How Not To Go Insane as an Artist
As the screenwriter, as an artist in general, all I’ve come to do is trust the process. Trust that if I’m incredibly efficient, if I display range and depth ... this will win out in the end.
The Power of Procrastination
Procrastination. The scoundrel’s got a rather sullied rep, wouldn’t you agree? His very name is synonymous in most minds with laziness and lethargy.
It's Only Pretend: A Long, Maybe Overly Personal Anecdote About Being a Writer
But love does leave a mark. It makes a trail. You can follow it and revisit it, whenever you need it, and it will light a path leading you to your true voice.
Fail Better: What Samuel Beckett Can Teach Us About Quitting
He was never quite able to pin the magnificent, ethereal creature inside his head to paper, and that fact consumed him.
A Filipina Compromise
I don’t know if she ever approved of me for who I truly was.
You have to find something, anything to latch onto—anything to keep you going.
Here’s your homework: get to thinking. And seeing. And separating you from yourself so the two can finally meet.
"I Found My Voice While Fighting to Breathe"
When we’re on the brink of losing it all, we find out who we really are and what we’re made of.
"Please Read a Book - Love, Mara"
When I open the pages, I am no longer me. It is the opposite of social media. And it takes practice to read, and to write as though you have read.
The “Sunk Cost Fallacy” and Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Quit
We don’t need to pursue things we once wanted just because we once wanted them. We don’t need to hang out with assholes just because we randomly met them.
Hamilton Needed a Weekend
How are you going to make something that’s going to change the world when you’re too busy to experience the world you’re trying to change?
Emily Gordan Wants to Know: What's Keeping You From Writing?
These barriers are often of our own making, created by way of excuses to get out of doing the dirty work.
"I Wrote About Parties"
And you know what happens when you take the time to play? You happen. Your very best self.
"Is This a Thing?"
WME had just sent out my novel on wide submission. I’d had a call with the book-to-film department that morning about potential adaptations . . . It really did seem like it was my moment—I was closer than I’d ever been to breaking through.
Kill Your Darlings (Leave the Heart)
I suddenly found myself getting more feedback than I could handle. Seven voices all telling me different things. Seven voices full of conviction, where I had none. I tried to please everyone. Spoiler alert: I failed.