December 6, 2019

33 - Process

Welcome, Writer family! Today, we are talking about the perfect writing process. If you follow these three steps, you will be able to write a bestselling novel in 30 days or less. *But writer be warned, results are not guaranteed.

We've all fallen into the trap of believing that if we just get the right process, our writing will be both easy and perfect. In episode 32, we discussed how the idea of perfection is a false narrative. In this episode, we'll explain why finding your writing process can be an elusive dream and prevent you from doing your best work. Mary will also teach you how to golf.

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November 30, 2019

32 - Perfectionism

We're back! Happy Thanksgiving. Today we're talking about perfectionism. Are you letting the idea of perfect writing get in the way of being successful? Mary and Melissa are going to dig into the pitfalls of perfectionism and share some tips and tricks they use to circumvent their writing egos. If you're struggling with writer's block, anxiety, or fear of rejection, chances are you are letting the idea of perfect get in your way. Remember, writing is hard...

Also, Mary shares out Quote of the Week from the legendary John Cleese.

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November 15, 2019

31 - Professionalism

We’re back and today on this week’s episode of Writing Easy we are digging into an important age-old question - what does it mean to be a professional writer? 

Mary and Melissa talk productivity, accountability, decorum, and how you show up in the writing community. We also get inspiration from our Quote of the Week by Agatha Christie. Join us!

November 8, 2019

30 - Confetti and Opinions

It’s our last week focused on Pixar Rules! We made it to the end! Today we’re discussing how to write characters with strong opinions and making characters come alive. Join us as we dive into rule #6 and #13.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?

#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.

 
Resources: 

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

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October 25, 2019

29 - Shiny unhappy people

Another week another episode focused on Pixar Rules! We’re tackling character development and digging into ways in which we can walk in our character’s shoes. Today, we dive into rule #1, #15, and #21.

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. 

#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?

 
Resources: 

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

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October 19, 2019

28 - Trying funky stuff

Another week another episode focused on Pixar Rules! We're tackling PLOT and we're discussing rules #9, #12, and #19. 

#9: When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.
 
#12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.
 
#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

Resources:

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

October 11, 2019

27 - Filling in the Blanks

Another week another episode focused on Pixar Rules! We're tackling PLOT and we're discussing rules #4 and #22.

#4 - "Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___."

#22 - "What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there."

Resources:

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

October 4, 2019

26 - Writing from the heart

Another week another episode focused on Pixar Rules! We're still tackling writer confidence and today we're looking at rule #14 and #17.

#14 - "Why must you tell THIS story? What's the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That's the heart of it."

#17 - "No work is ever wasted. If it's not working, let go and move on - it'll come back around to be useful later."

Resources:

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

September 28, 2019

25 - Stop when you’re done

Today we continue Pixar’s never-ending, not so official, Rules of Storytelling!! We can't math and realized this series is way longer than we anticipated. So this week we tackle two rules in one episode! This week, we are talking about writer confidence. We'll be looking at #2 and #8.

#2 - "You gotta keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different."

#8 - "Finish your story, let go even if it's not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time."

Resources:

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

September 20, 2019

24 - Character Mash

Today we continue Pixar’s never-ending, not so official, Rules of Storytelling!! This week, #5: “Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff, but it sets you free.”

Resources:

Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

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