Don’t write what you know

IN HONOR OF THE RELEASE OF FENCES-I’M REPOSTING THIS When I was starting out most writing mentors advised: ‘Write about what you know.’ I echoed the same when I was teaching short screenplay writing. In contrast-in my ad writing, I daily conjure up...

Beware Writing Like a Fox

The conflict of writing what you think is commercial versus what you think is true never goes away. What’s the point of creating something if it’s not something that hasn’t been done before. But at the same time, what’s the point of creating...

R.I.P. Maya Angelou

  #154876230 / gettyimages.com When I was in film school, she sent me a donation check for my thesis film after I wrote her a letter explaining how we needed gas to get to our many locations. I never knew her and she never knew me. The NYU staff made a copy of...

Inspiration

Recently the New York Times devoted its magazine feature to inspiration. They focused on quite a few writers and elicited quite a few head nods from me. I was most stirred by the interview with Junot Diaz. I had never heard of him so I felt like I made a big...