The day I broke the chain.

2 years, 3 months, and 13 days. It was a Monday. April 14th. When I started this blog more than two years ago, I blogged about something called “Don’t Break the Chain”. It was a writing technique practiced by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. It was simply a promise to oneself to write every day. Using aContinue reading “The day I broke the chain.”

Don’t write to live. Live to Write.

It’s not easy to write. Don’t get me wrong… But it is easy to sit in the chair, sip coffee, and type some dribble into a word document. I think I’ve been in this desk chair for the majority of the last two years. Sure, my writing has improved and I’ve gotten a lot done…butContinue reading “Don’t write to live. Live to Write.”

Go back to where it all started.

When a good idea comes, I write it down. Eventually the really good ones are turned into a screenplay. But all these “good ideas” are placed into a folder on the computer. Often when I begin my outline, I copy and past the very first notes into another word document where I can continue toContinue reading “Go back to where it all started.”

Have a reason to wake up in the morning.

Sleeping is great. I need at least 10 hours of solid sack time. And without my alarm I could go all day. But work doesn’t get done while you’re sleeping. But as of late, the holidays and all, getting work done was awfully tough — goal achieving was slim. I slept a lot. In manyContinue reading “Have a reason to wake up in the morning.”

ULTIMATE GOAL: Getting paid to do what you love to do.

I landed a writing job last month, rewriting some script. Although, it didn’t exactly pay a whole lot, I realized a huge lesson… I was getting paid to do what I love to do. And as I polished the script, I was enjoying it to the full extent.  I’ve had various other small writing jobsContinue reading “ULTIMATE GOAL: Getting paid to do what you love to do.”

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”