#WritingAdviceWednesday – Average Is Over

Friedman_New-articleInlineI saw this in an Op Ed piece by Thomas L. Friedman in the New York Times and I believe it applies as much to writing in this market as to any other kind of job:

In the past, workers with average skills, doing an average job, could earn an average lifestyle. But, today, average is officially over. Being average just won’t earn you what it used to. It can’t when so many more employers have so much more access to so much more above average cheap foreign labor, cheap robotics, cheap software, cheap automation and cheap genius. Therefore, everyone needs to find their extra — their unique value contribution that makes them stand out in whatever is their field of employment. Average is over.

Okay– so why are there so many average or sub-par movies around?  Because those all come attached with Big Names.  If you are trying to get noticed today you either need Big Name attachments or an outstanding script.  A good script won’t make it any more.  A great script probably won’t either.  You need an outstanding script.  You need to be, in sports terms, a number one draft pick.

It’s more important than ever to hone your craft.  Be meticulous in your presentation. Be fresh. Be original. And don’t fall into common kinds of errors that derail your story enough to make it a “pass” rather than a “highly recommend.”

I’ve distilled everything I know about story analysis into a short eBook.  It will be my first Kindle, Amazon, iBooks, Sony Reader, Nook publication.  It’s priced at $4.99 for an introductory time.  Let me know if you’d like to be on the pre-order list. You can contact me through the site or leave a comment– I can get your email address on the back end.  It’s not published in the comment.


  1. Reply Victor Hugo Carrera 25th January 2012

    Hi Laurie,
    Please and me to the Pre-order list.

    Victor Hugo Carrera.

  2. Reply Simon Falkentorp 26th January 2012

    Hi Laurie,

    I would love to preorder that e-Book on story analysis (iBook).

    All the best,

    Simon Falkentorp,


  3. Reply Shaylee Rolf 26th January 2012

    Really informative blog.Really thank you! Much obliged.

  4. Reply Cate Allen 23rd February 2012

    Pre-order, please. With all the moving (Texas to New York, then several locations within) and a hard drive crash, I’m still trying to unearth to your wonderful Character Map book that I downloaded

    • Reply Laurie Hutzler 23rd February 2012

      Let me know if you found it. If not we can rectify it.

  5. Reply Charles Atkins 3rd March 2012

    Hi Laurie,

    I would like to pre-order the e-Book on story analysis.


    Charles Atkins

    • Reply Laurie Hutzler 7th March 2012

      Hi Charles — I will put you on the list.