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Creative Writing Life

Creative Writing Life

By Paul Zeidman and Justin Sloan
From screenplays to novels to video games, there are many paths in the creative writing life. Paul, Justin, PT and their guests are here with expert advice and writer interviews to help you in your journey.
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55. Drew Avera on Japanese Cinema
Drew joins the team to discuss Japanese Cinema! Drew Avera is a Navy veteran, musician, and the bestselling author of the Dead Planet series and the Alorian Wars. He was born and raised in rural Mississippi and grew up with a deep affection for comic books and science fiction movies and television shows. At one point he boasted a comic book collection with more than 1,000 issues.
January 04, 2022
54. Creative Writing Life in 2021 and What's Next?
Justin and Paul discuss lessons learned from 2021, paths ventured, and what's next in their grand journey. Enjoy!
December 24, 2021
53. Screenplay and Novel Pitch Sessions
Justin and Paul talk pitching your novels and screenplays at pitch sesssions.  Enjoy! 
November 12, 2021
52. Self Publishing Your Book!
Justin and Paul discuss self publishing. If you're considering getting your book out there, here are some thoughts! Also, did you check out the Creative Writing Career book from Justin yet? Creative Writing Career is a resource to help writers go from aspiring to professional, full-time writers. The book includes information on the writing process and ways to improve one’s craft, but mostly focuses on how to get discovered and where to concentrate energy in the meantime. The content of the book is supplemented by writer interviews, featuring incredibly gifted authors, game writers, and screenwriters who share the wisdom they have gained. Interviews include writers with credits at or on Pixar, O-Dark-Thirty, Borderlands, Assassins Creed 2, Ninja Boy, and the Traveler's Gate trilogy.
October 28, 2021
51. Drew Edwards on Creating the Halloween Man Comics
Drew Edwards joined Justin and Paul to chat about creating the Halloween Man comics. Enjoy! What is Halloween Man? Here you go!  Murdered by a monster on Halloween night, Solomon Hitch was resurrected to fight back against the darkness as Halloween Man! Superdeformed includes some of the best loved tales from the popular webcomic. Includes art by Nicola Scott (Secret Six, Birds of Prey), Benjamin Hall (Dead@17: Protectorate) and David Baldeón (Nomad: Girl Without A World). Halloween Man is a 21st Century Beauty and the Beast story that brings together the most amazing aspects of horror, superheroes, and science fiction. Meet Solomon Hitch, the Halloween Man himself – a misunderstood monster with the power of the horror movie sequel, a heart of gold, and a taste for living flesh – and his lady love Lucy Chaplin, the world’s most glamorous mad scientist. With his friends by his side, he just might smash evil, save the world – and maybe even save his soul!
October 07, 2021
50. Loglines, Film School, and Opportunities
Justin and Paul chat about Loglines, Film School, and Opportunities.  Enjoy!  P.S. This was a script we recorded a while back and was in the can. So hopefully it's not too dated!
September 23, 2021
49. Brad Staggs on the Writing Life
Justin and Paul are joined by VO Artist and host of The Working Writers Podcast Brad Staggs. Enjoy!  About Bradd:  Multi-faceted Writer and Voice-Over Actor. A 24-year plus veteran and member of the Indiana National Guard's 38th Infantry Division. A 46Z, Public Affairs NCOIC, who specialises in video, audio, and graphic production. 12-year Public Relations Representative for Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, IN. Builder and curator of the Muscatatuck Museum and Programming Director of Radio Muscatatuck, an FM radio station. Public Affairs methodology and video/radio station operations instructor.
September 08, 2021
48. Tristan Vick on Authoring Books and Creating a Comic
Justin and Paul chat about making an awesome comic/graphic novel with Tristan Vick! Also Japan and whatnot, because why not? Tristan Vick is the author of the science fiction series Jegra: Gladiatrix of the Galaxy and zompoc series Bitten along with 14 other published novels. He now ventures into comics with his debut creator-owned series Daughter of Wolves. Check out the Kickstarter -- Check out Tristan's books on Amazon --
August 27, 2021
47. Dustin Brady on Writing Middle Grade Fiction and Presenting at Schools
Dustin Brady writes funny, action-packed books for kids. Although he regularly gets locked out of his own accounts for forgetting passwords, Dustin still remembers the Super Mario Bros. 3 Game Genie code for infinite lives. It’s SLXPLOVS. Dustin lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, kids, and a small dog named Nugget. Check out his books on Amazon.
