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Creative Writing Life

Creative Writing Life

By Paul, Justin, and PT
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.
Rebranded from the Creative Writing Career podcast - creativewritingcareer.simplecast.fm/
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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!  --- https://www.amazon.com/M.D.-Presley/e/B01IAX3M4Y 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.
35:07
November 6, 2020
29. Ryan Estabrooks Writing and Directing and Webseries
Justin and Paul speak with Ryan Estabrooks about writing and directing and making webseries. https://www.ryanestabrooks.com/ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4712536/ 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!
33:28
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. 
54:45
October 2, 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?
29:46
September 25, 2020
26. Screenwriting, books, and Kickstarter!
Justin and Paul share updates on their screenwriting, books, and Kickstarter!
30:24
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!). 
35:27
September 1, 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: https://stevenkonkoly.com/ Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
33:10
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: https://remyflagg.com/ Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
41:23
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: https://kareninglisauthor.com/ Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
40:33
July 1, 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: https://www.aeon14.com/ Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
32:05
June 9, 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: http://www.pinheadgames.com/ Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
34:42
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: https://nickthacker.com/ Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
30:16
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6HOdHEeosc&list=PLSH_xM-KC3Zv-79sVZTTj-YA6IAqh8qeQ Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
28:13
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
27:53
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
34:50
April 3, 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: https://www.amazon.com/Dwayne-Alexander-Smith/e/B00L96G4FO Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
32:49
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
34:39
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
36:45
March 3, 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: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
28:51
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
19:46
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 www.briandrakebooks.com Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
26:43
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
34:50
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 https://bryancohen.lpages.co/amazon-ad-profit-challenge-landing-jan-2020/ Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
32:34
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
32:16
January 7, 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: https://www.amazon.com/Jeffery-H-Haskell/e/B01I2W55SO Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
26:35
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: https://creativewritingcareer.simplecast.fm/96e960d3 Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
27:43
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 - https://filmfreeway.com/ Paul's Blog: https://maximumz.blog/ Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: https://creativewritingcareer.simplecast.fm/96e960d3 Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
29:03
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: https://creativewritingcareer.simplecast.fm/96e960d3 Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
49:18
December 7, 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: https://maximumz.blog/ Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: https://creativewritingcareer.simplecast.fm/96e960d3 Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
34:34
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: https://creativewritingcareer.simplecast.fm/96e960d3 Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/ Get the Creative Writing Life book: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Writing-Life-Justin-Sloan-ebook/dp/B07YR2FMYK/
32:38
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: https://maximumz.blog/ Paul's Creative Writing Career episode: https://creativewritingcareer.simplecast.fm/96e960d3 Justin's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Justin-Sloan/e/B00OJPAM0K/ PT's Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/P.T.-Hylton/e/B00J8K7KWY/
28:26
November 6, 2019