MNINS: Season 3, Episode 4 – Star Wars: The Force Awakes (A Newer Hope)

Posted Sonlight Press MNINS, Screenplay

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 4 of My Name Is Not Steve – The Podcast by Storytellers about Storytelling (with People Not Named Steve). Pete Bauer and Dorothea Bauer chat about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the pros, cons and plenty o’ spoilers. Mobile Users Listen Here or Subscribe on ITunes In this episode: A little story […]

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Trusting the Journey

Posted Sonlight Press Author, Author Blog, Faith, Gabby Wells, Gabby Wells - Book 1, Gabby Wells - Book 2, Gabby Wells - Book 3, Gabby Wells - Book 5, Gabby Wells - Novella 1, Gabby Wells Novel, Novel, Novella, Screenplay, Writing

God never seems to draw a straight line. I wish he did.  It’d sure make life a lot easier. The path I’ve been on in writing the Gabby Wells Thrillers is one of the most convoluted one could conceive.  Two years ago, almost to the day, I posted about this strange unfolding.  Back then I […]

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Kneel & Prey – The Proof is in the Proof

Posted Sonlight Press Gabby Wells, Gabby Wells - Book 1, Gabby Wells Novel, Independent Publishing, Novel, Novella, Screenplay, Writing

It took eight years to get my original idea into a printed book.  Through three screenplays, two 13-episode television series scripts, two novels that were scrubbed and four novellas that were augmented, Kneel & Prey, the kick off of the Gabby Wells Thriller series, is finally complete. It was a long journey with far more […]

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Podcast – Generosity & Female Ninjas

Posted Sonlight Press Author Blog, Blog, Gabby Wells - Book 1, Gabby Wells - Book 2, Gabby Wells - Book 3, Gabby Wells - Book 4, Gabby Wells Novel, Marketing, Novel, Podcast, Screenplay, Writing

Author Pete Bauer and Dorothea Bauer talk about the generosity of the independent publishing community, female ninjas and audio books. Mobile Users: Click here to listen to the episode. Topics Covered: Independent Film Marketing Similar as Novels Competing with your Competitors Screenplays Collecting Dust Knowing your Audience Generosity of Independent Authors Hit and Miss Writing […]

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Podcast – Thanksgiving Episode & Mockingjay Part 1 Marketing

Posted Sonlight Press Author Blog, Blog, Faith, Gabby Wells - Book 1, Gabby Wells Novel, Marketing, Novel, Podcast, Screenplay, Writing

Author Pete Bauer and Dorothea Bauer talk about the issues with the Mockingjay Part 1 marketing approach and give thanks to those who have helped get them this far. Mobile Users: Click here to listen to the episode. In this episode: Thanksgiving Day Episode Mockingjay Part 1 Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 Mockingjay Part […]

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NCIS – Knowing When To End the Series

Posted Sonlight Press Screenplay, Writing

We talked about how best to introduce characters in your story.  Now let’s talk about how stories should end. Some writers are called pantsers and some are plotters.  Pantsers don’t know the end of the story before they begin.  They discover the story as it goes along.  Plotters plot out their story, knowing how it […]

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – An Epic Failure of Adaptation

Posted Pete Bauer Marketing, Review, Screenplay, story telling, Writing

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a perfect storm of predictability. If you decide to adapt a single novel into a movie trilogy, the middle story, the bridge, is the hardest one to pull off successfully. Having the middle story as part of a prequel makes the project a recipe for failure with The […]

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Adaptation Choices

Posted Pete Bauer Novel, Podcast, Review, Screenplay, story telling, Writing

“I have an image of Prim in a white room, strapped to a table, while masked, robed figures elicit those sounds from her.  Somewhere they are torturing her, or did torture her, to get those sounds.” In my last podcast I talked about the process of adapting a screenplay to a novel.  The opposite path […]

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Podcast 04 – Screenplay to Novel Adaptation

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Novel, Podcast, Screenplay, story telling, Writing

