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Fun a Day Reseda – Day 24: The Most Important Scenes Are the Hardest to Write

I’ve spent the past few days rewriting a single scene in The Ghosts of Reseda High. It was a difficult scene to write. It was difficult emotionally. It was difficult in how it forced me to reevaluate my characters. But the rewrites took a scene that was sort of a throwaway and made it important. …

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Fun a Day Reseda – Day 23: Play Ball, or How to Get People to Listen

I can tell we’re getting close to baseball and softball season when I start getting more visits to my 2010 Saddleback Little League Opening Day speech. There is an art to giving an Opening Day speech. One key is to keep it short. But the real challenge of an Opening Day speech or any speech …

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Fun a Day Reseda – Day 22: Kill Your Darlings

As I was editing today, I came across a wonderful sentence I wrote. It was concise, witty, and charmingly written. So, I highlighted the sentence and pressed Delete. This was what William Faulkner meant by “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” It doesn’t matter how well-written or clever a sentence, a scene, or …

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Fun a Day Reseda – Day 21: Why I Love Deadlines

I love deadlines, and it’s not because of the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. For me, deadlines are the best way of assuring that something gets done.

Fun a Day Reseda – Day 20: Paint Reseda Orange

Throughout Reseda this month, there have been signs on vacant buildings saying, “Put a bookstore here” and “Put a cool cafe here.” But what would Reseda look like when the vacant storefronts have used record stores and art galleries? Let me show you around Orange Plaza.