Tuesday, July 30, 2013

You rock!

Film-making might seem glamorous to outsiders, but you wouldn't believe how much abuse we film-makers take. To most people we're an unwelcome intrusion rather than an exotic novelty. Our trucks are big and noisy, we have lots of cables and clutter, and we start work at ungodly hours of the day  (and often shoot until ungodly hours of the night).

A lot of my day job is spent dealing with angry residents and local business owners, fending off rude traffic officers (even when we have permits and a right to be where we are) and grumpy crew who are just trying to do their jobs in often challenging circumstances.

So when I come online and see the overwhelming support that writers give each other, it restores my faith in humankind. The generosity, support and friendliness I find among my fellow writers is inspiring.

I want to thank every romance writer I know, and especially my fellow Harper Impulse authors and my Minxy sisters. You rock and I love you all!

Thank you.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Loving for only 99c

Check out the Minxes blog today for a special promotion running Mon 15th to Thurs 18th July only: 6 romances priced at only 99c each (77p in the UK).

Friday, July 5, 2013

10 Screenwriting Tips from Billy Wilder

These tips come courtesy of the film and theatre industry forum blog, Stage 32. These apply just as well to witing novels as they do to writing movies.

SCREENWRITING – 10 Tips From The Great Billy Wilder

  1. The audience is fickle.
  2. Grab ‘em by the throat and never let ‘em go.
  3. Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.
  4. Know where you’re going.
  5. The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
  6. If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.
  7. A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.
  8. In doing voice-overs [introspection], be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they’re seeing.
  9. The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.
  10. The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then—that’s it. Don’t hang around.
And a final tip from the Raindance Film Festival:

Nothing glues you to the screen more than a good story. If the story is there, does one really care about the budget of the film?

If the story is there, the reader will hardly notice the writing!