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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)

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

Great Advice on Writing Your First/Rough Draft (from Dan J. Fiore)

The following advice is excerpted from an article in Writer’s Digest Magazine by a writer named Dan J. Fiore. Do what he says. His advice is completely right on. * … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Disciplined Writer: Pro- and Con-crastination

Every writer wishes their writing was going faster. If only we could spend more time at our desks! Or get more done while we’re there! Why can’t we get more … Continue reading

November 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Feedback Loop: How to Use Readers for Your Rewrite(s)

Ask ten writers for their opinion and you’ll get at least a dozen different opinions – and yet… After you’ve written a draft of your book or script (much less … Continue reading

November 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Generic Script Rewrite Note #1: Too Many Characters

I recently gave a client notes on the first draft of a screenplay. Among my biggest notes was that the central emotional storyline was getting diluted because it was spread … Continue reading

September 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Latest Listing of the Best Open-Mic Comedy Shows in LA (according to the LA-ist)

Open mic stage-time is not usually high-quality stage-time, but it can be rowdy good fun – or a bone-chilling nightmare. Either way, it’s a great (and probably a necessary) step … Continue reading

July 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

3 Criteria of the Bechdel Gender Imbalance Test (from Alison Bechdel & Liz Wallace)

1. Does [your project] contain two or more female characters who have names? 2. Do those characters talk to each other? 3. Do they discuss something other than a man?

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Theolonius Monk’s 18 Pieces of Advice to Himself – Also Applicable to Any Performer (and Most Writers)

18 Pieces of Advice to Himself (from Theolonius Monk) 1. Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t meant that you don’t have to keep time. 2. Pat your foot and … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Case for Not Rushing It: Where Good Ideas (and Good Book Trailers) Come From

“The Latin verb cogito for ‘to think’ etymologically means ‘to shake together.’” Writers are often at their least creative when it comes to beating themselves up for not working, or … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

7 Tools for Critical Thinking (from Philosopher Daniel Dennett)

As I say in my book, “How To Be A Writer Who Writes”, (a phrase I love saying and really should say more), different phases of the writing process call … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · 2 Comments

Just Say No: A Simple One-Word Key to Productivity

Thanks to Blogger Kevin Ashton for his inspiring post justifying my lack of inspirational posting this month – I’ve been busy writing! – and his post about why creative people … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · Leave a comment
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