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Just A Little Longer

This morning I listened to an I Should Be Writing podcast this morning (I’ll admit I’ve been off the podcast wagon for a bit). I’ve been in a bit of a creative rut, and Mur produced an episode on writing after depression (it was episode 368, definitely worth a listen if you’re in the same […]

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Support Shriekfest!

Back in 2003 I was coming back to creative pursuits after a long absence. I had a run on screenplay contests that year, beginning with being a finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival. If you’re not familiar with Shriekfest, it’s a horror/scifi/fantasy/thriller film festival – LA’s longest running festival of its kind. Since succeeding Shriekfest […]

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Have Pride in Your Work

A while back I used to teach college level English classes. Several were introductory level courses – how to write a college research paper. Every class had a few people who would ask “does spelling count?” My reply then – and my reply now, whether you’re still in class learning the ropes or writing or […]

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Is This Worth Writing?

In several writing groups I follow I see writers of all levels pinging the group asking whether a given concept would be worth writing. I think the basic advice is obvious – sit your ass down and write something, then worry about marketing it. The more I see this question come up the more I […]

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Overcoming Your Artistic Fears

I met up with an old friend who’s looking to get back into his creative pursuits. During the course of the conversation it was clear to me that he’s nervous about getting back to indulging in creative pursuits since he’s been away from it a while. I went through the same thing myself. I figured […]

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Being a Good Crew Member

Last weekend I was scouting a location with a couple of other local filmmakers. I’m giving these guys a hand helping to line up the location – most of what I did was show them around and stand on the side while they talked about where their equipment was going to be set up, how […]

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Avoiding the Slog

It was a post by a fellow filmmaker in a group I watch with a cautionary tale: his film took a long time to shoot. When he finally finished, his editor partially finished the project before going dark on him. This is leading to other people possibly dropping out, and putting the project in danger. […]

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Delivering on Story Promises

When you write something creative – anything creative – you have a contract with your audience. In the crucial first pages you’re setting the stage for everything to come. You need to deliver on the promises you made in the opening as the work goes on, with a fair amount of met expectations and surprises. […]

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Checkin: The Trip Animated Movie, July 2017

This marks year two since I started my journey to produce an animated movie based on THE TRIP. Animation isn’t something you enter into lightly. I estimated at the start of the project it would be three or four years before the project is finished. I think I’m on track – the primary dialog has […]

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A Time To Build

Back when I was publishing The Trip, I made a big mistake. I sat on starting an audience until after the book launched. In this post I figured I’d share some of my advice about when you should start building your audience. Don’t Go Too Early Back in Make Them Want You I talked about […]

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