Friday Fun – Bad Days and Good Days

The Only Thing You Ever Need Know About Writing

There’s one type of day missing from this. Sometimes I look at my past work, and I think it’s really good… like probably too good. Did I write that? All we can do is try our best, because even if we don’t see our talent there are others that will beg us for more.


Top Horror Movies of 2017 (So Far)

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Why do we like to get scared? I have no idea! It makes no sense, but with the right group of people it can be a damn good time. If you’re looking for a little inspiration as a horror writer, or you just want to shout out for your momma and pee your pants a little, here is a great list of the top horror films of 2017.

Vulture: The Best Horror Films of 2017 (So Far)

One thing all lists had in common, is that “Get Out” is THE scary movie to watch this year. I wholeheartedly agree, so put that on your list if you haven’t seen it yet.

Also, last year I shared The Top 100 Horror MoviesBe sure to check that out for some classics.

In-Depth Interview – Donald Glover

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My first exposure to Donald Glover was in “Community,” where episode after episode he’d make me laugh my ass off. I miss the good old days of “Troy and Abed in the Morning,” but ever since his departure he’s been on an explosive path of success. He started up as a very successful musician under the name of Childish Gambino, has played some great roles in recent films, and has created and acts in his show, “Atlanta,” which was recently nominated at the Emmy’s for two episodes in Writing for a Comedy Series. If you’re interested in seeing the winners and other nominations, you can find them here: Emmy Winners 2017

If anything is clear, Donald Glover is only starting in his successful path. He’s young talent, and has a long ways to go. Here are a couple of quotes from his interview:

“You seem like one of those people who carries their world with them—very confident, very distinct; is that how you feel and has it always been the case?”

What keeps you going? You’ve been successful commercially, but at what point did you consider yourself successful on your own terms?”

What was the genesis of Atlanta—when did you think, ‘This is something I want to spend years of my life on’?”

You can find the full interview here: Deadline: Donald Glover On ‘Atlanta’, Defining Success And Walking In Lando Calrissian’s Shoes

Get to Know the Legends

Over the past weekend, our very own Trevor Albert hosted an interview with Martin Short over at The Second City Harold Ramis Film School in Chicago. While the full interview isn’t available, there are some great bits in the article below:

Martin Short advises Ramis School students to ‘go see the greats’

This is great, and I’d like to expand on it a little. If you want to be a legend, do as Martin Short did, learn from the legends. As a comedian, he learned from the best comedians. This is certainly something comedy writers should do. If you’re writing other types of screenplays there’s another option. Find out who wrote your favorite movies or TV shows, look them up and read and watch interviews about them, watch their shows and movies, and read their scripts. It’s so important that you read what the greats have written. I do this as a weekly blog post, so you can just come here and read too!

In-Depth Look – Joe Weisberg

This year at the Emmy’s, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields were nominated for the award of “Writing for a Drama Series.” You can see the full list of nominees and winners, including “The Americans,” here: Emmy Winners 2017

In an attempt to not give out major spoilers, for both you and myself, I was able to find a great article about Joe Weisberg. It goes into his past in training with the CIA, and things he learned while he was on the job that directly transferred over to the show. It’s a very enjoyable read.

You can find the full interview here: The New York Times – The Dark Stuff, Distilled

Friday Fun – Help A Thief

Happy Friday! If we lived in a world like this I’m pretty sure everyone would spell right. Speling is one of those things that has come naturally to me in life. Spell check saves me on occasion, and can be a very useful tool in the writer’s arsenal. Auto correct, on the other hand usually hurts more than it helps! Oh the trouble auto correct has gotten me into. I’m just saying do spell check or auto correct, and then check that. Otherwise you get this…