I’ve posted a video review of the book below.
Any professional writer, particularly when writing fiction in prose or screenplays, will tell you that it is not always easy to create good stories. I think this is especially true if you don’t have an outline, but then I’m not a “pantser” by nature. However, even with an outline, it’s easy to write your character into a situation in which you have no idea where to go next.
Make no mistake, I am by no means a professional filmmaker. However, as an aspiring screenwriter and a person with a minor disability, I’ve had to learn the art of letting go of doubt and moving on to the next phase if I want to truly embrace my craft.
My journey as a mystery fiction writer began with an adult education course. That’s where I learned storytelling basics and met people who would end up forming my first writers group.
While I was in the process of writing my first novel, I happened to find a book called How to Write Killer Fiction by Carolyn Wheat. This spelled out the characteristics of a mystery story versus a suspense or thriller story.
Years ago, I attended my first Austin Film Festival, after taking a Women in Film and Video workshop about indie movie producing. It was in Austin that I heard director Frank Darabont say that if you want to write screenplays and work in the movie business, you should try to get work on a film set. This is why I decided to volunteer my services as a production assistant this past weekend.