I'm a New Jersey-based attorney and actor who is comfortable not only in front of a jury but also in front of a camera. I provide training for teens in the areas of public speaking, debate, and mock t [ Read More ]
How have Shakespeare’s plays withstood the test of time? Because they posses something more important than a literal depiction of everyday life. They capture the truth of human experience. Shakespea [ Read More ]
The stories I've written have led me through life. They shout. I listen. They run up and bite me on the leg like Bella (my dog). But instead of saying, "ouch," I respond by writing everything that goe [ Read More ]
How do you begin to write a story? You stumble into it backwards. You don't set out with a predetermined idea of how you want it to look. Instead, it evolves out of your own life experiences.
Sudde [ Read More ]
“George Gray” by Edgar Lee Masters is one of my favorite poems. Below is the poem with my commentary:
I have studied many times
The marble which was chiseled for me—
A boat with a furled sail [ Read More ]
What is plot? It is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have traipsed by on their way to incredible adventures. Plot is observed after the fact, not before. That is all [ Read More ]
In my opinion, imitation is necessary for the beginning writer. When embarking on a new journey, regardless of what art form it takes, it is important for the artist to select a field that he is passi [ Read More ]
Your uniqueness is unparalleled. You are the one person irreplaceable to the world, of which there are no duplicates. Just as there was only one Shakespeare, one Michelangelo, one Picasso, so too are [ Read More ]
All art, no matter how large or small, has a similar goal: To eliminate waste and be as concise as possible. For example, da Vinci knew what to leave out of a painting. Surgeons go directly to t [ Read More ]
What's the secret of creativity?
Ray Bradbury said it best: "You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you. If you try to approach a cat and pick it up, hell, it won't let you do it. You' [ Read More ]