Author Archives: Diana Stout

About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor

Decluttering an Office and Finding Gold!

When this writer cleaned out her writing files, she found treasures and a note from a prominent Hollywood production office. Continue reading

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Coloring Outside the Lines

Characters dictate their language, their behavior. And, I let them. Continue reading

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Six Paths of Writer Success

How does a writer measure her success? Dr, Diana Stout states that for her there are six. Continue reading

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The Writer’s Journey Recommendation

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group August 4 question – What is your favorite writing craft book? And why? The Writer’s Journey Recommendation Ever since its publication in 1992 when I bought the book, my recommendation is and always has been … Continue reading

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Going Wide…Maybe

I’m so stupid sometimes… Continue reading

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Teaching again…

Squeeeeeee! I’m going to be teaching again! The class is Time Management for Writers; and actually, the class is applicable for anyone who struggles with managing their time. The principles and science are the same for everyone, regardless of their … Continue reading

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Getting Back to Normal – But What Does Normal Look Like?

What does a writer do once they’ve fallen away from the writing? What does getting back to normal look like? Can you get back to normal after Covid-19? Continue reading

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2 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Be an Author

2 Reasons Why You Don’t Want to Be an Author.

1) There’s no money in it. Continue reading

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7 Good—and not so good—Reasons Why I Shelve First Drafts

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group The question being asked this month for June 2, 2021: For how long do you shelve your first draft, before reading it and re-drafting? Is this dependent on your writing experience and the number of … Continue reading

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Reader Surprise & Reader Expectation(s)

“Have I read anything you’ve written?” Continue reading

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