Articles by Dennis Palumbo
There's an old joke about the relationship between writers and agents: a writer comes home to find police and fire trucks crowding the street. As he scrambles out of his car, he sees that there's nothing left of his house but a pile of black dust and smoking embers. Stricken, he asks the officer in charge what happened. The cop shakes his head and says, 'Well, it looks like your age... (read more)
As a veteran writer and a licensed psychotherapist specializing in writers' issues, I know enough to know there aren't any rules when it comes to writing.
Except for the following, which I modestly call the Three Cosmic Rules of Writing. I'm serious. Learn these simple rules, then burn them into your hearts and minds. It couldn't hurt.
The First Cosmic Rule: 'You Are En... (read more)
An old deodorant commercial once proclaimed, 'If you're not a little nervous, you're really not alive.'
Pretty sage advice, even though the only thing at stake was staying dry and odor-free. But there is something to be said for accepting -- and learning to navigate -- the minor turbulences of life. I'm talking here about common, everyday anxie... (read more)
A particularly arrogant film producer once said to me, "I could be a writer, too, if I only had the time."
Which implied, I guess, that if he didn't have to attend meetings, deal with studios, manage production budgets--in other words, if he didn't have a real job--he too could just sit around, effortlessly knocking out compelling narratives and crafting pithy dialogue.
Yet for mos... (read more)
If you saw the season-ending episode of Monk, do you remember the clue that helped catch the killer?
Me, ne... (read more)