The Style of Audience

Let's talk about writing style. Almost as important as the actual content. Two stories with essentially the same subject matter but with different writing styles are effectively completely different. Finding your style, for lack of a better phrase, makes your work unique. Things like word choice, fluency and voice contribute to this. But rather than treat… Continue reading The Style of Audience

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From Fake News to Bad Press

So one week ago, we saw that Sean Spicer announced his resignation from his position as White House press secretary. That was one week ago. And now we've got his replacement who is somehow leaps and bounds worse on all accounts. Senior Advisor to the President Anthony Scaramucci. Where does Trump find these guys? I… Continue reading From Fake News to Bad Press

Is fake news becoming a real thing?

"New developments in video and audio manipulation tools allow for the creation of footage with false speech, that appears so realistic you can hardly tell the difference. So, what does this mean for the future of fake news?" It means the fake news campaign just got a lot harder to fight. A video posted by… Continue reading Is fake news becoming a real thing?

Inspiration in the Works

Annnd for today's topic: Inspiration. One thing that everyone seems to look for nowadays is an original idea, which is absolutely great if you have one. Originality is so sought after because it's so hard to come by because there are over seven billion people alive today. The Population Reference Bureau estimates that a whopping… Continue reading Inspiration in the Works

Busy Day in America

So a lot of things happened today, friends. O.J. Simpson got parole. Really, the fascination with Simpson's trial kinda ended before my generation, or me at least, but I still recognize that this is big news. The subject has been more or less quiet for several years now, but now the spotlight is back on… Continue reading Busy Day in America

From Page to Picture: Is either better?

I'm sure we've all heard the phrase "the book was better than the movie." Personally, this never really made much sense to me. So in my attempt to get both sides of the argument, I found a like-minded and lengthy post on why it's completely up to individual experience to decide if either is better.… Continue reading From Page to Picture: Is either better?

Movie Mischief Unmanaged

Despite that oh-so-clever headline, no, I'm not going to talk about Harry Potter. Instead, I'd like to talk about how the over-abundance of clips, trailers, and behind-the-scenes videos are shaping the marketing of movies. And I'll leave you to decide whether that's a good thing. It would be silly to talk on this topic without… Continue reading Movie Mischief Unmanaged

Criticism is key

Dialogue in creative writing has always been my strong point. So much so that every time I get my work critiqued, I'm usually told the dialogue is really good. But conversely, that makes me overly concerned that the parts in between are insufficient to evoke a similar reaction. But what makes my dialogue so good?… Continue reading Criticism is key

Marvel Movie Monotony

Make it dark. Make it grim. Make it tough. But then for the love of God, tell a joke. - Joss Whedon This quote from my favorite director and screenwriter is quite situational. And because he was writer and director for both Avengers movie and worked on many early Marvel films, he's pretty responsible for… Continue reading Marvel Movie Monotony