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Rick Steves I think I should just admit, upfront, that this post is mostly just an excuse to shamelessly mention that I got to meet Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw on Friday night at the Edmonds International Film Festival.1 I met and chatted with them about the writerly craft, over a beer, and these two […]

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Writing tip: Conflict = Comedy

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Rich emotions are like humor fertilizer: they provide a fertile (if sometimes disgusting) breeding ground for beautiful flowers of laughter to blossom. Whenever writing a joke or funny story, remember that emotional conflict is good for comedy. In fact, every joke is basically a short story — even one-liners — and our strongest, most visceral […]

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English, a language for joking

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The most significant fact of the 20th century will be that the North Americans speak English. — Otto Von Bismarck, 1898 I’m feeling pretty warm and fuzzy about the English language these days. I recently watched a fantastic BBC program — I think those fruits would call it a programme — called The Adventure of […]

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Amanda the Aspiring TV Writer broke my heart yesterday. Yeah, she’s a babe, but I don’t mean it like that — we’ve never actually met. What she did was generously take the time to offer me some advice that I really didn’t want to hear. I asked Amanda what, given her Hollywood experience, she thought […]

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