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

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

9 Rules For Being Funny From “Inside Comedy”

Failure Is The Only Option Get Personal Figure Out What Works–Then Change It Look Back to Move Forward Being Liked Is Overrated Work the Silence Misery Loves Comedy Listen Up … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Creative Writing Quotes to Help Writers Be More Creative (Pt. 1 & 2)

I gathered these quotes for my book “How To Be A Writer Who Writes: Strategies and Tactics to Start and Finish Your Book or Script”. Actually, I found these quotes … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 3 Comments

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

Writing is hard – but you don’t have to do it alone!

I can make it easier, faster and more fun! I can help you… – Choose which project to write next – Outline and plan your book or script – Get … Continue reading

January 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Evolution of a Classic: Paddy Chayefsky’s Creative Path To “Network”

You may find it vaguely reassuring to know that the earliest rough drafts of even a brilliant script like “Network” were, well… rough. This great article from the NY Times … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Why We Write

Writing can hard, frustrating and often maddening, but if you’re clear on your motivations it can help get you through a rocky patch. Different writers write different projects for different … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Rose By Any Other Name

Don’t underestimate the power of a good character name. The name is usually the first thing the reader knows about the character. It is our first impression. I can tell … Continue reading

December 27, 2012 · 1 Comment