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)

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

You don’t have to outline your book or script before you start writing. I think some ‘exploratory writing’ is healthy for most books or scripts before any outline gets locked … 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 · 1 Comment

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

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

Rewrite Principals (Pt. 1)

1) Less words Awesome art by Ryo Shimizu

June 8, 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
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