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Get A New Story: What’s Your Story About Not Writing?

The title of this column is “Get A New Story” for a reason. When I work with writers on rebooting their writing habits, it doesn’t take long for me to pick out their “story” about why they’re not writing. As a writing coach, it’s endlessly fascinating to hear the variations on...

Get A New Story: Just Do The Writing

In my Writer’s Circle, what we see more often than not is that those who write regularly are more productive, have more frequent creative thoughts, and struggle less with their writing. Binge-writers, on the other hand, tend to struggle more with writer’s block, self-doubt, and creative burnout. Writing regularly, however, like...

Get A New Story: Fix the Writing Red Flags

In my relatively short tenure as a screenwriter so far, I’ve learned to pay close attention to the parts of my script that “niggle” at me — the writing red flags, as it were. When I give notes on scripts, I do the same. Here’s why. Those “niggly” bits — dialogue...

Get A New Story: Don’t Wait for Writing Inspiration

William Faulkner said, “I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.” So many writers wait to be inspired before sitting down to write. They believe that they must be struck with a brilliant idea, like a bolt of lightning from the sky, before...

Get A New Story: Your Day Job Is Not Your Problem

I hear from so many writers who say they don’t have enough time to write. This comment usually means, “I can’t find a big enough blocks of time to write,” “My family keeps me too busy,” or the one I hear most often, “My day job gets in the way.” What...