THE OTHER NETWORK WRITER'S ROOM

INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)

The Shaula Evans Comedy Punch-Up Method (from the Blacklist)

The Shaula Evans Comedy Punch-Up Method 1. Comedy needs a story spine to hang on. Fix up structural, character, and plot problems before you start your punch up. (See also: … Continue reading

March 8, 2014 · 6 Comments

Writing is hard – but you don’t have to do it alone!

I can make it easier, faster and more fun! I can help you… – Choose which project to write next – Outline and plan your book or script – Get … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Space Talk: What Astronauts Can Teach You About Writing Dialog

Thanks to 101books for this funny post on what the astronauts can teach us about writing dialog. 101 Books doesn’t specify, but I’d say this excellent snippet of dialog can … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Seth Speaks: Family Guy Creator, Oscar Host & Mega-Mogul Seth MacFarlane On Breaking Into the TV Business

Seth MacFarlane talks about getting started in the business, what he looks for in a spec script and the original pilot for “Family Guy” in this exclusive interview for The … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

7 Elements of a Good Comedy Rant

“Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

9 Rules For Being Funny From “Inside Comedy”

Failure Is The Only Option Get Personal Figure Out What Works–Then Change It Look Back to Move Forward Being Liked Is Overrated Work the Silence Misery Loves Comedy Listen Up … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Alan Zweibel on Comedy Writing and Writing Comedy

Alan Zweibel is the prolific writer of Emmy-winning TV shows (“Saturday Night Live”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”)  and a Thurber Prize-winning novel (“The Other Schulman”). He offers … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Network TV Comedy Pilots Greenlit for 2013

Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of the comedy pilots getting made this season via Splitsider, an excellent comedy website. Expect to see lots of post-nuclear blended and expanded families on … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 1 Comment

29 Different Ways to Get a Laugh

People say laughter is the best medicine (although probably 9 out of 10 doctors wouldn’t agree). Many spiritual traditions (at least Zen Buddhism and the New Age) preach the transcendent … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Word Angeles! The LA Spoken Word / Personal Essay / Storytelling Scene Reaches Critical Mass

These days, you can’t throw a rock in LA without hitting some kind of word event. Theaters, clubs and restaurants are all hosting shows where people read their personal essay … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 2 Comments

For Writing Out Loud: 12 or 13 Reasons to Perform Your Writing

“The human brain is a wonderful thing. It starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.” – George Jessel Maybe, … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 1 Comment
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