August 06, 2021
46. Jon Kohan on Making a Living by Writing on Fiverr
Writer Jon Kohan joined the team to talk making a living by writing on Fiverr. Screenwriter for film and television with credits including the Ernie and Cerbie, Family Game Night (high critic rating), Deer Grandma, Spilled Paint (award winning) and many others. If you need help with anything related to screenwriting, don't settle for someone that's never actually made a film. Hire me! NOTE: No such thing as a stupid question. Feel free to ask me anything. I pride myself on being a hard worker, team player, and honest. Enjoy! 
July 23, 2021
45. WGF Veterans Writing Project with Ramsey Anderson
Ramsey Anderson shares his experience with the WGF's Veterans Writing Project.  More about Ramsey: 6+ years of experience as the Director of Audio Visual Services and Sales. During that time, lead the daily operations of the AV dept., was involved in sales, trained technicians, sub-rented equipment, managed audio/ video recordings, processed reports and hired/terminated employees. Customer service and positive survey scores have always been in keeping with the successful AV team. 10+ years of experience as an audio/ video/ lighting/ IT engineer at upscale hotels, conference centers and TV studios located through out California. Ranging from events with 10,000+ attendees to small executive meetings they all share a commitment to excellence. Additionally, Ramsey is a video producer, editor and screen writer. Information on the WGF's Veterans Writing Project: 
July 16, 2021
44. Geoffrey D. Calhoun Talks Screenwriting and The Successful Screenwriter Podcast
Join us as we discuss screenwriting and The Successful Screenwriter podcast with the amazing Geoffrey D. Calhoun!  IMDB: Geoffrey D. Calhoun is the best selling author of The Guide For Every Screenwriter and host of the #1 international podcast The Successful Screenwriter. His screenwriting career began over ten years ago and was almost completely by accident. He initially studied photography but it wasn't until he was approached by a close friend that he dived into screenwriting. There he truly found his passion. As an autodidact, Geoffrey threw himself into the craft which has resulted in several nominations and awards including the coveted Louis Mitchell Award for Excellence in Screenwriting, voted best author, and has also been listed as a Top 100 Indie Writer in the World. Geoffrey has optioned several screenplays and has worked with many other writers and producers as a script consultant, screenwriter, and a re-writer for various stages of development and production with his company Geoffrey has even done a little acting. He also teaches advanced rewriting at Script University. Recently he was named as director of the Script Summit Screenplay Contest. Check out his book on Amazon - The Guide for Every Screenwriter! 
July 07, 2021
43. Nick Morris on Writing the Screenplay for the film BECKY
Nick Morris joins the duo to discuss writing the screenplay for the film BECKY. Nick won Amateur Showdown with his script, “There Was a Little Girl.” Nick soon received a phone call from a producer who wanted to make it. Three years later, the film, now titled, “Becky,” is being released! BECKY: A teenager's weekend at a lake house with her father takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts wreaks havoc on their lives. Also, here's an interview with him:
