MonthJanuary 2017

Your Soapbox and Your Filter

Back in You’ll Never Get to Yes I touched briefly on the sensibilities of the audience. I think it’s time to touch on the subject since I don’t think I’ve spoken about it before. The Brief Recap In that post I talked about my experience with my cartoon IN THE DARK, and I admit wholeheartedly […]

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My Writing Bookshelf

I’ve been writing most of my life, and seeing as I’ve been around a while I’ve managed to read lots of writing books. Some are good, but a few have really left a mark on me. I figured I’d round up some of my favorites in this post with a little detail about them. These […]

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In Their Own Eyes

I’m a big fan of Linda Seger’s books. If you’re a writer, Creating Unforgettable Characters must be on your bookshelf. If it’s not you’re really missing out. One of the bits Seger shares in Creating Unforgettable Characters is targeted toward villains – she states no one is evil in their own eyes. In the context […]

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The Hot Scene

When I first started writing, I worked primarily on action stories. These featured lots of exploding objects at the expense of character development (I’d sheepishly admit most of my early characters were probably cardboard by my standards today). I think part of it was my hang-up on writing love scenes, which took a while but […]

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A Tale Of Two Pitches

Every once in a while I get someone pitching me a story. I think this is kind of weird, since I still think I’m a nobody and can’t see why anyone in their right mind would want to pitch a story to me. Then again, there are those that think us artists aren’t quite wired […]

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Nobody Can Do It But You

When I first started to understand how to use Twitter, I set up a tweet library for myself. These were things I could reach into and schedule through HootSuite, so I didn’t have to spend three or four hours on a Saturday coming up with new material. (You’re welcome for the social media tip, but […]

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Talking the Talk

Writing good dialog is tough. People in real life don’t talk the same way as they do in fiction, and there are different considerations whether you’re writing prose or script. In this post we’ll explore the different considerations in either medium and I’ll offer you some tips for writing good dialog. Different Medium, Different Considerations […]

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Room on the Boat

When I first started making movies, I felt like I wanted to work with everyone who answered a casting call. Over time I’ve gotten better about this. Don’t get me wrong, telling someone no is still tough, and will always be tough, but in the course of doing this I’ve learned some things about casting. […]

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Striking Out on Your Own – Writing Edition

It’s been a while since my post Striking Out on Your Own – Film Edition. I’ve been meaning to follow this up with a post on the writing side of things, and I’m going to kick off the year by talking about that topic. These two topics are so closely related most of the advice […]

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Bring on 2017

OK gang, it’s time for my look back in horror at the year that was 2016. It ended on some down notes – particularly the contested election here at home, the loss of so many pop culture icons: Carrie Fisher, Prince, David Bowie, John Glenn, ugh, so many! There were tears, but there were also […]

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