Last weekend… I did a bunch of chores. But I also did said chores while watching multiple panels and some breakout sessions for
the Online Writer’s Conference I talked about last week.
If you missed it, good news! You c
an check out the panels from both days on the same website.
Combined, it’s over 13 hours worth of insights and techniques from working novelists, screenwriters, and others.
So check it out! Perhaps while you’re taking care of a bunch of chores. I’m going to do that because I’m sure I missed a few things. Whatever works!
I’m always interested in different people’s
writing processes, including how they balance non-writing.
Okay, I should probably specify
productive non-writing. It’s pretty easy to procrastinate and not write.
Novelist Vincent Zandri has an interesting approach that I’ve heard from other writers in how they approach the business of writing by being very definite about both the writing part and the business part. I appreciate the level of detail.
Magic and writing? Redundant, I know.
But anyway, this is from last year, but Japanese writer
Haruki Murakami‘s birthday was yesterday, so it popped up in some of my feeds.
Emily Temple over at
LitHub collected several of his observations on writing and –what can I say?– they’re a good way to start off the week.
After Monday’s post, I didn’t want to take up too much time. The weight of the week is probably dragging on you in any case. Here’s Stephen King with some brief writing tips.
I’ll probably share some other videos done by the
Writer’s Guild as I watch them in the future, but here’s a treat for those of you who are fans of or Your Show of Shows and so on. The Dick Van Dyke Show
Carl Reiner talks almost for almost an uninterrupted hour and it flies by as he gives you not only his history and development as a writer, but all sorts of wonderful tidbits about writing… and human nature, naturally. VIDEO
I have often mentioned
Scriptnotes, the screenwriting podcast hosted by John August and Craig Mazin, as a source from some really good information and inspiration for writing.
On the one hand, I could arguably link to them just about every week, but if I had to pick just one this year,
this week’s unprecedented solo effort by Craig Mazin is one you should listen to if you’re about to embark on writing a feature film anytime soon.
They’ve called it “How to write a movie,” but I contend the title above is more apt.
You’ll see. It’s good stuff. (Unlike what’s about to happen to your characters.)
Look over a score of “tortured artist” memes and you won’t have trouble seeing ones with writers. Writers are often portrayed as full of angst, indecision, indecision because of angst, angst because of indecision.
Basically, the archetypical writer is in need of a good therapist.
And what better therapist than a writer who’s become a therapist? That’s what screenwriter Dennis Palumbo decided to do…
and he recently talked with screenwriter Ken Levine all about it.
It’s about 38 minutes and a fun listen.
Monday’s post seem insufficiently motivational, I figured I’d pass along this article by Charles Chu about how Isaac Asimov managed to be such a prolific writer.
In case you’re not aware,
Isaac Asimov wrote hundreds of books… and not just in science fiction, for which he’s perhaps best remembered. In fact, his books cover most of the categories covered by Dewey Decimal Classification.
Not only that, he seemed to love to write. He wrote voraciously like some people read (and, of course, being a voracious reader enabled that).
take a look. From ongoing learning to getting out of being stuck, there’s some good takeaways.
Mark Evanier has had an ongoing series about writers and rejection some of whose columns apply very well to actors and other creatives.
most recent one, however, goes deeper into the notion of writing for pay and how one might go about it from his experience. Check it out.
Part of a month-long series of inspirational or informational posts during NaNoWriMo.
Man, we’ve all been going about this whole writing thing the wrong way.
Sorry I’m only stumbling across this now, but
Neil Gaiman reveals the true method for becoming a writer here.
Gonna be a long wait ’til April 30th…