When do you walk away?

Often, the only power a screenwriter has is to walk away, and the decision whether to do it is almost never straightforward.

I am a white male of European descent

My last normal job — the 9-to-5 kind — was as an assistant at Oliver Stone’s production company. At the time, he was in post-production on Natural Born Killers, and developing future projects, one of which was a remake of Planet of the Apes. Any version of Apes must tackle the basic question of, “How […]

Everything is turned in

For the first time in almost a year, I’m caught up on all my writing. Yesterday, I turned in the oft-delayed Tarzan, and this morning I emailed revisions on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Adding to the joyous feeling: this is a three-day weekend in the U.S. (Monday is Memorial Day), so I won’t hear […]

Writing on the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Seattle

Last week, I took Amtrak’s Coast Starlight train from Los Angeles to Seattle, which meant 36 hours on the rails. That’s a very long time to spend in linear motion, but it was worth it. My goal was to get some quality, uninterrupted writing time for the oft-delayed Tarzan, and I got it. I wrote […]

Working on multiple projects

How to juggle multiple ideas. First, avoid it if you can.