Welcome to The Screenwriting Life.
Join us as professional screenwriters, Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna, whose combined credits include writing and production on such films as Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Captain Marvel discuss the craft, journey and business of writing for the screen. From dialogue to delivery, Meg and Lorien will guide you through the process, offering inside tips and tricks to help you become the best writer you can be. And now Meg LeFauve and Lorien McKenna.
22 | Finding Your People (Writers Need Writers)
It may feel like it's just you and the page, but as we always say during this show: "you are NOT alone on this journey!"
You need to find your people, but how do you do it? Who are your people? And more importantly, who AREN'T your people?
PLUS, we finally clear up the murky waters around all of the "story" people on film sets (supervisors, managers, producers, etc.) What does it all mean? Tune in to find out!
21 | Overcome EXCUSES & Keep Writing!
Last time, we talked about how to keep your writing fun, but we also KNOW it's not always going to be fun.
It's easy to make excuses as to why we're not writing, but don't forget, those excuses might be pointing to something deeper like fear, or shame, or those "other voices" that get in our way. The good news? That's your LAVA! Today, we talk about how to overcome those excuses and get INTO your writing!
#20 | Importance of PLAY In Your Writing (And Life)
Remember when you wanted to be a writer because it was FUN?
It seems like an obvious point, but so many of us have lost our ability to enjoy the FUN of writing, which is why we got into it in the first place! Enter: PLAY. Maybe it's exercises with your characters, maybe it's a no-holds barred workshop with your writer's group, or maybe it's FINALLY signing up for that improv class (or that sculpture class - cough, cough, MEG) that you've been eying for weeks.
Let go, and have some FUN today!
#19 | How "Too Many Voices" Can Affect Your Writing
Last we talked about finding YOUR voice, so naturally, we have to ask, what about all of those OTHER voices?
Unproductive voices may be in our own head, or they may be friends, or even family (read: FAMILY). But, the sociocultural voices that permeate our lives can also sabotage our work. How do we know which outside voices are helpful, and how do we know which ones will inevitably sabotage what makes us our writing special?
Other voices are the main cause of IMPOSTER SYNDROME, which is something we all deal with, which is the focus of our question of the week!
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#18 | Voice: What It Is And How To Find It
Some of Hollywood's greatest writers are known for their "voice" - Nora Ephron's witty female leads. Aaron Sorkin's talky, moving monologues. Charlie Kaufman's mind-bending, sardonic humor.
But what IS voice? Is voice something that we need to be taught, or is it something that we already have? How do we HONE our voice? Meg and Lorien answer all of these questions and more!
PLUS: Producer Jeff is taking a terrifying leap into his own lava and inviting you all to join.
On Sun, Oct 25 @ 3p PT, he will be conducting a live, virtual table read of his own script he plans to direct with producers, his DP, a group of great LA-Based actors, and many many people watching. If you'd like to join, please RSVP: JeffGrahamDigital@gmail.com. By RSVP-ing, you'll be getting a ZOOM link to join the many viewers, and a copy of the pre-pro script in it's current form. As we discussed on the show, notes aren't nessecary, but they are very welcome!
#17 | Screenwriting As A Career (+ WGA Questions) w/ Jonathan Fernandez
Questions about the professional life of a screenwriter? WGA questions?
We've got you covered; we're THRILLED to be joined by writer Jonathan Fernandez, who, in addition to writing Rob The Mob starring Ray Romano, is a board member for the WGA.
But first, of course, we give you our adventures in screenwriting, and very important burrito talk.