Monthly Archives: June 2016

#WORDCRUSHWEDNESDAY

Today’s #WordCrushWednesday comes from the TV writers of the short-lived series Red Band Society. It was like Grey’s Anatomy meets Dawson’s Creek and I loved every single episode. There was one line in episode 8 that really stood out to … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOGGER: BOB BERGEN

Two-time Emmy-nominated actor Bob Bergen has been heard in thousands of commercials, promos, games, animated series and specials. He’s voiced dozens of animated features, including Minions, Wreck it Ralph, The Lorax, Tangled, Tinker Bell, Spirited Away, A Bug’s Life, Iron Giant, … Continue reading

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ONE WAY? NO WAY.

The first time I went to my friend Michael’s house, I walked to the corner of his street to take this picture. Apparently, I’m not the only one—he often looks outside his window to see people snapping the same shot. … Continue reading

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#WORDCRUSHWEDNESDAY

Since I’m in advertising, I figured the first #WordCrushWednesday should be an ad—and this one was an obvious choice. Every time this Mazda spot comes on air, I stop what I’m doing to listen. It’s that good.   There’s definitely a … Continue reading

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HOW TO BE CREATIVE.*

There isn’t a formula on how to come up with an award-winning idea—but that hasn’t stopped people from trying to figure one out. I first learned about the “Creative Process” when I was studying at The Creative Circus. It’s one … Continue reading

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READ OUT LOUD. EDIT. REPEAT.

Whether you are writing a headline, brochure copy or a novel—read it out loud. Then edit it and read it out loud again. Back in the day when I worked in a cubicle at an agency in Chicago, I used … Continue reading

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USE YOUR CHARACTERS.

I recently attended a writing conference in Cleveland where I met a woman who was told her manuscript was about 15,000 words too short. Mine is currently 10,000 words too long, so I couldn’t really relate. But I did offer … Continue reading

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