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15 Must-Read Lessons Albert Einstein Can Teach Screenwriters

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

Because of his brilliance, many sought his outlook and perspective on a number of different topics beyond science. Below we take many of his most famous inspiring quotes and apply them to the art, craft, and business of screenwriting, for wisdom has no bounds.

Why Do So Many Chase the "Impossible" Screenwriting Dream?

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

It's common knowledge that screenwriting is a seemingly impossible career venture for a majority that attempt it, yet thousands upon thousands of people each year are writing screenplays in hopes of attaining that ultimate dream of becoming a professional screenwriter.

16 Things Screenwriters Should NEVER Say to Hollywood Executives

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

Screenwriters are always being told what they should say in Hollywood pitch meetings, meet and greets, and query letters. While there is a plethora of excellent advice in that respect, it's what screenwriters shouldn't say that really makes or breaks those first impressions.

'The Good, Bad, and The Celebrity Picture Book'

Paul Czajak | Posted 10.07.2015 | Books
Paul Czajak

I realize celebrities have faced rejection in their careers however, a publishing house sees a celebrity as instant cash because of their fame. They already have a fan base and readers will buy the book solely based on the name and not the quality of the story.

7 Studio Jobs That Can Get Screenwriters Closer to Their Dreams

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

Each of these jobs create different levels of opportunity for networking and experience. And with each of them comes great responsibility as far as being careful to choose opportunities wisely.

Cryptozoology ~ Fantastic Beasts And Fantastic Stories ~ Part 2

Paul Bishop | Posted 10.05.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Robert Deis and Wyatt Doyle have recently published their third sterling collection of stories torn from the pages of the men's adventure magazines published in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

7 Ways Writing Is Better Than Sex

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.07.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

You can go all night without stopping and still look great.

The Ten Commandments of Writing a Great Sequel

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

Audiences love sequels, and thus, so do studios. They love something familiar. It gives them insurance for the multitude of money being spent at the theater on any given family or date outing.

The Accidental Interrogation: Pinning Down Nikki Nelson-Hicks Part I

Paul Bishop | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

I have always enjoyed the company of people who are funny, intelligent, and a bit perverted. My favorite whack-job writer, Nikki Nelson-Hicks, is a rock star in all three of those demographics.

My Struggle Against Islamophobes

Atif Rashid | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Atif Rashid

I feel as though I'm in an almost-daily battle with Islamophobes whether online or in my mind trying to figure out why these people have so much hatred against Islam.

9 Reasons Screenwriting Is Exactly Like Poker

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Entertainment

Screenwriting. The pastime of Hollywood (and beyond). A career of high or low stakes, depending upon what level of the totem pole you, the screenwriter, is on.

The Accidental Interrogation: Pinning Down Nikki Nelson-Hicks Part 2

Paul Bishop | Posted 10.01.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Nikki is an acerbic, sarcastic, hair-exploding, dart throwing contrarian - all of which shines through in the maniacal humor and power of her writing. In her day job as a cubical goddess, she plays with plastic dinosaurs on her desk while thwarting customer service terrorists.

Own Who You Are and What You Do

Kali Hawlk | Posted 10.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kali Hawlk

Declaring yourself as anything is scary. But if it's who you are, you must own it. Don't avoid it, run away from it, or downplay it.

Pretending to Dance: A Conversation With Diane Chamberlain

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Molly Arnette, the protagonist in Diane Chamberlain's beautiful woven novel, Pretending to Dance, left Morrison Ridge, North Carolina, and all of her family behind for good.

8 Ways to Write and Finish a Work of Fiction

Dorit Sasson | Posted 09.28.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Writers are notorious for getting stuck in their own heads which often causes them to give up. Starting a work of fiction whether it's a novel or short story is just as important as finishing it. This is part of the writer's journey!

Feel Like Giving Up? Here's Why You Can't Quit

Kali Hawlk | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Kali Hawlk

Insecurity cripples us from doing our best creative work. We've all experienced the sudden jolt of uncertainty that leaves us feeling wary about what we're making or doing.

Viola Davis Matters

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 09.28.2015 | Entertainment
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

We must remember that in life and in art, letting new people in, however scary it may be, often brings huge rewards. It inspires us to expand our own potential. And so I'll say it again: onscreen storytelling is only enhanced by diversity, both in front of and behind the camera.

It's Never Too Late to Do What You Love

Honey Good | Posted 09.22.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

Good Morning Darlings! You may recall my big announcement this week -- it was a special one. I am most appreciative of both my loyal and new readers to the Honey Good site. I was selected by the Sun Times Network as its first national columnist on its 70-U.S. city, website and app.

Write Now: Avoiding Obnoxious Self-Promotion

Paul Bishop | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Paul Bishop

Most of us have had to unfriend or block individuals on our social networking sites whose excessive self-promotion constantly clutters up newsfeeds and group pages. These cretins have no idea how obnoxious they are and never contribute anything but self-promotion to the groups they are, in essence, spamming.

6 Monsters Killing Your Writing Ability

Adam Davis | Posted 09.18.2015 | Business
Adam Davis

I deal with an issue known as "writer's block." It is real, I promise. If you have been writing for any length of time, you know what I am talking about. What I discovered through my experience is that my surroundings either contribute to me producing valuable content, or it hinders my ability to write well.

Novelist Jeffrey Siger Talks Greece, Wall Street and Mystery Thrillers

Sara Lee Bentley | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Sara Lee Bentley

A sun soaked island hillside dotted with small, whitewashed buildings that seemingly rolls straight into the deep blue, Aegean sea. It all seems so perfect, so idyllic.

Review: A History Of The Unmarried By Stephen S. Mills

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 09.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Ernest Sweet

Image Courtesy of Sibling Rivalry Press Given that gay marriage has dominated the American political landscape for far too long, it should come as n...

The Slippery Slope of Non-Traditional Casting

Steve Harper | Posted 09.17.2015 | Black Voices
Steve Harper

So, although the argument against a particular casting choice might be frustrating on one level, on another, it makes complete sense. I believe the writer should always have the last word. Though there are two instances where I think non-traditional approaches can make sense

How to Chase Your Dreams and Reinvent Yourself

James Clear | Posted 09.17.2015 | Healthy Living
James Clear

The good news is that the path to doing work you love might not look the way you expected, but it can still get you to where you want to go -- if you make the choice to try something new. It's never too late to reinvent yourself.

Uncertainty and Doubt in the Career Rat Race

Lauren Santye | Posted 09.16.2015 | College
Lauren Santye

Growing up, you are blissful unaware of the difficulties of life. You believe that you will go to college, get a job in your chosen field, get married and live in a beautiful house with a white picket fence -- that whole "American Dream" bullshit.