writing advice

End keyboard key

Writing endings

You’ve spent months, maybe even years writing a story. Now you’re nearing the end of your characters’ journey and you’re thinking, “How in the hell do I wrap this up?” You’re not alone. Writing endings can be one of the most stressful parts of storytelling. If you’re writing from an outline, you may find that […]

Writing endings Read More »

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,

3 sketch comedy tips that writers should use Read More »

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

Free writing – Tips & tools to get you writing Read More »

How to write a plot

A while back, someone on Reddit Writing asked for some advice on plots. He had good characters, a solid setting, and lots of details to create a world on the page, but was missing the essential element of a good plot. Plots can be daunting. Let’s break it down, starting at the beginning. First thing’s

How to write a plot Read More »