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I may give the impression that I work 24/7. Occasionally. But I do have some hobbies.

One hobby that I need to spend more time on is creative writing. When people ask me what I am working on, I always say "I have a lot of first acts."

As far as screenplays go, this is the case. I write about 30 pages and realize there isn't really a whole story, or at least not one I am aware of. Sometimes I will discard a draft and start over, knowing the basic premise and the characters, but knowing that the story has been maturing in the recesses of my brain.

Last year during the CT Film Festival, I took a seminar with CT's premier screenplay teacher Peter Fox of Tripeg Studios. He talked about a more systematic approach to screenwriting, and this really helped.

I flip flop between starting screenplays and novels. Looking back at some early attempts, I see that my writing has matured along with the rest of me. Likewise, I find myself trashing old drafts of novels and starting over with the same story but a better sense of what looks good on the page. In some cases, I have written the same introductory scenes as both a screenplay and prose to see which reads better.

For inspiration, I listen to podcasts from Creative Screenwriting Magazine. These are fascinating conversations with some of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood. Amusing anecdotes, breaking in stories and process are all helpful ways to figure out this craft.

Well, it's 12:15 am - I've been writing for 3 hours and I have a busy day tomorrow at work.

Thanks for reading.

Mike Cohen

Posted by: Mike Cohen on Nov 11, 2010 at 9:16:06 pm writing, screenplays

I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills.

Years ago I canceled my Media 100 support contract upon discovering what a treasure trove of helpful advice can be found on the Creative COW website. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community.

In my blog I talk a little about media production, a lot about travel and workflow, and occasionally about cooking, nature and my four-legged friends.

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