December 2012

Writer’s doubt – I’m kinda scared to publish

Doubt is that area of limbo between completely believing that we can do something, and totally believing that it’s impossible. Last year I overcame a large self-doubt when I committed to writing a story that I had been thinking about the year before. It was a fun story based on me and a bunch of

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3 sketch comedy tips that writers should use

The single best thing I’ve done to improve my writing was learning how to write sketch comedy. Sketch comedy is the guerilla warfare version of storytelling. In sketch, you don’t have 50,000 words to tell a story. Or an hour. Or half an hour. You have to tell an entire story – beginning, transition, climax,

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Free writing – Tips & tools to get you writing

Back in 2005, I walked into my first class at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. The class was “Introduction to Comedy Writing” or ICW and our instructor was the multitalented Ranjit Souri. The first thing he had us do was sit down with our notebooks and free write. About anything. The key was

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