Tuesday, August 5, 2014

WRITE A NOVEL IN 10 WEEKS

I'll be teaching my next WRITE A NOVEL IN 10 WEEKS course at UCLA EXTENSION this Fall.  Click the link below to sign up.  Only 15 spots available.

Friday, August 1, 2014

EGO KILLS THE STORY

I'm always saying that everyone has a good story to tell.  But the difference between a captivating story - one that pulls the heart strings and makes you feel something - is far removed from a well written tale.  What is the magic ingredient that separates the two? Ego.  If you are writing to impress, change the world or show-off how clever you are, the story will not land.  Conversely, if you write from the heart, from feelings that are real and genuine, the reader will pick up on it and feel those things too.  
So next time you write, check in with yourself.  Ask some questions.  Am I writing this to be clever and funny?  Or am I writing this because I'm trying to discover an answer in life that is eluding me?  When we search for answers, we are being authentic.  We are connecting to the human experience.  And consequently, we write things that people understand, believe and can relate to.  Go forth!  Write without ego and see the difference in your work.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ARE THERE SECRETS HIDDEN IN YOUR WRITING?

Some people don't realize you can discover deep secrets about yourself through your writing.  Have a look at what things you often write about.  What does it say about you?  What questions are you trying to answer?  What do you keep talking about over and over?  Writing is a powerful communicating tool but it's also great at teaching us about ourselves.  More often than not, every character is you in some capacity.  Discover something new about yourself and read your writing through the eye of a therapist…you may be surprised by what you find.  Good and bad…!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

KIDS TELLING IMPORTANT STORIES

These 2 kids tell an important story the best way they know how.  Important, impressive, talented and moving.  Well done.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tristan and Temp's book on the Daily Edition!

The very talented kid's author Tristan Bancks talks all about his latest books on The Afternoon Show.  He also mentions the book we co-authored together ITS YR LIFE.  Check it out - he's a funny dude!

Tristan's Interview


Thursday, March 20, 2014

THE AGONY AND ECSTASY OF WRITING

So I'm reading an amazing book on how writers write.  How they're tortured by writing, enthralled by it and most importantly, how they can't stop doing it.  I believe, like anything in life, if you truly love it you are meant to do it.  People often ask me how I sit down every day and commit to the manuscript…the truth is, I want to.  If I don't write I feel like I'll explode.  I feel like something is wrong until I let it out.  All I think about is my book so I may as well write it down for someone else to enjoy.  So if you think you want to write, but you can never actually put pen to paper, do something else.  Art and expression comes in many forms!  Find the form that you adore and can't stop thinking about…the magic will happen.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

ART TAKES TWO

If you develop a small accountability group to nurture your project, magical things can happen.  As this video shows, when one person creates, not a lot of attention is given, but with the power of two, mountains are moved...