It’s easier to write every day if you get organized first.

People say that the secret to screenwriting is to "just write." It's sound advice, but it's also convenient advice. It's right up there with "just be yourself," "have fun with it," and "go with your gut," advice that's got a grain of truth in it, but that's also frequently used by lazy people who don't... Continue Reading →


Basics about the Basics.

Reader Eric was kind enough to read my last post.  He asks [You talk about fundamentals of writing.  what are they] what specific steps are you taking to improve them?   Author's note: Every time I open my big fat mouth about some sweeping generalization, someone comes out of the woodwork to argue about it.... Continue Reading →

The banality of good advice

In my last post, I collected a list of best practices boiled down from a year's worth of blogging and a lifetime's worth of study.  The bullet points? "Write often, be organized, use an outline."  That's painfully unoriginal advice. Every hack with a website spoon feeds the same basic tenets.  Still, as basic and familiar... Continue Reading →

1. Always have a pen and paper (or a voice recorder, or a smartphone with a good battery).  A pen and paper is best, as it's living testament to your desire to capture ideas as opposed to just having a cell phone.  Productivity nerds call this ubiquitous capture.  The thinking is that your brain won't... Continue Reading →

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