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What Happens When An Author Dies. Estate Planning With Kathryn Goldman

Copyright in most countries is 50-70 years after the death of the author and your intellectual property assets can go on earning for your heirs and successors … but only if you make the right preparations in advance. In today’s interview, I talk to attorney Kathryn Goldman about appropriate estate planning for indie authors. In […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 224: Whiplash, on paper and on screen — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: I am Craig Mazin. John: And this is Scriptnotes, Episode 224, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. On last week’s episode I misidentified it as episode 232, and […]

Translation For Indie Authors Plus Profanación in Spanish

It is an incredibly exciting time to be a writer! Indie authors can now publish in 190 countries (and I have personally sold books in 68), and in ebook, print and audiobook formats. Indie authors can get film deals and print distribution deals with bookstores and even with Walmart! Indie authors can also get their […]

Whiplash, on paper and on screen

John and Craig take an in-depth look at two scenes in Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH to see how conflicts were structured -- and what changed from script to shooting.

How to Write Through Trout Syndrome and Electric Shocks

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

In 1965, while studying the behavior of dogs that had been trained to associate a bell with the arrival of an inescapable electrical shock, Martin Seligman and Steven F. Maier discovered an important psychological principle. When the conditioned dogs were moved to a different crate—one which provided them with an avenue of escape—their behavior was […]

Motivation For Creative People With Mark McGuinness

We all want to write, but sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation. In this interview, Mark McGuinness explores what motivates us as creatives and what can keep us going for the long term. In the intro, I mention my own writing updates and why it’s important to cut through all the noise and focus […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 223: Confusing, Unlikable and On-The-Nose — Transcript

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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 232 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the show, we will talk about terrible […]

3 Essential Ingredients to Creative Success

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Today I want to talk about three elements of success with creative work: Producing work of incredibly high quality. The importance of publishing/communicating frequently. How relationships — mixed with high quality work — are essential for success. Last week I asked my newsletter subscribers what their biggest fears and biggest goals were, and I receive […]

What Grabs Readers: The Inside Story

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

I ended my post last month with the fact that what readers are wired to respond to in a story – to wit: the protagonist’s escalating internal struggle — is not what writers have been taught to focus on. I was reminded of this recently when reading Jason Sheehan’s review of Lauren Groff’s literary bestseller, […]

How to Dream up a Product or Book to Make Your Readers Drool

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Write to Done

Have you thought of creating a product or a book? I bet it’s crossed your mind. But what kind of product could you create? What would your readers like? What would they buy? You’re puzzled and don’t know how to proceed, right? And even...Show More Summary

How To Dictate Your Book With Monica Leonelle

One of my big goals for 2016 will be to move to dictation for first draft fiction and non-fiction. In this podcast, Monica Leonelle explains why dictation is so brilliant for writers and some technical tips on making it work for you. In the introduction, I mention the books I’m working on writing at the […]

Where Nightmares Are Born: The Offices of 23 Kickass Horror Writers

last monthArts / Writing : LitReactor

Do horror writers dress up their desks to match their genre preferences? Is every day Halloween? Column by Max Booth III For writers, the only real office we need resides in our minds. As long as our imaginations exist, then—theoretically—we should be able to write anywhere, under any circumstances. Show More Summary


Paris, France Part 2: On Transparency In Paris When It’s Naked, Etel Adnan writes: “And then, look at Paris, do it in your imagination if your eyes can’t find it, and see what a solid mass of a city it is, what a fugue in its composition, what an epic story in its stones, what […]

Only Human: Max Ritvo

Earlier this week, the WNYC program Only Human featured Max Ritvo, a poet, comic, and “inspiring cancer survivor.” At 24, Max Ritvo has a lot going for him. He’s a gifted poet with a teaching job at Columbia University and a manuscript that he’s shopping to publishers. He’s a new husband. He’s a comic in […]

The two blacklists of Hollywood (and the importance of story)

last monthArts / Writing : Time to Write

Screenwriters know about two blacklists--one was the notorious attempt to stop writers and others who were Communists or refused to inform on Communists, or even were suspected of being Communists, from working in Hollywood in the 1950's. I got to...

Pros And Cons Of Indie And Traditional Publishing Plus Virtual Reality With Dean Crawford

Dean Crawford won the ‘literary lottery’ with a fantastic deal with traditional publishing for his first book – but now he is an outspoken indie. In this podcast interview, he explains why and we also delve into some virtual reality fun! In the intro, I talk about my recent move to Bath, an update on […]

Poetry Cover Arts: Volume 206

[Note: This is the second installment of a semiannual series in which we highlight Poetry’s recent cover artists. These posts are a collaborative effort with Art Director Fred Sasaki and the artists themselves. For other recent posts...Show More Summary

Animator Gil Keane on the soul of art (and writing): freedom

last monthArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's always interesting to me how much writers and artists have in common. In the video below, animator Gil Keane ("The Little Mermaid," "Tarzan," Beauty and the Beast") draws characters in space using a virtual reality headset and talks about...

When Dark Emotions Threaten Your Writing

At the time I roughed out this post, twelve hours of unimpeded writing stretched before me. I was slouched in an IKEA armchair, feet propped on a windowsill, my view a boreal forest in the grip of an autumn palette. “Contentment” is likely the emotion you’d ascribe to one in a position such as mine. […]

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