Today’s podcast discusses some tips on how to adapt a screenplay into a novel. Here are a few steps to consider when adapting a screenplay to a novel. Step 1) Overview.  Look at the story from a 30,000 foot level.  Sketch out the basics of the plot (beginning, middle and end).  Also, write down the […]

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Posted Pete Bauer Author, Screenplay, Writing

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I was a screenwriter. I wrote screenplays, won some awards, had some optioned and a few produced. One of those screenplays I wrote at the request of a friend of mine, Jenni Gold. I recently mentioned Jenni in a post about her work on the […]

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Writing Space

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Novel, Screenplay, story telling, Typecasting, Writing

Does where you write effect how you write? When I was starting out writing screenplays, I read an interview with Patrick Sheane Duncan, screenwriter of the film Courage Under Fire, who said that he taught himself to write anywhere with a pad of paper and a pencil so that he could write whenever he was […]

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It Only Took Sixty-Three Drafts to Learn How to Write

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Faith, Gabby Wells, Novel, Screenplay, story telling, Writing

Writing can be a painful experience. I spent the majority of my life around, involved in and pursuing a life in film.  I studied it, I performed in it, I wrote for it, I directed it and I loved it.  Some of my work made it to Hollywood, but most was of the independent nature. […]

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Posted Pete Bauer Faith, Marketing, Screenplay, story telling, Writing

Some people will not be denied. I have known Jenni Gold for about 20 years now.  She and her husband Jeff Maynard have been fighting the good fight in Hollywood.  They’re good people trying to make good films in a tough and unforgiving environment. Jenni was struck with Muscular Dystrophy as a child, but she […]

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Podcast 03 – Lynne Hansen

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Marketing, Novel, Podcast, Screenplay, Writing

Lynne Hansen has participated in just about every facet of the publishing industry.  From writing to editing to marketing to book design, she has seen and done it all.  In this podcast we get insight into the many paths her career has taken and gain valuable insights on what makes a powerful and effective book […]

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It Drives Me

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Blog, Faith, Gabby Wells, Marketing, Novel, Screenplay, story telling, Writing

I like to challenge myself.  And I like to learn new things. These attributes have come in handy as I’ve focused on writing novels. When I was a kid, I was enthralled by movies.  One summer in particular, the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark was playing at a local dollar theater.  Back before DVDs […]

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A Theory

Posted Pete Bauer Novel, Screenplay, story telling

I have a theory. This theory started when I was in college.  Back before DVDs and online streaming, it was nearly impossible to watch a movie that was no longer in the theaters and movie classics could rarely be seen outside of film festivals.  So, it was a special treat to see Hitchcock’s classic Rear Window in […]

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Podcast 01 – Author Kari Burke

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Blog, Faith, Marketing, Novel, Podcast, Screenplay, story telling

Welcome to my first podcast! During these podcasts we’ll have interviews with people in various areas of the publishing and entertainment industry, including both Christian and secular artists. I’m very excited to have Kari Burke with us on our first show.  She’s a Catholic writer whose pro-life book The Life I Dreamed deals with the […]

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Gabby Wells Trailer

Posted Pete Bauer Gabby Wells, Marketing, Screenplay, Writing

One of the benefits of having worked in the entertainment industry in a variety of different positions is knowing how to create and edit a trailer. After mulling numerous ways to use a trailer to promote the first Gabby Wells book, we decided to use the hand-held camera/docu-drama approach. This should give it a sense […]

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From Screenplay to Novel

Posted Pete Bauer Author, Gabby Wells, Novel, Screenplay, story telling, Writing

The differences between a screenplay and a novel are equivalent to the differences between a blueprint and a finished building. Over time, screenplays have come to be structured in a very specific way so that each page equals approximately one minute of screen time.  And the three act screenplay structure, where major events happen at […]

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Man of Steel – Slave to the Story

Posted Pete Bauer Screenplay, Uncategorized

The latest incarnation of the Superman franchise, Man of Steel, does many things well and some other things poorly. The overall experience, however, is satisfying. There are **SPOILERS** in this post, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, take the necessary steps. When facing the blank page, the story tellers (David S. Goyer and […]

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