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

The ultimate writer’s resource just got realer! Kickstarting this month: “Miller’s Compendium of Timeless Tools for the Modern Writer”

The Compendium’s Kickstarter campaign is Popular in Publishing and Staff Pick at The campaign ends July 10, but don’t wait! – Pre-order the book today – Consider buying an … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

How Many Ways Can You Say Boo? 16 Horror Themes (from Iconic Pictures) + 1 or 2 More (from me)

At the outset of a project – and when you’re planning a rewrite – I think it’s good to ask yourself what the the project is about. What’s it really … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

9 Rules for Getting Feedback

Depending on the nature of the feedback you receive from your readers (or listeners if it’s a staged reading), it can be like taking a warm bath or a cold … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

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January 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

7 1/2 Different Ways to Outline (and 2 other Ways to Get an Overview Perspective on) Your Book or Script

Sometimes you want to step back from the trees to see the forest. You don’t have to outline your book or script before you start writing (I think some ‘exploratory … Continue reading

November 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Bechdel Test (revised & illustrated) now featuring the Angry Black Woman

It’s practically 2015 and gender representation in media is still not nearly equal. In your own spec writing at least, do the world a favor and give your ensemble… The … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Turn It Up, Over and Out at the LA Writers Clinic: Aug. 16 & Sept. 6

Focus, unblock or (re-)energize your book, script or pitch at any stage of the process: * Rewrites * Outlines * Stuck mid-draft * Can’t find the funny * Strategic re-alignment … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Step Away from the Deck Chairs: 4 Different Kinds of Rewrites

When writers send me a rough draft of a book or script for notes, they really really want me to tell them all they have to do is rearrange some … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

8 Kinds of People Who Can Give You Feedback on Your Draft

I highly recommend that you have every draft (including rewrites) read by a spectrum of readers that include at least 3 of these categories: Someone enthusiastic and supportive who will … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

LA Writers Clinic – June 12 & 26

LA Writers Clinic – 2 Thursdays, June 12 and 26th, 7-9pm Focus, unblock or (re-)energize your project at any stage of the process. * Rewrites * Outlines * Stuck mid-draft … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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

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