Posts Tagged ‘Tricksters’

Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “When a plotline and a theme work exceptionally well together, Hollywood producers invest in remakes.”

These 3 movies – Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Heaven Can Wait, Down to Earth – serve as an example.

THEME [ Be true to yourself and everything will be all right.] + PLOTLINE [a man who is sent to heaven before his time (due to an error by an angel) wants his old life back]  =

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Here Comes Mr. Jordan  1941  protagonist Joe Pendleton (a boxer) portrayed by Robert Montgomery

Writing Credits: Sidney Buchman & Seton I. Miller (screenplay); Harry Segall (from the play Heaven Can Wait)

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Heaven Can Wait  1978 – protagonist Joe Pendleton (a quarterback) portrayed by Warren Beatty

Writing Credits:  Elaine May and Warren Beatty (screenplay); Harry Segall (from the play); Robert Towne

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Down to Earth (2001) protagonist Lance Barton (a stand-up comedian) portrayed by Chris Rock.

Probably to honor the original script, the name (and body) that Lance Barton will use at the end of the movie is “Joe”

Writing Credits:   Chris Rock & Lance Crouther & Ali LeRoi & Louis C.K.

Above data regarding writers’ names are from


I, Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan, recommend:

* Martha Engber’s book and workshops on how to write scenes
* Christopher Vogler’s book The Writer’s Journey (about Hero’s Journey and Archetypes)
* all books and workshops by Martha Alderson on plotting
* your rereading your favorite books and studying that authors’ techniques



Teresa LeYung-Ryan aka Coach Teresa teaches writers how to transform their email signature-blocks, photos, videos, social media, website/blog descriptions into platform statements . . . to attract target audience/readers/fans . . . before and after publication. and


She is the creator of:

  • classes, including:
    • *For Theme’s Sake: Edit Your Own Manuscript Before Pitching to Agents or Self-Publishing
    • *Heroes, Tricksters, and Villains – What Do These Archetypes Want in Your Story World?
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  • Immigrant Experience Writing Contest
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  • interactive presentations, including:
    • *Help Your Fans Find YOU
    • *Build & Retrofit Your Writer’s Platform


the author of:

  • Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW (workbook);
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  • Love Made of Heart: a Daughter, a Mother, a Journey Through Mental Illness (novel used in college classes and archived at the San Francisco History Center);
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  • “Talking to My Dead Mom Monologues” (the first monologue received an award from Redwood 10-Minute Play Contest and was staged at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA);
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  • her blog (which attracts tens of thousands of writers) at helps writers build their platforms before and after publication


and a proud member of:

  • California Writers Club (3 branches! And a past president of the San Francisco Peninsula Branch); and a recipient of the Jack London Award for outstanding service to California Writers Club;
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  • Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter (a past board member).



Coach Teresa here, working side by side with pal & colleague Mary E. Knippel today. Elisa Southard and I meet once a month to work together. Today is with Mary.

First . . .  Please tell job-seeker friends — Tues. Oct. 11, 2011 Mary E. Knippel presents at SF Professional Career Network. Meet 9:00am at 390 Valencia St., SF. Presentation 9:30-11:00am.  I’ll be there to film Mentor Mary as she guides job-seekers on how to “Create Your Success Story”:

• Learn simple, creative ways to get noticed in a crowd
• Design your vision-board to achieve your dreams
• Convert your passions into valuable connections

If you can’t attend this Meet-Up, visit Mary’s site:

My list of  To Do included:

  • respond to clients’ emails.
  • respond to Martha Alderson’s publicist regarding my playing a role in Martha’s blog tour for her new book THE PLOT WHISPERER: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master (Adams Media, a division of F+W Media) scheduled for the week of October 17th, 2011.  Senior Publicist Bethany Carland-Adams had asked: “Teresa, I would love to coordinate a review, interview, or guest article around this time on your blog.”
  • critique Mary‘s material for her presentation tomorrow.
  • blog about October events for writers and anyone who needs to express themselves through writing.
  • upload videos (the ones I shot for Women’s National Book Association members and guests at San Francisco Public Library last week; the one I shot of Yolande Barial last month)
  • gather photos for a new brochure for my signature workshop “Heroes, Tricksters, Villains”
  • blog about getting more mileage after you’ve posted a comment on someone’s blog.


    Coach Teresa

    Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!”

    Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

    Love Made of Heart inspiring adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their families.

    As a manuscript consultant, Teresa LeYung-Ryan loves helping writers identify their themes and archetypes.

    YouTube Channel:

    Teresa on facebook!  She’s also involved in Women’s National Book Association and California Writers Club


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