Believe it or not, there is an actual anatomy and science to the query. And you won’t learn this in college. I learned it in Hollywood. Never tell anyone you’ve written a novel unless you can pitch it because the next question they inevitably ask is “What is it about?” In my case the people asking were producers, actors, models, production managers, film financiers, and I really sucked at pitching it. I could see it when their eyes sort of flicked over my shoulder at something more interesting. You’ve got to keep the pitch short and sweet. Hook ‘em and leave ‘em wanting more. Not drifting toward the coffee machine. Same goes for the written query. You must grab your readers attention because they have hundreds of other queries in their inbox. And donuts in the breakroom. Read MoreShare on Facebook
Posted by Sarah Isaacson On January 3rd, 2015
Posted by Sarah Isaacson On August 5th, 2013
We were told by professors that adverbs are weak tools for writers, and often that was the extent of it. It most certainly is not the worst thing you can do. Here is a laundry list of other no-nos. Consider “thought verbs” and chuck them.
Think of your words on a page like a suitcase, from the outside it’s a rectangle that holds things. But what’s inside? Read MoreShare on Facebook
Posted by Sarah Isaacson On April 23rd, 2013
The word “rejection” was first used in 1415.The original meaning was “to throw” or “to throw back”. It sounds like fishing–a way to eat and survive.
So, guess you may have figured out I got my first rejection letter today! Read MoreShare on Facebook
Posted by Sarah Isaacson On March 10th, 2013
When you’ve completed your novel/script and are now ready to edit the best way I’ve found to deepen the character, plot, etc is to list the most important aspects of the piece and sift through each aspect individually—tackling each aspect one by one. Here are a few of the most important aspects of my novel that drive my character’s thoughts and actions: humor, romance, and culture. This isn’t everything (just the first three. Also included for a second round of editing is: horror, sexiness/charm factors, fear, and betrayal). I know, you can’t wait to read it now.
I already showed you a bunch of circles in my last post because they related to writing the novel—not editing. Editing is a triangle—not a straight line—at least not for this process. Grammar and Syntax are absolutely a straight line.
A quick little review of the three most important circles of writing life:
If you read my last post you know what that means. If you don’t, go read it. Read MoreShare on Facebook
Posted by Sarah Isaacson On March 6th, 2013
I saw a doctor two years ago because I hadn’t taken a s#*! in two days and called my sports medicine doctor who referred me to a surgeon as I requested. I knew something was wrong, a fissure or hemorrhoids perhaps and I needed surgery stat!
I got an appointment in less than an hour, and immediately left work. His office looked like the hallway of The Shining where the two dead twins stood, and then lied, bathed in their own blood. I hadn’t met him, but google said he had taught at John’s Hopkins Medical School as an associate professor, he was from the East Coast, and when he walked in—Jewish, very Jewish. I like that. My grandmother, who was a doc herself always said to see Jewish or Indian doctors (perhaps because she’s Jewish?) because they study harder. Grandma could totally be prejudice, but I put my life in this man’s hands. Read MoreShare on Facebook
Posted by Sarah Isaacson On February 26th, 2013
Writing Theories vary, and I am going to share a few ama-zing theories in the circle of life that is writing that Dan Harmon (American writer, performer, and creator and former executive producer for the NBC television comedy series Community, and, along with Rob Schrab, a founder of the alternative television network/website Channel 101.) created. Read MoreShare on Facebook