A transplanted New Yorker living gluten-free in Southern California, except for key lime pie at the Galley. postcardsfromthecouch.com rebeccacullenwriter.com

How to cultivate courage and hone your voice in 2021

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First you’ve got to deal with all the noise out there — how to make 5,000 a month writing content! How to find your voice! How to kiss your day job goodbye and be a badass blogger! And then there’s the noise in your head — hasn’t everything already been done, and done better than I can do it?? This sh*t is intimidating!

A good place to start is to ask yourself, what are your writing goals? Are you writing for therapeutic reasons, or do you want to put yourself out there, but haven’t quite figured out how? Have you…


How Will Smith’s Instagram changed my life

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There are divorces out there that are copacetic and peaceful — a mutual parting of ways in which you both love and respect each other but you honor that the marriage is just not working anymore.

Gwyneth and Chris consciously uncoupled around the same time as my ex and I did at the beginning of 2015, but unfortunately, our consciously uncoupling more closely resembled an R-rated War of the Roses than their family-friendly kumbaya.

In my divorce, there were five stages. Pain, sadness, rage, rage…and rage. The stages were like a record where one song would play one night, and…


I thought we were doomed as a couple

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After working for three months with my writing partner, we accidentally slept together.

We were writing a spec tv pilot about a bi-coastal couple who met and tried to make it work, even though one lived in New York and one lived in L.A. It was sort of Mad About You meets Green Acres.

After that we wrote a spec script for the Simpsons to try to get an agent. It was based on my idea of paying homage to Indecent Proposal where a millionaire offers a million dollars to sleep with Marge and Homer is ecstatic.

We landed an…


The onesie that launched a thousand swipes on Tinder

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I don’t have a walk-in closet. I don't even have a walk-in apartment. Lockdown has been a cozy scene of me bonding with my couch, writing, Zooming, and eating dark chocolate turbinado sea-salt coated Trader Joe’s almonds.

I had a Private Benjamin moment last week when I was desperate for normal things: shopping at Bloomingdale’s! Going out to lunch! Hoarding muffins in my purse at Souplantation! Face-planting in the potato salad after a rough night out.

Alas. I live in Los Angeles where every restaurant is closed down, and every third person is COVID + So, no soup for me…


Wisdom from Oscar and Felix on life, love, and carrying on

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After my husband and I split up in 2015, I began looking for work as a television writer. When interviewing for a half-hour comedy, the show runners asked me to name my favorite show of all time. This was a no brainer: The Odd Couple.

When they asked me why it was my favorite, I responded that to me, The Odd Couple is a love story. Here are these two guys whose “happy endings” didn’t work out; they both divorced. But instead of sitting alone in their apartments getting depressed, they move in together and form a whole new social…


6 tips from one life-changing book to achieve your goals and live smarter

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Smart people do dumb things. I count myself among them. If you’ve been there too, it’s OK.

The heroes we root for in movies are not the perfect people — the smug Biffs, Chads, and pretty Mean Girls of the world. They’re perfectly unrelatable.

We root for the underdog, the flawed person who overcomes some major shit to become an unbelievable badass (see Erin Brokovich, Matthew McConahey in Dallas Buyer’s Club, and Tom Cruise in every movie he has ever starred in.)

Chances are you’ve got a shiny new list of goals you’d like to achieve in the new year…


Reflections on 30 years in La La Land, and why I stay

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I accidentally moved to Los Angeles from New York in 1990. Most New Yorkers tell people at backyard parties in Silverlake they’ll be moving back home soon. But they stay. They stay for the excellent tacos, the 72 and sunny (Steve Martin got that one right in L.A. Story) and they stay because they secretly know someday they will be discovered.

In my case, I had a dose of that early on when the first script I wrote randomly landed me a meeting with Norman Lear. That was it. I was smitten with La La Land. I was gonna be…


When you love a career that doesn’t love you back

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Remember that old joke about the kid who, when he sees a massive pile of shit gets super excited because, “With all this manure, there must be a pony in here somewhere!” If you are planning on a career as a screenwriter, you (like me) are one of those kids. If you’re a practical, rational person, you might want to do something (anything) else.

I wrote my first tv script in a class in UCLA extension a few months after my then boyfriend and I drove across the country and rented a bungalow in West L.A. Through a series of…


And how you can do the same

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I got curious about this platform in January, 2020 after ghostwriting an article for a client who said he was going to publish it on Medium. This is what planted the seeds for What Have I Done For Me Lately?

I started checking out Medium. I realized that several of the experts who have been interviewed on the two podcasts I write intros for (Darius Foroux, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Tamar Weinberg) have an impressive Medium following.

I read inspiring articles by Louise Sawyer 2.0, Roz Warren, and Tim Denning and suddenly, I…


Creative Nonfiction Contest Finalist

A travelogue of snapshots

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In 1973 my family moved from Brooklyn to Hastings-on-Hudson, and a year later my parents separated for the first time. My best friends Hollie and Tina had divorced parents, so I assumed this was just what parents did.

If I had a View-Master, these would be the four frozen images of my parents’ divorce. And if View-Masters had captions, these are the captions that would accompany each image, as it is imprinted on my psyche.

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