You – in the Writers Room

You’re in the writers room, working on a TV series. Every weekday you arrive, ready to collaborate with other smart writers. The showrunner, your boss, has created characters you’re excited to write for and a series you’re thrilled to help on. You have a desk and an office and the show buys you lunch every day. Before […]

By |2018-04-01T17:01:20-07:00March 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on You – in the Writers Room

Confidence is Not Required

I’ve been hearing this over and over again from writer friends and clients: some believe they’re handicapped because they don’t have confidence. Without it, they say, they are floundering in their writing careers. I don’t think confidence is required.

On confidence is described these ways:

1. full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a […]

By |2017-12-20T14:45:50-08:00November 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Confidence is Not Required

What’s Your Question?

Recently I’ve been posting on Twitter, inviting people to send in questions about playwriting, TV writing and the “writing life”. I’m willing to answer the juiciest questions on video, posted to my YouTube page. Part of the reason I coach, is that I enjoy being […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:09-08:00September 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What’s Your Question?

Curating, Conversing or Creating?

Someone told me this week that they’re cutting back on Facebook. I get it. It can be a time-suck. It’s tempting to spend time liking and posting and commenting. Your creative work (and other work) can be ignored in the wake of all that activity. There are […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:10-08:00June 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Curating, Conversing or Creating?

Break All The Rules!

I’m teaching a class at the UCLA Extension School about developing your original story. Over 12 weeks, we’re exploring the basics behind TV movies, mini-series and TV shows. The class culminates in the students developing a pitch. They’ll turn in a written version and then they’ll pitch […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:11-08:00June 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Break All The Rules!

What Happens When Your TV Show Gets Cancelled

Last week when it was announced that ABC wouldn’t be renewing American Crime, I received the news like a punch in the gut.

I knew, intellectually, that it might happen: although our reviews were stellar [Deadline critic Dominic Patten called season 3 “the strongest installment yet in the Emmy-winning anthology series from John Ridley and ABC” and compared the […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:11-08:00May 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Happens When Your TV Show Gets Cancelled

Anybody Want To Read My Script?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen those words in a Facebook group or a chat list. “Anybody want to read my script?” I think writers who post this kind of question are playing a dangerous game.

Feedback is a terrific and useful tool in the life of a writer. No matter the medium, it’s […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:12-08:00April 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Anybody Want To Read My Script?

Think You Have Nothing To Say?

I’m teaching again at the UCLA Extension school, after a stint there last year. This class is about developing your own story. We started our adventure together with an exercise. I invited the students to introduce themselves – first one on one and then in the larger group. For each […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:12-08:00April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Think You Have Nothing To Say?

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

What Have You Done!?

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 […]

By |2017-12-01T18:09:13-08:00February 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on What Have You Done!?