Call & Response

In any dramatic scene, the energy should flow back and forth – like a tennis match. Someone says or does something and the other person responds. In the best scenes this movement is palpable – the power dynamic shifts – and the resulting momentum moves us into […]

By | October 4th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

Here’s What They Think of Your Writing

Recently, I saw a post on Facebook about contest submissions for writers. The person who posted was making the point that assessments about the winners and losers are “sometimes subjective”. I posted an alternate view: they’re always, 100% subjective. 100% of the time. 

It can […]

By | September 22nd, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

Stop Thinking

This strange phenomenon happens all the time. I encounter a creative person who says they’re stuck. Often they paint themselves as desperate: looking for a lifeline from anywhere. Sometimes they claim to have no resources, no idea how to find their way to a job in their chosen creative field.

We […]

By | August 25th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

Wisdom From Comic Con!

For the first time, I was invited to speak on a panel at Comic Con. The UCLA Extension School put a panel together of instructors who work in the entertainment industry. I was honored to be one of them.

If you’ve never been to Comic Con (I hadn’t […]

By | July 27th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

People Die

When I was in playwriting school, there were three distinct groups of artists under the umbrella of the school’s Drama Division: playwrights, directors and actors. We collaborated on occasion, but we had separate tracks in terms of classes and focus and goals. In the second year of […]

By | July 13th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|0 Comments

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