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

Tools for Writers

– How to write a book
– How to rewrite a script
– Overcome writer’s block
– Creative writing prompts & writing exercises

January 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

“D” is for Defense Mechanism

These categories can help you develop and dimensionalize characters – and to help shape storylines – in any kind of fiction. Of course, it made me proud that my favorite personal defense mechanism is Humor, which is considered a ‘Mature’ defense.

December 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Just in the (Saint) Nick of Time for Xmas, “Miller’s Compendium” is here!

“Miller’s Compendium” is an encyclopedic catalog of writing resources. GET IT NOW – 100s of lists & articles – 1000s of links – 500 ‘pages’ Timeless wisdom – Vintage graphics … Continue reading

December 17, 2015 · 1 Comment

Character, Action and Theme – from Jennine Ianouette

A great way to think about what kind of story you’re telling – or different dimensions in your story – from Jennine Ianouette: https://www.screentakes.com/finding-new-screenplay-structures/

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Who Are You Going to Call? Six Kinds of People Who Can Help You Write

I don’t know anyone who writes in complete isolation except during intensive drafting phases. It’s important to build a circle of helpers and there are many kinds of support available … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Five Phases of the Writing Process (for any book or script)

I have found there are five distinct phases in the process of writing a book or script. I’ve written, and helped writers write, a lot of different projects in a … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Character Hierarchy: All Characters Might be Created Equal, but They Shouldn’t be in the Rewrite

Differentiating characters helps the reader read: “A” level characters have 3 dimensions, “B” level 2. It’s ok if the rest have only 1 dimension.

October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments

Five Rides You Can Give Your Reader

Any good story gives the reader a ride. Usually, the sooner the reader knows what kind of ride they’re taking, the more they can relax and enjoy it. I’m not … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment
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