I’m Jennifer Peepas, a writer, filmmaker, and media educator based in Chicago.
I started this blog in 2011 to put my training as a screenwriter to work for people who wanted help finding the right words to have difficult conversations and express their true feelings.
Advice questions are stories. Good stories are full of conflict.
People who write to advice columnists are usually looking for help in having a difficult conversation. Most advice-column advice comes down to “Have you tried telling that person what you just told me?”
Movie characters are all direct and brave and articulate the way that we almost never get to be in real life. That’s not because screenwriters are life experts. We are not. You should probably not be taking life advice from a woman whose plan for paying back $100K in grad school debt is “start a blog.”
I can’t tell you what to do. You are always and forever the expert and the boss of your own life. But if you’re at a loss for words, I can try to tell you what to say, or at least lend you some courage in saying it.
If you have a question, submit it here. I will give you honest answers and try my best to make you sound awesome.