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Drinking in the Pen

Drinking in the Pen

By Dawn Garcia
Created by writer Dawn Garcia, this is a podcast all about screenwriting. Whether you’re writing for film or television, she’s giving it to you straight. From awards to failures, story courses through her veins. “Drinking in the Pen” is your invitation to have real talk about the process, what to expect, constantly learning, and never allowing your ego to make an appearance.
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Inspiration comes when you change your approach
People ask how I stay inspired and get so much done. The answer? By knowing I have to be consistent with writing - and recognize I need to ask those that know more than me for advice. The key to writing is to WRITE. There is no magic way around it.
April 20, 2022
Let Confidence Kick Doubt’s Ass
No matter what we do, we can’t lose our passion to write. We have to love it and the worlds we create. It matters.
March 25, 2022
The Thing Is …
This is an honest podcast about being scared to fail, being in a perpetual state of learning and growth, and keeping story at the forefront.
February 25, 2022
Outlines and Life
A short check in and reminding you that a great outline is everything.
February 12, 2022
Talk In Voices Even If You Feel Nuts
I’m stuck and this is my way of breaking the creative block! It’s not normal and a little outlandish but it works for me.
January 28, 2022
SEASON THREE: Episode No. 1
Launching the new season by sharing the things I’ve learned now that I’m writing a TV Series for a major studio
January 25, 2022
Season 3 Announcement
Hi everyone! Drinking In The Pen is back next week for a whole new season. This time you’ll be on the real time journey of writing with me!
January 14, 2022
The Academy Museum | Ideas + Film Love
A visit to the Academy Museum is essential for writers who love the art of film. Plus? You can read a little Hitchcock!
November 12, 2021
For The Love of Scary Movies
Why do we watch scary movies? Or psychological thrillers? There are so many reasons but my theory is so we can control our response to fear. Also … there aren’t many women let alone women of color writing horror films. That is a gaping hole I’d like us to fill!
October 30, 2021
Let’s Get Frank About How Hard Life Can Be
While accomplishments are great, sometimes knowing the struggle behind them helps make sense of why we still do what we do.
October 22, 2021
A Quick Announcement
I’m a little under the weather but I still have a comment about “Squid Game”!
October 15, 2021
Dig Deep + Write What You Know
We all do our best not to expose too much of ourselves, but the best writing; the greatest stories - they come from the most vulnerable places of honesty and grit. Take risks. Use. Your. Voice.
October 06, 2021
Outline. Outline. Outline. And trust your first instincts.
Things I had to re-learn this week: 1) OUTLINE. 2) You don’t know everything. 3) Tell self doubt to F off.
September 28, 2021
To Have Or Not To Have An Agent
Having an agent is a great thing but it isn’t right for everyone. This episode we explore the ins and outs of getting an agent, setting realistic expectations, and your job of checking your ego.
August 31, 2021
A quick update
Time to change things up.
August 18, 2021
Feel the Feels | Episode No. 7
Finding our creative community is a challenge these days, but it matters. Be grateful AF you can write, challenge yourself, and support other creatives in the process. Remember that our bond is our superpower.
August 12, 2021
SEASON TWO: Episode No.6 | Writing Short + Long Formats
This week I get into why challenging yourself to write a powerful commercial is a great writing exercise. Understanding how to write an unforgettable commercial will really test your writing chops! It will also make you a better storyteller in any format. Apply these tips to webisodes, half-hour or hour-long episodes, shorts and features … and KNOW WHEN TO STOP OVERWRITING! There’s also a new “Choose Your Own Adventure Scene” and this week’s song is by Kool & The Gang.
August 04, 2021
SEASON TWO: Episode No. 5 | Art Makes Us Better Writers
Art is important to understanding ourselves better as writers. This week I touch on why art influences how we write and tell story, and I assign a new “Choose Your Own Adventure Scene”.
July 31, 2021
SEASON TWO - quick update
I will be publishing a nee podcast episode tomorrow but tonight I am going to swim in the world of other artists. Next episode we will discuss why art is so imperative to the writing process.
July 29, 2021
SEASON TWO: Episode No. 4 | Pitch Presentations
So you’ve written a pilot and it’s gaining recognition—and you’ve landed a pitch call with studio execs and producers! GO YOU!! But now you have to present. You’ll need to put together something aesthetically pleasing, and concise, that tells the full story of your series (or film). Remember, you’re selling yourself as a writer too! This episode I give you some tools abs tips for what needs to be in that presentation.
