should be aware that the agency is under no obligation to return literary material to the individual who is seeking representation.

Please note that the Guild cannot assist in seeking the return of material from an agency. The agencies that appear on this list have promised not to charge fees, other than a commission to any writer. If you find that any of these agencies do charge fees, please contact the Guild at once. As a Guild policy, please note that unfortunately, the Guild cannot offer assistance in finding, selecting or recommending an agent.

NEW YORK

ABRAMS ARTISTS AGENCY

275 SEVENTH AVENUE

26TH FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10001

(646) 486-4600

AGAPE PRODUCTIONS/

THE TERRY PORTER AGENCY

P.O. BOX 147

FLAT ROCK, IN 47234

(812) 587-5184

(310) 228-7935

AGENCY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

45 WEST 45TH STREET,

4th FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10107

(212) 687-0092

ALLAN S. MEYERS AGENCY

1123 BROADWAY, STE. 301

NEW YORK, NY 10010

AMRON DEVELOPMENT, INC.

474 FULTON AVENUE

HEMPSTEAD, NY 11550

(305) 343-7480

alanamron@yahoo.com

BARBARA HOGENSON AGENCY, INC.

165 WEST END AVE.

NEW YORK, NY 10023

(212) 874-8084

BEACON ARTISTS AGENCY

1501 BROADWAY, STE. #1200

NEW YORK, NY 10036

(212) 736-6630

BRET ADAMS, LTD.

448 WEST 44TH STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10036

(212) 765-5630

CURTIS BROWN, LTD.

TEN ASTOR PLACE, FL 3

NEW YORK, NY 10003

(212) 473-5400

DEE MURA ENTERPRISES, INC.

269 WEST SHORE DR.

MASSAPEQUA, NY 11758

(516) 795-1616

DON BUCHWALD & ASSOCIATES

10 EAST 44TH STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10017

(212) 867-1070

DOROTHY PALMER AGENCY

235 W. 56TH ST., #24K

NEW YORK, NY 10019

(212) 765-4280

EARTH TRACKS ARTISTS AGENCY

4809 AVENUE N, #286

BROOKLYN, NY 11234

EDYTHEA GINIS SELMAN LIT. AGENT

14 WASHINGTON PL.

NEW YORK, NY 10003

(212) 473-1874

FIFI OSCARD AGENCY, INC.

110 WEST 40TH ST., ROOM 704

NEW YORK, NY 10018

(212) 764-1100

FLORA ROBERTS, INC.

275 SEVENTH AVENUE, 26TH FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10001

(646) 461-9376

GEORGES BORCHARDT, INC.

136 EAST 57TH STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10022

(212) 753-5785

GERSH AGENCY, INC. (THE)

41 MADISON AVENUE, 33RD FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10010

(212) 997-1818

HAROLD MATSON CO., INC.

276 FIFTH AVENUE, ROOM 903

NEW YORK, NY 10001

(212) 679-4490

HENRY MORRISON, INC.

105 S. BEDFORD ROAD, SUITE 306A

MT. KISCO, NY 10549

(914) 666-3500

HUDSON AGENCY (THE)

THREE TRAVIS LANE

MONTROSE, NY 10548

(914) 737-1475

INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE MANAGEMENT

730 FIFTH AVENUE

NEW YORK, NY 10019

(212) 556-5600

KINGDOM INDUSTRIES LTD.

118-11 195 STREET

BOX 310

ST. ALBANS, NY 11412

(718) 949-9804

LAURENS R. SCHWARTZ ESQ.

5 EAST 22ND ST., #15-D

NEW YORK, NY 10010

LIONIZE, INC.

2020 BROADWAY, STE. 2A

NEW YORK, NY 10023

(212) 579-5414

LITERARY GROUP INT’L. (THE)

330 W 38th STREET, ROOM 408

NEW YORK, NY 10018

(646) 442-5896

LUEDTKE AGENCY (THE)

1674 BROADWAY, STE. 7A

NEW YORK, NY 10019

(212) 765-9564

LYLE STEELE, CO., LTD.

511 EAST 73RD ST., #6

NEW YORK, NY 10021

MARCIA AMSTERDAM AGENCY

41 WEST 82ND STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10024

(212) 873-4945

MARIA CARVAINIS AGENCY

1270 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, STE. 2320

NEW YORK, NY 10020

(212) 245-6365

MCINTOSH AND OTIS, INC.

