Happy New Year! For me, 2020 will be a year of building - including building more writerly resources to share with all of you. Before I get to it, I don’t want to let the year slide by without shouting out an incredibly important part of my artist and educator life - connecting the crucial... Continue Reading →
I'm excited to report that I recently received my first round of edits from my publisher for my debut Young Adult novel. While I’m no different than anyone else who feels a lot of pressure when it comes to revision, my background in theatre and new play development has taught me to see the feedback... Continue Reading →
It’s time to talk about the very real power of your potential. In science, potential energy is the stored, untapped energy that a body has by virtue of its stressors, structure, or position in relation to its environment. It’s energy that hasn’t yet been put to use, but that potential is formidable...and measurable. Think of... Continue Reading →
When I conference with writers, they often say they’re having trouble coming up with a satisfying ending. Instead of talking to them about their plot, I ask them to tell me about their intended impact: when their audience reaches the end, what do they want them to be feeling and thinking? Some writers are immediately... Continue Reading →
A few weeks ago, I visited one of my Philadelphia Young Playwrights classrooms as a guest teaching artist. The students finished writing scene one of their plays, and it was time for them to outline their full story arcs. It was a perfect moment to introduce timeline as a way to challenge them to think... Continue Reading →
Raising the stakes – and sustaining the conflict and tension that result – is crucial to storytelling. Reblogging this great post from Richie Billing which gives solid guidance and tips about leveraging tension!
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Can you think of a moment in a novel or story when you lost all awareness of your surroundings? The only thing that mattered was happening on the page, and then at the end you come up for air and utter a “fuck.”
In reality, we don’t like a life full of tension. In fiction, however, the opposite is true. As readers we love stress and tension; we seek it out. When we read pages laden with tension a hormone is released into our bloodstream which stimulates…
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Yesterday I had a great time running a revision workshop for the eighteen writers in Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Mouthful Monologue Festival. At this point in the process, the writers have done an amazing job working with their professional actor, director, and dramaturg to deepen their monologues by adding details and raising the stakes. While their... Continue Reading →
Last month I had the pleasure of subbing for one of my Philadelphia Young Playwrights teaching artists. When I asked him how I could best aid the class of awesome 8th graders, he told me that the students needed help infusing more action into their play ideas. Action can be tricky. In an age of... Continue Reading →
Yesterday, I submitted an article. Since it was first one in over a year, to say that there was rust that I needed to shake off would be an understatement. It was a labor to find my rhythm. It was tough to reconnect with my voice. But today, I've already started my next article -... Continue Reading →