I find myself involved in quite a few creative projects, and their prep time is overlapping. I’m putting the finishing touches on a solo improv show for an August 5th premiere. I’ve done a portion of the show already in a solo performance show last spring called “The Bearded Gentlemen,” and I’ve done solo improv … Read more How many irons can a man put in the fire?
Last night I began research for my next screenplay. This is probably my most-researched project to date, or at least the project which has required the most research. I have a list of six books to read and annotate this summer, plus get my treatment and beat sheet all ready to go in time to … Read more The Summer of Research Begins.
My friend, Zach Ward of Dirty South Improv sent out a link to four short, sequential videos featuring storytelling tips from Ira Glass. Glass is specifically addressing those who do radio and video podcasts, but his thoughts apply to storytelling, overall. Everything he says, like the best advice, is a no-brainer – something we already … Read more Storytelling Tips via Ira Glass
For those out there struggling with taking the time to sit down and write a Scrawl, this story was written in 5-10 minutes. One of the most convenient techniques for Scrawling is to use the form called flash fiction. Just jot something down. Don’t worry about all the details, structure, or even the storyline. Just … Read more Flash fiction
I attended the AWP Conference held in Atlanta, GA and learned five things. 1. Some panels have amazing presenters with a passion for what they’re speaking about, and a few panels have people reading a script with no presentation skills. You can imagine which panels caught my attention (and the most notes jotted down in … Read more AWP is the place to be.
One of the questions we’re asked most frequently is: “Why 100 words?” It’s a fair question; one we’ve thought about considerably over the past months. We believe in the power of action. With some activities, just doing it is enough to just keep doing it. Writing particularly falls into this category. Whether one has an … Read more Constraints-based writing
I’m a slow writer. It takes a lot for me to sit down and crank out a page. As for a whole story, written in a day? Forget it. When all is said and done, the one thing I will not be known for is a prolific body of work. At least, not unless pages … Read more Slow Writer
Everyone has a story to tell. Writing is one of those ancient, tangible ways of getting the story out of one’s head and down on paper (or into the datastream). No one can make a story more or less of a story – a story is either good, or it isn’t, if you ask me. … Read more Storytelling