Change is Good.

Change is good. Change is good. Change is good. Yeah, keep telling yourself that. As writers we need a strict daily routine to get work done. It’s crucial we manage our time, between working, school, kids, family, chores, sleeping, eating. That’s the way things are with me anyway. Sometimes it becomes boring and mundane. IContinue reading “Change is Good.”

Leave it all on the page

I played football in high school and the coaches would always say “Leave it all on the field”. They meant: put all your emotion and physical stamina into the game. When you walk off you should have nothing left. Leave it all out there. I can compare this to writing. After an emotional day ofContinue reading “Leave it all on the page”

Our Next Movie

So hopefully you guys all took the time to watch the latest film I produced called THE BIG WEST.  It was directed and written by one of the more talented people I know, Gus Péwé. We shot the film for relatively cheap, and seeing as we’re students with minimal wage jobs, I think we producedContinue reading “Our Next Movie”

I write with instinct. This is how I know.

When I rewrite I first go through with a red pen and make notes on a hard copy. Basic stuff. I change whatever I think I should. After I’m done, I set it aside for a week. When I’m ready to put those changes into my computer for my next draft, I place the hardContinue reading “I write with instinct. This is how I know.”

Get back to Basics

When I was first started writing, I stumbled upon a great book that taught me the basics of screenwriting. Today, after three years, 12+ features later, I keep that book by desk, because I know, the secret to writing a good movie is in the basics. Watch Avatar or Titanic — both are written by JamesContinue reading “Get back to Basics”

Moments of Fate

I’m a huge believer in fate. I’m very superstitious. I can’t watch a Michigan Football game without knocking on the coffee table at least six times. Throughout my life, things have happened, that I refuse to believe are JUST coincidences. Today highlighted why I continue to believe in my own destiny. I had just finishedContinue reading “Moments of Fate”

Think like a politician when planning your future.

Politicians plan for the future. They think long-term. Right now we are seeing Hilary Clinton stepping down from Secretary of State. There’s word she’s going to run for president in 2016 — Whatever she does from here on, for the next 3 years, will decide her fate. It will decide her ultimate goal. That’s insaneContinue reading “Think like a politician when planning your future.”

A Lesson from a Fortune Cookie

I love Chinese food. It’s the best. After a big order of General Tso’s Chicken, I immediately went for my fortune cookie. I’m not a superstitious kind of guy. I realize most of these fortunes are standard. But this one, I felt different about. I felt like this fortune was for me. “You deserve toContinue reading “A Lesson from a Fortune Cookie”

Trust your instinct and listen to your gut.

I recently reached the 20-page mark in my latest feature and I already feel it. I feel love for this story. I know where it’s going. It plays out in my head before I fall asleep at night. This script will be special. It may not sell and win an academy award, but I knowContinue reading “Trust your instinct and listen to your gut.”

Just 1 more page.

You’ve written for an hour. You’re tired. Your coffee is cold and your fingers are numb. But you haven’t reached your daily writing goal. If you stopped now, you’d feel inadequate for the rest of the day. You want to just save your file and walk away until tomorrow. There’s nothing more you can pushContinue reading “Just 1 more page.”