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The Secret Adaptation Formula

Every so often I meet other writers who hear I write novels, comics and screenplays. They’re interested in taking their work from one format and adapting it to another. This is a great exercise and you can learn so much about writing when you do this. I saw one poster in a Facebook group I […]

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The Open Minds

It’s almost Oscar time as I’m working on this post, and a recent episode of The Creative Penn got me thinking about my journey into animation. I think the lessons would benefit some of you out there in readerland. Over the last few episodes Joanna’s guests have mentioned the fear new writers feel about their […]

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The Energy Bucket

This post started as yet another rant about how you need to work to achieve artistic success. I thought about the other version of this post most of the day and decided I’m going to rework that one. In this post I’m going to talk about something else people who write bring up with near […]

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How Much Description?

I don’t see people talk often about how much you need to describe your characters, to this time around let’s talk about it. The rules are different across screenplays and prose – if you don’t work in both, or you’re moving from one to the other, it’s important to understand the differences. When you’re working […]

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The Hard Road

A friend of mine is working on a horror story. In it he has a female protagonist and he questioned whether the trials he was putting her through were too tough…so let’s explore what we call The Story Arc I touched on this back in Work for It. As writers we create characters, put them […]

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Chappie: Robot Scifi Done Well

I was a huge fan of DISTRICT 9, and when I saw Neill Blomkamp was directing another scifi feature I hoped it would deliver on the high quality of his previous film. I was not disappointed. Chappie (2015) – Written By Neill Blomkamp, Terry TatchellPhoto: IMDB Chappie (2015) follows the adventures of an unlikely group […]

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Dealing with Elitism

If you’re thinking of leaping into the indie/self publishing world, today’s post is for you. The Huffington Post article Self-Publishing: An Insult to the Written Word came up in a writing group I follow. I’m going to admit reading this article thoroughly pissed me off, and that’s while leaving politics out of the picture. On […]

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No Easy Answers

Another topic I see come up often for new indie writers or filmmakers is marketing. We put lots of work into creating our content: months, sometimes years or longer. Then we release it to the world and expect people to read, enjoy, and of course, pay for it. Unfortunately that last bit doesn’t always happen […]

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Group Dynamics in Fiction

Most stories will revolve around more than one character. Sure, you’ll have one character who’s central to the story and who basically owns it – but you need more people for this character to interact with. This is the ensemble and today we’re going to talk about what makes a good cast of characters. Case […]

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How Long Will This Take?

I was conversing with another indie lamenting about his sales figures (which aren’t much different from mine – depressingly low). It got me thinking… Back when I was in high school there was a show on really late at night called Dr. Demento. He was a lot like Weird Al Yankovic, hosting a show that […]

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