From the Desk Remix! – Ignore the Noise.

Ignore the noise. The first thing to do is work out what your 'noise' is. So what is the 'noise'? The 'noise' maybe different for each one of us. To be the most creative you can be, you might need silence. I need music. My first completed novel was written to an Ellie Goulding album… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Ignore the Noise.

From the Desk Remix! – Lots of Fish but only One Shark.

I think being creative is often the easiest part. Generally, I have no shortage of ideas and inspiration, whether it is writing or art. The problem comes in that they are often like a shoal of fish and I am in the middle of them. Even sharks find grabbing hold of just one of those… Continue reading From the Desk Remix! – Lots of Fish but only One Shark.

Discard What You Don’t Need.

This is an easy piece of advice to agree with. Until we open a drawer, or look in a cupboard, or try and find a file on our computers. There are lots of reasons and theories about how and why we accumulate so much stuff and our parents, spouses or partners, and professionals, telling us… Continue reading Discard What You Don’t Need.

The ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Guide for Creatives?

It is a common catchphrase - which came first, the chicken or the egg? - which appears to have a simple answer, either way, until you come to justify it. Apparently, it was Plutarch which first posed the question in the 1st Century AD, addressing the problems of origin and first cause. Aristotle, writing four… Continue reading The ‘Chicken and the Egg’ Guide for Creatives?

Acceptance, Revelation, Contentment: Exploring Your Character’s Inner ARC – ScreenCraft

Ken Miyamoto discusses a character's Internal ARC (Acceptance, Revelation, Contentment) using the feature film FIRST BLOOD as an example. Source: Acceptance, Revelation, Contentment: Exploring Your Character's Inner ARC - ScreenCraft Great examples - not just from First Blood - in this article to show you how to develop your character along with your plot in… Continue reading Acceptance, Revelation, Contentment: Exploring Your Character’s Inner ARC – ScreenCraft

Tips for Screenwriters from a Professional Story Analyst – Coverfly

Tips for Screenwriters from a Professional Story Analyst - Coverfly — Read on http://www.coverfly.com/tips-for-writers-from-a-professional-story-analyst/ Great pointers from story analyst , Micah Goldman. 'Your voice is the soul of the screenplay.' So what is your voice and how can you show that on the screen or the page?

Writing A Character Series.

Check out this excellent Guardian newspaper article interviewing a host of essential authors writing in the detective genre. Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Michael Connelly, Val McDermaid, Ann Cleeves, and others talk about how they came to write their series and the impact of doing so. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/27/me-and-my-detective-by-lee-child-attica-locke-sara-paretsky-jo-nesb-and-more

Three Wishes When You Are Stuck In The Middle.

Via Seth Godin. We all get stuck. And it's not always in mud with some friends to get us out, as in the playground game. Normally, when we are in a creative 'stuck' there aren't other people to 'free' us. If you have a group of other creatives around you who can do this, then… Continue reading Three Wishes When You Are Stuck In The Middle.

Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.2

Last week I shared some takeaways from the first session of Chase Jarvis' Creative Calling Bookclub - if you missed it then click here! Week 2 was about focusing on the I. I - Imagine what you wantD - Design a system to do itE - execute the planA - Amplify So Imagine what you… Continue reading Chase Jarvis – Creative Calling – Pt.2