People often learn to run before they learn to walk. I was always guilty of this. When I was young, a teacher told me this story about slightly corny, thoroughly brilliant coaching genius John Wooden, which I hated then, but have since passed on to most of my clients:

Wooden also paid rapt attention to the little things. For example, on the first day of practice John would spend half an hour teaching his players the proper way to put on a sweat sock.

“Wrinkles can lead to blisters,” he’d warn. “


Published by Matt Lazarus

WGA screenwriter offering in-depth writing instruction, notes, critique, and assistance.

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