Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.
Learning Fillmaking by Watching the USC Nina Foch Course and MOTHER by Bong Joon Ho
6:20Justin Sloan talks about his first steps toward learning how to direct and learning about film. Learning how to direct the actor, with Nina Foch (USC instructor) Watching MOTHER, by Bong Joon Ho https://www.udemy.com/course/directing-the-actor-a-usc-course-with-nina-foch/learn/lecture/201868#overview
CWC 2.0 - Moving to the CREATIVE WRITING LIFE Podcast
4:43Justin Sloan has moved the Creative Writing Career podcast to a new 2.0 version, rebranded as CREATIVE WRITING LIFE. Enjoy! Check us out at : FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeWritingLife iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-writing-life/id1488636423 With cohosts PT Hylton and Paul Zeidman. Also, check out the Creative Writing Life book - https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK Want the life of a professional writer but not sure how to get there? Learn what it takes from the pros! Do you love to write, but aren't sure what to do with it? Wondering how to approach the industry, find a market, or get an in with the right folks? Stephan Bugaj (Pixar, Telltale Games) and Justin Sloan (Telltale Games, the Shadow Corps books) have come together to share advice on living the writer dream. Let them show you exactly what it takes to make it in the world of creative writing. What follows is a collection of their advice and interviews with the experts. This includes screenwriters, video game writers, and authors of books and comics. In this book you'll read interviews with writers whose credits include such titles as: • Big Fish • Batman • Game of Thrones • The Crow • Divergent • John Carter • Brave • Yesterday’s Gone • Prince of Persia: Sands of Time • Sandman Slim • Jurassic World In this book on creative writing for beginners and advanced, we cover features, television, video games, novels, and more aspects of making writing your life. Buy CREATIVE WRITING LIFE today to learn firsthand from the professionals!
Dakota Krout on Writing LitRPG
36:37Dakota Krout joins Justin to discuss his books, what LitRPG is, and how to enjoy family life while still writing often and a lot. From Dakota (Amazon): Dakota Krout - Author of the Amazon best-selling Divine Dungeon and Completionist Chronicles series I live in a 'pretty much Canada' Minnesota city with my wife and daughter. By day I'm a web developer and computer programmer, but in the early morning and late evening you'll find me draped over my computer creating new worlds and doing my best to bring characters to life. I started writing The Divine Dungeon series because I enjoy reading and wanted to create a world all my own. To my surprise and great pleasure, I found like-minded people who enjoy the contents of my mind. Publishing my stories has been an incredible blessing thus far and I hope to keep you entertained for years to come! Find me here: DakotaKrout.com Facebook.com/TheDivineDungeon Patreon.com/DakotaKrout Twitter.com/DakotaKrout Goodreads.com/Dakota_Krout And find his other interview on the LitRPG Reads Podcast.
Evan Currie on Writing Science Fiction
38:00Evan Currie joins Justin to discuss science fiction, self publishing, and his journey as an author. Evan is a Canadian author who has been writing both original and fan fiction works for more than a decade, and finally decided to make the jump to self-publishing with his techno-thriller "Thermals." Since then Evan has turned out novels in the Silver Wings series, the Odyssey One series, and the first book in an alternate history series set during the height of the Roman Era. From ancient Rome to the far flung future, Evan enjoys exploring the possibilities inherent when you change technology or culture. For a short novella set in the Silver Wings universe, and sneak peaks at everything else he's working on, join Evan's mailing list : http://bit.ly/2lVUFJW Check out his amazing books on Amazon.
Epic Fantasy with Michael J Sullivan
35:27Michael J. Sullivan joins Justin to talk writing epic fantasy, world building, and his adventures in both indie and traditional publishing. After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just ten years old and mimicking the only writer he knew at the time...Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and Michael's desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession. As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen novels without finding any traction in publishing. Since insanity is repeating the same act but expecting a different result, he did the only sane thing he could think of and quit, vowing never to write creatively again. Never turned out to be too long for Michael and after a decade he returned to the keyboard in his forties...but with one condition: he wouldn't seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head during his hiatus. His first reading love was fantasy, and his hope was to help foster a love of reading in his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who struggled due to severe dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted the novels needed to "get out there." When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks and has run "the business side" of his writing ever since. Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big five. FIND HIS BOOKS ON AMAZON. Also on such sites as B&N :) From Justin: I'm listening to Michael's THEFT OF SWORDS audiobook right now and loving it. Give it a try.
