Writing Advice & Exercises Category

4 Practical Tips for Women Writers Who Want to Break into TV Writing

A few weeks ago, I interviewed my friend Heather Flanders about being a TV writer (check it out here) and she had a lot of great advice. She had even more fantastic advice for women writers who are trying to break into the industry. Her tips are invaluable. Enjoy! 1. Be Nice. Be nice to […]

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Building a Full-Time Freelance Writing Career

For almost a year now, I’ve been freelance writing and editing. When I worked full-time as a magazine editor, I often pitched and wrote freelance writing assignments because I’m obsessed with magazines. People often ask me how I land assignments so I wanted to share some ideas of what I do to keep working. 1. […]

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How to Keep Writing

Ah, Ira Glass. You are one of my favorite storytellers. This American Life has made me laugh, cry, and wonder. His beautiful summation of the trickiness of creativity is exactly the reminder I need to keep going. Here’s the thing: I’ve been writing since I was in second grade. I’ve had success and a lot […]

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Why You Should Write to an Author You Admire

Inspired by Carolyn See’s Making a Literary Life in which she suggests that if you read a great book, article, or anything, that you write a simple thank you note to the author—I started emailing and tweeting thanks to authors after I read a particularly good book. At first, I felt a little awkward contacting […]

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An Interview With Celena Cipriaso: Her Advice for TV Writing, Playwriting, & Writing Personal Stories

I first met Celena when we went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts together, studying dramatic writing. Truth be told, we totally bonded over our love of Sweet Valley High books. Once we discovered this, we headed to the Barnes & Noble on Astor Place (which I don’t think exists any more) and read […]

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Write a Letter to Yourself

I was inspired to write a letter to myself after my friend Leanne—the brilliant fashion designer of the vegan, eco-friendly company Vaute Couture—posted a letter on Facebook she wrote to herself to read when she felt like quitting. I must confess that the past few weeks, it’s been hard to be a writer. A few […]

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TV Writing & Playwriting Tips with Bekah Brunstetter

I love TV teen dramas. It all started with My So-Called Life and 90210 (the old school one, duh). My fave teen drama is Friday Night Lights fan (clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose!), but I have a special place for Switched at Birth. It’s about two teen girls who are switched at birth, and […]

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My Writing Process / Part of a Blog Tour

Hello! I’ve been tagged for a blog tour spotlighting the writing process. This is how it works: I acknowledge who asked me, answer four questions, then tag three authors to answer the questions and continue the tour on March 24. I only found one author friend who was interested in participating (thanks, E!). Who Came […]

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How to Write Something Funny

Here’s a confession: I don’t think I’m a funny writer. I love comedy. I think it’s incredibly hard to write comedy, but me, funny? No. At NYU, I took a TV writing sitcom class with the brilliant Charlie Rubin (a Seinfeld writer) and after the first class, I told him, “I have no idea what […]

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5 Tips for Networking as a Writer by Guest Blogger Eric Loo

I’m excited to share this post by guest blogger Eric Loo. Eric is a playwright, teacher, and TV writer who I met at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts when we were both studying dramatic writing. I always admired that Eric was able to get out there and talk about his writing and […]

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