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"This week I got a few e-mails from aspiring screenwriters who wanted to know if it was okay to keep writing even though the WGA writers are on strike."

It amuses me that aspiring screenwriters would even ask this question. To me, it feels like a roundabout way of finding an excuse not to write.

I think what might be a problem is for aspiring writers to try to SELL something right now, or take advantage of the strike to get a writing job.

E.C. Henry

I'm with Christina (she's so hot -- and she's got a great mind too), I think a lot of so-called "writers" look for reasons not to write, when it's really all about sitting down and working at a CRAFT untill you have made GREAT ART.

The more I write, the more I love the inner process of "woodsheding" on characters in my screenplays. Writers write, BUT they also love peope, it's just in a round-a-bout way. Let's not every stike against discovery and making friends with new people.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Judith Duncan

So relevant.Having just started a screenwriting course at UCLA,our first assignment was to write the premise of our film in 2's so hard and here,Feneon makes it so wonderfully simple and powerful.I'll keep reading these and hopefully learn something.



'A writer= a person constantly on the lookout for any excuse to procrastinate.'
How I relate to that!
The equivalent to the two line premise as a novelist, must be the art of creating Query Letter to Literary agents.
For example. My blockbuster mystery thriller is 150,000 words set on three continents and opens with a mountaineer with an ice axe climbing a glacier in the High Himalaya. The next scene is a hot dusk in a Napa valley vineyard.
The story is about finding out the truth behind a death.
Now all I have to do is condense the work into five to eight lines. Think Back of book blurb.
Right, Okay.
Best of luck to all of those in the current dispute.


This site is more 'opening scene' than narrative arc, and not as masterly, but a good source of inspiration never the less... Cheers, Al.


I'll have to check the book out, Billy.

Man purchases book at recommendation of witty blogger. Reads book. Finds happiness, peace of mind, writes brilliant screenplay.


Right, Christina -- What you said.

EC, the back end of your comment reads as if it was translated from the Japanese, but your heart is clearly in the right place.

Judith: "Writing is easy. All you have to do is sit staring at a blank piece of paper until the drops of blood start falling from your forehead."

Ray-Anne. Yikes and good luck. "The search for the truth behind [X]'s death took [Y] from a High Himalayan peak to a Napa Valley vineyard, but..."

Al: Thanks for a look at the fun site.

Man, Scooter, may it only be so easy!


Take it to the shed. "Ironically", I am busier with strike than ever before and i'm IN the damn WGA. Throw in 20 hours/week on the picket lines to the average week, well that's more time than I ever spent writing...and I'm doing more writing than ever before. I even found a way to double charge my use of "ironically" with quotation marks! Or does that neutralize it?

Between blog posts and sending email blasts out about where the strike needs help...oy.

Yes, you can keep writing. You should keep writing. You MUST keep writing.



That Feneon book would be perfect practice for logline writing


Chris: Time expands exponentially, don't it (i.e. the more you do, the more time you seem to have to do it)? And I don't mean that "ironically."

Moviequill: Absolutely.

Joanna Farnsworth

Thank you, Strikers. For not needing me to stop writing. I don't think I could.

I used to have no trouble NOT writing. I just stopped. But not now. Not since screenwriting. Like those Red Shoes. The brain just won't stop dancing.

A computer breaking a code. JOSHUA playing Global Thermonuclear War. Combinations of story moments roll on and on in search of the elusive progression that makes them a movie.

A monumental organizational task. Tougher than anything I've ever done. The brain fries but won't quit.

I'm glad I don't have to stop writing. I don't think I could.

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