Start Again!

I was talking, recently, to an artist friend who was experiencing some frustration about his creative life. His big issue was that he felt like his projects weren’t moving fast enough. He expressed a desire to have the artistic life of a friend.


By | June 15th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

You’re Not Writing

I was in a deep coaching conversation with a talented writer who said he wasn’t writing enough.

Feeling really disappointed in himself, he was reportedly doing any number of productive things with his time, but he wasn’t getting “enough” of his work done. I asked him what the writing tasks were and he listed them. He had some […]

By | May 5th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

What Happens Before Your TV Show Airs

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 […]

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

Cure Your Awards Season Jealousy

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 […]

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

You Had an Incredible Year!

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 […]

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

Are you a REAL writer??

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 […]

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

Create Your New Season

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, […]

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

Love the dream. Screw the dream.

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-9-10-13-pmSummer has gone quickly. It seems that way to me. I’ve been juggling several things lately: among them my script for American Crime, grading papers for a class I’m teaching, coaching clients and tending to things that have to do with my web series. In between […]

By | September 1st, 2016|Creative Survival|0 Comments

Say YES!

screen-shot-2016-11-13-at-9-18-04-pmThere’s this thing you do – or probably do – that is very common. (People have been coming to me with this thing.) It’s that moment when you’re waist deep in ABUNDANCE – things are going incredibly well for you. You’re on a roll on that […]

By | August 19th, 2016|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

Stop! You’re Moving Too Fast!

screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-9-54-20-pmIt’s no mystery that our minds move the way they do. We live in the age of the internet. We have smartphones and on-demand TV. We are socialized to expect everything quickly and many things made to order. Media advertising bombards us with the latest and greatest: […]

By | July 30th, 2016|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments