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Query Letters: What an Agency Reader Needed to Learn

I thought I knew a thing or two about query letters. Like what makes for a powerful hook—what basics to include, what to leave out. I’d read stacks of screenplay queries as a literary assistant. And while I didn’t always… Continue Reading →

Finish First: Why Writing First Drafts Quickly Puts You Ahead of the Pack

We’ve probably all heard that writing quickly is the best way to actually get to The End. Or, at least, the end of the very first, ugly draft—one we wouldn’t want even our dearest loved ones to see. It’s this… Continue Reading →

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