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Cerebral Pushups? Inside the monthly newsletter, I'll share some of the more fascinating aspects of my writing "career." Things that I'm learning that may be of some use to you guys. What the heck? We could all use a little mental exercise! Enter your email address and click 'sign me up!'

Newsletter Dated: 4/14/2002 11:31:11 AM

Subject: A Novel Approach: Scripts

My recent endeavor as a screenwriter has taught me a few things about writing, and about a writer's life. The latter first: Once you dedicate yourself completely to the craft, YOU become the protagonist in a (very sick) one man/woman play...and there's no one to yell "CUT." I'm learning to embrace this concept and surrender all other duties of life. Yes, just like the Marquis De Sade. Fortunately, I am captive in my office instead of an asylum and I haven't ran out of ink...yet. So what's your point, Gigi?

I think we run the risk of insanity if we don't ground the electrical energy created by, predominately the right side, of our brain(s). Grounding thoughts can be as simple as jotting an idea on paper but when that single idea is expounded upon, you find that it actually involves several other (and potentially BIG) ideas and one little 'jot' leads to several pages of...well, you get the idea. (Does this happen to you guys, or is my lipstick brown today?)

After completing the screenplay for STRAW HOUSE, a.k.a., BRANDED, I have a complete novel in my hands, sans metaphorical visuals. But to be taken seriously as a screenwriter, you need about six (6) completed screenplays. Screenwriting teaches you to be very succinct. Word economy is paramount. My writing has evolved and reputable publishing houses, and agents, REQUEST my work (as opposed to me fretting over the perfect query). Now that the invitations are arriving, I must act on them (no pun intended). I now 'ground' my novels in script format or treatment format. Now I have two products to sell. A screenplay is the frame of the body of work. It's up to the producers and directors to add the flesh through a visual medium. While pre-production is going on, I begin showing readers what the film version can not. I am neither in direct competition with myself, nor my prodco. It's working, but I'm grounding my life by writing, and writing, and writing....

In closing, I'd love to hear how YOU deal with your creativity. Do you surrender and spend fourteen hour days, seven days a week...writing? Plant a garden? Read a book? See a movie? EAT?


Much success to you all.

The Marquise De Phillips

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