Welcome to my site.

Getting started copy: I'm a WGA writer with 10 years of experience in the business. I like to blog about writing. My most popular articles are about improv for screenwriters and the premise test. I believe writing should be entertaining and conceptually specific. If you’re not sure where to start,  buy the first time client... Continue Reading →

Some useful quotes on premise

“A play should have one action that it follows, with minimal subplots” The Poetics by Aristotle (1) “A man sits in his workshop, busy with an invention of wheels and springs. You ask him what the gadget is, what it is meant to do. He looks at you confidingly and whispers: "I really don't know."... Continue Reading →

Premise Test examples

Writing tends to start with a overall premise. Because writing can't be arbitrary, you're going to want to lock down what you're going to be writing about, the the theme you're going to be exploring, and you're going to want to have some sense of how you're going to make it interesting. Hence the premise... Continue Reading →

Prototype e-book: 3 act structure.

Note: I've been meaning to write an ebook for a while, but I've had trouble committing to any one thing. As an experiment, I'm playing with linking together a series of articles I've already written. This is a sample introduction I wrote. I both love and hate the three act structure. I like it as... Continue Reading →

Three simple, useful things about screenwriting

These aren't dogma, they're just some guidelines I find generally useful, good as any, better than most. ONE: Screenplays are models of movies. Movies are entertainment. Therefore, screenplays ought to be entertaining. Or, in human terms, movies ought to engage emotionally and viscerally, sweep people up in narrative, transport them away from an oft-disappointing and... Continue Reading →

What storytelling does to our brains

When we think of stories, it is often easy to convince ourselves that they have to be complex and detailed to be interesting. The truth is however, that the simpler a story, the more likely it will stick. Using simple language as well as low complexity is the best way to activate the brain regions... Continue Reading →

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