The Wonderment Blog

The Pursuit of Art

When I sat down to think about a common thread between my work in the media/entertainment industry and academia, I discovered that throughout my life, I have been assisting writers, students, and creative folk on how to achieve their goals and purpose in life – and how to never give up on that pursuit.

This thought occurred after a question was asked within my summer intensive session this year:  “What are your favorite kinds of books, Laurie? What’s your genre?”

That made me think back on my favorite types of books, of course, and, from high school onward, I have always gravitated toward biographies, autobiographies, memoirs and creative nonfiction in general.

Do You Fear Writing Success?

For many writers, as their project gets closer to completion, fear starts to set in. Instead of getting excited or motivated, they become anxious and procrastinate. It is confusing! This novel or screenplay is your ambition, your dream even…so why all the negative...

How Do I Establish My Own Voice as a Writer?

Every writer has their own voice, there is no way around this. That’s a good thing! Some writers have a more distinct or unusual voice than others. Some writers have luck on their side and tap into the zeitgeist and find themselves resonating with a niche group of followers or they experience a mass following. One of the sure-fire ways to develop your own voice is to be true to yourself.

Ode to the Oriental Theater and Watching Films on the Big Screen

The Oriental Theater is one of those grand old showplaces built in the early years of movie-making. It is a palace if there ever was one. It was where I viewed all of the foreign films I could devour and all the alternative screenings as well. Dare I say that the entire Oriental Theater movie-going experience brought wonderment into my life for the weekend? I think it did.

Why Wonderment in Writing Matters

"Wonderment?" you ask…yes, wonderment, that indescribable essence of your favorite book, movie, TV show, song, video-whatever form of media you find yourself consuming. Wonderment is necessary in all forms of writing. It is what speaks to you alone as you read the...