July 23, 2021
SEASON TWO: Episode No.3
Don’t be hesitant to adapt when something crazy is thrown your way. And challenge your view of story because that’s the sweet spot of writing.
July 15, 2021
SEASON TWO: Episode No 2
The magic of words, whether in screenplays or teleplays or journalism, allows us as writers to paint a picture for viewers, listeners, and audiences everywhere. We see the world through a more romantic lens and we aren’t meant to apologize for that. The normal world can bore us and so we exist in our imaginations or deep within our research. That is where our power lives and breathes. Honor that. AND—this week’s “CHOOSE YOUR OWN SCENE” we go to Neverland by way of Ruth B.‘s song “Lost Boy”. Your character choices for your scenes: Wendy, Shmead or the Songwriter.
July 07, 2021
SEASON TWO: Episode No.1
Let’s get this kicked off with truth and a new segment called “Choose Your Own Scene Adventure”!!
July 01, 2021
Thank you for joining me for this first season. SEASON TWO launches on Wednesday, June 30, 2021
June 12, 2021
BONUS EPISODE 14: Passion Vomit
The title says it all.
June 05, 2021
Episode 13: Open Up Your View
HOW we relay our stories matters. This week I talk about struggling with writer’s block, how to process feelings and put them down productively, ways to get out of the funk, and why listening to a vinyl is my favorite thing.
June 04, 2021
A Creative Break
See you next week for Episode 13!
May 27, 2021
Correction and two things you should do BEFORE submitting your work anywhere.
May 19, 2021
Episode No.12: Crafting Your Film + TV Series
This week I actually give you an exercise to help your visually see how your story breaks down. How well do you know your story? How about your characters and their motivation? (NOTE: I was saying don’t compromise the integrity of your but sounds like something else! HaHa!)
May 19, 2021
Been A Rough Year
Let’s face it. Covid has been brutal, but now it’s time to accept where we are, embrace validation, and honor the struggle.
May 13, 2021
Episode No.10: Cut Yourself Some Slack
We get caught up in not writing as much as we want and that’s when you gotta cut yourself some slack. Unless you’re on deadline, then GET TO IT!
May 06, 2021
Episode No.9: LIP SERVICE
Recognizing that Lip Service isn’t enough. Also, painting your first scenes!! #NoExcuses
April 28, 2021
Episode 8 PART 2
Some quick writing tips, book + music suggestions
April 22, 2021
Episode No.8 Routine + Reading
Let’s talk about getting into a writing routine, and the difference between film and TV, teasers and openers.
April 22, 2021
Ep.7 - quick change
I forgot I already read from Spiraling in Ep2 so I’ll read from the RomCom + Drama Series next werk
April 16, 2021
Episode No.7: The Creative Process
Tapping into creativity on your terms. Be open, daring, honest--know your story, don’t dumb it down, give yourself self imposed deadlines to avoid procrastination. Trust yourself. AND—trust the audience ...
April 14, 2021
Episode No.6: Pitching Yourself
Aside from pitching your stories, you’re pitching yourself, do you know who you are and how to convey that?
April 07, 2021
This week I’m sharing some darker parts of my story that led me to writing, and WHY writing our stories and honoring our creativity through pain is so important. #trauma #loss #writer
March 30, 2021
I had the numbers wrong so just wanted to clarify that Netflix is investing $100million NOT $1.8biillion. #WishfulThinking
March 25, 2021
Episode No.4: Women Who Write: Why Female Voices Should Be Represented
Women make up half of the global population and yet our stories are told at a nominal rate at best. It’s time for Hollywood to change that.
March 23, 2021
Episode No.3: An Exercise in Inspiration
Today is about inspiration. To return to the very fundamentals of how we as humans learned to communicate in the first place.
March 17, 2021
Episode No.2: A Short vs A Pilot Episode: A Live Reading of “Spiraling”
This episode I read (for the first time publicly) the first 2 pages of my short film and the teaser and page one of the pilot episode for my project, “Spiraling”. We will discuss why writing is so important and why finding your words matter.
March 10, 2021
Episode No. 1: Writing Tools + Some Character Creation
This is the 1st episode of “Drinking in the Pen” and I wanted to hit the ground running. This week we will talk about the best screenwriting tools to get you started, as well as giving you a little creative homework assignment. Don’t worry, I promise it will help become a stronger writer.
March 03, 2021