The Red Pen of Doom

Conventional wisdom about writing is conventionally wrong.

STAR TREK and STAR WARS are now opposite sides of the same repetitive story

I say this out of love, and not just because both series are (a) sci-fi space operas (b) starring ensemble casts of heroes with (c) both series taken over and vastly … Continue reading

August 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

FROZEN: THE PHANTOM EDIT

After spending a week hanging out with our two-year-old niece, I’ve memorized the words to “Let It Go” and “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” Those two songs–especially “Let It … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

7 secret ingredients to cook up a Bad Superhero Blockbuster

We live in the Golden Age of comic book movies, with Marvel and DC pumping them out as faster than you can swipe your VISA for $14 tickets to IMAX … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jimmy with the Good Hair

James Corden didn’t forget the funny here. He fully committed: great cinematography, great writing and pacing. The whole package. That’s the secret to comedy: you have to close your eyes … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Put your writing to the Screen Time Test

While we are all busy BLOGGING, instead of writing what we’re supposed to, I want to steal a concept from Hollywood (thanks, sis!) that all writers can use: Screen Time. This … Continue reading

May 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Red Pen of Doom puts a stake through TWILIGHT

CHAPTER ONE – FIRST SIGHT My mother drove me to the airport with the windows rolled down. It was seventy-five degrees in Phoenix, the sky a perfect, cloudless blue. (Fiction … Continue reading

April 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

Top 9 reasons to write in first-person plural

Why nine? Because Top 10 lists are popular, and therefore Boring. But listen closely, for the case is strong for writing in the first-person plural, which we thought at first … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 7 Comments
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