And the saga continues… Part 1 is here. 5. Walt Whitman wrote about the streets so does this make him hip-hop? I’m being an ass here but there is a point I am making. And if so, would his inability to freestyle be read as inauthentic hip-hop poetry? Or is this absolutely bogus…of course he [...]
On December 12, an old creative ally passed away suddenly. A brilliant MC, a thoughtful poet, a visual artist, a jack all of trades, Zook aka Gadzook aka Zookness aka Craig Davis leaves with me a lot of good memories. I had hoped that Zook would get to read this post. To see someone over [...]
I regularly hear from writers who say that they are overwhelmed, and unable to understand how to fit the idea of connecting with readers into their lives. One writer reached out to me the other day saying that she works 40-60 hours per week on her own business, and just can’t find the time or […]
John and Craig offer advice for super-rich aspirants about the film and television industry. If you have enough money to do anything, what should you do first? Do you want to make money, or make art? Or do you just want to hang out with famous people? No judgements.
A handful of plotting techniques have been so overused by generations of hack writers that they’ve picked up their own nicknames. Heavy foreshadowing (“If only she had known”) for instance, or getting your hero out of an impossible situation by an equally impossible plot twist (“With a mighty leap...”). These techniques are […]
I love to talk to amazing, enthusiastic people who have made a successful transition from corporate jobs to creative entrepreneurship. Today, I discuss the journey and thoughts on publishing with the brilliant Farnoosh Brock. In the intro, I talk about a shift to a global focus with an eye on future disruption, my box-set for […]
Flash. East Harlem. On 118th between Lenox and 5th resided one of my middle school crushes. On Columbus another crush was kissed during that fateful summer camp week at Bear Mountain. One rode a scooter. Another was a B-Boy whose first name ended with a “–ski.” Because Central Park resides as a marker between East [...]
Using a scene from my 2003 pilot "Alaska," I thought it would be interesting to compare the written scene to what it looked like in the final version.
I’m sure you heard about the Amazon drones on the news around Cyber Monday, but did you watch the full video interview between Jezz Bezos and Charlie Rose? I watched it a few days later, and as well as being highly impressed, it’s also put some things in perspective for me as an indie author. […]
Today’s guest post is from Janie Chang. Her first novel, THREE SOULS (HarperCollins Canada), is the story of Leiyin,whose punishment for disobedience leads to exile from her family, an unwanted marriage, and ultimately a lover’s betrayal—followed by her untimely death. Now a ghost, Leiyin must make amends to earn entry to the afterlife. But when her […]
I believe the story in 2014/2015 will be the expansion of digital book sales in print, ebook and audio to global markets. With over 300 million educated English speakers, and a culture that values books, I’m excited about the opportunities in India. I also love the country and want to spend more time there, so […]
No audio-visual issues here: We’ve rounded up some must-see/-hears for your ears-eyes on this lovely Thursday. First up on purview is Karinne Keithley Syers’s Fancy Stitch Machine. Syers–if you missed her Emerson dance-thought-piece at The Chocolate Factory or haven’t yet read her gorgeous performance text Montgomery Park, an “essay in the form of a building”–is [...]
“Land is connected intimately to bodies, bones, and ghosts. A place, inhabited in a body and psychology, and in their symbols, waits to hear its own voice and to experience a homecoming.” Jessica Mason McFadden 1. On writing narrative: Years ago someone said “Keep it simple.” Years later someone said “Make it plain.” [...]
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Hello and welcome. My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 119, the Positive Moviegoing episode of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. And we […]
1994. You were supposed to be a visual artist or a musician but somewhere you ended up here. Hanging upside down in a NYC train. Cahartt overalls and PNB Nation jacket. Black Classic Nikes. The Afro is a natural. Not a wig. You see, you were in a fashion spread before Terrance Hayes, but Terrance [...]
Over the weekend, I revamped my YouTube channel and uploaded a bunch of videos, including my 1998 short film God, starring a young Melissa McCarthy.
One of the best things about being an indie author is creative control. You get to decide what to write, your cover, your book design, your pricing, your promotional strategy. But it’s also one of the most difficult things, especially when first starting out, as often, what we like may not resonate with the audience. […]
For the past 18 months, I've been doing all my new writing in Fountain rather than a heavyweight screenwriting app. I love it. I made a screencast to explain why it's better.
During a #SFFWRTCHT last month I was asked this question: “How long does it take you to do a piece from first line to finish?” I responded with something vague about always being amazed at how quickly some pieces come together and how slowly others do. Show More Summary
Aline Brosh McKenna joins John and Craig to discuss watching movies with an open mind and why it's important to befriend other writers.