advice for first time writers

Words of Advice for First Time Writers

Words of Advice – For any first-time novelist embarking on their first draft, a few of words of advice: 1) Write quickly. Get it down fast. Your subconscious makes brilliant...

show don't tell

Show, Don’t Tell

Show, don’t tell; the mantra of every screenwriting teacher. Film is a visual medium in which character is revealed through behavior. As novelists, we are afforded the luxury of exploring...

waiting for inspiration to write

Inspiration

First-time novelists seek inspiration. Here’s where you’ll find inspiration: about a half hour into your writing. If you’re a first-time novelist, and you’re waiting for the muse . . ....

creativity is our birthright

Creativity is our Birthright

Creativity is our birthright. We live in a culture that is invested in our believing otherwise. I frequently hear folks talk of talent as though it were a finite commodity...

first draft

The Shitty First Draft

If you’re a first-time novelist, you may be swinging between thinking your work is the best thing ever, and not worth the paper it’s written on. The truth is it’s...

Humor in writing

Humor in Writing

There is nothing less funny than writing about humor. I was a standup comic for years, and every once in a while after a show, some dude would come up...

The Difference Between Journaling and Storytelling

  Context The difference between journaling and storytelling is context. Journaling is simply documenting what happened. Storytelling involves illustrating the meaning of what happened. Our goal as storytellers is to...

THE COURAGE TO BE SPECIFIC IN WRITING

The Courage to be Specific in Writing

We are full of paradoxes. We only love to the extent that we hate. We are constantly changing our minds, constantly renegotiating with ourselves and others. To be specific is...

Story Structure

Story structure is often taught by story analysts as plot, but it is really the DNA of our protagonist’s internal journey to transformation. Without a sense of a beginning, middle...

Why I Write

So many of my students and potential students come to me wanting to know how to get published and produced. They want their work to be read, to be seen. But what they really want is for themselves to be seen.