Category Writing

Why Tycho?

Since Tycho’s Fool will be appearing as part of the New Works Festival at the Gulfshore Playhouse, they asked me to describe what prompted me to write a play about that particular topic. I described the initial impetus in this blog back in 2012, but I went into a little more detail this time. Here’s the […]

Never Give Up, Never Surrender

The (galaxy) quest to get a play produced can be a long, slow, slog. I first mentioned writing about astronomer Tycho Brahe back in 2012. I finished finished the first draft in December of that year. After a few months of revising, I sent it out, and City Lights Theatre in San Jose, CA selected […]

I don’t do math

How many times have you heard the phrase “I don’t do math.”? Lots, I bet. It’s a common enough sentiment, sometimes stated with pride. On the other hand, I’ve never had anyone tell me, “I don’t do words.” Literacy is considered essential, indeed it’s a marker of how well a country educates its citizens. In […]

Critic: friend or foe?

“Don’t be a critic,” is a common expression, but one that writers should probably avoid. Not only should we welcome critics, but we should be critics as often as possible. Good criticism exercises a necessary writerly muscle. I came to this realization as I was explaining the workshop process to my new group of undergrads. […]

Semicolon or full stop?

One of my professors in a writing workshop once complained that I had started a story with “an explosion of comma splices.” While I appreciated the clever new collective noun, I wasn’t entirely sure what to do about it. He advocated switching to a period (aka full stop), but I initially rebelled. I was trying to […]

The Twist

I just threw (figuratively anyway) a script across the room. I’d been reading a newly published play, and was happily pulled in to the story, until in the final pages, a twist was revealed that changed everything that had gone before. I wanted to scream at the author, “Why? Why did you destroy the lovely […]

Write more / write less

I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed, I’ve now had two staged readings (of different plays) in under a week’s time.  It’s interesting to compare the two experiences.  I wrote about the earlier performance last week, so now I feel obligated to comment on this one. The most recent reading was two days ago, at City Lights […]