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
To many writers, to almost anyone for that matter, Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis are living the dream. As accomplished practitioners of big, nonfiction magazine writing, they regularly publish articles … Continue reading
Apparently a few months ago, J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series, published a crime novel called The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pen name Robert Galbriath. Rowling didn’t just … Continue reading
Color Coding: The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding (as it may apply to your book cover)
Don’t believe pseudo-science that says red always means excitement (and other color fallacies). It’s not that simple. See this interesting article by Gregory Ciotti for details.
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
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?
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
“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
Like pitching a story to an agent, producer or executive, creating a compelling TED talk involves synthesizing a lot of material into a very small space. TED founder and head … Continue reading
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