Friday Fun – Dating As A Writer

Poor guy… was she dating George R. R. Martin? I kid, I kid.


Jerry Seinfeld’s Unbeatable Writing Method – Don’t Break The Chain

Today is a very simple, but very effective post. We’re going to share a writing method called “Don’t Break the Chain.” The idea is simple as can be. Write every day, and make sure to make your progress very visible. Jerry uses a big calendar that goes right on his wall, and marks a big “X” through the calendar when he’s done writing for the day. When you break that chain you feel bad, and you don’t want to feel bad do you?

More on the psychology of why this is such a great help: The Writer’s Store – Don’t Break the Chain – Jerry Seinfeld’s Method for Creative Success

Sam Catlin On Writing

I’m really surprised I haven’t written about Sam Catlin, or the show “Preacher” yet, because it’s one of my favorite shows on TV. It’s got great drama, crazy action, interesting characters, and it’s a bit supernatural. It’s very well made.

Outside of “Preacher,” Sam is most well-known for having written “Breaking Bad,” “Rake,” and “Canterbury’s Law.” If you haven’t seen “Preacher” yet, and you want something crazy and fun to watch, I highly recommend it. Season three is currently running on AMC, and it’s almost over if you’re a binge-watcher.

A few questions from the interview:

How’d you first get involved with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg on this project?”

Was there anything about the comic itself that grabbed you when you first read it?”

Tell me about coming aboard this show after Breaking Bad. That show had been such a big part of the lives of everyone that worked on it. Was there a particular type of project or challenge you were looking for after that experience?”

“You talked earlier about the challenges of adapting something. On Breaking Bad, you guys would often paint yourselves into a corner by setting things up that you had no idea how to pay off, which led to a lot of great story turns. In contrast to that, how did you build story from an existing universe?”

Here’s the link to the full interview: The Verge – How Preacher showrunner Sam Catlin brought the methods of Breaking Bad to a supernatural drama

Setting Good Writing Goals

Setting the proper writing goals can be incredibly challenging, especially if you don’t know what works for you. What works for some writers very well may not work for you at all, leaving you scratching your head. Some writers say it’s best to count words, others say it’s best to count pages, and other writers say they sit down for a certain amount of time each day. There is no one method, which is great news, because if one way doesn’t work another will.

Here’s a great article about setting proper writing deadlines: Script – BALLS OF STEEL: 5 Lessons on Getting Real with Your Writing Goals

Try setting a writing goal for yourself to see if it works. If it does, that’s wonderful, but if not try something else. If you truly want to be a writer, you’ll find a way. This article is full of great tips to get you going.

Friday Fun – Write What You Know

They say you’re supposed to write what you know. If Jon Snow were a writer he’d write nothing… because “you know nothing, Jon Snow.” Terrible jokes aside, I hope you all have a great weekend! Writing what you know is a great way to start, but don’t limit yourself to that. Reach into the beyond, do research, and explore new avenues of possibility. You’re stories will be better because of it. Also, check your facts, because you might not actually know what you think you know. You know?

How To Write An Action Movie

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It’s summer, and that means one thing, we’re in action movie season. This is the time of the year all the big budget Hollywood movies come out to kick you in the face with a good time. Car chases, superheroes, martial arts, explosions, and to end it all there’s always one person who can save us all from certain doom.

With “Mission: Impossible” on my mind, I decided to search for a great article on writing action movies. It just so happens that the best one I could find also uses “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” for all of its examples. Couldn’t be more perfect than that, as that’s my favorite film in the series.

It’s got a lot of great tips, but here are a few:

  • Have your hero perform a selfless act early on to help the audience like them.
  • Put a ticking clock in your movie. This doesn’t have to be a bomb, but it’s a great way to get the audience on the edge of their seats.
  • Give one of your characters a mysterious background.

This article is full of great tips for writing an action movie.

Here’s the link: Scribe Meets World – How to Write an Action Movie Tom Cruise Would Want to Star In: Lessons from MI4