Top 10 Essentials to a Writer’s Life

Erik Larson (In the Garden of Beasts) writes bestsellers, but we forgive him:

by Erik Larson

1. Good Coffee: Every writer has a ritual that begins the day. It’s like turning a key to start your car. For me, the key that starts the day is a good cup of coffee, preferably Peet’s Coffee. read article

LB: Hey, Gang, My TV Writing Book is Now Available on Kindle

Television Writing from the Inside Out

by Larry Brody

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Sweet!

Whoo-hoo!

(And, speaking from a slightly more writerly perspective, “Whew.”)

A few years ago I wrote a book called Television Writing from the Inside Out, spilling everything I’ve learned about the art/craft and business of television writing and television in general after many, many, many (oy!) years of dedication, joy, and, yeah, the inevitable moments of despair. read article

How to Commit to Your Creativity

Some people are said to be scared of their own shadows, but let’s face it, that’s an Old Wives’ Tale at best. Other people, however, really are scared of their own creativity. If you’re among them, hey, get over it, doods. Like this:

 by Jennifer Johnson

Sure, sometimes the well runs dry and we struggle to generate creative ideas, but more often, we have so many creative ideas that we have difficulty committing to one and getting started. We can get really creative about how we avoid creating-surfing the internet for “research,” checking Facebook to see what our creative friends and colleagues are doing, baking cookies, watching TV, talking on the phone-the list is likely endless.

We trick ourselves into believing that in order to commit to something, we need to feel sure-sure that it will be a “success” (however we define that), sure that we have the skill to carry through on our vision, sure that we’ll complete it, sure that we’ll be pleased with the outcome, sure that others will like it, sure that it will sell, sure that when it’s done we’ll look back on it as worthwhile investment of our time. We want a clear “Yes” or a guarantee. Even though as creative people we have chosen a path that often offers little security, we continue to crave security and certainty, when often these are simply illusions to which we cling. read article

Use Your Ideas While They’re Hot

…Which means before you get tired of them. Cuz according to Steve Corona, if you wait too long your precious creative babies are, well, they’re toast:

Ideas have a 2 week shelf life – by Steve Corona

I have a new rule that I’m making for myself and holding others to. read article

How to Make Yourself Write

Hey, some people have to do that – force themselves to write, we mean. Us, we have to force ourselves not to. Takes all kinds.

But if you need a little prodding, here’s a good place to start:

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