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

Six Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Project Before You Write It

How can you stop people from stealing your ideas? You can’t. How can you stop people from stealing your writing? You don’t have to. Your prose is inherently copyrighted as … Continue reading

October 4, 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

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

13 or 14 Reasons to Take Your Writing Onstage

After producing hundreds of comedy and spoken word shows and coaching other writers on their material and performance, I went onstage a few times last year to do it myself. … Continue reading

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

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January 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Common Sense, 50 Shades of Gray and 2 other Great Reasons to Consider Self-publishing

In 1776, the failed corset-maker Thomas Paine, then fired from his job as a newspaper editorialist, wrote, edited and self-published “Common Sense”, the pamphlet credited with galvanizing the American colonies … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Latest Data on Self-Publishing and e-Books for Indie Authors (via

Hugh Howey’s “7k Report” will blow your mind with data about the publishing market. As always, genres rules sales, but read this detailed report about market-share for indie, self-published and … Continue reading

July 29, 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

Track Publishing Trends (or anything – or anyone – else!) in Published Books

Meet Ngram, an intriguing data-mining device from Google that charts the relative citation of any words or phrases in all books published (that are in the Google database). Enter your … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Comedy Spec Script 2014 — What is hot and what is not (via TV Calling)

TV Calling’s latest take on which comedy scripts are best to spec strategically. Read all at:

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Drama Spec Script 2014 — What is hot and what is not (via TV Calling)

Excellent industry update including circa 2014… – Over-specced (shows that have passed their prime, try to avoid doing them) – Mainstream (shows that have matured enough that they have become … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

7 Things to Consider (and Discuss) if You’re Collaborating – including a Sample Letter of Agreement

I love collaborating and I’ve done it a lot. When writing partnerships are working well you get: More fun Geometric Creativity Built-in 2nd opinion When they’re not working well you … Continue reading

May 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

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