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

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

The New Journalism: New Platforms for Journalists (and Source Material for Movies)

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

August 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

First-Time Writer Woes – for Bestselling “Harry Potter” Author J.K. Rowling?!

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

August 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

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.

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Latest Listing of the Best Open-Mic Comedy Shows in LA (according to the LA-ist)

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

July 20, 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

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

June 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Rewrite Principals (Pt. 1)

1) Less words Awesome art by Ryo Shimizu

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Case for Not Rushing It: Where Good Ideas (and Good Book Trailers) Come From

“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

May 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to Give A Killer Presentation (by TED Curator Chris Anderson)

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

May 27, 2013 · 1 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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