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Stop! Write Something Else! Write Badly!

// February 10th, 2014 // No Comments » // On Writing

writers-block-1The only sure fire way to prevent writer’s block is to write. Plain and simple: you need to write. Writer’s block is a phenomenon where a writer loses the ability to produce new work. It can be incredibly intense: where writers are unable to work for years, and some stop writing altogether.

Here are 3 valuable tips on preventing writer’s block from taking over your passion.

3 Tips to Prevent Writer’s Block

1. Stop writing
2. Write something else
3. Write badly with pride

“Keep scribbling! Something will happen.” Frank McCourt

1. Stop writing.

To prevent writer’s block you need to write. But here is the contradiction to that obvious statement: stop writing before you have written all you needed to write. Continue Reading

I love Chess – Yugoslavia Staunton Chess Set

// January 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // Chess Life

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I love Chess – Yugoslavia Staunton Chess Set

I’ve never been a great player. But I can hold my own. And back in 1997ish my soon to be wife got me this beautiful board and a Staunton Chess Set. It was awesome (and still is although it’s in a box in the garage). Through the years my dad would travel the world, and he’d bring back a chess set for my collection. So, I do have more chess sets than people would imagine. Continue Reading

Saying Goodbye Short Script

// January 20th, 2014 // No Comments » // My Writing Life, Scripts

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So here’s the writing prompt I was given today.  It was good timing as I had nothing to write about and just needed to get my juices flowing.

Director, and best friend, Dale, calls and says he has a short project for me to get my writing juices flowing.

This was the pitch:

A couple in a small town in an AM/PM type gas/market (like a Bonnie & Clyde).  Cop cars surround the place. And a family with a kid are also inside.

Do they escape? Do they die? What happens inside? I prefer they die but whatever you want.

I took the assignment so-to-speak. So how did it turn out? Continue Reading

3 Tips on Writing for Teens

// January 17th, 2014 // No Comments » // On Writing

Another article for the YA writer that was on another blog: 3 tips on writing for teens:

hobbitSometimes keeping up-to-date with today’s teens is like making sure you know what the next best video game is or the next teenage rock star is singing about. That’s fine – but in order to write for them, its an even bigger challenge. It is tough enough getting teens to read ‘our’ fantasy/sci-fi classics: like “The Hobbit”, “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”, or even the classics like, “Tom Sawyer” or “Catcher in the Rye”. They don’t know what they are missing – unless they are forced or ‘required’ to read them.

And I doubt most teachers are having Young Adults read the Harry Potter series or the Twilight series – but this is how to understand how to write books for teens. Most importantly: What’s hot and trendy!

Here are 3 tips on writing for teens:

1. Trendy now may not be trendy tomorrow.
2. Know what the daily conversations are about.
3. Be a teen.

Keeping each tip in mind on a daily basis, especially as a Young Adult writer, will help you develop subject matters that teens will ‘go for’, and hopefully, create the tipping point for your book as a top seller and eventual movie deal! Continue Reading

The Time where Glenn hates writing with Celtx

// January 16th, 2014 // No Comments » // My Writing Life, Scripts

celtx logoYeah, I know this year is about getting to “The End” as many times as possible – and I finally did an 8 pager where I could actually write “The End”.

That being said, it’s a good warm-up to my quest to submit a feature to two competitions this year. Can it be done? I had to get my feet wet first so… here it is:

The Time Where Glenn Hates Writing With Celtx

It’s short, it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but some of you might find humor in it. Jake did, and he’s 13.

I don’t know if that’s good, bad, or ugly – and I’m not sure if writing to amuse a 13  year old is gonna amuse and adult – lets just say it’s about the process. Continue Reading

How to Overcome Procrastination

// January 16th, 2014 // No Comments » // On Writing

This article, “How to Overcome Procrastination”, as another one of my writing tip articles from another website. Enjoy!

How to Overcome Procrastination

best advice - writeWhat leads to writer’s block? It’s the same thing that leads to failure in every aspect in life – its called, “procrastination”. Procrastination will kill you – it will kill your work as a writer, and it will kill the chances of success! As a writer, you need to know how to overcome procrastination!

Procrastination is unavoidable – so we think. To overcome procrastination, just make a list of all the things you could have accomplished if you had not procrastinated! This is your list of failures! Are you a failure? No! If you aren’t, then work on that list and turn them into a list of goals!

Successful people have goals! Winners have goals! Goals lead to success!

One day of procrastination can lead to a month of failures – because one day of procrastination as a writer will lead to another day. That day will lead to a week, then a month. Once a year of procrastination sets in, how hard do you think it is to get back on track? It is hard!

Be accountable to your responsibility as a writer. Wear the title well – if you do not writer, you are not a writer. It is plain and simple. If you want to be a writer you need to write instead of procrastinating!

If you are accountable to your mortgage, and you have to write to pay your mortgage, you have hung something on that responsibility and now have to take ownership for it. Hang something on your responsibility as a writer and take ownership for every page written and unwritten! Continue Reading

Writer’s Block – Stuck on a story then ask for help!

// January 15th, 2014 // No Comments » // On Writing

This article, “Writer’s Block – Stuck on a story then ask for help!”, is another article from a previous Writing Website – it’s mine so here it is on my blog!

Writer’s Block – Stuck on a story then ask for help!

writers blockWriting can be a very lonely profession. You may be stuck in a dark room, all alone, bread and water as your only nourishment, and only ‘you’ know what is going on in your head. The blood, the sweat, the tears – all internal struggles, and the demons like writer’s block are out there to get you. Before you know it – you are stuck. And you have no way out!

But it does not always have to be that lonely. Sure, nobody understands your plight. But they can help your goals if you first, check your ego at the door! This is a great first step to get out of Writer’s Block!

Your ego can get in the way of your writing success! Whether it is a six-figure screenplay option, or a 400 page article that you can’t seem to find the right title for, your ego will often get in the way of your opportunity for success! So here’s the key to coming up with ideas for your writing when you are stuck.

Cure your Writer’s Block by checking your ego at the door and ask for help!

Yes, you don’t have to do it alone! Asking for help can get you out of some serious writing mud! Got Writer’s Block? Ask for help! Continue Reading

Novel Writing Tips – Turn your script into a novel

// January 14th, 2014 // No Comments » // On Writing

This article, “Novel Writing Tips – Turn your script into a novel”, was previously published on another defunct writers website… I’m putting it up for all to read here:

Novel Writing Tips – Turn your script into a novel

nancy k haddockYou did all the leg work. You have stacks of research, outlines, character sheets, time lines, plot points and a treatment. And you pounded out 120 pages of a feature screenplay. But as you read your script you have your very own epiphany:

You should have written a novel!

You toss the pages in the air. You come to the conclusion that all that time and effort to write the script was a waste. More could have been told in prose, the novel that you always wanted to write was spent churning pages upon pages of a screenplay, and now you wish you did not spend your valuable time writing something nobody will ever see – let alone read.

Wait – do not walk away now. You just developed the best outline, structure and story for your novel! All the beats are there.
All the plot points, set-pieces, and character relations are built. A 10 page treatment was ready to send out. You have everything you need to write a novel – now just write it!

Here are 3 Novel Writing Tips to get you started on transitioning your script into a novel. Continue Reading