353 LEXINGTON AVENUE

NEW YORK, NY 10016

(212) 687-7400

MILESTONE LITERARY AGENCY

247 WEST 26TH ST., #3A

NEW YORK, NY 10001

(212) 691-0560

MIRIAM STERN, ESQ.

303 E. 83RD STREET,

SUITE 20F

NEW YORK, NY 10028

(212) 794-1289

OTTO R. KOZAK LITERARY & MOTION PICTURE AGENCY

PO BOX 152 LONG BEACH, NY 11561

literaryagent1@hotmail.com

PACE PUBLIC RELATIONS, INC.

1350 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, SUITE 455

NEW YORK, NY 10019

(646) 599-9222

PEREGRINE WHITTLESEY AGENCY 2

 

 

279 CENTRAL PARK WEST, #23

NEW YORK, NY 10024

(212) 787-1802

PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS UNLIMITED

321 WEST 44TH ST., #605

NEW YORK, NY 10036

(212) 247-8770

RAINES AND RAINES

103 KENYON ROAD

MEDUSA, NY 12120

(518) 239-8311

ROBBINS OFFICE (THE)

405 PARK AVENUE

NINTH FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10022

(212) 223-0720

ROBERT A. FREEDMAN

DRAMATIC AGENCY, INC.

1501 BROADWAY, #2310

NEW YORK, NY 10036

(212) 840-5760

ROBERT L. SEIGEL

67-21F 193RD LANE

FRESH MEADOWS, NY 11365

(718) 454-7044

SEYMOUR AGENCY, (THE)

475 MINER STREET ROAD

CANTON, NY 13617

(315) 386-1831

SOLIS AGENCY, INC.

(THE)

171 SOUTH BROADWAY, SUITE 7

NYACK, NY 10960

(914) 589-8229

STERLING LORD LITERISTIC, INC.

65 BLEECKER STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10012

(212) 780-6050

SUSAN GURMAN AGENCY

1501 BROADWAY, 30TH FLOOR

NEW YORK, NY 10036-5601

(212) 749-4618

http://www.gurmanagency.com

SUSAN SCHULMAN LITERARY AGENCY

454 WEST 44TH STREET

NEW YORK, NY 10036

(212) 713-1633

TALENT REPRESENTATIVES,

1040 FIRST AVEUNE, STE. 307

NEW YORK, NY 10022

(212) 752-1835

VICTORIA SANDERS LITERARY AGENCY

241 AVE OF THE AMERICAS, STE. 11H

NEW YORK, NY 10014

queriesvsa@hotmail.com

WME ENTERTAINMENT

1325 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS

NEW YORK, NY 10019

(212) 586-5100

C A L I F O R N I A

ABOVE THE LINE AGENCY

468 N. CAMDEN DRIVE

SUITE 200

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210

(310) 859-6115

AFFINITY ARTISTS AGENCY

5724 W THIRD STREET, SUITE 511

LOS ANGELES, CA 90036

(323) 525-0577

AGENCY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (LA)

405 S. BEVERLY DRIVE

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 888-4200

ALLENSWORTH ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

468 NORTH CAMDEN DRIVE, SUITE 349B

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210

(323) 333-5493

ALPERN GROUP (THE)

15645 ROYAL OAK ROAD ENCINO, CA 91436

(818) 528-1111

ANNETTE VAN DUREN AGENCY

4303 IRVINE AVENUE

STUDIO CITY, CA 91604

(818) 752-6000

BARRY PERELMAN AGENCY

415 WASHINGTON BLVD., STE. 902

MARINA DEL REY, CA 90292

(310) 659-1122

BETH BOHN MANAGEMENT, INC.

