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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
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
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
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
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
The following advice is excerpted from an article in Writer’s Digest Magazine by a writer named Dan J. Fiore. Do what he says. His advice is completely right on. * … Continue reading
Every writer wishes their writing was going faster. If only we could spend more time at our desks! Or get more done while we’re there! Why can’t we get more … Continue reading
Thanks to Blogger Kevin Ashton for his inspiring post justifying my lack of inspirational posting this month – I’ve been busy writing! – and his post about why creative people … Continue reading
What’s wrong with a little well-placed denial? If we really let ourselves embrace and admit how much work it takes to write a script or book, very few of them … Continue reading
Writing doesn’t always look like ‘writing’. For the last 2-3 weeks, my work on the current screenplay has consisted of staring at a wall of index cards (in photo at … Continue reading