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On the Road to a Rough Draft: If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, Any Road Will Do

19 hours agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Please welcome guest Katharine Britton, author of three novels: Her Sister’s Shadow, Little Island, and Vanishing Time (2016). Katharine has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College. Her screenplay, Goodbye Don’t Mean Gone, on which Vanishing Time was based, was a Moondance Film Festival winner and a finalist in the New England Women […]

Facebook Live Q&A Replay 24 July 2016. Writing, Publishing, Book Marketing with Joanna Penn

We had another fun Facebook Live session last weekend, so thanks to everyone who came along. I answered questions on aspects of writing, self-publishing, book marketing and author mindset. The video recording is below, with time stamps so you can fast-forward to the questions you’re interested in. Or click here to watch on YouTube. And […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 259: The Exit Interview — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. Previously on Scriptnotes. John August: Subject: Podcasts. Wondering if you’d have any interest in doing a joint podcast on screenwriting? Craig Mazin: A podcast would solve my “I want to talk about screenwriting, but I’m tired of writing about screenwriting” problem. So, yes, count me […]

Row Beyond: On giovanni singleton

One of the problems with writing about poems, and especially with writing about poems that are trying to reach something that isn’t articulable in language, is that it’s impossible. & impossibility aside, what would be the point? As though you’re going to come along and say, “This is what you, poet, were trying to get at.” […]

Black Libraries Matter: No Whispering. Food, Drink, & Dancing, Shouting, & Singing Encouraged

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks going to sleep at dawn after long dejected discussions with black friends and loved ones, wherein the culmination was either rallying around the fact that we need to defend ourselves or a list of safe places to abscond to when all black people in the U.S. become refugees. […]

How To Find Your Author Voice With Roz Morris

It took me a lot of time and writing to find my author voice. In today’s show, Roz Morris and I discuss how you can find yours. In the intro, I report back on my 100km Race to the Stones walk and how ultra-marathons are a bit like writing. Plus, I mention the RWA report […]

Black Libraries Matter: No Whispering. Food, Drink, & Dancing, Shouting, & Singing, Encouraged

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks going to sleep at dawn after long dejected discussions with black friends and loved ones, wherein the culmination was either rallying around the fact that we need to defend ourselves or a list of safe places to abscond to when all black people in the U.S. become refugees. […]

Why It’s Crucial to “Write Ugly”

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Here’s a scary thought. When it comes to writing, you may have done everything you’ve been taught to do with utter perfection, and precisely because of that, it turns out you’ve written something that is flat, boring and uninvolving. This all too common phenomenon is something I’m going to be deconstructing, myth by myth, for […]

Reading List: July/August 2016

The Reading List is a feature of Poetry magazine’s Editors’ Blog. This month contributors to the July/August 2016 issue share some books that held their interest. Dan Bellm The last great Russian novel has apparently been written by a Cuban, one best known for an excellent series of noir detective yarns set in Havana. Leonardo […]

No More

Like you, I’ve got more on my mind than poetry this morning, this weekend, this year, this decade. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. The dead in Dallas. Afghanistan vet Micah Johnson. Assassination by drone. Now Alva Braziel. American police kill like no other law enforcement agencies in the so-called First World. In only seven years according […]

How To Become A Freelance Food Writer With Kate Parham Kordsmeier

Who doesn’t love food and writing?! In today’s show, I discuss both with Kate Parham Kordsmeier. In the intro, I mention Orna Ross’s article on How independent are indie authors anyway?, Audible’s new podcast subscription service, my blog post on how to create boxsets and why you should, plus I talk about my own writing […]

Writing and Publishing: Facebook Live Q&A Replay 3 July 2016 with Joanna Penn

We had another fun Facebook Live session last weekend, so thanks to everyone who came along. I’m a morning person so doing evening stuff is always difficult, so I thought I would just do 20 minutes, but it turned into another full hour and everyone was very enthusiastic! It turns out that these live streams […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 257: Flaws are features — Transcript

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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 257 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we’ll be looking at unforgettable […]

Flaws are features

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Craig and John look at unforgettable villains, screenwriter billions, and a parallel world with two Nathan Fillions. (The last part is not true.)

How Authors Can Use 3D Printing With Kevin Koekkoek

Regular listeners to the show will know how much of a futurist I am, so this is an exciting episode as I discuss 3D printing with Kevin Koekkoek and how authors can use it right now. Fun! In the intro, I mention the launch of The Successful Author Mindset, Nook announce print-on-demand service, Amazon announces […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 256: Aaron Sorkin vs. Aristotle — Transcript

4 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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 256 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, Aaron Sorkin wants your money, […]

Writing and Publishing: Facebook Live Q&A Replay June 2016 with Joanna Penn

I’m generally pretty reticent about doing live online stuff. I pre-record the podcast and edit it so you get a smooth audio, and I get really nervous before anything live. But my friend Mark Dawson encouraged me to do a Facebook Live video Q&A. He even said it would be fun. So I tried it […]

Character Connections

(Photo by Alexis Mire) I’ve been thinking a lot about empathy lately. It’s been an obvious subject of conversation in the wake of the Orlando massacre and high profile sexual assaults. Violence is often the result of one person’s inability to connect with and appreciate the value and integrity of another person. In that regard, […]

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