Up and Coming screenwriter John C. Arnold radio interview

Up and Coming Screenwriter John C. Arnold joins Adam Messer for this week’s Muses, Memoirs and More. Tune in this Sunday at 4 PM on 107.5 FM Savannah WRUU or livestream from http://www.wruu.org

#amwriting #author #writer #readers #Savannah #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram

Advertisements

When can you call yourself a writer?

THIS QUESTION seems to get asked a lot. I think it has to do with a lot of doubt and uncertainty.

When someone asks me this question, I reply with “Are you writing now?” or “Do you write?”

If they reply Yes, then I tell them “You are a writer.”

If they say No, then I ask them “Do you want to be a writer?”

Most of the time they reply Yes. Then I tell them you must write to be a writer.

Published doesn’t mean you are rich and famous, and unpublished doesn’t mean your work is bad.

I try to give confidence to others as often as I can to get started. Every thought and conversation is a form of a story. Writing it down is a medium to share that story.

#amwriting #author #writer #readers #authorsofinstagram #bookstsgram

Author Dacre Stoker special guest of Muses, Memoirs & More radio show.

Dacre Stoker

Ryan Dunn (left), Dacre Stoker (middle), and Adam Messer (right) at his book signing at the Savannah Book Festival.

Hello everyone!

I am excited to announce I am returning to my radio show Muses, Memoirs & More on WRUU 107.5 Savannah in my new time slot on Sunday from 4 p.m – 5 p.m. EST. You can tune in live at www.wruu.org

My special guest this week is Dacre Stoker, co-author of Dracul with J.D. Barker, and great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. We are going to talk about his new book Dracul, the writing process and Bram Stoker’s connection to Savannah, Georgia.

About Dacre Stoker

(www.dacrestoker.com)

Dacre Stoker is the great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and the international best-selling co-author of Dracula the Un-Dead (Dutton, 2009), the official Stoker family endorsed sequel to Dracula. Dacre is also the co-editor (with Elizabeth Miller) of The Lost Journal of Bram Stoker: The Dublin Years (Robson Press, 2012). His next novel a Prequel to Dracula, expected out in 2018 co-authored with JD Barker, has been sold to Putnam in the US, Transworld in the UK, with film rights purchased by Paramount Studios.   

A native of Montreal, Canada, Dacre taught Physical Education and Sciences for twenty-two years, in both Canada and the U.S. He has participated in the sport of Modern Pentathlon as an athlete and a coach at the international and Olympic levels for Canada for 12 years. He is also an avid player and coach of the unique game of Real Tennis.  In May of 2016 an athlete he has been coaching for the past 4 years, Camden Riviere, won the World Championships of Court Tennis. He currently lives in Aiken, SC, together with his wife Jenne they manage the Bram Stoker Estate.

Stephen King’s On Writing audiobook takeaways

I’ve been listening to Stephen King’s On Writing and finished it this morning. Great book and I loved the audiobook.

My takeaways:

  • Write daily.
  • Let my story development flow as I write.
  • Start with a what if situation and move to a story about the people.
  • Write what is true and believable.
  • Use the first word that comes to mind.
  • “He said or she said” is divine.
  • Write to your ideal reader.
  • Write with the door closed, edit with the door open.
  • Writing is not life, life’s interruptions are more important.
  • Be professional and study your craft.
  • Kill your darlings.

Up and coming screenwriter John C. Arnold interview.

DFP-88Hello everyone!

John C. Arnold is an up and coming screenwriter. I had the pleasure of interviewing him and wanted to share his insights into the film industry.

Please tell the audience about your background. (Who you are, any connections to filmmaking, screenwriting, etc)

I was born and raised in Vidalia, GA to two wonderful parents, Lee and Rebekah. I have no real connections to the film and tv world except for admiration.

How did you become interested in screenwriting?

I started seriously doing theater in high school. One summer, when I was 16, I auditioned for the community theater’s children show, The Hobbit. I was cast as Bilbo Baggins and was hooked. I joined the One Act group at my high school and dove deep into the world of performing arts. My first year of college, I attended a performing arts college in LA and was introduced to new writers, Arthur Miller, and David Mamet to name some, and that totally changed the way I saw storytelling. The summer after my first year of college, I felt led to move by east and go to film school to learn the behind the scenes of movie making. I was required to write some screenplays, read some screenplays, and watch a lot of movies — I guess I just fell in love with the craft. I pursued it after college as well when I attended a storytelling seminar. (I’ll get to that later) Continue reading

Welcome to Monday

Here it is, Monday again.

I work a full time job, and often exhausted when I get home.

My new routine is to write daily and at least 1000 words a day. I wrote 2200 words for my next novel over the weekend.

What is your daily routine for writing?

Since this is new for me, I plan to work through the routine daily, figuring out what schedule works best. I also want to find out what does not work and cut it out.

What works for you? What doesn’t? Which acorns have you planted?