April 9, 2020

A lot of writers struggle with writing good dialogue, especially when it comes to humor. I’ve got four suggestions to improve your dialogue significantly. Dialogue is great because it’s an aspect of writing you can be really meticulous about getting correct and see results for your efforts. It’s not as nebulous as first pages, opening…

December 6, 2019

It’s never been easier or more difficult to get into comedy writing. On this episode of Instead of Writing, I offer you a three-step foundational approach I’ve developed from my experience teaching hundreds of comedy students. Comedy can and must be learned. You can start writing comedy. Try to internalize this cycle and pay attention…

October 1, 2019

Hey everyone, I’m excited to say that I’ve started up a new video blog called Instead of Writing. Each week, I’m sharing what tool I’ll be using to procrastinate my next draft. It could be writing craft stuff, geek-out worthy content, book reviews, or thoughts on comedy. Please head on over to Youtube and give…

February 4, 2019

Marie Kondo has flipped my life upside down. She asks the impossible. Get rid of books? Madness. But, in a spirit of improvement, I found myself the other day going through my books, including old notebooks, leafing through pages to see if there was anything worth keeping. Well, I something I thought worth keeping. Ladies…

August 2, 2018

After fifteen years, I can finally say that I’ve completed the first draft of a novel. When I shared my news with my friend Kat, she looked at me excitedly and asked, “How did it feel?” Without a moment’s hesitation I responded, “like crippling self-doubt.” I started writing when I was pretty young. In fact,…

January 3, 2018

If you didn’t catch the earlier installments, check them out here: Ewok Bloodlust Part I, Ewok Bloodlust Part II. Maybe it was a boulder. But Yub Yub had never seen a boulder like it before. It was like a river stone, washed smooth on each side, but with sharp edges, and wings like a bird…

October 10, 2017

It’s hard to imagine a field of business that cannot benefit from a healthy dose of lateral thinking and creativity. But, in our rush-hour, results-driven world, it’s tough to find reliable methods that lend reliability to our creative faculties. Being creative is nice and all, but can we count on it in a pinch? Maybe….

July 2, 2017

If you missed it, check out Ewok Bloodlust: Part I here to get caught up on Yub Yub’s adventure so far. Yub Yub opened his eyes. The sun was still drowsy, so he turned back over. He loved sleep. He dreamed about swinging from vine to vine from one village to another, high in the…