21 Mar, 2017

What Happens Before Your TV Show Airs

By | March 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

On Sunday March 12th the third season of American Crime premiered on ABC.

It’s my first season as a writer on the show and I’m very excited. Though I’ve seen the first episode twice and the director’s cut of episode 6 (the one I wrote), I hadn’t seen the other installments of […]

17 Feb, 2017

What Have You Done!?

By | February 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Some people in the world of entertainment say you’re only as good as your latest project. While that may be true depending on the circles you’re in, it’s not valuable in the life of an artist to think that way. The industry may be hungry for the newest, best […]

11 Jan, 2017

Cure Your Awards Season Jealousy

By | January 11th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 12.17.33 AMYou’re watching an awards show. Nominees are announced and a winner is named. There’s applause and music as someone walks forward to get their statue.

What are you feeling?

For some artists, the sight of another person winning an award feels like a […]

29 Dec, 2016

You Had an Incredible Year!

By | December 29th, 2016|Creative Survival|0 Comments

screen-shot-2016-12-29-at-1-50-34-pmI know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering how I have any idea what kind of year you had. You think I have some nerve to suggest your year was any better than average or to suggest that anything good happened at all. For a moment you might be re-considering […]

16 Dec, 2016

Amazing & Easy Holiday Networking

By | December 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-10-03-31-amI know a handful of writers who believe that networking is a dirty word. I get it. Most of us are introverts who would prefer not to engage with anyone beyond our keyboards or our writers groups. If there’s an agent or a rep in […]

5 Dec, 2016

What to do When You’re Lost

By | December 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-9-44-13-amI’ve got a writer friend who advocates ‘being in the wilderness’. He talks about how it’s sometimes necessary to wander into a dramatic space where there’s no clear answer about where to turn. His theory is that there’s juicy material that comes out of that space […]

16 Nov, 2016

After the writing, THEN WHAT?

By | November 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-9-36-51-amPutting words on the page can be hard work. It requires concentration and focus. Once you’ve put the energy and time in, what should you do next? I’ve been talking recently with friends and clients about the other things that are sure to enhance your writing […]

3 Nov, 2016

Are you a REAL writer??

By | November 3rd, 2016|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-8-31-55-pmThis week I’ve been having several conversations with people who are concerned that they’re not doing “what it takes” to be a writer. When I ask what they’re doing (or not doing) I get answers along these lines: “I’m not writing enough.” or “I’m not working […]

21 Oct, 2016

What John Ridley Taught Me

By | October 21st, 2016|The Writer's Life|0 Comments

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-11-19-15-pmLast week, I got notes from ABC studios and the TV network on my script for American Crime. It’s the last step in a process of brainstorming, discussing, outlining, rewriting, writing, re-drafting, editing, and revising my episode. Now the script goes off to production and, within […]

3 Oct, 2016

Create Your New Season

By | October 3rd, 2016|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-5-16-55-pmI spent a chunk of the summer teaching at the UCLA Extension school, in addition to keeping up with my writing duties on ABC’s American Crime. The class: Story Analysis for Film & Television – was, essentially about coverage (writing reports) on TV and film projects. One week, […]