June 25, 2021
42. Brian Fitzpatrick on Writing Mechcraft and More!
Brian Fitzpatrick is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and speaker. Imagine being just 7 years old and accidentally watching the horror classic, Night of the Living Dead. For author, Brian Fitzpatrick, that’s precisely what happened. It became the catalyst for a life-altering path forward. After a week of sleepless nights, he became fascinated with the idea that he could be so scared, yet be perfectly safe. Fitzpatrick swiftly put pen to paper and has been creating horror and science fiction tales ever since. Fitzpatrick keeps current with medical technology for his business career serving the telecommunication needs of local hospitals, investigates the paranormal with his team of ghost hunters, and has spent a lifetime weaving imaginative stories for table top role-playing games. Fitzpatrick grew up absorbing the works of Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, George Lucas, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Clive Barker. For over a decade, Fitzpatrick has turned his focus to screenwriting where he would go on to place in the quarterfinals in four of the biggest contests the industry has to offer: Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Competition, PAGE International Screenwriting Contest, the Screencraft Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenplay Competition, and most recently, The Script Lab 2019 Screenplay Competition. He then converted his most popular screenplay, Mechcraft, into a novel. Published in February of 2018, the Mechcraft novel placed quarterfinals in the Screencraft Sci-fi/Fantasy Novel Competition, receive a 5-star rating from Readers’ Favorite, and hit #3 on Amazon for the YA Science Fiction category. In 2020, Fitzpatrick signed a 3-book deal with publisher, Black Rose Writing. BRW will be releasing all 3 Mechcraft novels in 2021. Brian resides in southern California with his wife, son, dog, cat, and 7 chickens. Become part of the Mechcraft community across all social media: @AuthorBrianFitzpatrick Official author site:
June 10, 2021
41. Author Jonathan P. Brazee on Publishing Military Science Fiction
Author Jonathan P. Brazee chats self publishing and writing military science fiction with the Creative Writing Life podcast. Enjoy!  And check out his bestseller, SENTENCED TO WAR. #MilitarySciFi #JonathanBrazee  From the author:  I am a retired Marine infantry colonel and now a full-time writer living in Colorado Springs with my wife Kiwi and twin baby girls, Danika Dawn and Darika Marie. I am a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, a Dragon Award Finalist, and a USA Today Bestselling writer. I published my first work back in 1978, a so-so short story titled "Secession." Since then, I have been published in newspapers, magazines, and in book format in fiction, political science, business, military, sports, race relations, and personal relations fields. I returned to writing fiction in 2009, and I currently have over 75 titles published, 44 being novels. My novelette, "Weaponized Math," was a finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award, "Fire Ant" was a finalist for the 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella, and "Integration" was a finalist for the 2018 Dragon Award for Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel. My undergraduate degree was earned at the U. S. Naval Academy (Class of 1979), and I have attended graduate school at U. S. International University and the University of California, San Diego, earning a masters and doctorate. I am a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the US. Naval Academy Alumni Association, and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America where I'm serving as the chairman of SFWA Ed, our professional education program. I have rather eclectic tastes. I have won awards in photography, cooking, writing, and several sports, earning national championships in rugby and equestrian events. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, cooking, going to the gym, or traveling. I attend quite a few cons over the course of a year, and love meeting other people who love books. I write because I love it. I only hope that others might read my work and get a bit of enjoyment or useful information out of my efforts. If you would like to join my email list and find out about new books or promotions, please sign up at My website is My Twitter is @jonathanbrazee
May 13, 2021
40. Film School and Learning
Justin and Paul talk about #filmschools and learning the craft of #CreativeWriting. Enjoy! 
April 30, 2021
39. Story Revisions and Writing Contained Stories
Justin and Paul discuss Story Revisions and Writing Contained Stories - enjoy! 
April 16, 2021
38. Justin G. Dyck - Director of Anything for Jackson
Justin and Paul chat with Justin G. Dyck, the director of Anything for Jackson.  After a successful festival run, Justin G. Dyck’s Anything for Jackson made its debut on Shudder. Starring Julian Richings, Sheila McCarthy, and Konstantina Mantelos, the film is centered around a grieving pair of grandparents who kidnap a young woman in hopes of transferring the soul of their deceased grandson into her soon-to-be born child, and as expected, things don’t exactly go according to plan. It's a great one, but he's done more movies. Check out his IMDB and the episode. 
April 01, 2021
37. Eve Edelson on Film Festivals and Directing Shorts
Justin and Paul speak with Eve Edelson about her experience making short films and running a festival.  FROM EVE: I'm a writer and filmmaker living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I started out in theater, training at the Drama Studio London at Berkeley. I've crewed on films,  made 6 shorts and run the Weird Film Festival, now in its 7th year. My play Scamoramaland, about people who prank email scammers,  produced in San Francisco, was based on my website and my book of the same name published by The Disinformation Company. Find her credits on IMDB:
March 03, 2021
36. Bob Saenz on Screenwriting and Extracurricular Activities (2019)
Bob Saenz wrote Extracurricular Activities (2019) and has done many other awesome work. He shares his experience with us.  Also, you can grab his book on Amazon - THAT'S NOT THE WAY IT WORKS. ABOUT BOB SAENZ Bob is a screenwriter and actor, his written and produced works include Hallmark's "Help for the Holidays", "Rescuing Madison", "Sweet Surrender", On the 12th Day of Christmas", "Sound of Christmas", "The Right Girl", "Christmas in Love", both the theatricals "Church People", and the black comedy thriller "Extracurricular Activities". He does rewrites and polishes on film and TV projects for Producers and Production Companies. His acting roles include a 6-year recurring character run on the TV show "Nash Bridges", Hallmark's "Valley of Light", Francis Ford Coppola's "Jack", David Fincher's "Zodiac", Finn Taylor's "Unleashed", "Church People", and "The Village Barbershop", among dozens of others. He was a radio DJ on KYCY in San Francisco, played the last 10 years in the 60's rock band The BSides, and has done voice work on video games, documentaries, and commercials.
