Happy Friday! This week I worked on developing a comedy with a new student. Here are the three initial steps to building a story whether a TV series, film, web series or a book. A clear concept. The concept for this project was simple: two brothers, one an athlete and the other a nerd, switch places for a day. The switching places idea has been used many times which is both a good and bad thing. The good thing, is that it works and people like it. The bad news is that there is a lot of
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Happy Friday! I’ve been thinking about how the religion or lack thereof in a writer’s childhood shapes their work. This week, those of us who are Jewish celebrated the highest holiday of the year: Yom Kippur. If you are observant, you fast from dinner the night before through the end of the service at around 5:00 o’clock. Then there’s a joyous meal to celebrate. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year, because we are closest to G‑d and to the essence of our souls. Yom Kippur means
Happy Friday! On the way to my NYU class on Tuesday night, I found this amazing poem on the subway called, “The Moment.” I loved the idea of this poem and was inspired by the idea. For the rest of the week, I found myself noticing special moments as they occurred. For example, someone wise once told me that the ultimate achievement in life was making a child smile. On the same subway ride, there was a really cute little toddler in a stroller being ignored by his mother. He caught my
Happy Friday! I hope you’re all taking a little time off to enjoy the beautiful weather! I’m excited that my NYU class now has 19 people! This past Sunday, Phoebe Waller Bridge won for best comedy writing. I love that she came up with it for a friend and that it took on a life of its own. When I teach writing seminars, I often begin by asking my students if they were going to win an Oscar or an Emmy, what category would they want a win for? I personally would like to win for