Monthly Archives: November 2016

RANDOM PLOTS & WRITING PROMPTS

This morning I ran across the article “Plot Devices: Help for Writing Your Yarn” by Edward J. Wood, which looks at, primarily, three sources for plot ideas: George Polti’s 36 Dramatic Situations, Plotto by William Wallace Cook, and Wycliffe A. … Continue reading

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WHAT I’M THANKFUL FOR, 2016

For the first time in 108 years, my old hometown baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, won the World Series.                   The rest of 2016 can go fuck itself. —Philip Athans

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LESSONS FROM THE CHICAGO MANUAL OF STYLE: NUMBERS

I wanted to get to learn the technique of the theater so well that I could then forget about it. I always feel it’s not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them. —T.S. Eliot There are … Continue reading

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LEAVE ME OUT OF IT, PLEASE

Election Day is upon us. Well, finally. I guess. I’m staying off of social media today. I know you don’t want to hear my opinion of any of the candidates, and to be frank I have not the slightest interest … Continue reading

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THE TWO-COMMA RULE

You know me, I’m not a huge believer in rules, except for most of the time. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: There’s a big difference between knowing the rule and breaking it intentionally for creative effect … Continue reading

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