Rooms That Write

I once had someone say to me, “If I had a room like that, I could write a novel too.” It wasn’t someone I knew, a friend of a friend, I’m proud to say; I like to think none of my friends would say something so foolish. “Really?” I wanted to say, “you think the room’s...

The Power of Fiction

I got a big compliment the other day. A friend, I’ll call her Mothra, had just handed back my latest manuscript—working title: Perfect Little Worlds—after marking it up with various punctuation and line edits. I like to think of her work as helping me sniff out what I...

Anybody Out There?

Dear Reader, I’ve been told people don’t care about author’s websites anymore; it’s all about our social media sites. I’ve also heard tons of tips about blogging. Do this. Don’t do that. None of it matters, though, if no one’s...

Salon Madness

So tonight, in the writing salon that I teach, we were writing personal stories in a journalistic style. The outcome was hilarious. Here’s one of my twenty-minute writes. It’s unedited. Enjoy. A Million Dollar Smile One Woman’s Decision to Change her...

Point of Recognition

Teaching the Fun Institute’s drop-in improv class last Saturday, I found myself coaching improvisors to take their time during that very important part of the scene when a character first sees another character on stage. It generally happens shortly after she/he...