February 19, 2021
35. Writing Tools and CWC Will Wight Episode
Justin and Paul discuss writing tools! Also, we bring back the old CWC Will Wight episode. Enjoy! About Will Wight Will Wight is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of the Traveler's Gate trilogy, the Elder Empire cycle, and the Cradle series, with other titles available in alternate dimensions. He can smell fear, taste anger, and hear joy. Will lives in Orlando, among the creatures of swamp and sea. He graduated from the University of Central Florida, where he received degrees in Creative Writing and Bear Surgery. Visit his website at for ancient knowledge, book news, and a deep sense of personal satisfaction. If you begin having unexplained visions of Will Wight more than once a day, please move to an approved Wight-proof shelter immediately.
February 05, 2021
34. Noah A. Waters III on Writing, Directing, and Stand Up Comedy
Justin and Paul speak with Noah A. Waters III on writing and directing, along with being a stand up comedian.  Noah is FilmMaker (Writer/Director), a Stand Up Comedian, a playwright, musician, and novelist. He is a combat vet having served both in the US ARMY and in several Private Military outfits as a Mercenary. Noah is a Free Mason of the 32nd degree with Scottish Rite, York Rite Mason, a knighted member of the Knights Templar and several other orders as well as a member of Veterans in Film & Television. Check out his new crowdfunding campaign -
January 28, 2021
33. Final Draft vs. Movie Magic Screenwriting Software
Paul and Justin discuss Final Draft vs. Movie Magic Screenwriting Software. What do you think? How about other tools?  Enjoy!
January 20, 2021
32. Author Jonathan Fesmire on Steampunk, Worldbuilding, and Fun
Author Jonathan Fesmire, originally from Santa Cruz, California, now lives in Southern California with his son. By day, he’s a copywriter, by evening a steampunk author, and at all times, a dedicated dad. Though Jonathan started out writing fantasy, he has moved completely to steampunk, enchanted with its aesthetics, possibilities, and implications. He’s a fan of the stories, the art, and the gadgets, and enjoys interacting with the community.
December 29, 2020
31. Chris Mancini - Writer, Director, Comedian, Podcaster
Chris Mancini is a Writer, Director, Comedian, Podcaster, and Father. He's written comedy, horror, soap operas, comics, and parenting books. They are all more closely related than you think. In addition to film and TV work, Chris' published works include Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked Out New Dad from Simon and Schuster and Long Ago and Far Away from Starburns Press.
December 04, 2020
30. M.D. Presley Talks Worldbuilding in Movies and Books
Justin and Paul talk with M.D. Presley about worldbuilding in movies and books. Enjoy!  --- Never passing up the opportunity to speak about himself in the third person, M.D. Presley is not nearly as clever as he thinks he is. Born and raised in Texas, he spent several years on the East Coast and now waits for the West Coast to shake him loose. His favorite words include defenestrate, callipygian, and Algonquin. The fact that monosyllabic is such a long word keeps him up at night. M.D. Presley is a proud member of Sigil Independent, a guild for self-published fantasy authors including Dyrk Ashton, Ben Galley, Rob Hayes, Alec Hutson, Michael McClung, D.E. Olesen, Benedict Patrick, M.L. Spencer, Phil Tucker, and Timandra Whitecastle.
November 06, 2020
29. Ryan Estabrooks Writing and Directing and Webseries
Justin and Paul speak with Ryan Estabrooks about writing and directing and making webseries. Ryan Estabrooks was born and raised in Midwest City, Oklahoma and as a child, became fascinated with writing. They started out using comic books as inspiration to create their own during preschool using markers, lots of paper, and whatever else they could find. Around age 12, they were given a small camcorder and experimented with it, creating shorts and skits with anyone from the neighborhood who would help out. They didn't realize at the time that this was the start of their filmmaking career. They started writing screenplays as a teenager and went to several film chapters at local colleges, trying to get it read by anyone who would give them the time. At the same time, their obsession with music led to them making their own songs on a cheap computer with a $10 mic from Radioshack. From there, they learned electronic production, piano and guitar - before heading out to Nashville to study audio engineering. After graduating from college, they studied acting with the Street Theatre Company and appeared in several plays throughout Nashville. They also plunged headfirst into photography as an extension of their love for film and the visual arts. All of these creative interests are poured into their films, which tend to be colorful, energetic, and a little off-kilter. They've worked on projects for Nickelodeon, PBS, WarnerMedia, SYFY, Sony and more. Their influences include Jean-Luc Godard, Vera Chytilova, John Cassavetes, Agnes Varda, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Dennis Hopper, and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Enjoy!