2658 GRIFFITH PARK BLVD., STE. 508

LOS ANGELES, CA 90039

(323) 664-2658

BICOASTAL TALENT & LITERARY AGENCY

210 N. PASS AVE,

STE. 204

BURBANK, CA 91505

(818) 845-0150

BOBBY BALL TALENT AGENCY

4116 W MAGNOLIA BLVD., STE. 205

BURBANK, CA 91505

(818) 506-8188

BOHRMAN AGENCY (THE)

3141 ELLINGTON DRIVE

LOS ANGELES, CA 90068

(310) 550-5444

BONNIE BLACK TALENT AGENCY

4328 WHITSET AVENUE, #6

STUDIO CITY, CA 91604

(818) 636-9968

BRANT ROSE AGENCY

6671 SUNSET BLVD.

SUITE 1584 B

LOS ANGELES, CA 90028

(323) 460-6464

BROGAN AGENCY (THE)

1517 PARK ROW

VENICE, CA 90291

(310) 450-9700

CANDACE LAKE AGENCY, INC. (THE)

P.O. BOX 364

ROSS, CA 94957

(415) 419-5503

CARY KOZLOV LITERARY REPRESENTATION

16000 VENTURA BLVD., STE. 1000

ENCINO, CA 91436

(818) 501-6622

CALVERI & ASSOCIATES

178 S VICTORY BLVD., STE. 205

BURBANK, CA 91502

(818) 955-9300

CEO CREATIVE ENTERTAINMENT OFFICE

1801 S CATALINA AVE., STE. 103

REDONDO BEACH, CA 90277

(310) 791-4494

CERISE TALENT AGENCY

11715 HORTENSE ST.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA 91607

(818) 995-1775

CHASIN AGENCY, INC. (THE)

8899 BEVERLY BLVD., STE. 716

LOS ANGELES, CA 90048

(310) 278-7505

CLEAR TALENT GROUP

10950 VENTURA BLVD.

STUDIO CITY, CA 91604-3340

(818) 509-0121

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS, LTD.

610 SANTA MONICA BLVD., STE. 202

SANTA MONICA, CA 90401

(310) 395-1800

CORALIE JR. THEATRICAL AGENCY

907 S VICTORY BLVD.

BURBANK, CA 91502

(818) 842-5513

CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY, LLC

2000 AVE. OF THE STARS

LOS ANGELES, CA 90067

(424) 288-2000

CRITERION GROUP, INC.

4842 SYLMAR AVENUE

SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91423-1716

(818) 995-1485

DAVID SHAPIRA & ASSOCIATES, INC.

193 N ROBERTSON BLVD.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90211

(310) 967-0480

DIVERSE TALENT GROUP, INC.

9911 W PICO BLVD., STE. 350

LOS ANGELES, CA 90035

(310) 201-6565

DON BUCHWALD & ASSOC.

6500 WILSHIRE BLVD.,

STE. 2200

LOS ANGELES, CA 90048

(323) 655-7400

EQUITABLE STEWARDSHIP FOR ARTISTS

10317 JEFFERSON BLVD.

CULVER CITY, CA 90232-3511

(310) 853-4200

FEATURED ARTISTS AGENCY

6210 WILSHIRE BLVD., SUITE 311

LOS ANGELES, CA 90048

(323) 939-4600

FRANK ELLIOTT SHAPIRO TALENT AGENCY

(818) 376-1583

FRED R. PRICE LITERARY AGENCY

14044 VENTURA BLVD., STE. 201

SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91423

(818) 763-6365

GAGE GROUP, INC.

(THE)

14724 VENTURA BLVD., STE. 505

SHERMAN OAKS, CA 91403

(818) 905-3800

GERSH AGENCY, INC., THE (LA)

9465 WILSHIRE BLVD, 6TH FLOOR

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 274-6611

GRANT, SAVIC, KOPALOFF & ASSOCS.

6399 WILSHIRE BLVD., STE. 414

LOS ANGELES, CA 90048

(323) 782-1854

HOLLYWOOD VIEW AGENCY

5255 VERONICA STREET

LOS ANGELES, CA 90008

(310) 480-5118

IFA TALENT AGENCY

8730 SUNSET BLVD., STE. 490

LOS ANGELES, CA 90069

(310) 659-5522

INNOVATIVE ARTISTS

1505 TENTH STREET

SANTA MONICA, CA 90401

(310) 656-0400

INTERNATIONAL CREATIVE MGMT. (LA)

10250 CONSTELLATION BLVD.

LOS ANGELES, CA 90067

(310) 550-4000

IRV SCHECHTER COMPANY (THE)

9460 WILSHIRE BLVD. STE. 300

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 278-8070

J.K.A. TALENT & LITERARY AGENCY

12725 VENTURA BLVD.

STUDIO CITY, CA 91604

(818) 980-2093

JACK LENNY ASSOCIATES

9454 WILSHIRE BLVD., STE. 600

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 271-2174

KAPLAN STAHLER AGENCY (THE) 3

 

