Shane, zen, and imperfect answers. What a 60-year-old movie teaches us about learning.

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." ~ Aristotle, an early screenwriting guru. Have you seen Shane? If you haven't, shame on you, go to Netflix and watch it twice. Take notes.  But because we both know you're not going to do that, let's... Continue Reading →


Basics about the Basics.

Reader Eric was kind enough to read my last post.  He asks [You talk about fundamentals of writing.  what are they] what specific steps are you taking to improve them?   Author's note: Every time I open my big fat mouth about some sweeping generalization, someone comes out of the woodwork to argue about it.... Continue Reading →

"The world of Xanthagar has four factions. The Avian REGLAXIANS, the psychic WOOTMEN, the undead HRASIS, and the multicolored SENTAGAR. They have lived in an constant war for fifteen centuries since the ARTAX CONFERENCE, but it is said a prophesied hero will..." A composite sketch of the opening of a certain kind of bad script. People hate... Continue Reading →

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