The Multitasking Fallacy

Writing is a process. We spend hours, months, days or sometimes years working on our art. It takes effort, it takes energy, and above all, it takes time. It's not easy, it's work. Many find…

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Creating Scenes

We as writers have a very important job as we work - we create scenes. Think about that for a minute. Whether you read a book or you watch a movie, someone had to write…

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…

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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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…

In the Dark is Out Of the Dark

I'm proud to announce the official public release of my animated short, In the Dark. The story follows three coeds spending a night in a haunted house, crossing paths with a masked killer. Can they…

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Idea Seeds

Here's another topic I see come up often in writing groups: where do you find things to write about. It's something many writers worry about - when we're in a class and we have to…

Hamilton’s America Can Liberate Your Art

Hamilton's America: Extended Trailer Valuable Lessons for Creatives - If You Pay Attention Last night I caught Hamilton's America on PBS. I was curious about it: a behind-the-scenes look at how the hottest musical of…

Recipe or no Recipe

I cook. Most of the time I'm making dinner for the family; occasionally I'll branch out and make something for a friend or a work potluck. There are times when I follow a recipe and…

Why Am I Doing This?

Back in my post You Are Not Crap I talked about the artist's journey of self-doubt. There's this nagging voice inside many of us that makes us question our own judgement. I know many of…

Setting Up Your Own Website

I'm a web developer during the day. A topic I see a lot on some of the writing groups I follow is how to set a website up. Seems like I should weigh in on…

When CrowdFunding Fails

You're a small time indie with limited resources. Through hard work, sacrifice, and perseverance, you've managed to squirrel some money away. However, you're still short of where you want to be. What do you do?…

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Dealing with Failure

The other day I logged onto Audible and saw the first comment on my audiobook, THE TRIP. Unfortunately it wasn't a good review. There were a few edits that despite my efforts slipped through. This…

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Never Give Up

Yesterday my wife and I took our niece on her first hike - to a fire tower on a local mountain. She was really excited to come out with us and we're glad she could…

The Flaw

A few weeks back, I got my editor's feedback on my novel WITCH CITY: CARDINAL. In it Sarah pointed out that my hero seemed a little too perfect - figuring things out before everyone else,…

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When It’s Real

The last post I wrote - in The Moment - talked about how to focus your and be totally present in your art. In this post I'd like to take a deeper dive into what…

The Moment

In writing and filmmaking there's this thing called the moment. This is what's happening right now, on page or screen. Our job as artists (writers, filmmakers, actors) is to get our audience to believe in…

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How Alien?

Someone in a scifi writing group I follow posed the question why aliens in movies usually look mostly human. I think it's a good question and it presents a nice opportunity to do a deeper…