 

8383 WILSHIRE BLVD., STE. 923

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90211

(323) 653-4483

KATHLEEN SCHULTZ ASSOCIATES

6442 COLDWATER CANYON, STE. 206

VALLEY GLEN, CA 91606

(818) 760-3100

LARCHMONT LITERARY AGENCY

444 NORTH LARCHMONT BLVD., STE. 200

LOS ANGELES, CA 90004

(323) 856-3070

LAYA GELFF AGENCY

16133 VENTURA BLVD., #700

ENCINO, CA 91436

(818) 996-3100

LENHOFF & LENHOFF

830 PALM AVENUE

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA 90069

(310) 855-2411

LISA CALLAMARO LITERARY AGENCY

427 N. CANON DRIVE, STE. 202

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210

(310) 274-6783

LYNNE & REILLY AGENCY

10725 VANOWEN STREET, STE. 113

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA

91605

(818) 755-6434

LYONS/SHELDON/

PROSNIT AGENCY

800 S. ROBERTSON BLVD., #6

LOS ANGELES, CA 90035

(310) 652-8778

MAGGIE ROIPHE AGENCY

1721 S. GARTH AVENUE

LOS ANGELES, CA 90035

(310) 876-1561

MEDIA ARTISTS GROUP

8800 HOLLYWOOD BLVD.

LOS ANGELES, CA 90069

(310) 289-1682

METROPOLITAN TALENT AGENCY

7020 LA PRESA DRIVE

LOS ANGELES, CA 90068

(323) 857-4500

MICHAEL LEWIS & ASSOCIATES

2506 FIFTH STREET, #100

SANTA MONICA, CA 90405

(310) 399-1999

MITCHELL J. HAMILBURG AGENCY

149 S. BARRINGTON AVE., STE. 732

LOS ANGELES, CA 90049

(310) 471-4024

MITCHELL K. STUBBS & ASSOCIATES

8695 W. WASHINGTON BLVD., STE. 204

CULVER CITY, CA 90232

(310) 838-1200

MONTEIRO ROSE DRAVIS AGENCY, INC.

4370 TUJUNGA AVENUE, STE. 145

STUDIO CITY, CA 91604

(818) 501-1177

NANCY CHAIDEZ AGENCY

6340 COLDWATER CANYON, STE. 214

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA

91606

(323) 467-8954

NATURAL TALENT, INC.

3331 OCEAN PARK BLVD., STE. 203

SANTA MONICA, CA 90405

(310) 450-4945

ORIGINAL ARTISTS

9465 WILSHIRE BLVD.. STE. 324

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 2757-6765

PANTHEON

1900 AVENUE OF THE STARS, STE. 2840

LOS ANGELES, CA 90067

(310) 201-0120

PARADIGM

360 N. CRESCENT DRIVE,

NORTH BLDG.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210

(310) 288-8000

PAUL KOHNER, INC.

9300 WILSHIRE BLVD., STE. 555

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 550-1060

PREFERRED ARTISTS

16633 VENTURA BLVD.

STE. 1421

ENCINO, CA 91436

(818) 990-0305

QUALITA DELL’ ARTE

6303 OWENSMOUTH AVE., 10TH FLOOR

WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91367

(818) 936-3566

REBEL ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS, INC.

5700 WILSHIRE BLVD., STE. #456

LOS ANGELES, CA 90036

(323) 935-1700

RESOLUTION

1801 CENTURY PARK EAST, FLOOR 23

LOS ANGELES, CA 90067-2325

(424)274-4200

ROTHMAN BRECHER AGENCY, THE

9250 WILSHIRE BLVD., PH

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 247-9898

RPM TALENT

2600 W OLIVE AVENUE,

5TH FLOOR

BURBANK, CA 91505

(818) 333-5150

SARNOFF COMPANY, INC. (THE)

10 UNIVERSAL CITY PLAZA, 20TH FLOOR

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA 91608

(818) 753-2377

SCHIOWITZ CONNOR ANKRUM WOLF, INC.

