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What The Tide Brings … On The Writing Biz & Patience

Monday, April 6th, 2009

A reader sent in this request:
As both a Buddhist and a new pro writer, I think you may have a unique angle to discuss the patience needed while working towards that big break.
I currently have a script in two pro writer-producers’ hands as I work on getting more exposure for my screenplays, and yet the […]

Rapping On Writing: Responding to Negative Critical Feedback, Rule Number One

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

It’s been awhile since I did some Rapping On Writing … time and projects got in the way, and I’m always a little reluctant to act like Yoda when it comes to the writing biz … there are a lot of more worthy pros out there with great blogs.
But I thought I’d pass on […]

Rapping On Writing

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

As that there is a bit of discussion going on about a certain article, heh-heh, I thought I’d repost some of my Writing articles for those who may have missed them previously.
Rapping On Writing -
What Writing Be?
The Last Gasp
Fingers To The Bone
It’s Like A Kick To The Head . . .
And While You’re […]

Rapping On Writing . . . Fatal Flaws

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

I haven’t rapped on writing in awhile, and I thought I’d start a new discussion topic about FATAL FLAWS . . . movies whose stories have great potential but are ruined by a couple of wrong choices that derail the whole show.
The idea for this came from Terry’s column WORDPLAY: The One Hundred Million […]

Suspense & Tension . . . On The Steps With The Untouchables

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

I’m taking a brief respite from my blogging break and writing schedule to weigh in for my good buddy Mystery Man’s Blog-A-Thon! . . . he wants us to write about scenes of tension and suspense, what makes them work and why.
Warning. What follows is some serious story wonk.
Let’s assume you […]

Secrets of Success in 8 Words

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Rapping on Writing, but I promise to get back on track with it.
And here’s a doozy for you dojo-monkeys -
The Man Who Would Be King pointed me to this talk on Ted.com (which is a great site for many things, BTW) where Richard St. John […]

Cure Writers Block

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Dale has this GREAT post on how to Cure Writers Block that I highly recommend.
Here’s a sample:
Let me tell you this - everything is gonna be all right. Come along…
The first you’re going to have to do is to bear with me on a central conceit - which is what is creativity ? And […]

Rapping On Writing - Two Valuable Writing Secrets Revealed Now!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Okay, so we’ve been Rapping On Writing for awhile now, dishing and swishing, bobbing and weaving, and I know I been teasing ya, I ain’t been givin’ you the goodie, the real secrets, the gold man, I’ve been holding back the GOLD!
So I’m coming clean. I’m gonna spill.
Today I’m gonna share with […]

Rapping On Writing - The Prestige, The Reveal and the Head-Fake

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Cutter: Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But […]

Rapping On Writing - Character, Story and the Utter FAILURE that is THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Yoda: Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… […]

Rapping On Writing - Update Thus far, MM’s Case Against Character arcs:

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Yes, I know, I know.
I missed posting yesterday’s installment of RAPPING ON WRITING, I’m swamped and wrestling with an EMPIRE STRIKES BACK post that seems all but guaranteed to fry my brain. It’s a load.
As longtime readers (both of you) may know, I’ve been doing a series on Story and Character, and there’s […]