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Screenwriter Story Secrets, with Thomas Dean Donnelly

Published by: David Garfinkel on 08-02-2021

We’ve got a very good show today, because our special guest is Thomas Dean Donnelly, an experienced Hollywood screenwriter. He’s also a teacher of writing all across the country, ranging from back east at Long Island University to here out west at the University of Southern California. The Hollywood Reporter ranks USC as the top university in the world for studying film.

But Tom’s screenwriting credits are even more mind-boggling. He’s been at it for over 25 years, and projects he’s written for have grossed in excess of a billion dollars around the world. He’s worked on franchises ranging from Marvel’s Doctor Strange to The Walking Dead. He’s adapted the classic works of writers including Ray Bradbury, Stan Lee and Robert E. Howard.

So it’s a bit of an understatement to say that Tom’s been around the block and he knows what he’s talking about.

Today he’ll share some of his adventures in the film world with us… give us a few powerful screenwriter story secrets… and reveal the best single solution for writer’s block I’ve ever heard.

Tom started by telling us about a chance connection he met through his work with the Boy Scouts that made him familiar with the copywriting world -- and a lot of what he talked about on today’s show is very relevant to copywriters.

He gave us the insider’s view of writing hit movies for a living. This is information that would be hard to come by for anyone not already in the business.

But perhaps the most stunning revelations he made were about story. Now, we're talking about storytelling a lot on this podcast, but Tom’s point of view is unique, and he’s got the track record -- and deep knowledge -- to back up everything he says. You’ll get tips that will help you with every story you write from now on.

And I love what he had to say about writer’s block. I’ve never been satisfied with explanations I’ve heard about it, or solutions to get through it, until I heard what he had to say. This information may save you from a lot of grief and wasted time.

Thomas offers private consultations. You can find out more about that on his website:

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