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Re-Writing your #History – #Writing (and Life) Advice from April Thompson

I love this TED Talk! The opening solo bit from Liberty City is a powerful message about telling your own story and not letting others limits, limit you. Something that isn’t easy. The world is filled with “Boundaries, shoulds, woulds, and supposed tos…”  The only real boundary is the breadth and scope of  your imagination.  Now THAT is something to remember.  Check it out and let us know what you think.

The only real limitation is the breadth and scope of  your imagination.

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Video Saturday – Robert Kirkman: Writing TV vs. Writing Comics (and a little news of my own)

Today, I just finished my draft script for GrayHaven Comic’s anti-bullying anthology comic You Are Not Alone.  I heard about the project back in December from a post which I wanted to excerpt:

The events of December 14, when 26 innocent people (including 20 children) lost their lives, have affected many people. I know it’s touched me in a You Are Not Aloneprofound way. My fellow editors have felt the same and after much discussion we agreed that something had to be done.  What good is having the ability to reach people with our stories if we can’t put that to use in a beneficial way? It goes beyond the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. It goes beyond the victims of Aurora. This is not about gun violence or gun control. This is not a political statement. This is a statement of being good to your fellow man.

This is about Brandon Elizares, a 14 year old boy who took his own life after being bullied for coming out to his friends and classmates.

This is about Victoria Gray’s African American son who was tied to a locker at his High School as classmates taunted him with cheers of ‘slave for sale’

This is about the 11 year old developmentally challenged child who was held down on a kitchen table by four adults who took turns beating him.

This is about the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse and others like him.

This is about the children who are ridiculed or worse because of the color of their skin. Their sexual orientation. Their mental capacity. Their weight. Their interests.

This is about the children who no longer feel safe going to the movies or to school.

This is about the millions of kids who suffer abuse and suffer in silence thinking that no one cares.

This project is designed to show that we hear you. People care. WE CARE. And what they can do to get help.

GrayHaven Comics will be publishing YOU ARE NOT ALONE a very special anthology one shot featuring stories inspired but not based on real life events like the ones mentioned above. With this book we hope to give people the means to get help and know what to do should they ever witness or face such situations themselves. The book will be produced by our editors and distributed by us for FREE in order to get the message out to as many people who could benefit from it as possible.

I just sent in a short 4-page script based on a story a friend told me.  And yes, this does include disability. 🙂  As comic script writing was on my mind (and schedule) for this weekend, it seemed only fitting that this week’s video would be about comic book writing versus other forms of writing.  (And let me just say, it IS an adjustment).  So, for your entertainment and education I give you Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman discussing the differences between writing for television and comic books at the 2012 L.A. Times Festival of Books


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Video Saturday – Robert McKee’s 10 Problems to Avoid with Dialogue

I have Robert McKee’s “Story.”  Actually, to be honest, I used to have it.  I loaned it out and it was never returned.  That would be my second copy.  🙁

Robert McKee, is a creative writing instructor who is widely known for his influential “Story Seminar” and his book “Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting” which is sometimes thought of as the “screenwriters bible.”  It’s a great if THICK and analytical tome.  As described in Wikipedia (the font of all Internet knowledge…when you’re in a hurry), it describes the book thusly: “Rather than simply handling “mechanical” aspects of fiction technique such as plot or dialogue taken individually, McKee examines the narrative structure of a work and what makes the story compelling or not. This works equally as well as an analysis of other genres or forms of narrative, whether as a screenplay, or short story, or novel, or even non-fiction as long as they attempt to “tell a story”.”

For those of you who may be skeptical, McKee’s former students include 36 Academy Award winners, 164 Emmy Award winners, 19 WGA (Writers Guild of America) Award winners and 16 DGA (Directors Guild of America) Award winners.

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