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Last night, I asked people on Facebook to share songs for writers, including songs about writing, that make literary references, etc. Not related to today’s prompt, but be sure to share with your poems below if you have a favorite or two. Show More Summary
A comparative look at the two new shows trying to carry on the Star Trek legacy. Column by BH Shepherd It’s been a long time since Star Trek was on television—over a decade since the finale of Enterprise. The JJ Abrams trilogy was a fun distraction, but barely substantial enough to qualify as a footnote in the rich history of the franchise. Show More Summary
Since when is boring such a bad thing? Column by Peter Derk “Boring” is almost always bad. Who wants a boring movie? A boring piece of art on the wall? But sometimes boring is alright. Better than alright. I live in Colorado, land of the craft beer. Show More Summary
Every author wants his or her book to be a success. Dreams of best-seller lists, grand book tours with sold out speaking engagements, and that coveted interview with Oprah, luxuriate in the backs (and often fronts) of many the writerly mind. Show More Summary
I recently received a critique of a work in progress that suggested I alter the point of view (POV) from distant third person to close third person. It was good advice, but it meant facing another rewrite of what I thought was a completed manuscript. I told myself I could do it—after all, it would […]
I know for poets in the States that we’re getting super close to turkey time; I hope everyone is able to keep poeming through the crazy holiday week. If not, be sure to catch up as you’re able. For today’s prompt, write a “what I meant to say” poem. Show More Summary
Day 16! It’s all down hill from here. For today’s prompt, write a poem to the world. Maybe all of your poems are already directed at the world, but for me, this is a first person poem directed at a group of people–maybe everyone in the world, but maybe a certain group of people you know. Show More Summary
Are you stuck writing the middle of your novel? These tips from Gabriela Pereira's DIY MFA will help you add meat to those core bones of your narrative. The post Clowns to the Left, Jokers to the Right: What to Do When You’re Stuck in the Middle of Your Novel appeared first on WritersDigest.com.
When we create characters for our fiction, we bring aspects of ourselves into their personalities. That may include emotional wounds, flaws, false beliefs and biases. In today's article, Becca Puglisi, co-author of The Emotional Wound Thesaurus, outlines how emotional shielding might work for designing characters, but also perhaps, how we can see it in ourselves. […]
Maybe the world isn’t all good, but if you hold my hand, I can prove to you that it’s not all bad either.There is good love in the hearts of a few, and a few is all you need.
A look back at Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" and the comic strip Doonesbury and how Poe's Law has made their satire irrelevant. Column by Bart Bishop Satire has long been part of the realm of the newspaper comic strip, and none do it better than Garry Trudeau and his long-running Doonesbury. Show More Summary
We’ve made it to the Bon Jovi Day of the challenge! That is, “we’re half way there.” For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Stranger (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Show More Summary
If you like Scrabble, have I got a game for you! I've launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of a new word game, FlipIt. If you like to play word games, you should definitely check it out. I...
Football's not my favorite. But it's spawned some good reads. Column by Peter Derk You go home for Thanksgiving. You stay in an uncomfortable room—maybe because it’s an unused guest room, maybe because it’s the living room, maybe because it’s your childhood room and you have to facepalm because that Heidi Klum poster is still on the ceiling. Show More Summary
If there’s one universal truth about all types of writing and all types of writers, it’s probably that this is hard. Writing is difficult. If you pursue it with any persistence and passion, you’re certain to come up against obstacle after obstacle, even if they’re of your own making. And if you’re pursuing publication, many […]
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 324 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today, it’s another round of How Would This Be […]
You've heard of 'The Martian,' right? Read the book, seen the movie? Well, the novel was written by Andy Weir, and you should be more like him. Column by Justin Hunter Author photo by Aubrie Pick You've heard of The Martian, right? Read...Show More Summary
Craig and John open the overflowing listener mailbag to tackle questions on everything from montages to life rights to passive heroes. Plus, we have a definitive answer on whether to number minor characters. (Don’t.) We also finally address a major controversy: Craig’s missing cover of “Killing the Blues” from Episode 109. It exists, and you […]
A memoir can be a massive undertaking. As writers, we sometimes take pride in this complexity. It makes us seem, well, more professional. It can also alienate us from real people. And real people have stories to tell. Very real stories. Show More Summary