Tricks of the Trade: Writing Advice from the Experts – A panel for Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC)
Writing advice and tips from Brent Forrester (The Office, The Simpsons). Ellen Sandler (Everybody Loves Raymond), Robert Ramsey (Life, Intolerable Cruelty), moderated by Greg Miller
Tools for Writers
– How to write a book
– How to rewrite a script
– Overcome writer’s block
– Creative writing prompts & writing exercises
“D” is for Defense Mechanism
These categories can help you develop and dimensionalize characters – and to help shape storylines – in any kind of fiction. Of course, it made me proud that my favorite personal defense mechanism is Humor, which is considered a ‘Mature’ defense.
Just in the (Saint) Nick of Time for Xmas, “Miller’s Compendium” is here!
“Miller’s Compendium” is an encyclopedic catalog of writing resources. GET IT NOW – 100s of lists & articles – 1000s of links – 500 ‘pages’ Timeless wisdom – Vintage graphics … Continue reading
Character, Action and Theme – from Jennine Ianouette
A great way to think about what kind of story you’re telling – or different dimensions in your story – from Jennine Ianouette: https://www.screentakes.com/finding-new-screenplay-structures/
Six Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Project Before You Write It
How can you stop people from stealing your ideas? You can’t. How can you stop people from stealing your writing? You don’t have to. Your prose is inherently copyrighted as … Continue reading
Who Are You Going to Call? Six Kinds of People Who Can Help You Write
I don’t know anyone who writes in complete isolation except during intensive drafting phases. It’s important to build a circle of helpers and there are many kinds of support available … Continue reading
The Five Phases of the Writing Process (for any book or script)
I have found there are five distinct phases in the process of writing a book or script. I’ve written, and helped writers write, a lot of different projects in a … Continue reading
Character Hierarchy: All Characters Might be Created Equal, but They Shouldn’t be in the Rewrite
Differentiating characters helps the reader read: “A” level characters have 3 dimensions, “B” level 2. It’s ok if the rest have only 1 dimension.
Five Rides You Can Give Your Reader
Any good story gives the reader a ride. Usually, the sooner the reader knows what kind of ride they’re taking, the more they can relax and enjoy it. I’m not … Continue reading
THE WRITER’S TOOL KIT – Presentation & clinic at Story Expo LA, Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8am (!)
Q&A clinic demonstrating dozens of different writing techniques.