Writing Three-Dimensional Villains

Writing Three-Dimensional Villains

Actor Ben Mendelsohn has been getting his share of acclaim for his portrayal of Rogue One’s main villain: Imperial Officer Orson Krennic. No doubt, it’s a wonderful performance, but credit should also be given to the writers for creating a three-dimensional villain...
Five Overused Comedy Bits to Avoid

Five Overused Comedy Bits to Avoid

Naturally when writing a comedy, the writer will want to lampoon certain trends in our culture. The best satire is always a commentary of the times. That being said, the shelf life of a fresh joke isn’t particularly long. What might seem funny to you now might be...
How To Get Out Of Your Own Way

How To Get Out Of Your Own Way

I’ve never met a writer at any stage of their career who hasn’t struggled mightily with fear, self-loathing, and writer’s block. Writers may be capable of writing bestselling novels and blockbuster motion pictures and really, really great car owner manuals, but even...
“Westworld” and the Power of Repetition

“Westworld” and the Power of Repetition

A serene blonde woman walks in a cornflower blue dress that sweeps along the dusty streets of a Western town. As she reaches her horse, she drops a can of milk from her bag. A gallant cowboy, her sweetheart who’s been away, picks it up for her. Or does he? Another...
Sports Action: How to Write That Game Winning Play

Sports Action: How to Write That Game Winning Play

Rocky’s grueling duel with Ivan Drago, the Permian Panthers’ heartbreaking final drive in Friday Night Lights, Billy Chapel’s career-capping trip to the mound in For Love of the Game, Dottie Hinson’s emotional last catch in A League of Their Own that sees...