Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway for 'My Soon -To- Be Sex Life' by Judith Tewes

                                   Welcome to my stop on the MY SOON -TO- BE SEX LIFE Blog Tour!

                                                                  ABOUT MY SOON -TO- BE SEX LIFE
                                                                                      by Judith Tewes

Charlie is down to her absolute. Total. Last. Resort.

Despite a thoroughly comprehensive list of potential cherry poppers, er…suitors, and careful plotting, Charlie is three weeks into her devirginzation campaign, still untouched, and getting desperate. In the movie of her life, this aspiring screenwriter is giving herself a PG, for please, get some.

Her project goes into freeze frame when her mom checks herself into rehab and packs Charlie off to live with her estranged, or just plain strange, grandfather, Monty. How is she supposed to get a date when she has to go pick up his Depends? 

Enter Eric, a hot rehab grad on the road to redemption, and the only one who can make Charlie rethink her strategy. The more she gets to know him, the more convinced she becomes that is the one, and not just another to add to the list of people who will abandon her.

In this hilarious and heartbreaking story of one girl’s detoured road to womanhood, Charlie’s list develops a life of its own – right when she realizes there’s so much more to lose.


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Resources for Screenwriters

As a fiction novelist and a screenwriter, I had a lot of fun writing My Soon-To-Be Sex Life, which features a young female lead character who aspires to be a screenwriter. Charlie’s sassy, but has a lot of heart. If you’re a film nut, or interested in trying your hand at screenwriting, check out this list of resources for the SCRIBE in you.

Nothing shows you how to write witty dialogue charged full of characterization, purpose and punch better than reading the script of your favourite movie or TV show episode. You can also learn a TON about plot structure, character development, subtlety, larger than life moments and how to NOT KILL THE TENSION.


Save the Cat: The last book on screenwriting that you’ll ever need – Blake Snyder. Ironically Save the Cat was the first book on screenwriting I’d heard other fiction writers talk about and thus the first one I purchased…but I do return to it again and again.

Save the Cat: Goes to the movies. The screenwriter’s guide to every story ever told – Blake Snyder. Main plot points of films identified so you can make them happen in your own tales.

The Coffee Break Screenwriter – Pilar Alessandra. Fantastic resource for plot structure and dividing the task of writing a complete script into bite sized, manageable sections.

Your Screenplay Sucks: 100 ways to make it great – William M. Akers. I find this to be the best revision tool around. I use it for fiction manuscripts as well. It helps you identify problem areas and kick the snot out of them.

Four Screenplays. Studies in the American Screenplay: An analysis of four groundbreaking contemporary classics – Syd Field. Wonderful breakdown of Thelma & Louise, Terminator 2, The Silence of the Lambs and Dances with Wovles. In terms of understanding what makes a story work – this beast is priceless.

Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 most powerful film conventions every filmmaker must know – Jennifer Van Sijll. You’ll never watch a movie the same way again…and it will help you place your fictional cast on your stage with more finesse and creativity than ever before.


A la The Shooting Script series – as with writing fiction, the best way to learn what works is to READ. Here are some of the scripts I’ve purchased, but I also follow the Scott Myers blog for script evaluations and industry insight.

A Knight’s Tale – Brian Helgeland – great example of how to incorporate music, as well as take on a period piece with humour.

Dan in Real Life – Pierce Gardner and Peter Hedges – heartwarming example of family drama / romantic comedy.

Stranger than Fiction – Zack Helm – seriously brilliant…and offers tons of insight into the creation of the script.

Juno – Diablo Cody – groundbreaking, wicked cool and reads every bit as quirky as the film.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Once more with feeling (the musical script book) – Joss Whedon – includes the sheet music for the songs Whedon composed for this episode, that’s right – words AND music, the background to its creation and then…the very cool script itself.

SIDE NOTE: I also study other script formats, such as graphic novels. Here are some resources if you’re interested…

Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative: Principles and practices from the legendary cartoonist – Will Eisner. Great insight in the development of comics and how to combine words with images.

Panel Discussions with industry storytellers – Durwin S. Talon. Everything you’ve wanted to ask about graphic novels…with real answers.

Panel One: Comic book scripts by top writers – Nat Gertler. Featuring scripts by Neil Gaiman, Jeff Smith, Kurt Busiek and more!

Just for Teens

There are amazing resources out there for younger writers and since I write for young adults and often facilitate writing workshops for them…here are a few I’ve discovered:

Seize the Story: A handbook for teens who like to write. By Victoria Hanley. Cottonwood Press. 2008. ISBN: 1877673811

What’s Your Story?: A young person’s guide to writing fiction. By Marion Dane Bauer. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 1992. ISBN: 0395577802

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook. By Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter. ISBN: 9781596435148 – this is a quirky, entertaining, age appropriate and informative book. Great for teachers.

Juicy Writing: Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers. By Brigid Lowry. ISBN: 978-1741750485 – a zen resource with some spirit. Again, great for teachers.

Word After Word After Word. By Patricia MacLachlan. 978-0-06-027972-1 – writing skills and life in story format, great for elementary students.

Writing Magic: Creating stories that fly. By Gail Carson Levine. 978-0-06-051960-5 – from idea to plowing through to the end of a story, adding layers and lots of fab writing exercises.

                                                                                    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Multi-published, award-winning author, screenwriter, and playwright, Judith Tewes resides in small town Alberta, where she: writes, sings, plays bass guitar in an all-woman band, walks her three crazy labs, and suspects she's living the life of a superhero's alias. A commercial writer writing under several pen names, Judith’s work includes: paranormal, steampunk, and contemporary young adult fiction, as well as thriller, horror, and dramatic comedies for the stage and screen.

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