Archives for April 2014

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, […]

Read & Notes for aspiring playwright

Southern playwright Marilynn Anselmi hires Diana to read her new play and provide notes plus a teaching phone call.  This writer is talented!  Read what Marilynn says about Diana’s coaching.  

Screenplay synopsis for German production co.

    Israeli director and cinematographer Oded Binnun hires Diana to write one-page professional synopsis of complicated screenplay.

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 […]