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Inspired by Larry Wilmore

I was privileged yesterday to attend the Austin Film Festival- sponsored “Conversation with Larry Wilmore.” Larry shared his insights on comedy writing from his well-rounded perspective as a television writer, producer, comedian, actor, and author. The advice that resonated perhaps the most with me was the importance of finding the right delivery system for what […]

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Exposed

As writers, we are artists. Not the kind of artists who perform directly in front of the audience, but artists nonetheless. We are called to expose ourselves through our words. To offer up emotions and events from our lives that we have perhaps kept hidden for many years. Sometimes even from ourselves. It can feel […]

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Show, Don’t Tell; A New Resource

I met with my book club recently. We all consistently liked the plot, the world, the idea of the book we were discussing. But something was missing. The author had failed to guide us into her world with her writing. In the end, there was only one scene that rewarded us with a vivid experience […]

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And… Scene

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes a good scene. The improv class I’m taking has been an intense study in scene writing for me.  I get to watch so many scenes unfold and see first-hand what works, what doesn’t, and why. Even more helpful than watching my classmates’ scenes is experiencing the […]

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The Multi-Camera Sitcom

I’ve written a spec Modern Family and an original drama pilot. But I was itching to create an original spec comedy pilot. So after brainstorming, I came up with an idea I was excited about, which includes a character to be portrayed by a stand-up comedian. Specifically Ralphie May, or perhaps a comedy actor of […]

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Thinking On Your Feet

On the first day of the level 1 improv class I’m taking, several of the other students mentioned better communication and confidence as their reasons for being there. Improv courses are not only for comedians. People are going to improv classes for all sorts of reasons. Companies and colleges are getting in on the action […]

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Silver Linings Playbook, Subtext and Character Development

SPOILER ALERT: Movie Plot Discussed I highly recommend Silver Linings Playbook, if anyone has not yet seen it. One of the things I love most about the movie is the wonderful character arc of Pat, played by Bradley Cooper. The story (script by David O. Russell available here) allows us to experience his evolution, from […]

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New Year, New Goals

How are those New Year’s writing resolutions going? Maybe you’ve already stumbled and feel like giving up on your new goals. Experts say to give yourself permission to slip up now and then. But maybe it’s time to take a second look at your writing goals. Are your goals realistic? Objectives should be small and […]

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Stories From the Road

My family of five recently completed a 2000-mile road trip. I’m lucky to still be sane. Although I must say that the things you see along the highways and byways of America can be really humorous and inspirational. Especially for a writer. Here are a few of my observations that got me thinking… CHUNKY, MISSISSIPPI […]

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Patience and Persistence

Writers must have thick skins and the ability to handle criticism. But what about outright rejection? We’ve all heard the stories of authors whose tenacity eventually paid off. This article says some recent studies found that rejection can actually increase creativity. That’s good news for those of us who are dealing with disappointments. And here […]

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