1680 VINE STREET, STE. 1016

LOS ANGELES, CA 90028

(323) 463-8355

SHIRLEY WILSON & ASSOCIATES

5410 WILSHIRE BLVD.,

STE. 227

LOS ANGELES, CA 90036

(323) 857-6977

SILVER BITELA AGENCY

6612 PACHECO WAY

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA

95610

(916) 723-2794

STARS, THE AGENCY

23 GRANT AVENUE,

4TH FLOOR

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108

(415) 421-6272

STARWILL PRODUCTIONS

433 N. CAMDEN DRIVE,

FOURTH FLOOR

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210

(818) 761-3213

STEIN AGENCY (THE)

5125 OAKDALE AVE.

WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91364

(818) 594-8990

STONE MANNERS AGENCY

9911 W PICO BLVD., STE. 1400

LOS ANGELES, CA 90035

(323) 655-1313

STUART M. MILLER CO. (THE)

11684 VENTURA BLVD., STE. 225

STUDIO CITY, CA 91604

(818) 506-6067

SUITE A MGMT. TALENT & LITERARY AGENCY

120 EL CAMINO DRIVE,

STE. 202

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 278-0801

SUMMIT TALENT & LITERARY AGENCY

9454 WILSHIRE BLVD., STE. 203

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 205-9730

SUSAN SMITH COMPANY (THE)

1344 N. WETHERLY DR.

LOS ANGELES, CA 90069

(310) 276-4224

UNITED TALENT AGENCY, INC.

9560 WILSHIRE BLVD.,

5TH FLOOR

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212

(310) 273-6700

VERVE TALENT & LITERARY AGENCY LLC

9696 CULVER BLVD.,

STE. 301

CULVER CITY, CA 90232

(310) 558-2424

WARDEN GROUP, THE

8840 WILSHIRE BLVD.,

1ST FLOOR

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90211

(323) 852-1028

WILLIAM KERWIN AGENCY

1605 N CAHUENGA BLVD.,

STE. 202

HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028

(323) 469-5155

WME ENTERTAINMENT

9601 WILSHIRE BLVD., 3RD FLOOR

BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210

(310) 248-2000

C O N N E C T I C U T

TALL TREES DEVELOPMENT GROUP

301 OLD WESTPORT RD

WILTON, CT 06897

D I S T R I C T O F

C O L U M B I A

LEONA P. SCHECTER LITERARY AGENCY

3748 HUNTINGTON ST., NW

WASHINGTON, DC 20015

(202) 362-9040

THERESA A. GABALDON

LITERARY AGENT

2020 PENNSYLVANIA AVE., NW, SUITE 222

WASHINGTON, DC 20006

F L O R I D A

BURTON & ROBINSON AGENCY

10051 MCGREGOR BLVD.

SUITE 108

FORT MYERS, FL 33919

(239) 645-6870

COCONUT GROVE

TALENT AGENCY

3525 VISTA COURT

COCONUT GROVE, FL 33133

(305) 858-3002

GLENDA STAFFORD & ASSOCIATES

14953 NEWPORT ROAD, SUITE 100

CLEARWATER, FL 33764

(813) 535-1374

HURT AGENCY, INC.

400 NEW YORK AVE. N, STE. 207

WINTER PARK, FL 32789 (407) 740-5700

LEGACIES…a literary agency

501 WOODSTORK CIRCLE

PERICO BAY

BRADENTON, FL 34209

(941) 792-9159

MARSHALL CAMERON AGENCY

19667 NE 20TH LANE

LAWTEY, FL 32058

(904) 964-7013

STARFLIGHT AGENCY

PO BOX 742172

BOYNTON BEACH, FL 33474

(954) 547-0941

STELLAR MODEL & TALENT AGENCY

info@stellartalentagency.com (954) 241-7376

G E O R G I A 4

 

 

CALIFORNIA ARTISTS AGENCY

3053 CENTERVILLE ROSEBUD ROAD

SNELLVILLE, GA 30039

(770) 982-1477

TALENT SOURCE

1711 DEAN FOREST ROAD, STE. H

SAVANNAH, GA 31408

(912) 963- 0941

WRITERSTORE

645 LAMBERT DRIVE

ATLANTA, GA 30324

(404) 874-6260

I L L I N O I S

KELVIN C. BULGER & ASSOCIATES

4540 W. WASHINGTON BLVD.

CHICAGO, IL 60624

(312) 218-1943

LILY’S TALENT AGENCY

1017 W. WASHINGTON, STE. 4F

CHICAGO, IL 60607

(312) 601-2345

MARCUS BRYAN & ASSOCIATES, INC.