October 16, 2020
28. Genre Writing and OLD CWC Episode with Bob Goodman
The team discusses genre writing, and then we play an old episode of CREATIVE WRITING CAREER episode: Bob Goodman discusses superhero writing. 
October 02, 2020
27. Screenplay Contests and Visual Novels
Paul and Justin discuss screenplay contests and visual novels.  Screenplay contests include:   Nicholl Austin Film Festival Page  Others?
September 25, 2020
26. Screenwriting, books, and Kickstarter!
Justin and Paul share updates on their screenwriting, books, and Kickstarter!
September 10, 2020
25 - HBO Max vs Disney Plus - What's so great?
Justin and Paul discuss what's up with their writing, as well as why HBO Max and Disney Plus are great for writers (and fun!). 
September 01, 2020
24 - Steven Konkoly on Thrilling Readers
Steven Konkoly joins the guys to discuss writing thrillers that connect with readers, researching your stories, and writing for Thomas and Mercer. Find Steven at: Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
August 11, 2020
23 - Jeremy Flagg on Writing Dystopian and Superheroes
Jeremy Flagg talks about his writing origins, dystopian worlds, and what defines a great superhero story. Find Jeremy at: Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
July 22, 2020
22 - Karen Inglis on Writing for Younger Readers
Karen Inglis is the author of numerous Children’s and Middle Grade books. She joins the guys to talk about reading as a writer, marketing, getting reviews on Children’s Books, and where she finds inspiration. Find Karen at: Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
July 01, 2020
21 - Mal Cooper on Building a Universe
Mal Cooper is the author and architect of the Aeon 14 universe and the author of numerous books for authors. She joins the guys to discuss building a universe, launching a book, and why she remains passionate about helping other authors. Find Mal at: Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
June 09, 2020
20 - Mark Darin on Creating Compelling Video Games
Mark was a key figure at Telltale Games, and now he’s got a new game out called Nick Bounty & The Dame with the Blue Chewed Shoe. He talks to the guys about designing compelling games, breaking into video game writing, and what led to the creation of Nick Bounty & The Dame with the Blue Chewed Shoe. Find Mark at: Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
May 25, 2020
19 - Nick Thacker on Building a Thriller Series
Nick Thacker is the author of the Harvey Bennett Thriller series. He also creates music, is working on a new co-written series, and somehow finds time to sleep somewhere in there. He joins the podcast to give his take on how he approaches his genre, how he works with beta readers, and how he creates soundtracks for books. Find Nick at: Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
May 10, 2020
18 - Online Writing Resources
The guys discuss their writing schedules in these odd times. Then they talk about Brandon Sanderson’s lecture series on YouTube and launch into other online resources they’ve found helpful. Brandon Sanderson’s Lecture Series: Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
April 27, 2020
17 - Wayne Stinnett on Crafting Adventure Stories
Novelist Wayne Stinnett joins us to discuss his unique brand of Caribbean adventure stories. He talks about creating characters people love, developing a series, and writing about compelling locations. Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
April 12, 2020
16 - Attila Korosi on Breaking in as a Filmmaker
Filmmaker Attila Korosi joins the guys to discuss the power of hard work, how his upbringing in Yugoslavia shaped him, how he managed to get his films made despite moving to LA with no connections. Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
April 03, 2020
15 - Dwayne Alexander Smith on Finding Success in Novels and Screenplays
Screenwriter and novelist Dwayne Alexander Smith talks about writing thrillers, bringing your skills to multiple mediums, and balancing a career as a screenwriter, novelist, and producer. Find his books at: Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
March 23, 2020
14 - San Francisco Writers Conference Wrap Up
Paul’s fresh off the San Francisco Writers conference, and he shares what he learned. Plus, should you pay for notes on your scripts? The eternal debate rages on. Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
March 10, 2020
13 - Joel Searls on Working Your Way Up in Hollywood
Joel Searls took his military and theater experience to Hollywood and worked his way up from the mailroom to production roles and beyond. In this interview, he discusses his journey, what the average writer outside Hollywood doesn’t know, and the power of perseverance. Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
March 03, 2020
12 - The Oscars from a Writer's Perspective
The guys share their thoughts on the Oscars, the winners, and what writers can learn from the movies that won the big awards. They also discuss what awards mean to them and how they define success as writers.  Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
