Instead of Writing, Latest Reads

Is The Devil in the White City Really About a Serial Killer?

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, is largely touted to be a gripping tale of the rise of America’s most notorious serial killer. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t true. It’s much more interesting than that. The tale that Erik Larsen weaves about the utter transformation of Chicago and America’s …

Instead of Writing

My Aurora Trip to Evermore Park

This week, I return to a wonderful place called Evermore Park for its Aurora season. The portal to their town has opened again and welcomed a new, unique set of guests and trouble. Frost lords, Wolf clans, werewolves, weddings… what better place to be instead of writing? Evermore is an immersive fantasy park, where guests …

Instead of Writing

Is Reading the Wheel of Time Worth It?

It’ll soon be an Amazon Original series, and you may be asking yourself. Is the Wheel of Time worth reading? After all, it’s a long epic fantasy series, and you won’t be finishing it in a week (most likely). You need some knowledge before an investment like that. Well, today instead of writing, I’m going …

Comedy, Instead of Writing

Uncle Kevin and the Garage Sale Bike

Last time on Instead of Writing, we talked about the Bare-bones Sketch Challenge. To illustrate the type of sketch I was talking about, I present Uncle Kevin and the Garage Sale Bike. Here’s how it breaks down: 2 characters: Kevin (laid back) and Kenny (uptight) One setting: A parked car Objective: Provide five-year-old Joey with …

Comedy, Instead of Writing

The Bare-bones Sketch Writing Challenge

Don’t overcomplicate your comedy writing. On this episode of Instead of Writing, I’m trying to strip away all of the crutches and force you to have two characters hash it out. All writers have big ideas. I’ve just seen too many writers starting out in comedy allow those big ideas to block their progress toward …

Instead of Writing, Reflections

Don’t Fail Your New Year’s Resolutions

This week on Instead of Writing, I’m taking my background in business operations to offer you a strategic approach to actually accomplishing something through your New Year’s resolution this year. There are a lot of problems with the way most people go about setting their resolutions. That’s probably why more than 80% fail. If you …

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