Today we smile.

Today we smile.

Life is a long day followed by an early rise.
A friend turned foe with utter despise.
A dark cloud making ominous skies.

Life comes with ups and downs.
Smiles from everyone,
And frowns all around.

Life is a wink and a nod,
With lots of good cheer,
A glare and a snarl,
A snicker and sneer.

Life is good,
And then it is bad.
Happy sometimes,
And sometimes sad.

Life is a fairy tail,
And also it’s not.
Just depends on how you write the plot.

On dark days,
When things are dreary,
Re-write your story
To be happy and cheery.

You may want to laugh,
And sometimes to cry,
But sunshine always helps tears to dry.

Wake each day,
And put last night to rest.
Put a smile on your face,
And give Today your best.

2019 copyright Adam Messer

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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

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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?

Writing from the heart

My Post - 2019-02-24T203354.244.jpgHey everyone,

I wanted to share with you how I like to write. From the heart.

I was greatly influenced as a child brevity is the best way to write. As an adult, writing academic and business documents, I learned not only is brevity key but supporting research lends clout and credibility to writing.

I write from the heart, always putting my audience, or my reader, at the forefront of my mind. What is my message? How can I clearly convey my message to my reader?

I am almost finished listening to Stephen King’s On Writing, and although it is about 20 years old, I find the wisdom he shares pertinent and relevant today.

Storytelling is ancient. We are the stories we tell ourselves. I reach my goal if I can paint a picture in my reader’s mind of what I see. If I do not, then I have failed.

Writing creates an illusion of reality where there was once nothing.

Keep writing my friends!