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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

The Trouble with Romantic Comedies

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth of Rom-Coms SPOILER ALERTS: There are many in here. Be warned. by Renée J. Lukas   As we say a final farewell to February, I wanted to do a blog in honor of this past month—the month of Valentine’s Day, Cupid (or just a man-baby in a [...]

2017-12-16T20:41:58+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Book, TV and Movie Reviews|Comments Off on The Trouble with Romantic Comedies

The Perils of Writing a Sequel

by Renée J. Lukas   When readers love characters, they want more of them. They may wish there was a sequel. After receiving several notes about my novel, Hurricane Days, it seemed that a sequel was in order. There were comments from readers who wanted to know "What was up with Adrienne? What happened in [...]

2017-12-15T18:21:54+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Renee's World, The Writing Life|Comments Off on The Perils of Writing a Sequel

Who Says Your Main Character Must Be Likable?

Screenwriting Tips That Work for Authors of Books by Renée J. Lukas In this series, I’m focusing on screenwriting tips that also work for writing novels. Tip #3 Your protagonist doesn’t necessarily have to be likable. But it helps if she’s relatable. What? That can’t be! You’ve followed the screenwriting commandments that have been drummed [...]

2017-12-15T18:21:54+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|The Writing Life|Comments Off on Who Says Your Main Character Must Be Likable?

Why Stress and Anxiety are Good for Writers

Screenwriting Tips That Work for Authors of Books by Renée J. Lukas In this series, I’m focusing on screenwriting tips that also work for writing novels. Tip #2 Give your protagonist obstacles. Then make it worse. Nobody wants to read a story where everyone gets along, the end. Boooring. A story depends on conflict; it [...]

2017-12-15T18:21:54+00:00 October 19th, 2016|The Writing Life|Comments Off on Why Stress and Anxiety are Good for Writers