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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 […]

NNNGGGGGGHHHHUUUUUGGGGHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHH /a flesh sound / a sound of strangle / Your cup must be filled

“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

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 weeks 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, […]

All Your Editing Questions Answered With Jen Blood

It’s a crowded marketplace these days and you need a quality book to even have a chance of standing out. In my opinion, one of the best investments to help your book become the best it can be is professional editing. In today’s show, we go through all kinds of questions that authors ask about […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 197: How do bad movies get made? — 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 197 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig just opened up a Diet Coke. I could […]

Awesome Combo! The 10 Keys to Writing Killer Fight Scenes

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Story is driven by conflict and action. This, of course, does not necessarily mean fisticuffs and car chases. But it should. If books weren’t meant to […]

Crowdfunding, A Passion For Print And WB Yeats With Orna Ross

Crowdfunding is becoming ever more popular with creatives to raise fund for various projects. But when is it a good idea for an author? In this interview with author, poet and creative coach, Orna Ross, we go into her love of WB Yeats and how this passion has turned into her own print project, as […]

Tips On Screenwriting, Film Rights And Adapting Your Novel With Lucy V. Hay

Most fiction authors have a dream of seeing their stories on the big screen – but it doesn’t have to be a dream. There are lots of things you can do to ensure your story has a chance of success in film/TV. In this interview, Lucy V. Hay gives us some tips. In the intro […]

What Writers Should Do Right After Publication

After you publish any short piece, consider taking steps in two main categories (other than just Facebook or Twitter) to help your work reach an audience. The post What Writers Should Do Right After Publication appeared first on

How To Make A Living With Your Writing. Video Overview

As part of the fantastic IndieRecon free online conference for authors last month, I recorded a 54 min video on How to Make a Living with your Writing. Or at least, how I make my living It’s based on the material in my book, Business for Authors: How to be an Author Entrepreneur, available in […]

Associations, Four

10. Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy And Its Consequences- John Allen Paulos I think I borrowed this book from my Dad in the 80s. There are roughly 7 billion people living today, every person has around 1 gallon of blood (women and children less), (7 x 10 to the 9th) = 7 billion gallons of blood. 7.5 […]

How Not to Interview Black People about Police Brutality

Dear Wolf Blitzer: This is the kind of thing that breaks an American poet’s heart. This from a so-called “liberal” news affiliate! I have avoided writing to you or to any of your colleagues because I don’t think it’s smart to write while angy. But you and your peers work so hard at making the […]

Poetry is Not the Final Girl: Elaine Kahn

Elaine Kahn and I have a long-standing agreement that either of us can flake on any scheduled date we have to hang out because of reasons of emotional distress and/or exhaustion. This means that we don’t see each other often because one of us is usually always crying, but that doesn’t really matter. The feeling […]

Associations Two

3. Lorine Niedecker: Collected Works—Lorine Niedecker, edited by Jenny Penberthy (University of California Press). I remember Penberthy giving a lecture for The Poetry Center @ SFSU years and years ago, was it the Oppen Lecture? where Penberthy played the only known recording of Niedecker reading her poems, an incantatory experience for sure. I’m pretty sure […]

‘one medium is a resonance of and for other mediums': An Interview w/ Paul Ebenkamp, Part III

John: Earlier you mention that your appreciation of various media all register at a similar intensity, that visual art, music and poetry all kind of “blurs together” for you, you say “the idea being giving one’s self permission to do things,” I’m wondering if this line of thinking extends into your performance of these poems […]

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