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WHY WRITERS ARE LIKE INDIANA JONES

The best stories I’ve read, watched, and listened to have high, obvious and dramatic arcs. The writer(s) start you off slow, and then over the course of a number of pages or a number of minutes, they take you up a hill and then down again in such a thrilling fashion that you wish you had a seat belt.

If you’re having trouble with your story, then you need to think like Indiana and find that lost arc. Where is the beginning? The top of the coaster? And the smooth release to the end?

And if you’re starting off from scratch, here’s a tip: take a clue from so many great dramatic tales out there and pick something that has a built in arc.

What do I mean?

THE ONE THING ALL WRITERS WANT AND HOW TO GET IT

I was backstage at a Broadway house on my very first show, when an ol’ vet came up to me and said, “Kid,” (yep, he really did call me “Kid”) “You’ll know you’ve made it in this business when you get a check and you don’t have to show up for half hour. Now, go get me a coffee.”

I trudged out in the cold to get him a coffee, (no Starbucks in those days) and thought about what he said the whole block and a half there.

What he was talking about was a revenue stream that you hear in other industries all the time . . . passive income. It’s a very simple concept. You create something. You put it out into the world, and people pay for it without you having to do anything.

HOW TO GET A PRODUCER TO READ YOUR SCRIPT

As someone who gets a minimum of 10 script submissions a week, I can tell you first hand that I know how hard it is to get a Producer to read your script and give it even 1/10th of the time and energy that you gave when you wrote it.

So what can you do to get that Producer to take that first step to producing your show and actually sit down and read your script?

Here are five tips on how to get a Producer to read your script:

WHY EVERY WRITER SHOULD BE ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

I know what you’re thinking.

If you’re a writer then you’re probably saying, “Uh oh, this blog is going to be Ken slapping my hand for not marketing myself on social media.”

Surprise, surprise. It’s not.

There is no question that in 2016, anyone who wants to be hired for anything, from writing to acting to plumbing, should be marketing themselves online (because if you’re not, someone else is). But for writers specifically, there’s additional value in tweets and posts.

Cuz you know what writing a tweet is? It’s writing.

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