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

Sample Writer’s Collaboration Agreement (New & Improved)

I recently was on a really interesting panel about collaboration at IWOSC (Independent Writers of Southern California) and some some issues came up that led me to revise my current … Continue reading

March 4, 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

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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Credible Gunplay: Does my 16 year-old nephew know more about firearms than you?

My nephew recently begged me to get Hollywood to include more realistic gunplay in action movies and TV shows. He points out that the sound of a gun going off … Continue reading

December 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

6 Formulas for Formula Fiction (by Jim Denney via Michael Moorcock)

1. Length formula: 60,000 words, divided into four sections of 15,000 words, six chapters in each section, no chapter longer than 2,500 words. Each chapter is required to contain elements … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

“Let Me Count the Words…” (How to Measure ‘Average’ Writing Output)

I believe in measuring output – at least during a drafting phase of your project. By measuring your productivity, you… Boost your confidence about your ability to generate pages Psychologically … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Who Makes How Much in Hollywood? (via the Hollywood Reporter)

Great article in the Hollywood Reporter about salaries in film and TV from writers and directors to chefs and production jobs. Includes ranges and averages circa 2014.

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

The Two Types of TV Stories (by Erik Bork via Script Magazine)

1. Procedural 2. Personal Read the whole thing here:

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Study Tips for Sullen Teens of Any Age

A high schooler of my acquaintance was recently complaining that she “didn’t know how to study”. I didn’t realize until after I’d helpfully prepared this handy tip-sheet that she was … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

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