As many of you know, I am a writer, with a view toward a career in screenwriting. Now, there are dozens of writers out there who have written innumerable books on the craft of screenwriting: formatting, structure, those sorts of things. But where are the books that actually guide a budding scribe toward a realistically sustainable career?
Sadly, I hadn’t found one before I came across Mark Sanderson‘s A Screenwriter’s Journey to Success: Tips, Tricks and Tactics to Survive as a Working Screenwriter in Hollywood. And, kids, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.
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The following is an old, recently rediscovered review of a book that I love, Dashiell Hammett’s The Thin Man.
As I imagine most people had, I’d first heard of The Thin Man, and its main characters Nick and Nora Charles, because of a series of films that were released during Hollywood’s Golden Age. William Powell and Myrna Loy played Nick and Nora, a glamorous married socialite couple that solved crimes in their spare time while swilling martinis and cracking wise. The first film is heralded as a classic, while the follow-ups range in quality but are still regarded as delightfully entertaining.
I’ve always liked the crime-solving couple set-up (shows like Hart to Hart, Remington Steele, and Moonlighting were some of my favorites growing up), and I consider myself a pro-league alcoholic, so naturally The Thin Man intrigued me. I’ve never actually seen the films, so as I got into the book, I was able to do so without making the usual comparisons against the film.
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“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you.”
Yeah, I’ve no idea who originally said that quote, but it sounds good, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, I’ve found that it’s not always possible to remain committed to everything we’d like to. Case in point: my unfinished novel Hollywood Whisper.
If you know me, you know the story by now: I’d earnestly begun work on my fifth book, initially titled Truffle Butter. Yes, it was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the Nicki Minaj hit that was popular at the time, and that should also let you know how long ago I’d begun working on this.
The novel’s premise was pretty simple. It told the story of Whisper St. Porter, a young Black woman who becomes an accidental movie star and how she navigates the wild and wacky world of Hollywood. Whisper is not only a box-office draw, but she’s also won numerous awards, including the coveted Best Actress Oscar. And she shares an agent with Jodi Flowers, an actress whose star is on the wane. The agent suggests the two ladies star in a foodie-themed comedy titled Truffle Butter, and the rest of story explores the actresses’ relationship with each other in the run up to production.
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As y’all know, I love all things Marvel, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 is one of my favorite films of the year. So I took to Twitter to ask its writer/director, James Gunn, whether Marvel had any plans to publish screenplays for future films.
He responded thusly:
Oh, this makes me happy.
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