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

Happiness is a Warm Desk: How Your Work Area Affects Your Productivity

Some writers put way too much attention into their working environment – and then don’t actually get much work done. Many others (like me) pay barely any attention at all … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why I Love Index Cards: The Humble Office Supply That Can Leap Tall Problems in a Single Bound

I’ve been working with a client who developed and outlined his screenplay using index cards. (See photo left. One wall of the garage where we were working had easy access … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 2 Comments

Productivity During Your Rough Draft (Including Some Famous Authors’ Daily Page Count)

Productivity (Phase 3: Rough Drafting) “I regard the piece of paper as my employer. I have to fill that piece of paper. How I feel—whether it is difficult or not, … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

6 Ways to Make a Deadline Meaningful

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” — Douglas Adams It’s not just you. Almost every writer has a hard time being productive without … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

19 Ways to Increase Your Drafting Productivity

I’m sure you feel your writing isn’t going fast enough. This is an almost universal complaint of almost all writers in almost every project. Here are a few ways to … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

11 Ways of Writing Without Writing: Turn Procrastination into Productivity

“Art is a marriage of the conscious and the unconscious.” — Jean Cocteau Sometimes you just can’t focus on gathering, planning or drafting your project. There are other ways to move … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · 3 Comments

7 Ways to Generate Material Without Having to Stare at a Blank Page / Screen

“A blank piece of paper is God’s way of telling us how hard it is to be God.” — Sidney Sheldon For many writers, producing words from thin air, an empty … Continue reading

January 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

12 Things That Can Increase Your Productivity

12 Things That Can Increase Your Productivity It’s not all in your mind. Writing takes place in the material world and there are things you can do that materially affect … Continue reading

January 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

The Science of Productivity

This cute (and short) animated article from backs up a lot of things I’ve been telling clients for years about how to be more productive. Of course, I didn’t … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Writing is hard – but you don’t have to do it alone!

I can make it easier, faster and more fun! I can help you… – Choose which project to write next – Outline and plan your book or script – Get … Continue reading

January 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Help Us Help You – A Writing Coach’s Guide to Writing Coaches

Asking for help with your writing is NOT ADMITTING FAILURE, it’s part of doing everything you can to succeed, a way of getting perspective on yourself and your work so … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · 2 Comments