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“Writing For Your Life” Sunday Newsletter: January 17, 2021

Or, where is Mr. Miyagi when we need him?

Joel Eisenberg
Jan 18 · 3 min read
Noriyuki “Pat” Morita in “The Karate Kid” (1984)

Last week’s newsletter was not what one would call “light and airy.” See here. I was raw, having written the newsletter while still in shock over last week’s insurrection.

This coming week holds the potential to be equally volatile, considering the inauguration of a new president, a thought which led me to my question, above: Where is Mr. Miyagi when we need him?

The idea is we need, as a people, someone with great wisdom to help guide us from the anger presently gripping the U.S.

Perhaps Yoda would work equally well. Alas, his force ghost is stuck in a galaxy far, far away ...

I hold out hope for a fresh start this week, though as I tell writers the time to incorporate such unique experiences in one’s writing is now.

Consider it a time capsule for an incredulous public down the road.

That said …

I’ll begin this week’s newsletter innocuously, with a comprehensive look at one of two franchises (the other being “Star Wars”) that never fails to bring a smile and take me from real world madness into fictional universes I would at times rather not leave:

“The Karate Kid” (1984)

The Ballad of Johnny and Daniel: How “The Karate Kid” Became One of the World’s Best-Loved Franchises”

An assortment of this week’s articles on the craft and business of screenwriting can be found here.

If you choose not to click, these images are samples of our current screenwriting-related entries:

As ever, we are accepting submissions. Please contact me directly through Medium, or my email address — joel_ecmedia@yahoo.com — so I can add your name to our growing list of writers.

Hopefully, save for the inauguration, the coming week will be calm and relatively uneventful. Please take care of yourselves.

We’ll be back in seven days.

Best,

Joel Eisenberg

Writer-Editor, “Writing For Your Life”

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