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Writerly Wednesday: How a Scene Can Turn on a Word – Comedy or Tragedy?

It goes without saying, but Woody Allen is a master story-teller. Sure some of his movies can move a little slow, but there’s no denying the complexity of emotion in each one. While I have a few favorite movies of his, there is one that spoke loudly enough to make me start thinking. One that actually had two storylines: one comedic, and one dramatic: In Melinda and Melinda, the story opens with a small group of writers at writers. Their […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Lesson Learned from ‘Across the Universe’…and a Playlist Plotting Contest

Welcome to the first of two contests that I’m holding this month. Both contests are based off the lessons that can be extracted from two particular movies. Today’s movie: Across the Universe Plot per IMBD: “The music of the Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.” First we’ll start with a quick introduction: Hi, my name is Melinda Collins and I am a perfectionist with OCD […]

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Writerly Wednesday: When ‘Real Life’ Interferes With the ‘Writing Life’

Before we dive into today’s post, I just want to remind everyone that next week on the blog I’ll be having a contest based on a super-fun writing lesson I learned from Across the Universe. I have a fabulous fellow author who will be joining us and judging entries for two awesome prizes! Needless to say, putting together another awesomely-fun Writing Lessons from the Movies post was just so not in the cards this past weekend. And so that brought […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Writing Lessons Learned from The Princess Bride (Film Version)

Welcome to another entry into Writing Lessons from the Movies!  Over the course of the next month, there will be 2 – count ‘em, TWO – challenges and contests! *prances around room like a little girl*  The first will begin two weeks from today, March 14th, and will directly follow the incredibly fun writing lesson I learned from Across the Universe (winner will be announced on March 21st). The next challenge and contest will be held two weeks after that […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Writing Lessons Learned from The Good Girl

Last week we visited Forrest Gump and analyzed just a few of the writing lessons the movie offered.  This week we’re going to venture into a movie that wasn’t exactly considered a blockbuster, but it won over the critics nonetheless: The Good Girl. While it wasn’t a popular movie, it was most definitely noticed at Sundance and proved to the critics that Jennifer Aniston could definitely push past her role of Rachel on Friends. It also showed us how the […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Writing Lessons Learned from Forrest Gump

Thanks to the super-convincing awesomesauce words of S.P. Sipal, I’ve decided to do a series of posts based on the writing lessons we can learn from movies (I do believe I may have found my niche *throws confetti*).  Last week we visited John Hughes’s The Breakfast Club. This week we’re going to visit an even bigger blockbuster of a movie: Forrest Gump. Plot per IMDB: “Forrest, Forrest Gump, is a simple man with a low IQ but good intentions. He […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Writing Lessons Learned from The Breakfast Club

You know those posts where fellow authors have taken NYT Bestsellers, extracted writing lessons from them, and shared those lessons with the rest of us (like this one from Julie Musil a few weeks ago and S.P. Sipal’s website, Harry Potter for Writers, where she does this on a weekly basis)? Well, this is one such post – inspired by a moment of reflection where I went back and re-read some of my favorite posts like this. But today I’m […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Using Birthdays in Your Writing

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” –William Shakespeare Photo Credit Go figure that as my birthday lurks right around the corner, my thoughts immediately turn to fictional characters and their birthdays.  After that comes the thought of actually writing their birthdays into our stories – whether it be a simple or highly dramatic scene that moves the plot along or part of the plot altogether.  Just as it is for us writers, a characters’ birthday can be a […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Learning and Exercising Your Brain–The Right Brain Left Brain Post

Over the weekend I realized something odd – yet important – about my writing process: When I’m writing (and re-writing) – or basically creating from ‘scratch’ – I tend to do so in my bedroom.  When I’m editing – be it my work or someone else’s – or plotting (which I am now proud to say that I do!) I tend to do so in the computer room.  Odd, huh? Now here’s the kicker as to why for each of those locations: […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Writing Resolutions for 2012

Photo Credit 2011 truly was a year of surprises, challenges, discovery and new ventures. And in the spirit of keeping with tradition, I sat down with my hubby on New Year’s Eve and we wrote down exactly how we’d like to see 2012 evolve for us. From spending a lot more time together to making a plan to work out at least 5 times a week (along with eating healthier and cooking a lot more), I definitely feel hopeful that […]

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