Writing process

Story Talk: Writer’s Block—Really? Part II

In “Story Talk: Writer’s Block—Really? Part 1” I introduced the myth and the reality of writer’s block and talked about the popular mythology about this overinflated annoyance.  As it happens, writer’s block is 99.99 percent smoke and .1 percent fact.  The .1-percent part is the only part you can work with....

Story Talk: Writer’s Block—Really? Part I

Writer’s block—we’ve all been there.  We’ve all suffered.  And we’ve all been duped.  What would you say if I told you writer’s block is a fiction?  What would you say if I said that writer’s block was a complete fabrication foisted upon writers for decades?  Would you feel duped?  Would you...

Alligator Tales: Creativity Cannot Have Rules

We frequently depress ourselves when we look at what others have completed and compare it with the vague little spirits of ideas that we are trying to piece together. When we see a completed film, book, or artwork, it can seem like some overwhelmingly successful vessel, loaded with powerful exotic goods.

Up Early with Morning Glory Writer Aline Brosh McKenna

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna has her finger on the pulse of what’s driving young American women in the workforce today. In her new film, Morning Glory, the screenwriter switches from fashion to morning news to write about a woman struggling to make it in the turbulent world of broadcasting...