THE OTHER NETWORK WRITER'S ROOM

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

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

Seth Speaks: Family Guy Creator, Oscar Host & Mega-Mogul Seth MacFarlane On Breaking Into the TV Business

Seth MacFarlane talks about getting started in the business, what he looks for in a spec script and the original pilot for “Family Guy” in this exclusive interview for The … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ira Glass (of “This American Life”) on the Building Blocks of Storytelling

The producer and host of the popular NPR storytelling show, describes why many stories don’t work and gives you the two basic building blocks of personal storytelling: 1. The Anecdote … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Alan Zweibel on Comedy Writing and Writing Comedy

Alan Zweibel is the prolific writer of Emmy-winning TV shows (“Saturday Night Live”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”)  and a Thurber Prize-winning novel (“The Other Schulman”). He offers … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Billy Wilder on What It Takes to be a Writer Who Writes

You may have heard of him or seen some of his movies like, oh, for instance, “Some Like It Hot”, “Sunset Blvd.”, “The Lost Weekend” and “The Apartment”. No shock: … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shape of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut’s (rejected) master’s thesis in Anthropology looked at the structure of stories told in different cultures, a topic he lectured on frequently. Here’s an illustrated transcript of a Vonnegut … Continue reading

January 17, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Science of Productivity

This cute (and short) animated article from brainpickings.org 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