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Origin of the Saboteur – Part 2 of…

Part of the process of silencing our inner saboteur is acknowledging the events that gave rise to this thing. As in fiction, if we want to stop the monster we must understand it: part of…

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We Can Edit

Get To The Fun Stuff Early on in my quest to animate THE TRIP, I got overwhelmed. At times I felt like I needed every character and every scene to be fully rigged and capable…

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Engaging My Saboteur – Part 1 of a…

I'm a huge fan of the Odyssey Writing Workshops podcast. It's a free writing podcast, toping out at around 20 minutes that's packed full of actionable writing advice. I was poking around on their site…

Story Discovery

In IT project management there's a phase of a project called discovery. In this phase we flesh out how we're going to tackle the problem at hand, trying to scope out possible options. Writing is…

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The Years Will Pass

I got into a conversation with a person in a comic book group I'm in the other day. The poster said he didn't have time to pursue his own art, so he wanted to hire…

A Good Group

As writers, we spend a lot of time working alone. However, we can't work in complete isolation, so at some point you'll need to seek out other writers. A good writing group can help you…

Which Character Are You?

Pretty much any time you write something, the question which character are you is bound to come up. I think it comes up most often when you talk about your writing to people who don't…

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People Watch For The Monster

People watch for the monster. The other night I was reading a friend's short horror comic script and it got me thinking about those words. I've tweeted this advice for a while - I think…

Five Books

Usually I write about stuff I see in a Facebook group. This post is a reaction to some stuff I saw over in a LinkedIn post. A friend of mine has stuck out on her…

The Ten Year Journey

I'm always amazed that no matter where I go, I meet people who want to write and enjoy success without putting the work in. I really don't know why this mindset seems to be so…

Where to Start

I'm a member of the Facebook group Science Fiction Writing Fanatics. It's a fun group with a decent amount of activity - not so much it's overwhelming but enough to keep me thinking. If you're…

Half the Battle is Showing Up

A few weeks back I went to the gym with a friend of mine. We're both getting up there in years and we're both carrying around more weight than we should. I've been hitting the…

The What-If Game

Write long enough and eventually you'll hit a story block. By this I mean you're going along, the story has been working, and suddenly - BAM! You hit a brick wall and feel like you're…

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Building Your Team

Something I see come up often in several groups I follow is how you find people to help you - especially when you're just starting out and you can't pay much, if anything. This point…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Against the Best

Everyone feels insecure when up against the best. - Kurt Belcher, zombies, props and backgrounds, THE TRIP - THE ANIMATED MOTION PICTURE. We just recorded a session for my first feature, THE TRIP - THE…

The Value of the Crazy-Ass Plans

I saw a post over on Quora that resonated with me. This person was talking about a girl they had a crush on and how they could get over this. I posted my advice to…

Throwing the Patterns Away

I've mentioned story patterns before - back in On Patterns and Story we dove deep into the topic. Today I'd like to take another look at the subject and talk about when and why you…

The Value of Community

I'm heading for a writing conference this weekend, and I'm really excited about it. If you've never been to a conference or a writing group, let's explore the topic in this post. I'm Not Ready…