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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…