Susan Says®

Loglines - Teasing Audience Interest

July 22, 2017

Tags: Book, Film, Log Line, Logline, Save the Cat, Screenwriting

A logline is a short summary of a book, film or television show. The goal is to convey enough information so the reader or viewer knows whether to commit time to your project. Some refer to the logline as an emotional lure or teaser of coming attractions. According to the Save the Cat!® website, (more…)

Action, Beats and Storytelling Clarity

July 17, 2017

Tags: Novelist, Save the Cat, Screenwriting

It took me about two seconds to accept the invitation to enroll in a new online screenwriting course based on Blake Snyder‘s Save the Cat!® methodology and blog about my experience. I had attended the first day of an in-person workshop in New York City last year and learned a lot about beats, (more…)

Using Photos to Attract Blog Readers

February 1, 2017

Tags: Blogging, Photography, Screenwriting, Storytelling, Writing

In a recently reposted essay, Joel Friedlander of book design fame extols the virtues of utilizing snappy photographs to grab readers’ interest. I heartily concur.

In my eleven years of blogging at Pension Risk Matters®, followed by Good Risk Governance Pays® and now I Paint With Words®, I have included an image in nearly (more…)