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The Winners of The Freeditorial Contest

1 hour agoArts / Writing : Write to Done

It’s finally time to reveal the winners of the Freeditorial Contest. Warmest congratulations to them! Read on to know more about them, their work, and how they won the Freeditorial contest. Heather Rolland won the First Prize for her story Queen of the Catskills. Show More Summary

Audiobook Production And Marketing Tips with Jeffrey Kafer

I’m super excited about growth in audiobook sales in the coming year and today I discuss lots of interesting aspects with Jeffrey Kafer, award winning voice talent and narrator for one of my latest audiobooks, One Day in New York. In the intro, I mention my tech and health gremlins, the KDP Select page count […]

Please Feast Your Eyes on Volume II of ‘poetry is (Speaking Portraits)’

George Quasha is back for round two of his “poetry is (Speaking Portraits)” project, a “portraiture with poetics” that features over 75 poets individually recorded as they consider evolving views of what poetry is. Vol. II, to our delight, is now online. The idea is doubly interesting in that Quasha plans to return to re-record […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 203: Nobody Eats Four Marshmallows — Transcript

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 203 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig, how are you? Craig: You know, I’m doing […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 202: Everyman vs. Superman — Transcript

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. So today’s episode has Three Page Challenges in it that use some F-words, so if you’re listening to this in the car, there’s a very good chance we will end up using some of those F-words in the podcast. […]

Elaine Kahn’s Women in Public Reviewed at Entropy

At Entropy Alexandra Wuest reviews Elaine Kahn’s Women in Public, the most recent installment in City Lights’s Spotlight Series. Wuest dives in from the outset, sticking the brass tacks to the reader: “Elaine Kahn’s Women In Public is about moms, peaches, bodies, and garbage, among other things. Things that decay. Things that are often undervalued. […]

Everyman vs. Superman

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

From Wolverine to The Rock, male action heroes have literally gotten bigger over the last decade. Craig and John look at how that impacts story. Is there hope for the the ordinary man in an extraordinary situation? Will we ever get back to Kurt and Keanu?

Gaming, Writing And Collaboration With Nathan Meunier

Gamers love their games, many are addicted and are passionate about the experiences they are immersed in. I think we’d all love to see more of that addictive behavior around books! In today’s show, I interview Nathan Meunier, an author and game journalist, about what we can all learn from gaming. In the intro I […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 201: How would this be a movie? — 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 201 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig, our communication can open up to a whole […]

How would this be a movie?

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig look at three current news stories from a screenwriter's perspective, discussing how each lends itself to becoming a movie.

Scriptnotes, Ep 200: The 200th Episode Live Show — Transcript

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 the 200th episode of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. We are here live, recording this episode for […]

The 200th Episode Live Show

Craig, John, and Aline record the 200th episode of Scriptnotes live with a worldwide audience listening in — and chiming in — as they discuss TV showrunning and whether quality really counts at the box office.

Scriptnotes, Ep 199: Second Draft Doldrums — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. Craig Mazin: Hello and welcome. My name is Craig Mazin. John August: My name is John August. Craig: And this is Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. John: Craig, you did a great job with that. Craig: Well, I’ve […]

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“I ask you, O! Americans!” David Walker calls to his audience in his 1829 Appeal in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble to the Colored Citizens of the World, but in Particular, And Very Expressly To Those of The United States of America, “can you deny these charges?” the charges of “having subjugated us [African-Americans] […]

Second Draft Doldrums

Craig and John discuss finding your way back to your story — and your enthusiasm — when writing your second draft. Craig has tips and suggestions. John has sympathy and war stories.

Writing Horror And Making A Living With Your Writing With Michaelbrent Collings

Some of the loveliest authors I know write horror and Michaelbrent Collings is one of them! Today we discuss the boundaries of the horror genre, writing to heal, screenwriting and multiple streams of income. Super fun In the introduction, I talk about the change to the podcast – it will now go out every Monday […]

The Trap of Your Comfort Zone

I have been thinking a lot about how our comfort zone — that place that FEELS right — is actually a really dangerous place to dwell if you have a vision to create a meaningful body of work. The ideas I have been exploring with writers and creative professionals is whether you need to place […]

102 Resources to Transform Your Writing

2 months agoArts / Writing : Write to Done

You don’t have to play coy. You want to become a better writer. In fact, you’d love to crack the code on becoming a writer with tremendously loyal readers who covet every piece you put out there. That’s why you’re here, right? Checking...Show More Summary

Bombing Through It

2 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

           Back in the nineties, before social networking or even blogs had been invented, I belonged to a chat list for published writers.  You carried on a slow conversation with like-minded people by sending e-mails to a central server, which then sent them out to all members of the list.  Tom Clancy, another list member, […]

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