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

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

A Galaxy of Franchises: The New Yorker Interactive Infographic of Movie Franchise Profitability

Hollywood is enamored with the franchise. A profitable one can sustain sequels across multiple decades that are worth billions of dollars in ticket sales alone. But, as the box-office ups … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

(Almost Everything You Need to Know About) Writing for TV

Bless the Writers Guild of America – and not just for their awesome health plan (which includes dental coverage!). There’s lots of great info on their website, including this set … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Short is Beautiful: The Comeback of the Short Story?

Two years ago, my friend wrote a beautiful collection of short stories. She got them to a well-known lit agent who told her that there was no way any traditional … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 5 Comments

6 Elements to Include in Your Original TV Drama Series Pitch (According to a TV Lit Agent)

My friend’s agent supplied the following list/outline to use while the pitch for an original TV series. This is specifically intended to help focus the pitch for a one-hour network … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · 8 Comments

Work Habits: Thomas Edison, Power Napper

Thomas Edison bragged about only needing a few hours sleep at night, but frequently napped and had cots all over his lab, including one in his office. He judged people … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

How the Kingdom Came: Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola on Collaboration

Writing partners can be tricky, time-consuming and problematic, but when it works, it works. It worked for Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, who co-wrote Moonrise Kingdom. They talked about the … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Self-Published Success Story: Trolls and Lots of Them!

Amanda Hocking started writing, and self-publishing, fantasy fiction as a teenager in Minnesota. After she proved her own market, traditional publisher St. Martin’s gave her a $2 million deal. She … 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

Do It Yourself e-Publishing 101: A Report From the Trenches on the Thrill, Agony and Drudgery of Self-Publishing an e-Book

I knew from the start that I wanted to self-publish my new book “How To Be A Writer Who Writes” as a digital e-book. No publisher was going to give … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · 10 Comments

5 or 6 Guidelines for File Management (Yes, Really!)

I’ve worked with lots of aspiring and beginning writers and one of the biggest stumbling blocks to their creativity is simple mundane disorganization. They can’t find the latest revisions they … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 1 Comment