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

“Let Me Count the Words…” (How to Measure ‘Average’ Writing Output)

I believe in measuring output – at least during a drafting phase of your project. By measuring your productivity, you… Boost your confidence about your ability to generate pages Psychologically … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

LA Writers Clinic – June 12 & 26

LA Writers Clinic – 2 Thursdays, June 12 and 26th, 7-9pm Focus, unblock or (re-)energize your project at any stage of the process. * Rewrites * Outlines * Stuck mid-draft … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Managed Fantasy

Fantasy is important – especially for writers. But maybe we should try to fantasize more about simply finishing the project, not the wild success we’ll enjoy after it’s written. Here’s … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

For Writers, No Doesn’t Always Mean No: Drown Your Rejection Sorrows in These Rejections by Famous Writers

1. George Orwell It seems Alfred Knopf didn’t always understand satire. Animal Farm, the famed dystopian allegory that later became an AP Reader standard and Retrospective Hugo Award winner, was … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

3 Criteria of the Bechdel Gender Imbalance Test (from Alison Bechdel & Liz Wallace)

1. Does [your project] contain two or more female characters who have names? 2. Do those characters talk to each other? 3. Do they discuss something other than a man?

June 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Theolonius Monk’s 18 Pieces of Advice to Himself – Also Applicable to Any Performer (and Most Writers)

18 Pieces of Advice to Himself (from Theolonius Monk) 1. Just because you’re not a drummer, doesn’t meant that you don’t have to keep time. 2. Pat your foot and … Continue reading

June 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

Just Say No: A Simple One-Word Key to Productivity

Thanks to Blogger Kevin Ashton for his inspiring post justifying my lack of inspirational posting this month – I’ve been busy writing! – and his post about why creative people … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Space Talk: What Astronauts Can Teach You About Writing Dialog

Thanks to 101books for this funny post on what the astronauts can teach us about writing dialog. 101 Books doesn’t specify, but I’d say this excellent snippet of dialog can … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

When to Stop Rewriting (Pt. 1): Don’t Be a Chicken

If you can’t tell whether a scene is better before or after that 4th rewrite, stop. Like a doctor who takes the Hippocratic Oath, rewriters should “first do no harm”. … Continue reading

March 18, 2013 · 1 Comment

Creative Writing Quotes to Help Writers Be More Creative (Pt. 2, 3 & 4)

I hope you find these thoughts inspirational, but do, eventually, get back to work on your own writing project, won’t you? See my previous post for inspirational quotes to get … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · 1 Comment