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Writing To Music | Sessionville

Monday, November 18th, 2013

I’m going to be doing some columns for my friends at Sessionville and my first one is up, it’s called Writing To Music. Please visit and let me know what you think of it in the comments over there.

Tidbits On Writing

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

You can’t write the good version without writing the bad version first… and then fixing it.

Writing Fight Scenes - Stakes & Acts

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I’ve got a little bit of air space this morning, so I thought I’d take a quick moment to write about writing FIGHT SCENES.
I have a lot to say about it, but let’s begin with the basics. Fights should never happen just for the sake of a fight. Nah. Just like in the bad […]

Rapping On Writing - Nouns, Verbs & Triangle Chokes

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

I posted this on a private FB group a couple days ago, and a couple friends suggested I put it here as well, so below is an edited and much more polished version of the comment. Hope you dig it.
Writing is my vocation and passion, obviously, and I love doing it … my other […]

Link Fu

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

A bunch of Link-Fu for y’all today, some rapping on writing articles and written by stuff … enjoy!
Rapping On Writing -
Options, We Got Options!
What The Tide Brings … On The Writing Biz & Patience
Responding to Negative Critical Feedback, Rule Number One
Dunning–Kruger Effect
What Writing Be?
The Last Gasp
Fingers To The Bone
It’s Like A Kick […]

Josh’s Silly Writing Tip #3

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Real quick one, because I’m in final polish mode.
I learned this from a novelist friend some years back, and it’s so simple yet effective, I have to share it.
When one is preparing to start writing something (like a book or a screenplay or play) one thing to do before you start is create […]

Josh’s Silly Writing Tip #2

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

When you’re writing your rough draft (aka vomit draft) it’s good to have two notebooks right next to your computer.
One will be for what you’re working on … you’ll take notes and bits and pieces on things to remember while in rough draft mode … your treatment or outline will be in there, and […]

Josh’s Silly Writing Tip

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

When one is in rough draft mode, the primary purpose is page output … you need to get the pages out, and you need to get to the end of the script … if you’ve outlined beforehand (not everyone does this, but usually on assignment a person does a treatment for those that hired you) […]

Rapping on Writing - More on Goethe Criticism

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

I’m swamped with work and writing and family, and happy to be so, but I wanted to take a quick minute to expand a bit more on a thing I referenced in the ScriptShadow Interview last week.
Some time ago, a friend (it was on an alumni email newsletter thing, we were all exchanging ideas […]

Interviewed On ScriptShadow

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Today I’m interviewed over at Carson’s screenplay review site ScriptShadow, so check out the sturm and drang of said interview by going to ScriptShadow: Joshua James - Interview and give it a read.
It won’t hurt, I promise (well, there may be some biting, but only in the form of comments) but it is heavy […]

Writing Advice - Ask An Actor

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

I’m busting on a script, working hard to get a rough draft done, but I don’t want to neglect you, my dojo readers, so I will strive to keep the posts active and helpful in the weeks to come …
I thought it might be good to share little tidbits of writing advice I’ve discovered […]