Keeping Your Focus During The Holidays

Do the Holidays always catch you off guard as much as they do for me? This year it’s time to be ready and take them head-on. Many, like myself, simply react and do the best they can when the Holidays come around. This year, you can be ready, enjoy the Holidays to the fullest, and finish your work like a pro. It’s all doable, it just takes a little bit of planning. This article written by Jacquelyn Smith at Forbes isn’t geared specifically towards writers, but it does have some great tips for you.

14 Ways to Stay Focused at Work Through the Holidays

The best holiday gift after all is not having to think about work, and to be able to spend time with the ones you love.

A message for our local readers

w_officebranding_2018-1487_smIf 2018 has been a tough year for your personal productivity, you are certainly not alone. The world is noisier than ever and making space for oneself in these uncertain times can feel near impossible. For self-generative careers like writing, these are especially challenging times.

That’s why theOFFICE (our physical location here in Santa Monica, CA) exists. Our primary goal is to create a buffer between you and the outside world. We’ve spent the last 15 years learning what makes the perfect workspace — a space that is quiet and distraction-free, with ergonomic seating to keep you agile during those writing marathons; a tranquil space that inspires, allowing you to drop quickly and deeply into the zone and stay there; a space full of other deep-divers just like you, taking the time for themselves, getting the words on the page.

w_officebranding_2018-1713_smWe all deserve this kind of space, even in (and I would say, especially in) noisy times like these. As I type this, there’s only about a two-week wait for membership*. The new year always get busier (with everyone’s resolutions calling) and the holidays will be decimating your productivity before you know it.

If you’re in the area and craving a space for yourself, now is the time. Let theOFFICE be your buffer from the noise.

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How To Write A Horror Movie

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You know what I find really scary…? Not being able to try all the monthly flavors of donuts at Sidecar Doughnuts before the month is over. I know… truly horrifying!

It’s the season for a good scary movie. If you’d like to write one, I’ve found the perfect article for you written by Sarah Dobbs at Den of Geek:

How To Write a Horror Movie

Hopefully you can write something a little more scary than missing out on some donuts.

Drew Goddard On Writing

It’s funny that last week I did an article all about adaptations. This week’s interview is about a movie that was written just for the big screen. This is the type of movie that made me fall in love with film. I love any good movie, but there’s something truly special about a movie of this kind. When everything is written from the ground up for a big screen experience, and only having that in mind. It’s tough to describe, but it’s certainly something you will know when you see it. They’re few and far apart now, so I got very excited when I learned about Bad Times at the El Royale.

The writer/director/producer of this film, Drew Goddard is responsible for having written some of my favorite shows and movies. That’s why I love doing these articles. I hadn’t heard his name until today, and all along he’s been an inspiration to me. He’s written The Martian, Cabin in the Woods, Lost, and Cloverfield.

A few questions from the interview:

What inspired this film?”

Was the El Royale inspired by a particular hotel?”

How interesting is it working with an ensemble cast?”

Can you discuss the style and look of the film?”

And here’s a link to the full interview: WhatCulture – EXCLUSIVE Bad Times At The El Royale Interview With Drew Goddard

Adaptations: Holding On To The Heart Of The Book


Pictured above are the two men who wrote Ready Player Onedefinitely one of my favorite films of the year. On the left is Zak Penn (writer of the adaptation)and on the right is Ernest Cline (writer of the novel). I’ve read the book, and watched the movie, and I love them both.

These are two very different experiences, and if you’ve been through the book and the movie you’ll understand just how vastly different they are. This brings me to my point, as long as the heart and soul of the story transferred from the book to the movie I believe it will be a successful adaptation. A lot can change in an adaptation, scenes can be moved around, characters can be taken out or changed, a story that can be told in years can be told in weeks, etc.

I used to think adaptations were a problem, and that they were ruining television and film. The film industry was flooded with them when I was in high school, and less and less original stories have been coming to the big screen. Sometimes I miss movies just being made for theaters, but we’re in a different age. I’m now under the belief that if they are done well, and they are being done very well, then they are certainly worth a watch and can become favorites and classics. I think Ready Player Oneis a perfect example of a great adaptation, so I found an article that explains why it is very well. It’s written by Perri Nemiroff at Collider: Ready Player One’ Book vs. Film: Spielberg Doesn’t Cover It All but Nails the Best Part