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DJ Rashad & the Body Electric Poetics of the Chicago Footwork Scene

Right Temptation The synths fire like the loaded guns planted in the middle of the jungle gyms on the playgrounds of Chicago’s Southside neighborhoods, black breaking as jade breaks astral fabulous in the pavement.  And the one-line blues sample is the bloodied body of the stricken, rising, chicken spot in the corner of one eye, […]

Passion: The Best Fuel for Your Writing

This week I wrote a non-fiction essay about something I felt really strongly about. The topic isn’t important; what’s important is that I wrote the essay because I had to, because I needed to do something with all the frustration, rage, fear, grief, and other things I was feeling. I posted it on social media, […]

23 Million Books Sold. How To Have A Successful Long Term Writing Career With Kevin J Anderson

If you want a long-term writing career, then it’s a good idea to listen to people who have walked the path before you … and who are still adapting to the changes in publishing. So, I’m super excited to bring you this interview with Kevin J Anderson today! In the introduction, I mention our PulsePounders […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 271: Buckling Down — Transcript

John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 271 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast, we’ll be looking at ways to buckle down and actually finish writing something. We’ll also […]

Bob Dylan Honored With 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature

For years Bob Dylan’s named has circulated as a long-shot for the Nobel (100/1 odds in 2011), and today we were surprised and delighted to find the revolutionary folks singer, song writer, poet, and rocker awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Sewell Chan at the New York Times reports: The singer and songwriter Bob […]

Where Drama Really Comes From

There is a reassuring piece of advice that I find myself giving writers over and over these days, in the hope of sparing them not only a ton of rewriting, but saving them from that nagging voice that keeps suggesting they take up needlepoint and have done with this crazy writing thing once and for […]

Buckling Down

John and Craig discuss the psychological barriers facing writers tackling big projects, and offer practical guidance for getting stuff written.

Reparations begin in the body: A look at why the first and most crucial poetic gesture for a black poet in the West is a knowledge and mastery of her body

Look for me in the whirlwind She teaches us that voodoo was used as a means, during slavery, for slaves to break free from the slave master. When the slave wanted to break free from the master, the only way to get out a lot of times was to die. That’s right, to die. And […]

From One Novel To A Universe Of Books. Writing A Series That Sells With David Wood

I first met David when he had just written his first novel, and now he runs a small press and has a whole universe of fiction. Here’s some of his lessons learned along the way. In the intro, I mention Kobo’s expansion into Taiwan, NookPress allows free pricing and Amazon changes terms and conditions on […]

Searching for Tía Harriet

Every once in a while I’ll hear a Latinx poet on social media describe getting published in Poetry as a dream come true. Invariably I’ll roll my inner eye. Sure, I get the prestige and the fact that the journal pay$ its contributors, and I find the current iteration of the journal a welcome joy […]

Katy Bohinc Lets Poets & Celebs Elucidate ‘The Twelfth House: Art and the Unconscious’

At Tender Buttons, poet Katy Bohinc (well-known for her book Dear Alain, of course, and its subsequent actual interlocution with philosopher Alain Badiou) has posted her paper, “The Twelfth House: Art and the Unconscious,” originally presented as a talk for the “Psychoanalysis, Art and the Occult” conference in London, March 2016. “Since my earliest studies […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 268: (Sometimes) You Need a Montage — 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 268 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Today on the podcast we will be looking at […]

Teen Writers Come of Age

Teenagers see the world through a completely different lens than adults do. Teen writers can show you the world through our eyes, and what it’s like to be growing up today. The post Teen Writers Come of Age appeared first on

Writing Authentic Settings And Keeping A Series Fresh With Toby Neal

The best way to earn money as an indie fiction author is with a series, but how do you keep that series fresh over the long term? I discuss this topic and the importance of setting with Hawaii-based author, Toby Neal in today’s show. In the introduction, I mention that Sainsburys in the UK has […]

Party Like It’s 1898!

The day Prince died I had just arrived in San Francisco (fashionably late, of course) for Kuwentuhan (Talkstory), a project conceived and curated by the poet Barbara Jane Reyes, who co-produced it with The Poetry Center.  Wheeling my roller bag into the Manilatown Heritage Foundation, I greeted my fellow Kuwentuhan poets with the news of […]

The Sources With & Against Which Ari Banias Wrote Anybody

In Bookmarked, a column at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Ari Banias “shares the works of literature, dance, and film that were influential or significant to his book of poetry, Anybody” (Norton, 2016). The works are great: Faye Driscoll, Abbas Kiarostami, Fred Moten, Pina Bausch, more, wow! Part of it: Café Müeller – Pina […]

(Sometimes) You Need a Montage

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John and Craig come to the defense of montages in screenwriting, giving examples of how and when the much-maligned device can be employed to benefit the story.

It’s Hard to Own What You Believe

This column is 11 days late. It should have gone up almost two weeks ago, on my normal date: the second Thursday of the month. But by that Tuesday, although I’d spent days on it and written thousands of words, nothing worked. I went in circles, I dove down rabbit holes, everything I wrote was […]

How To Use PR To Authentically Market Your Book With Janet Murray

PR can be great for building your author brand and there are ways to get PR without spending money … IF you can tell a good enough story. In today’s show, Janet Murray explains how. In the (extended) introduction, I mention that Kickstarter now counts as one of the big 5 publishers in terms of […]

Confessions of an Intrepid Mermaid

We’re very happy to welcome Tonia Marie Harris as our guest today. Tonia resides in south-central Illinois with her husband, three children, and three rescue animals. In addition to writing novels, poetry and essays, she is President of WME Community Works, a non-profit organization that spearheaded the recent development of a grassroots library that serves […]

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