Category Archives: IN THE TRENCHES

[IN THE TRENCHES] Episodes

This isn’t a post about the hilarious (but painfully accurate) sitcom, Episodes. You should check that out, though, if you haven’t. Highly recommended for anyone in general, but even more so for writers. No, this post is about the sometimes … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] For Your Consideration

Every year, the entertainment industry goes through several prolonged Awards Seasons. With film, it’s usually the end of the year for the releases themselves, while the campaigns carry over into the next one. That covers a slew of ceremonies, including … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Take Me to the Pilot

New Year. New work. Rhonda Smiley and I are starting off 2022 by writing a spec pilot for a spec series that we ex-spec-t someone to love in the near future. Well, hope anyway. Writing is rarely easy as it … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Enjoy the Moment

I think I’ve always had a problem with looking ahead. On the surface, “looking ahead” sounds like a good thing, an ambitious thing. But it can actually be quite problematic. The problem being that when you spend all your time … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Size Doesn’t Matter

Entertainment comes in so many forms. Today, more than ever (though I think they might’ve finally phased out wax cylinders and 8 tracks). So, while I understand that it’s important for writers to create a brand for themselves, I think … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] When Art Requires Craft

There’s an aspect – the glamourous aspect – of writing that’s all about the magical alchemy of creation. Tapping into your muse and dreaming up rich characters, dynamic relationships, and deep dramatic conflict. Sure that’s part of it. But there’s … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Get it Down

I have a million ideas. Most writers do. But unless you’re already a sought-after creator with a track record of success, an idea itself isn’t going to get you very far. In other words, you can’t sell a spec that … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Shameless Self-Promotion

As a writer, self promotion didn’t used to be important. Most writers are more of the self-doubting introvert types as it is. Who would we promote ourselves to? The dog? Well, things have changed. A lot. Thanks in a large … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Noted

If you hope to work professionally as a screenwriter, you’re going to become very familiar with notes. I was very familiar very early on and I was not a fan. As we went through the notes process for the first … Continue reading

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[IN THE TRENCHES] Adapt or Die

During an email discussion a few weeks ago, regarding some form of chaos or another, my mom remarked about her and my dad that, “We adapt.” In a year where nothing is the same as it was before, this ability … Continue reading

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