MonthNovember 2016

The Strong and Immediate Bond

I’m getting old. I’ve read a lot of scripts and I’ve seen a lot of movies, and after watching a couple I need to bring up a topic that I don’t see people write about often: putting an animal in your story. It’s something many of us are probably going to do and I want […]

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I Hate Outlines

I’ve said before that I really don’t like outlining. I think part of my trauma comes from grade school where we were first being taught how to do it. The teacher at the time had really rigid expectations: me being something of a free spirit (when it came to writing at least) I fought like […]

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Sometimes All You Need is a Gag

Most of my posts center on how to set up a story. In this one I’d like to take a little bit of a different spin on filmmaking, screenwriting and writing and talk about another way to approach this. If you work in shorts or animation, then this is for you. Sometimes All You Need […]

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The Importance of the Audience

Art doesn’t come alive until someone reads it. Until then it’s just ink on paper or bits in a file. Today we’re going to explore this part of your artistic experience. Who Are You Writing For? When you start out, you’re probably thinking you’re writing for people like you. This is good because you understand […]

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Why The World Needs Artists

Hi everyone, This is an out-of-sequence post that started out to encourage people to carry on with their National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Unfortunately the events of the last couple days have brought a lot of people down and I figured I’d reach out to those of you working on a NaNoWriMo project who could […]

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The Token

Many of us writers and filmmakers dream of eventually making enough from our art to support ourselves. It’s an ambitious goal and it’s a good thing to aspire to. The journey to that point can be long, wrought with setbacks and frustration. While we try to figure out a way to resonate with an audience […]

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The First Few Pages

While doing some research for a project, I stumbled across an interesting post over on Be Kind Rewrite. The 21 Best Tips for Your Opening Scene has some good advice. Check it out if you have a chance. And along these lines, I thought I’d reiterate some of my thoughts on this critical portion of […]

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My Writing Toolset

I read a post on another writing blog a while back about how “friends don’t let friends use Word.” When I read that I cringed and felt like someone was drowning a kitten somewhere. I’m going to admit the poster made some interesting points. However, I respectfully disagree. Back in How Much Software I talked […]

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Your Secret Identity

All my life I’ve considered myself a writer. I went to college and as an undergrad majored in Professional Writing. As a graduate student I studied English. I list my education on my resume, so it hasn’t been a big secret that I’m doing this stuff. I wasn’t always this confident about it, though. I’d […]

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When There Are No Heroes

As I’m writing this the insanity known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has begun, and a bunch of you people have leaped into the insanity head first. It’s only a couple days in, so hang in there. You’ve got a long way to go and you can do it. This time around I figured […]

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