It’s not what you say, but how (and when)

The shotgun would ignite, and Ella Mae would scream, but Robert Ford would only lay on the floor and look at the ceiling, the light going out of his eyes before he could find the right words. Finding “the right words” is a quest all writers are intimately familiar with. Everyone knows that it’s not … Continue reading

Watching a sad movie? Why don’t you cry about it?

I have always hated the laugh track.  I find it to be wildly intrusive, often overused, and incredibly manipulative.  Oh, I get it.  Laughter is infectious, after all.  But does a truly funny joke really need cueing?  The laugh track is a crutch bad jokes can lean on and only distracts from the good ones.  … Continue reading