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Transom » Nancy Updike

Great bit of writing intelligence from one of my favorite radio writers, Nancy Updike. Save earlier drafts/make an OUTS page… As soon as I open a page to start a story, I open another page and label it ‘OUTS.’ Anything I cut from the story, I paste into the outs page....

Review: Studiometry 10.0

My review of Studiometry 10.0 is now up at Macworld.com. Studiometry is an excellent, versatile business and project management application that plays well with Oranged Software’s Accounted accounting application. It’s a great tool for taking care of your...

Dennis Lehane Aims for Something Bigger

If you do this job right, there should be days that are really hard. When I wrote the scene in ‘Mystic River’ where I had to become somebody who’s sexually attracted to a 12-year-old boy, holy God, that was horrible. I shut down for a week after that. Hands down one...

Adam Rifkin on Writing

“You can’t just say, ‘Well, I’m not really inspired by an idea yet, so I’m just gonna hang out and see what hits me. Maybe I’ll just write a scene and see where it takes me.'” “I don’t know any writers, who are a...