Writing Exercises: Write Something Really Terrible

Photo credit At a young playwright’s festival once, one of the mentors gave us an assignment. We were all supposed to write the absolute worst 5-minute play we could. We all came up with 5 pages of completely melodramatic crap. Continue reading Writing Exercises: Write Something Really Terrible

Busting Through Writer’s Block

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Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/9602574@N02/9559419312/  Alright, so maybe I feel a little hypocritical right now talking about how to get over writer’s block when I seem to be going through a bit of writer’s block myself. My problem isn’t so much that Continue reading Busting Through Writer’s Block

Thinking About Point Of View

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Whether you’re writing a short story, a novel, or a poem, point of view is important. There are many different ways to tell a story. You can tell a story from first person point of view in past tense (i.e. Continue reading Thinking About Point Of View

Writing Exercise: Let The Music Move You

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Photo credit Every year when it’s around this time, I make a mix CD (I call them “mixies”) called “The Scent of Autumn.” I love that day usually around the end of September or the beginning of October when it Continue reading Writing Exercise: Let The Music Move You

Simplify Your Plot With Four Basic Questions

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I had an extremely frustrating experience with the very first playwriting class I took. There are many reasons for this, but that’s a subject for another blog post (or a novel… either way). However, just because I didn’t have a Continue reading Simplify Your Plot With Four Basic Questions

Creative Writing Resources: My Favorite Creative Writing Books

There are a ton of books out there telling you how to write, what kind of writing you should be doing, how to write a novel in 30 days, etc. etc. I have read quite a few of these creative writing books. Continue reading Creative Writing Resources: My Favorite Creative Writing Books

Writing Exercise: Get To Know Your Characters

If you are working on any sort of story–whether it’s a play, a short story, a novel, or even a narrative poem–it’s definitely important to think about character.  For me, characters are what make the story. Sure, I love cool plots Continue reading Writing Exercise: Get To Know Your Characters

Creative Writing: Follow Your Obsessions

  Follow the white rabbit I was talking to a friend the other day about one of the most important pieces of creative writing advice I’ve ever heard: Follow your obsessions. I’m definitely a person who gets obsessed with things. Continue reading Creative Writing: Follow Your Obsessions