790 FRONTAGE ROAD,

SUITE 407

NORTHFIELD, IL 60093

(847) 441-4271

I N D I A N A

INTERNATIONAL LEONARDS CORP.

3612 N. WASHINGTON BLVD.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46205

JOINT VENTURE AGENCY

2927 WESTBROOK DR., #110B

FORT WAYNE, IN 46805

MASSACHUSETTS

CAROLYN JENKS LITERARY AGENT

69 ABERDEEN AVENUE

CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138-2336

(617) 354-5099

CREATIVE CAREER MANAGEMENT

84 SPRUCE RUN DR. BREWSTER, MA 02631

M I C H I G A N

WHITE ORCHID LITERARY & TALENT

3580 RESERVE COURT

HIGHLAND, MI 48356

(248) 939-1408

MINNESOTA

ALLENSWORTH ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

8120 PENN AVENUE S, SUITE 100H BLOOMINGTON, MN 55431-3199

(323) 333-5493

N E W J E R S EY

DIVERSE ARTISTIC INITIATIVES, INC.

P.O. BOX 864

WOODBRIDGE, NJ 07095

(732) 442-3223

ELLEN BROWN AGENCY

211 CLUBHOUSE DRIVE

MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748

(732) 615-0310

STRATA SPHERES INC.

P.O. BOX 171

FRANKLIN LAKES, NJ 07417

(201) 652-1177

NEVADA

SILVER SCREEN PLACEMENTS

9801 RIDGE CREEK PLACE

LAS VEGAS, NV 89134

(630) 740-8276

O H I O

LE MODELN, INC.

7536 MARKET STREET, STE. 104

BOARDMAN, OH 44512

(330) 758-4417

P E N N S Y L V A N I A

GOOD WRITERS AGENCY, THE

113 HENRY HUDSON DR.

DELMONT, PA 15626

LASERSON CREATIVE

114 S ROBINSON AVENUE

PEN ARGYL, PA 18072

(610) 881-4017

(718) 873-7974

SISTER MANIA PRODUCTIONS, INC.

916 PENN STREET

BRACKENRIDGE, PA 15014

R H O D E I S L A N D

HANAR COMPANY

34 FAIRBANKS AVENUE

PASCOAG, RI 02859

SUZANNE J. REYNOLDS AGENCY

167 CHURCH STREET

TIVERTON, RI 02878

SOUTH CAROLINA

CAPE ROMAIN COMPANY (THE)

9771 TWO PINES ROAD

P.O. BOX 144

MCCLELLANVILLE, SC

29458

(843)887-3000

T E N N E S S E E

CFA PRODUCTIONS, INC.

119 S. MAIN STREET, # 565

MEMPHIS, TN 38103

MIRAGE ENTERPRISES

5100 POPLAR AVENUE, STE. 2700

MEMPHIS, TN 38137-2700

V I R G I N I A

DEITER LITERARY AGENCY (THE)

6207 FUSHSIMI COURT

BURKE, VA 22015

(703) 440-8920

W A S H I N G T O N

CANO AGENCY (THE)

8257 LATONA AVE., N.E.

SEATTLE, WA 98115

C A N A D A

CHARLENE KAY AGENCY

901 BEAUDRY STREET, SUITE 6

ST. JEAN/RICHELIEU

QUEBEC

J3A 1C6 CANADA

Blog Roll: Characters Count


Good evening, readers! 

Good evening

I know that I am late today on the blog, but I have good reason. Today, I was doing a google chat with some writer friends and I had a meeting as well. But, I am here now and I come with gifts! I will be positing some good stuff in about a few minutes.

Blog Roll 

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My friend A. Wrighton invited me to be apart of this blog roll. I must say, this is my first one. I am very excited to be apart of it. There are also other bloggers that are apart of this blog roll, too. Be sure to check them out and show them so love. Follow them, they are great also!

What is your favorite part about writing characters? 

Let’s see. Well, I would say to give them personalities. For me, I love doing character profiles. I love to give a character something different. Maybe a character trait or even a flaw. I love to bring to life their minds. Sometimes I sit in my room and laugh at my characters. Especially, if there is an arguing scene.