February 17, 2020
11 - Finding Inspiration
Where do you find inspiration? How do you keep it flowing? And what do you do when it’s just not working? That’s what the guys discuss in this week’s episode. Tune in to hear some of their best tips for staying inspired. Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
February 10, 2020
10 - Brian Drake on How to Thrill Your Readers
Brian Drake is the author of numerous successful spy novels. He joins the guys to discuss the ups and downs of working with publishers, writing great action scenes, and some of his favorite thrillers. You can find out more about Brian and his work at Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
January 27, 2020
9 - Defining Yourself As a Writer
What makes your writing you?  One of the best ways to find out is by stretching your comfort zone. Whether it’s writing in new genres or approaching your stories in a new way, trying new things can help you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. Then you can take those lessons back to what you are comfortable writing.  In this episode, the guys discuss how they’ve pushed their own limits, what has worked, and what hasn’t. Then they discuss using those learnings to pitch yourself as a writer. Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
January 21, 2020
8 - Bryan Cohen Saves Your Book
Bryan Cohen is an author, teacher, blurb master, and the host of the Sell More Books podcast. He talks about Amazon ads, blurbs, and how writing is like improve comedy. Join Bryan’s 5 Day Amazon Ad Challenge at Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
January 13, 2020
7: How to deal with Story Notes (and how to give them)
Feedback is a part of the writer’s life. How do you give it? How do you react to feedback from others? We’re going to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of feedback and notes. Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
January 07, 2020
6: Writing Superheroes with Jeffrey H. Haskell
This week, science fiction and superhero novelist Jeffrey H. Haskell joins the show to talk about how he got into writing, the difference between urban fantasy and superheroes, and how understanding why people read a certain genre is more important than hitting the genre’s tropes. Check out Jeff’s books at: Paul's Blog: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
December 24, 2019
5: How to Stay Focused on Writing
This week, the guys share their tips for staying focused and productive. PT talks about writing with a partner. Justin talks about dictation. Paul talks about working on his short film script and the struggles of writing in coffee shops. Paul's Blog: Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
December 16, 2019
Episode 4: All About Screenwriting Contests
This week, we talk screenwriting contests. How do you decide which ones to enter? What can you expect to get out of them? How valuable is the feedback? Paul, Justin, and PT are here to break it down for you. Paul recommends checking out - Paul's Blog: Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
December 10, 2019
Bonus: Elias Madias talks Shadow of Mordor and Screenwriting
This week, we share an interview with Elias Madias, writer on the awesome video game Shadow of Mordor. He talkings about how he came up in the industry through being a Director’s Assistant, how he found a writing partner and bust down the first door in his way (to get to Disney!), and how he got into games (the secret? Connections. Networking. Duh). This interview first appeared on the Creative Writing Career podcast way back on episode two. Plus, Paul, Justin, and PT talk about adaptations. How do you go about adapting a work into another medium? What do you need to consider when writing in another person’s world? Tune in and find out! Paul's Blog: Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
December 07, 2019
Episode 3: Are Writing Conferences Worth It?
This week, Paul, Justin, and PT talk about conferences. What’s the point of going to conferences? How do you know which ones are worth attending? What do you do if you wind up on a panel? Tune in and find out! Paul's Blog: Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
November 29, 2019
Episode 2: How to Create a Story
Welcome to the Creative Writing Life! This week, Paul, Justin, and PT talk about creating stories. Where do you start? What are the stages in the process? How is creating a story for a novel different from a screenplay or a video game? How do you create your villain?  Plus, Justin shares his experience creating stories at Telltale Games. Paul's Blog: Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page: Get the Creative Writing Life book:
November 24, 2019
Episode 1: Networking for Writers
Welcome to the Creative Writing Life!  This week, Paul, Justin, and PT talk about networking for writers.  Paul's Blog: Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: Justin's Amazon page: PT's Amazon page:
November 06, 2019