Screenwriting

Welcoming Amazon Storywriter

Thank you, Amazon. I’m impressed. This time more than ever before. (And I haven’t even seen The Man In The High Castle yet.)

A couple of hours ago, an e-mail popped up in my inbox under the subject line “Announcing Amazon Storywriter.” The link took me onto a web-based word processor specifically designed for professional screenplay format.

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Screenwriting

The Blacklist: My Experience

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Yesterday a new partnership was announced between The Blacklist and ALMA Guionistas, that will give Spanish screenwriters the opportunity to enjoy discounted rates in the script-hosting services of the site. As a novel writer from Spain who has spent some time in Los Angeles, I feel compelled to write about my personal experience regarding The Blacklist, in case it proves helpful to anyone in a similar situation as mine.

First off, and I want to be very clear: this is good news. Any opportunity for Spanish screenwriters to approach the channels of the Hollywood script market is not only welcome, but much needed. So, congratulations to ALMA for making this partnership happen. It is a very hopeful first step.

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Short Story

The Letter To The Magi, A Christmas Tale

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years, I leave you with the holiday-themed short story I’ve composed for this year (feedback is welcome, as always.)

Other bilingual short stories:

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Screenwriting

Matthew Weiner on Screenwriting

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The Paris Review —that hipster-ish magazine that must be read with horn-rimmed glasses while smoking a pipe— features a not too frequent series of interviews with screenwriters under the title, “The Art Of Screenwriting.” I have only read their latest one, with Mad Men showrunner and creator Matthew Weiner. A few of his ideas called my attention and gave me interesting material to reflect upon.

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Quotes

On Success and Hard Work

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Viktor Frankl was Austrian, and Jewish. He was a psychiatrist and neurologist. He founded a whole form of psychotherapy. And he survived Auschwitz, and other concentration camps. This is what he had to say about success:

“Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.”

This came about the other day, talking with some tweeps.

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