Reasons for Rejection: The Truth Behind the “No”

 by Renée J. Lukas It’s the bane of every writer’s existence: “Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately, it doesn’t meet our needs at this time.” It’s so vague! You wonder, what exactly didn’t meet their needs? Why don’t they say: “Your main character isn’t likeable,” or “You really use the word ‘really’ too much”? They [...]

2018-03-13T17:14:16+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Absolute Truths about Screenwriting

 by Renée J. Lukas As a struggling screenwriter, you’ve read books and articles, attended seminars and workshops, drawn charts and graphs. . .and you’re still as confused as ever about the craft and business of screenwriting. If you never read another thing about screenwriting, read THIS: the 5 absolute truths about screenwriting that you can [...]

2018-02-08T22:16:54+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and the #MeToo Movement

MEDIA WATCH A Contradiction in Female Empowerment In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is scheduled to drop this February. Wait. Isn’t this the very definition of “tone deaf”? Visit Sports Illustrated’s website, and you’ll see the PR people have been working overtime to get the word out that this [...]

2018-02-11T18:19:35+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Why You Don’t Have an Agent Yet

What Novelists Need to Know by Renée J. Lukas (NOTE: This blog concerns getting published the traditional way, not self-publishing. We’ll have more about self-publishing in upcoming blogs.) Your manuscript is finally done. Now what? Before you buy the latest Writer’s Market or other reference book, or go online, you need to decide what your career [...]

2018-01-27T15:34:08+00:00 January 27th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Much Should Freelance Writers be Paid?

 by Renée J. Lukas Please forgive me, but I have to go on a little rant this morning. Usually, I can laugh off these things. But today, my hair caught fire reading a job board, so I have to share! As creative writers, our passion projects are often not our bread-and-butter until we get a [...]

2018-01-16T18:12:21+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is Your Inciting Incident Good Enough?

 by Renée J. Lukas In Screenwriting 101, you learn about the inciting incident, hopefully occurring in the first act of your screenplay. This is the moment where the protagonist can never return to who she was before. Something has changed the protagonist forever. You can’t underestimate the importance of the inciting incident. If you do, [...]

2018-01-11T15:27:09+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Writing Tips I Wish I’d Ignored

 by Renée J. Lukas There seems to be no shortage of advice for writers these days. And isn’t that funny? It seems no other profession prompts such a deluge of advice. Can you imagine similar articles for cardiologists? “How You’re Operating on the Aorta All Wrong!” Everyone claims to be a guru who can help [...]

2018-01-03T18:13:45+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Should You Write a Novel or a Screenplay?

How to Decide What Medium Best Suits Your Story by Renée J. Lukas It seems like such a basic question. Once you have a killer story idea, what medium do you use to tell it? Some writers are lucky. They know exactly what type of writer they want to be, and the choice is clear. [...]

2017-12-18T15:15:37+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Give Your Story CHARACTER: The Keys to Writing Great Characters

by Renée J. Lukas For me, characters are the most fun part of writing. Well-developed, dynamic characters also happen to be essential to a good story. So here are some tips I’ve learned along the way to help create characters that jump off the page. Maybe some of these will spark your imagination. . . [...]

2017-12-16T20:37:26+00:00 June 7th, 2017|Renee's World, The Writing Life|Comments Off on Give Your Story CHARACTER: The Keys to Writing Great Characters