THE OTHER NETWORK WRITER'S ROOM

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

6 Formulas for Formula Fiction (by Jim Denney via Michael Moorcock)

1. Length formula: 60,000 words, divided into four sections of 15,000 words, six chapters in each section, no chapter longer than 2,500 words. Each chapter is required to contain elements … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

“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

Study Tips for Sullen Teens of Any Age

A high schooler of my acquaintance was recently complaining that she “didn’t know how to study”. I didn’t realize until after I’d helpfully prepared this handy tip-sheet that she was … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Turn It Up, Over and Out at the LA Writers Clinic: Aug. 16 & Sept. 6

Focus, unblock or (re-)energize your book, script or pitch at any stage of the process: * Rewrites * Outlines * Stuck mid-draft * Can’t find the funny * Strategic re-alignment … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Step Away from the Deck Chairs: 4 Different Kinds of Rewrites

When writers send me a rough draft of a book or script for notes, they really really want me to tell them all they have to do is rearrange some … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · 1 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

Great Advice on Writing Your First/Rough Draft (from Dan J. Fiore)

The following advice is excerpted from an article in Writer’s Digest Magazine by a writer named Dan J. Fiore. Do what he says. His advice is completely right on. * … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Disciplined Writer: Pro- and Con-crastination

Every writer wishes their writing was going faster. If only we could spend more time at our desks! Or get more done while we’re there! Why can’t we get more … Continue reading

November 8, 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

“This One Will Write Itself” – and 5 Other Lies We Tell Ourselves to Keep Writing

What’s wrong with a little well-placed denial? If we really let ourselves embrace and admit how much work it takes to write a script or book, very few of them … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Happiness is a Warm Desk: How Your Work Area Affects Your Productivity

Some writers put way too much attention into their working environment – and then don’t actually get much work done. Many others (like me) pay barely any attention at all … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · Leave a comment