Current Writing Projects

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Screenplay Rewrite +
Memoir Coaching

Katherine Lurie, CEO of Bottom Line Entertainment LLC, hires Diana to overhaul existing script; and to coach former porn star Brendan Claybourn through the writing of his full-length memoir telling the true story of his incredible journey.

Michele Wilson Jones

Screenplay plus TV Sitcom Pilot

Michele Wilson-Jones, retired Kentucky prosecutor, hires Diana to write an original screenplay based on the true story of a man with cerebral palsy, and his conflicted relationship with a dysfunctional family.  Michele also hires Diana and her protege Ben Phillipe to write the pilot for a new comedy–Ben’s stock in trade.

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Screenwriter-for-Hire Job – Complete!

Graeyhome Productions, newly founded by Sean Graham, hires Diana to write a screen trilogy retelling the story of Jesus from the viewpoint of reason and history without the necessity of God.  The Hollow Cross I: Joseph and Mary is finished and ready to rock the world. “Diana Amsterdam is master of her craft. She took […]

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Video Scripting for America’s #1 School-Wear Brand

Parham Santana, America’s brand architect, hires Diana to write two video scripts from concepting through final scripting–one pure image, the other initiative-specific.

Writing Tips, Career News and Press

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TV/Film/Theater Stars in Industry Reading of Diana’s New Play: The Dodgers

Make love not war.  At any cost… Diana’s new play, directed by Dave Solomon, will be presented to the industry on Monday February 9 at 5 p.m.    The reading is not open to the public but is presented to a select group of producers, investors, and industry professionals, and produced by AKA Studio Productions.   […]

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How to Handle Comments on your Writing

As writers, we are given notes: other people’s opinions on 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 trust.  Select folks […]

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15 Resolutions that Writers Need 2015

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 […]

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How to Write an Outline

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, […]

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What is a Story?

Story=Change!   In the course of a story, someone changes.  She goes from one place to another or as Mark Twain put it, “…a tale shall arrive somewhere.” Dorothy changes.  She learns to accept her home. Michael Corleone changes.  He commits to a life of violence. Katniss Everdeen changes.  She becomes a warrior. Look at any well-told story and […]