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The Wide Margin: Tell the Cat to Beat It!

Writers today are obsessed with structure.  I’m not talking about the traditional beginning-middle-end style structure.  I’m talking about the micromanagement of page counts as typified by anal retentive “techniques” like “saving the cat.”  I’m pretty sure Paddy Chayefsky never thought in terms of a beat sheet, assigning plot points to script...

Balls of Steel: No Comfort in the Zone

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch When the above quote appeared in my Twitter stream, it gave me pause. “Comfort zone” is an expression we use often, but rarely contemplate its meaning or how it affects our daily choices, both as writers and humans....