"The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read. Not by any other person, and not even by yourself at some later date. Otherwise you begin excusing yourself. You must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index … Continue reading QOTD
First Draft I recently finished the first draft of the comedy pilot I’ve been working on with a writing partner. It’s great except that it’s about twenty pages too long and not funny. We cringed every time we read it. The thing needed rewrites. Not the kind where we could just go through the script … Continue reading Let It Go
"When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thick-skinned, to learn that not every project will survive. A freelance life, a life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles … Continue reading QOTD
In my personal experience, twenty-something aspiring writers are good at a few things -- avoiding phone conversations, Call of Duty, and making excuses to not write. I’ve heard some pretty hilarious excuses lately, and I feel the need to address them. Excuse #1: “All the authors I admire were really old when their books got … Continue reading Excuses, Excuses
A few things simple things need to be in place before I can write a thing. I need a cup of coffee on my desk. Sometimes I don’t even drink it. I just need to know it’s there. The promise of caffeine. Then I turn on the Self Control app. How it works: You select the … Continue reading Before I Write…
I was recently introduced to a website called 750words, a site based off of an idea in the book, The Artist's Way. This book encourages writers to freewrite Morning Pages every day, to clear your head, and get the ol' creative juices flowing. Mandy Stadt, a contributor on xoJane swears by the “Morning Pages” concept. … Continue reading Seven Hundred and Fifty Words.