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Poetry Cover Arts: Volume 205

[Note: This begins 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 on Poetry’s covers, see...Show More Summary

Scriptnotes, Ep 188: Midseason Finale — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: Yeah, my name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is episode 188 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Now, Craig, if I bring up the term […]

Optimizing Kindle Categories, Email List Building And Facebook Marketing With Nick Stephenson

Sometimes one little tip can help you tweak your book pages or your author business to become more successful. I’ve learned some cool things from Nick Stephenson recently and in today’s show, we go through a whole load of things you might find useful. [But remember, the most important thing is still … write more […]

‘Take Charge of Your Own Book': Writing a Personal God

‘One of those guys who refused to enter temples’ Bear with me, I want to quote an author to you at a little length: My books are historicals. They’re set in the India of 4,000 years ago…My books are based on a premise that Lord Shiva was a real historical man, who lived 4,000 years […]

The first and last thing you see

Jacob T. Swinney built a supercut comparing the first and last shots of 55 notable films.

Midseason Finale

Craig and John wrap up many plotlines from previous episodes, with follow-up on Three Page Challenges, diversity numbers, Road Runner and other rules, plus the Gravity lawsuit in light of the Blurred Lines verdict.

Cliches to avoid : waking from the nightmare (eeek!)

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

There's no shortage of cliches to avoid in films and novels, and here's a great illustration of one of them: 89 scenes in which someone sits bolt upright as they wake from a nightmare (screaming optional). The collective effect is.....

Scriptnotes, Ep 187: The Coyote Could Stop Any Time — Transcript

2 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 187 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we will be talking about […]

Creativity And Entrepreneurship: Lessons Learned By My 40th Birthday

I turned 40 yesterday and I am super thrilled that I have made this milestone birthday while doing something I love with my life! It’s been a journey and I have learned a lot along the way … I’ve been sharing everything here since 2008 but here are some of the most important things I’ve […]

Rude Awakenings

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

As longtime readers know, I love me a supercut. This one by Roman Holiday explores the trope of characters sitting up in bed after a nightmare.

Scriptnotes, Ep 186: The Rules (or, the Paradox of the Outlier) — Transcript

2 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 186 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we will talk about the […]

The Coyote Could Stop Any Time

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig take a look at the self-imposed rules behind the Road Runner cartoons, and how limiting one’s choices is different than following dogma.

Behind The Scenes In My Writing Life Featuring The Swiss Ball And My Brompton Bicycle

Last year, Amazon came and filmed me for a day, and I took them to some of the places where I write, as well as socialize. They made a few videos of the day. In the first, you get to see behind the scenes at my flat (notice the swiss ball and motivational pinboard!) and […]

2013 Pew Fellow Jenn McCreary Talks About Her Writing Process

At the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, 2013 Pew Fellow Jenn McCreary answers some questions about motivation and practice! On video! Watch it below. Questions of Practice: Jenn McCreary on Finding Form from Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on Vimeo.

Scriptnotes, Ep 176: Advice to a First-Time Director — Transcript

3 months 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 176 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the show we will be talking about […]

Advice to a First-Time Director

3 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig offer advice to a director taking the plunge, with guidance on both getting the work done and getting the performances you want. From there, we segue into a discussion of the Perfect Director, the next installment of our Perfect series.

Jane Freilicher, 1924-2014

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Jane Freilicher, a rare artist whose intelligence, wit, and gift for friendship will be sorely missed. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite images of Jane below, as well as one of my favorite paintings from our exhibit of her work earlier this year: Parts [...]

Scriptnotes, Ep 172: Franz Kafka’s brother, and the perfect agent — Transcript

4 months 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 172 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the show we’re going to be talking […]

Mapping and scribbling

4 months agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

As part of their Creative Spark series, The Academy shot a video with me talking about my creative process.

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