The Writing Business with Joe Solari
30:44Justin sits down with Joe Solari to talk the business of writing, including when to incorporate and... taxes! Here's his course! On sale for a few days :) https://www.indieauthoralchemy.com/indieauthoralchemy/ More about Joe: Joe Solari is an author, entrepreneur, and consultant. He writes on the topics of Energy, the Environment, and on how to reduce risk in your entrepreneurial ventures. Finding that many business owners struggle with the same problems he has worked to create tools and systems to help passionate business owners professionalize their team and operations to achieve exceptional results. Joe graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute and an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business. He has been an owner, investor, partner, and operator of numerous businesses. He lives in River Forest Illinois with his wife Suze, author of the T-Shirt & Jeans Handbook, and their two sons Rowan and Vincent.
Writing Superheroes with Lucas Flint
27:38Lucas Flint shares why he loves to write superheroes, where his character powers come from, and a freebie deal if you get it quick! Enjoy :) Bait & Switch (free until April 22nd, 2018): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0788RN49V Website: www.lucasflint.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlucasflint/?ref=bookmarks Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucasflintbooks Lucas Flint is the pen name of Timothy L. Cerepaka, who writes superhero fiction under it. The Lucas Flint pen name is also published under the Secret Identity Books imprint of Annulus Publishing, an imprint devoted to publishing superhero fiction. Series: The Superhero's Son (Book 1: The Superhero's Test) The Young Neos (Book 1: Brothers) Minimum Wage Sidekick (Book 1: First Job) The Legacy Superhero (Book 1: A Superhero's Legacy)
Evan Skolnick on Breaking into Games and Attending GDC
33:55With over twenty-five years of story and game development experience at world-class entertainment companies such as Marvel, Activision, and Lucasfilm, EVAN SKOLNICK brings a unique perspective to narrative experiences in games. An international speaker and educator, he has conducted workshops on storytelling techniques for well over a thousand game development professionals. Skolnick’s work includes projects such as Star Wars 1313, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, The Godfather: Five Families, Over the Hedge, Spider-Man 3, Spy Muppets, and many others. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two sons. Visit www.evanskolnick.com. Check out his book, VIDEO GAME STORYTELLING.
Writing MMO Video Games with Bobby Stein of Arena Net
40:31Bobby Stein of Arena Net (Guild Wars 2) joins us to talk writing for MMO video games, breaking in, and more. FROM BOBBY: I've been writing about video games since 2001 and for them since 2005. Interactive storytelling through gameplay and ambient voice-over is my passion. I currently manage the narrative team under the Studio Narrative Director. From 2007 to 2012, we focused on writing and editing voiced dialog for dynamic events and ambient scenes. Since the launch of Guild Wars 2 in August of 2012, we've shifted our efforts to evolving the narrative of the live game by working with multidisciplinary, project-based groups on the Living World story and Raids. I spend much of my time writing and/or reviewing narrative treatments and VO scripts with my team, giving feedback and creative direction on plot, characters, dialog, presentation, implementation, and gameplay cohesion where needed. I have also done light implementation of ambient narrative elements (scripting interactive props, scenes, etc.) Bobby on IMDB
From Theater to Video Game Writing with David Varela
36:34David Varela joins us to discuss his career with video games such as Zombie Run, and how he made it. http://davidvarela.com/ FROM DAVID: I’m a writer, living and working in the UK. I’m also quite a practical bloke, which makes me useful as a producer of games and multimedia drama too. Being rather busy most of the time, I won’t be blogging on this site, but I will be keeping it up to date with what I’ve been doing. If you want regular updates, you can sign up for my newsletter. The trouble is, I’m normally not allowed to talk about the really interesting stuff until it’s over. This is how I create my air of mystery. Here’s a summary of the story so far. In 2009, I produced a project called Xi. It’s still one of the largest Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) ever made. For most of 2010, I was writing and producing Lewis Hamilton: Secret Life at nDreams. Now that was epic. 2011 was mostly the Pepperhood and a lot of teaching, talking and running workshops around the world. 2012 saw the surprising success of Zombies, Run!, the theatrical extravaganza that was The Seed, and 100 Hours of Solitude in Ted Hughes’ old house. 2013 was all about Samurai Siege, the Live Writing Series, and the start of an unexpected new cocktail business called Shaken. 2014 got off to an astonishing start with the release of Sherlock: The Network, which led to a whole load of travelling and award nominations. 2015 saw me writing The Trace (one of the Best Android Games of the Year, apparently) and giving a series of talks at conferences and workshops. 2016 brought the end of Shaken, a small press frenzy around Framed, writing for VR, some prototyping for Lost My Name, and more talks around the world. And 2017 has turned into a wonderful mix of education, narrative design, more prototyping, VR… and it’s not over yet.