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 |2017-12-01T18:09:10-08:00August 25th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Stop Thinking

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 |2017-12-01T18:09:10-08:00July 27th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Wisdom From Comic Con!

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 |2017-12-01T18:09:10-08:00July 13th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on People Die

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 |2017-12-01T18:09:11-08:00June 15th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Start Again!

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 |2017-12-01T18:09:11-08:00May 5th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on You’re Not Writing

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 |2017-12-01T18:09:12-08:00March 21st, 2017|Creative Survival, Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Happens Before Your TV Show Airs

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 |2017-12-01T18:09:13-08:00January 11th, 2017|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Cure Your Awards Season Jealousy

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 |2017-12-01T18:09:13-08:00December 29th, 2016|Creative Survival|Comments Off on You Had an Incredible Year!

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 |2017-12-01T18:09:14-08:00November 3rd, 2016|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Are you a REAL writer??

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 |2017-12-01T18:09:14-08:00October 3rd, 2016|Creative Survival, The Writer's Life|Comments Off on Create Your New Season