Save the Egg Roll

Chinese leftovers is king. I love ordering out, they always give you more than you can eat, thus leaving plenty for the following day’s lunch. In the take out order, you get your main dish, your rice and an egg roll. (There’s nothing like doing rewrites with a big plate of Chinese and an eggContinue reading “Save the Egg Roll”

I (don’t) envy those who have “lazy days”.

Browsing social networks, I often come across posts like this: “Day off work, putting in a good show and being lazy, all day!” “Lazy day, with wine!” “It’s raining outside, so I’m not going to do shit, but sit my lazy ass on this computer and share my recent gaming achievements” — okay, I exaggeratedContinue reading “I (don’t) envy those who have “lazy days”.”

Take advantage of your emotions and write something Good.

You’re stressed. You’re tired. Confused and disgruntled. You maybe upset about something, maybe a loss or a big change. Your body is reacting emotionally. Take advantage of these times and pour it all out, into your writing. The pain will show on your page. The passion will shape the scene and words will flow. WritingContinue reading “Take advantage of your emotions and write something Good.”

New Orleans Film Festival, here we come!

Good news! The short film I produced earlier this year was selected for the 2013 NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL! I blogged about it about five months ago, just after our kickstarter-funded production wrapped.  The writer, director, and editor, Gus Péwé, is just finishing up the final cut to send it off. In all honestly, we weren’tContinue reading “New Orleans Film Festival, here we come!”

Warming up, before a long writing day

I like to schedule a 30-minute time slot to warm up before writing. On further reading, this appears to be the practice of many writers and I would highly recommend it. But I still have yet to find that one warm-up I prefer. And let me be clear, I don’t necessarily always WRITE to warm-up.Continue reading “Warming up, before a long writing day”

Succesful writers have one thing in common. And it’s so obvious.

There’s one thing that ALL successful writers do. And they do it a lot. THEY WRITE. I know this is an obvious point. But too many times I come across people who claim to be writers, that don’t actually write. Writers write. That is all. And then again, I come across too many talented “writers”Continue reading “Succesful writers have one thing in common. And it’s so obvious.”

Lincoln to Sherman: Nothing Risked – Nothing Gained

After his tyrannical march to the sea, the capturing and burning of Savannah, Sherman sent a letter to Lincoln, giving him what he called a “Christmas gift”. This was the ultimate gift, as the Civil War would meet its finale some months later, when the Confederate Army would surrender to the Union forces in earlyContinue reading “Lincoln to Sherman: Nothing Risked – Nothing Gained”

If you’re going to start something: Start Monday

I think this is a great practice. Even know, I’m all about saving time and getting the most out of my day, starting Monday is the best idea when you take on a new goal. Whenever I finish a new project. Or perhaps promise myself to start to working out; A new healthy diet. OrContinue reading “If you’re going to start something: Start Monday”

Be patient. Don’t force it. But be adamant in your search.

Something is missing. It’s flat. It’s boring. I have had these feelings on various occasions upon finishing a 1st draft of a script. Even after all that pre-writing and outlining, the story is missing something. Perhaps it’s a bigger plot point, or action or something riveting that really makes the story original. I didn’t noticeContinue reading “Be patient. Don’t force it. But be adamant in your search.”

A messy desk: a clear sign you’ve been working hard

My desk is a complete disaster. This is a good sign. If you spend enough time at your desk and do enough work there, your desk should be a mess. After I’m done writing I have no energy to clean up. A sign, I worked hard that day. I may have energy to clean beforeContinue reading “A messy desk: a clear sign you’ve been working hard”