Screenwriting Baby Steps

Thank you to everyone who sent in suggestions for loglines – you have no idea how helpful it is – just one word can spark the imagination!


I have found myself in a strange, new world – stranger than my imagination and with more rules than the Vortex – Hollywood!

I had a phone conference with my amazing new editor, Amanda, yesterday and have my next steps for editing, improving, and hopefully eventually selling The Vortex. She kept telling me the next step is the ‘fun’ part. I tend to look at edits more like a necessary evil instead of ‘fun’ – but I’m trying to put myself in her mindset. In her 7-page script analysis, she was very through as to what edits she saw the script needing – the phone conference solidified everything.

  1. Create ‘rules’ for the vortex to everyone understands the stakes and why things are happening.
  2. Edit for dialogue, action, descriptions
  3. Check the structure and beats
  4. Start working on the next one (seriously)

When I’m done with steps 1-3 (hopefully in the April/May timeframe) it’ll be time to submit to one of two contests that offer managers as the top prize (gasp!) as well as shop for one myself. They want to know that I’m more than a one trick pony and will want to see others…thus the need for #4.

It’s time to settle in and get cracking again! I’ll let you know when I come up for air.


About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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