Tag: Writing

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

The skeleton on my hard drive

I found a play I forgot I wrote. I noticed a subdirectory with an unfamiliar name in the “plays” folder on my computer. In it I discovered the script for a play I had completely forgotten. So I read it. The play is awful. No, I’m serious. It is really, really awful. The problem is... Read more »
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Am I the only writer who doesn't love Bird by Bird?

Am I the only writer who doesn't love Bird by Bird?
Writers love the book Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Every few months a writer I know will mention THE BOOK only to have other people pile on about how inspiring it is. I read it. I didn’t find it inspiring. I found it choked with metaphor and platitudes. I didn’t hate it, but it... Read more »

Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll tell you a story

One of my favorite quotes was written by F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll tell you a story.” It is from The Crack-Up, which also includes a section called “Turkey Remains and How to Inter Them with Numerous Scarce Recipes” containing absurd, seasonally-appropriate recipe suggestions... Read more »

I'm in a show! I'm in a book!

While I was busy publishing pieces of The October Diary, I was also accumulating some news that I finally have a chance to share. I’m telling a story in a live show next week, and one of my blog posts was published in a book! Let me tell you about them! Let me use exclamation points!... Read more »
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I'm good at coming up with ideas

I'm good at coming up with ideas
I’m good at coming up with ideas, particularly ideas for things to write. Blog posts, plays, short stories, books. I have so many ideas I’ve largely stopped writing them down. I’ve always been this way. I remember being in a creative writing class my sophomore year of high school (a.k.a. a really long time ago).... Read more »