Posts tagged "Writing"

Jimmy, I hope you like this post more than I liked your writing prompt

I wanted to write a blog post tonight, but I didn’t have anything I wanted to write about. Luckily tonight is Blogapalooz-Hour. At 9 PM our dogged ChicagoNow Community Manager Jimmy gave us all a writing prompt, and we bloggers were challenged to write a post and publish it exactly one hour later at 10 PM. Perfect. The kids are already... Read more »

40 creepy starting sentences for stories about librarians

‘Tis the season to write spooky stories, and it seems like someone was looking for some specific assistance that my blog could not provide. I noticed that a search term that brought someone to my blog was “creepy starting sentences to start a story about a librarian.” Well, sadly that person had to go away... Read more »

Women's Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test

Women's Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test
The Women’s Theatre Alliance New Play Development Workshop Showcase is Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30 PM at City Lit Theatre (1020 W Bryn Mawr Avenue) in Chicago. The showcase features seven new plays with a focus on female characters. Some are short plays that will be performed in their entirety; others are full-length plays from... Read more »
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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Awards Sonnet and the power of poetry

At the Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda continued to be a treasure. When the creator of Hamilton won his Tony for best score, Miranda read a sonnet instead of giving a traditional acceptance speech. The beautiful poem was dedicated to his wife Vanessa and also touched on the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando... Read more »

My new play isn't weird and that's weird

My new play isn't weird and that's weird
I have been in denial for more than a month, but now it’s time to admit it: My new play isn’t weird. This might not be a shocking realization for many playwrights, but as those familiar with my work know, what I write tends to be weird or at least quirky. A prominent reviewer one... Read more »

This is a meaningless blog post

This is a meaningless blog post. This is a thing I’m writing for the sake of writing a thing. You shouldn’t even bother reading it. This is a meaningless blog post. It’s not that I don’t have anything more substantive to write about. I do. It’s just that those things require more time, more thought,... Read more »
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4 reasons to love writing workshops

4 reasons to love writing workshops
I’m currently a part of the Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago‘s New Play Development Workshop. We’ve had three meetings so far, and I’m already loving it. It has been years since I’ve been in a writer’s group or done a writing workshop. I had forgotten how wonderful they are. Here are four reasons that I... Read more »

When was the last time you did nothing?

When was the last time you did nothing?
I read an article called Why Theater Majors Are Vital in the Digital Age and was struck by this paragraph: A colleague tells a story about assigning a scene from a 1970s play in which one character waits on a park bench for some time. The actor was unable to conceive of any kind of “waiting” that... Read more »

20 super short love stories

20 super short love stories
In an effort to fight my writer’s ennui I decided to play with one of my favorite writing exercises: forced brevity. Previously, I’ve written lists of very short scary stories and very short silly stories. This time I tried my hand at being romantic. Here are 20 super short love stories: When he arrived at... Read more »
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Writer's block versus writer's ennui

Writer's block versus writer's ennui
I haven’t been writing much lately. I don’t have writer’s block. I don’t. I have plenty of ideas for things to write: blog posts, plays, stories, and even a couple of books. When I make myself write I don’t stare at a blank screen or page; I write. Sure, some things I write are better... Read more »