Not a ‘Monster’ Unloved

Sam, This is the physical revision of The Crimes of Grindelwald script. I’ve given some guidelines in the previous post about how I would have set up the film (and the previous Beasts‘ ending). I’m only going to focus on the inciting incident of the film, when Dumbledore recruits Newt to travel to Paris to find Credence. I…

‘What makes Albus Dumbledore so Fond of You?’

Sam, Following the relative success of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (in my opinion), Crimes of Grindelwald was something of an enigma for me. Coming in to the theatre, the film’s ability to meet the level of its predecessor balanced on a knife’s edge. I thought I knew which way the weight would shift given my…

The Power of Belief

Sam, In much of life and literature there are themes and lessons to be taken away from them, only a few overlap and are universal. Love, I think, being the most prevalent and powerful across genres. In fact, I wrote about love’s power in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows here. Though love, and its many forms–friendship,…

In Disguise

Sam, I’ve written before about what it means to live as a writer. I wish to return to this subject and speak about how easy it is to blend in to your surroundings as a scribe. I can sit at most any place at most any time and nobody would be the wiser of what…

The Same Story You’ve Never Heard

Dear Sam (Somebody who Ain’t Me), The other day I heard a radio interview with Alan Gannett, author of The Creative Curve a novel dispelling the myths about creative geniuses being a unique breed or anointed by the gods. The interview, novel, and Gannett’s view of how to be successful in any field (for me that’s…

The First Spell: ‘Philosopher’s Stone’ Part II

Sam, In ‘The First Spell: Philosopher’s Stone Part I’, I discussed the expertise of the Scholastic’s layout job, and how Jo begins her story on a plane we (as uninitiated Muggles) can understand. She then gradually transfers our interest – our support – for characters from the Dursleys very quickly to their severely oppressed nephew, Harry….

Eleven Years Ago . . .

Sam, Eleven years ago, I started writing seriously. Eleven years ago, I was halfway through middle school, bolting to class early to savor those extra five minutes in my own world. Eleven years ago, I didn’t have an agent. Eleven years ago, I wasn’t published. . . . . . . I’m still not. But…

When the Turkey’s Ready and Only Then

Sam, I write to you this post at a timely moment. November hosts the annual challenge many writers will take up: National Novel Writing Month. The objective of NaNoWriMo is to compose a 50,000 word manuscript within the dates of November 1 and November 30. Whether or not you accomplish the assigned criterion by November’s end…

The Oxford Comma!

Sam, Among English majors and writers there is this debate on the acceptance of the Oxford comma. In case you don’t know what it is, here is an example: red, blue, and yellow (versus) red, blue and yellow The blue comma above is what is called the Oxford comma. It stands as a separator between…

Can Writers have a God Complex?

Sam, I thought of a notion that writers, any artist really, could envision their characters becoming self aware. Characters who realized there is this being above the page that fished them out of their imagination and decided they were worthy spending countless hours of editing and devotion to create. The question can be expanded to is…