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Pixar Story Rules

Pixar story artist Emma Coats originally tweeted these “story basics” — guidelines that she learned from her more senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories.  I refer to it often. #1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. #2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an […]

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Kernels of Inspiration: Larry David

This week, my Kernel of Inspiration comes from Larry David.  Do you ever find yourself saying, “That was such a ‘Curb’ moment?”  Whether I get into a line that always seems to be the longest, despite continually moving to what appears to be a shorter one or mistakenly assume that someone works at Target just […]

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Kernels of Inspiration: Working with a Partner

I don’t know about you, but sometimes — who am I kidding, most of the time, I need a little creative kernel of inspiration, a nudge, a boost to get me up and on my way to a creative working day. I’ve become fascinated by different approaches and styles that various writers use to get […]

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Sometimes I contribute to a website called Hollywood Journal, which is a forum for the entertainment community to celebrate and commiserate about their experiences, or as they put it, the “soul of the biz.”   Not long ago I saw something on the Today show, brought up by Maria Shriver, that sparked a lot of questions […]

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Confessions of a Stuff Collector

One of the most jarring things about moving to New York, for me, was the concept of vertical living.  A born and bred California girl to the core, I used to joke about the fact that the two things I missed the most when I moved to the Big Apple were my garage and the […]

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