What is the hardest thing you have to do when creating a character? What is the easiest? 

This is hard. Let’s see. The hardest thing to do is to create someone that isn’t like me. For example, to create a mean character is hard, because I am the nicest person once you get to know me. It’s really hard to create men because I am a women. But, it is also fun too! It can be very funny, if I am writing a sex scene. The easiest part of creating a character is giving them good dialogue. I feel that dialogue is one of my strengths.

Who is your favorite character that you have written? 

My favorite character would have to be Joy from my YA novel Tears of Joy.  Joy is a young girl who was going through a tough time. Her mother has a serious illness and she’s in love with a boy that her father does not approve of. This character is my favorite because as I was writing the book, Joy started to tell her own story.

Who is one character that you wish you had written?

I wish I had written about an assassin that kills sexual predators. I know that maybe a little raw, but hey, I was asked the question, lol.

Is there a character type that intimidates you? 

Yes! I hate male characters that swear they know everything. For example, I was recently reading about a politician who was running for office. He just knew it all! I was annoyed to death, lol.

Is there a character type that you’re really good at? 

I think I am good at writing about strong women. I am a strong woman so I love to write with strong female leads. After all, women run the world anyway! Well, at least Beyonce thinks so.

Best tip/trick you’ve learned while writing characters? 

This one is going to be funny. But, it helps me to have puppets and say the dialogue along with the different voices that I think they will sound like. I know it is really funny, but it helps because no one will do a table read with me. I am able to catch mistakes like this too!

Blog Roster 

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1. A. Wrighton – genre-bending novelist, screenwriter, and creative evil genius (one of them anyway, let’s not forget who’s blog you are on :)

2. Lisa Bilbrey- romance novelist aka a boss!

3. Leslie Conzatti- the upstream writer

4. Writing Stuff- where the marsette things are

 

If you are a writer, own up to it


Good morning, readers! 

Good morning

As writers, we go through some fun and at times difficult times, but that’s apart of life. I used to be ashamed to tell people that I was a writer because I always felt judged. People would often ask, ” Why aren’t you living in a rich house, or you must make tons of money.” Hold up! Not, so fast! It’s funny that  people put stereotypes on writers. If anything most of us are anything, but rich. Sure, the goal is to get Stephen’s King’s checks, but we are no where near that, at least I am not. As a writer, I love to tell great stories and have my readers enjoy them. For the last 6 years I have self-published my books. I made some decent money, but not enough to be able to just live off of royalty checks. It’s something that is my goal though. eventually. I plan on being successful from many different ventures. I am going to get a good job in Psychology, teaching or working as a researcher, write my books, and I want to be a public speaker. Writers, never be afraid to admit what you are. Yes, most of us are introverted, we like our own space, to ride solo, but when our minds get going, we create magic! Why do you think writers don’t get publicity that actors get? We should, right? After all it is us that give them jobs. It all starts with a screenplay, a commercial, a game, etc. Writers provide all of that for actors. I do feel that we are the most unappreciated people. We are the low-man on the totem pole. It sucks, but that is our reality for now.

Academy Nicholl Fellowship Update…

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I don’t know how to put this, I failed miserably. Well, wait, I won’t say that I failed, I will say that the reader passed up on a good script. My screenplay ” Pia” did not make it into the quarterfinals of this competition. When I got the email yesterday, I started to panic before I opened it. Then, I opened and was told that my screenplay didn’t make it. My first reaction was to cry. I know it maybe silly, but this is my first time entering competitions since I graduated film school. Yes, I know I just won 2nd place in a screenwriting competition for a film festival, but I REALLY wanted to make it in this one. This is considered one of the big boys. I did not even make it into the top 20%. Some of my friends did, but they still did not make the cut either. I will try again next year. It’s all that I can do. But, I am glad that I have the balls to enter. Until next year, Nicholl.

My Writing…

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Since I have gotten my computer back, I have not been working on my book. I am a little mad at myself for not saving my book that I was almost finished. Now, I have to write from chapter 7 and re-build. I mean, I suppose it’s okay since I am not starting from the beginning.  I will be writing today for sure. I am tired of thinking and dreaming about this story, lol. I have so many other ideas for books and screenplays. I am going to be a busy bee. But, I must admit, I am really excited for what is to come !