I’ve been listening to Stephen King’s On Writing and finished it this morning. Great book and I loved the audiobook.
- 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.
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
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?
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!
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Every Habit Needs One
How joining a writing group improves your writing.
Winfield Strock III
Support groups bring like-minded people together for the improvement of all. Whether you’re kicking a bad habit or starting a good one it helps to have help. Sharing with other writers helps define what it means to be a writer. Experiencing others’ fears and failures, triumphs, and growth- these help shorten the journey to success and ease the pain that naturally comes from learning something new. But not all groups are created equal.
If like me, you want to improve and publish your work, you’ll want constructive criticism from your group. In some, they smile, nod, and offer vague and positive feedback. They don’t want to offend any more than they seek to improve. I need to know what sucks, how it sucks, and what you liked so I can remember to keep it. Continue reading
To kick off my new series of interviews with authors, artists, and creators, I want to introduce you to Seth Greenwood and Angela Zhang. I have been following their work for a couple of years now, and find the story intriguing and the artwork incredible.
1) Please discuss your creative background. Who are you, and how did you get involved with your art? Continue reading