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Comma Story

We interrupt our regular programing to bring you a public service announcement from TED. 

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“Put your A** where your Heart Wants to be.”

In an interview with Oprah, Steven Pressfield reminds artists to remain seated.  …put your ass where your heart wants to be. And by that I simply mean: if you want to paint, put your body in front of an easel, if you want to write, sit in front of a keyboard. And then just plunge in. … Read more »

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What You’re Doing Right

Knowing what you’re doing right can be just as valuable as knowing what you’re doing wrong. But your inner-bully doesn’t see it that way. 

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Take a Break from Punctuation

Do like Cormac McCarthy and work with only comas and periods for a while. Maybe take something you’ve already written and rewrite it without all those “weird little marks,” as he calls them.    Watch your sentences become cleaner and tighter. It’s easier to listen to your drafts doing it this way, to make music with your words rather than… Read more »

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Story Sunday

It’s easy for the heavy lifting of plot to make you sore and put you on the bench for a few days. The trouble of “what next?” or how to make your set ups pay off can easily become a series of blocks and lost days coinciding with the beats in your story. This is… Read more »

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Rejection Slips

Every ‘no’ gets you closer to a ‘yes.’ 

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Don’t Scream at Your Film

“When you’re in the editing room you need to listen to your film and not scream at your film.”  –Nick Willing, writer and director 

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The 3 Evil “C’s”

Cheyne Kohl, music producer and founder of Underground Tracks in Busan, South Korea, sent me this producer’s podcast on three toxic behaviors that can seep into studio work. The host, Joe, urges listeners to stop: Comparing: The green eyed monster can spoil your appreciation of great work and even keep you from being happy for a talented… Read more »