The Value of Objectivity

Although it may seem strange for a playwright to write about the value of objectivity, it is relevant to theater. Theater is inherently an illusion. Actors are pretending to be the characters and the stage…

On Literary Success

Ever since high school I have dreamed of literary success but I’ve done very little to work towards it. I got discouraged submitting poems to literary magazines only to get rejected every time. I don’t…

Evolutionary Psychology

I was introduced to Evolutionary Psychology by Jordan Peterson who clearly got some of his best ideas from this branch of psychology. I was watching his videos because he is one of the few public…

Enemies Of The Arts

There are many things that discourage artists; lack of arts funding, competition, favoritism, nepotism, social status seeking, poverty, jealousy, critics, gate keepers etc. But the most discouraging thing is prissy, self-righteous moralists who attack the…

Active Imagination

In my previous blog post on inner conflict I neglected to describe how to explore an inner conflict. For the sake of dramatic writing, an inner conflict requires you to split various sides of your…

Inner Conflict

You can’t have drama without conflict but there are various kinds of conflict. I prefer inner conflict because one of my goals is to sort myself out. If I can figure something out about what…

On Being A Serious Artist

What makes one a serious artist? This is a topic I explored in my full length play Charcoal Sketches. I would argue that you cannot aspire to become a serious artist. You are either destined…