Jumping Off a Cliff

40620-1While I was in Madrid– sitting in the beautiful plazas– I read the most recent WGA Magazine WRITTEN BY.  There was a wonderful article about Ray Bradbury who was interviewed on his 90th Birthday.  He repeated one of his most famous quotes:  “You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”

Anyone who has heard me speak or who has read the articles on this site know I am always talking about characters taking a Leap of Faith in a story.  I have been a bit hesitant about making my own.

The cliff I am contemplating right now is moving to Europe to live and work for a year, possibly longer.  Serendipity has put several people in my path who have done just that–  They moved to a foreign country without a lot of pre-arranged work and they just made it happen.  They built their wings after taking a big leap of faith.  Each person said “just do it.”  And that is what I am going to do.  I will follow their inspiration.

Contrary to most of the stuff I post on this site– about writing and character or story analysis– I am going to start posting about this big leap off the cliff and the grand experiment of building my wings.  This is a formal declaration rather than the tentative “feelers”  I’ve been cautiously putting out.  It’s an exciting and scary time for me.  I will keep you posted!


  1. Reply Ron Schmidt 27th June 2010

    Dear Laurie,
    I think this is great news..more power to you.
    and the best to you.

  2. Reply Jen 12th July 2010


    I took this leap and can say it was the greatest experience (save having my son). Do it, girl. All I can offer in way of advice is that one year is too short. I did two years and it went by in a blip. Viel Spaß!

  3. Reply adrian 7th September 2010

    Hi Laurie,

    How are those wings doing? Check out Blossom Dearie “Try Your Wings” if you need a little boost! Or indeed Chet Baker – “Jumping off a Clef”…

    Meantime – if you have jumped already – it would be great to see the ETB approach workshopped in Europe – or even the UK one of these days. I am sure there would be enough Screen Training type bodies to help channel and host it!

    All the best for now Laurie


  4. Reply Laurie Hutzler 24th February 2011

    Hey Adrian– I would love to do more workshops in the UK and Europe. I am really still working on this leap. It has taken me a bit of a run up but I will make it eventually.