How Criticism Destroys Enjoyment—And how get Past It

When I was teaching screenwriting at Pepperdine, I used to warn my students that their friends were going to stop watching TV with them, and wouldn’t go out to the movies with them anymore.

They’d give me the look.

Then four or six weeks later, one or another … Read More 

10 novels that have stayed with me

1984 Brave New World Starship Troopers Les Miserables War Of The Worlds Rebirth/The Chrysalids by John Wyndham 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Contact The Butterfly Kid

Not necessarily the top ten, or even the best ten, just the ten that popped into my head while thinking of the list. … Read More 

I’m not a writer I’m a storyteller.

Harlan Ellison, he’s a writer. He saddles the language up and rides it like a bronco that needs to be broken. He whips it like a dominatrix on steroids. He seduces it, plays with it, gets drunk on it, and wails on it like George Harrison showing how a guitar … Read More