Read Chapter 1 of My Unfinished Novel “Hollywood Whisper”

“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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James Gunn to Publish the “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” Screenplay

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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Book Review: “Writing A Blockbuster (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 14)” by William C. Martell

Writing A BlockbusterWriting A Blockbuster by William C. Martell
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Screenwriting guru William C. Martell has done it again. Writing A Blockbuster is a quick, concise guide on how to, um, well, write a blockbuster. Using examples from films such as Pearl Harbor, The Mummy Returns, and Gladiator, Martell points out the components necessary to turn your idea into a spectacle-filled spec script. (My edition was originally published in 2002, which is why there aren’t more recent examples. Nonetheless, the lessons within the text are timeless.)

From coming up with so-called “trailer moments” and utilizing the “escalator of doom” to avoiding such pitfalls as overkill and “golfing goats,” Writing A Blockbuster lays out the ultimate plan for your mega-budget screen dream.

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Book Review: “Your Idea Machine (Screenwriting Blue Books Book 1)” by William C. Martell

Your Idea MachineYour Idea Machine by William C. Martell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Yet another great, informative (and, like this review, short and quick) read from screenwriting guru William C. Martell. Your Idea Machine offers several ways that you, the Writer, can brainstorm story ideas for your screenplay (or novel or play or whatever). There are tips on where to find ideas and how to determine if they satisfy the rule of the “Two Ewes” — are they both Unique and Universal?

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