Current Writing Projects
Ben Edwards, CEO of Spyglass Books LLC, hires Diana to write an original screenplay that tells the story of a high school girl in Naugatuck, Connecticut who, with the help of a magical spyglass, combats bullies at her school and saves the life of a boy at risk.
“I’m blown away!” Michele Wilson-Jones, retired Kentucky prosecutor, is all fired up over the screenplay “Three-Minute Man” that Diana has just finished. Next: Pilot for a new TV sitcom that Diana is writing with writing partner Ben Phillipe.
Diana features up, revises and writes industry-ready treatment for original and highly marketable idea named “Dirt Bag,” from producer Jason Hagen. “Thanks so much for your expertise and guidance. I am VERY excited about this product!”
Bianca Jamotte hires Diana to shape and structure short screenplay and short play. “I knew the story needed to be taken to that next level, I just wasn’t sure how to get there… I am confident I will be able to apply your notes and make it a better script.”
November 2016 kicks off with the first gathering in New York City for the formation of Shareholder Productions. Watch here for more news about how you can be part of this unique community powered by the writing, drive and dreams of its members.
Attention writers and actors! I’ve been hired as book editor on two new anthologies. Applause Books, one of America’s biggest play publishers, wants to publish books for the older actor. You may submit or suggest for two books to be published in 2017: one of monologues, one of scenes. Have you written a monologue or scene […]
“Richly evocative” — LA Times “Full of twists and turns so engrossing it’s a bit difficult to let go of the world once you’ve been in it.” Young Hollywood Issue, Bello Magazine “Don’t miss this small wonder!” — LA Splash Online “Sure to be one of 2016’s hottest tickets!” — Stage Scene LA “Exquisitely captured.” […]
Tips & Teachings
1) Follow accepted industry story structure. If you don’t know it, write and I’ll send you my Structure Chart. 2) Write about somebody who needs something desperately. What is needed is deep not trivial. He needs to survive. She needs self-esteem. He needs family. She needs health. 3) When you know what your protagonist needs then you show […]
Smart Writer’s Guide to Notes! Writers get notes: suggestions about how to rewrite a particular piece of work. Notes may be as informal as your boyfriend’s comments on that last chapter or as rigorous as a sit-down with an influential producer. When do you listen? When do you not? Choose just a few people you […]
Whether you’re a newcomer to writing or an established pro, I know you’ll find value in my list of crucial do’s. 1. Do the prep work. Writing is a series of decisions; some are made prior to the actual composition. These include calculating the time-frame of your story (chronology), deciding on cast of characters, establishing […]
Do write an outline, first. It isn’t as much fun as free-flow writing, but it saves you a lot of time. Whether you’re writing a screenplay, play, TV pilot or fiction, the same principles apply. To begin, understand this. Something has to happen in your story. Something has to happen. I call things-that-happen events. However, […]