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

12 Stories That Almost Always Work

If you are looking for a story to tell, or have elements for your project, but are still searching for a genre, format, spine or central storyline, consider one of … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

29 Different Ways to Get a Laugh

People say laughter is the best medicine (although probably 9 out of 10 doctors wouldn’t agree). Many spiritual traditions (at least Zen Buddhism and the New Age) preach the transcendent … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Official Network TV Pilot Season Report 2013

This pilot season (like last) was good to material based on pre-existing material and pre-proven talent. See for yourself in this round-up from the Hollywood Reporter.

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Scoggins Report on 2012 Movie Pitch Sales

This compilation of sales and trends in the industry is very illuminating (but a little depressing) if you’re trying to pitch a movie. The bottom line: Don’t bother pitching drama … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

A-C-T-I-O-N! Action, Action, We Want Action!

Nice article in Salon: The four rules of action movies Kathryn Bigelow breaks every time (and thank goodness for that). Pick any scene at random from among Bigelow’s films and … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment