July 3, 2020

55 - Big Magic Part 2

It's the Writing Easy Book Club - Week 2! This week we wrap up Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and talk about three sections of the book: Permission, Trust, and Divinity. Also, a lobster walks into a bar.

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June 26, 2020

54 - Big Magic Part 1

Welcome to the Writing Easy Book Club. First up, we are talking about one of Mary's favorite writing books, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.  If that name sounds familiar, it's probably because she penned "Eat, Pray, Love". In this episode, we cover the first half of our conversation and discuss fear, enchantment and persistence (because why go in order of the book?).

Resources

TED Talk with Elizabeth Gilbert: "Your elusive genius"

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June 12, 2020

53 - A TV Writing Q&A

This week Mary interviews Melissa on writing for television. We're going to dig into some of the basics and answer some questions on structure and format. Where do we start? How do we know if we're doing it right? When do I invest in a course or coach? Do I need to move to L.A.? *Note this episode was pre-recorded.
 
Recommended Resources
Scriptnotes Podcast
 
Children of Tendu Podcast
 
LA TV Writers Facebook Group
 
Trying to find TV Scripts from your favorite shows? Check these two online libraries. Or if you're in LA (Post Pandemic visit the Writer's Guild West Library).
 
 
 
Software - Final Draft, Writer Duet, Scrivener, Celtx
 
Are you thinking about writing for the big or small screen? Hit us up on social media with your questions or thoughts! Also, any black writers struggling to start out as a writer feel free to DM Melissa with questions or a free Zoom chat to discuss your next steps.
 
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May 29, 2020

52 - Burnout and Rest

What do you do when you sit down at the computer and the words don't come? How do you wade through an internal resistance to putting words on the page? Today Melissa and Mary are here to give you permission to rest and recover and know that it is completely okay to take a break. Taking a break is not the same as quitting.

We also discuss one resource that has helped Mary set a plan for accepting and moving through the burnout.

Big Magic Podcast

Don't forget to start reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert so that you can participate in our Read Along episode.

 

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What the heck is the enneagram and how in the world can it help you with your writing? This week Melissa and Mary dig into the trendiest of trends to discuss the personality assessment known as the Enneagram and how it can be used to develop complex and authentic characters.
 
If you want to learn more  about the Enneagram including taking the assessment to see what your type is, check out these resources:
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We're back! Today we are discussing creativity and taking some lessons from the Disney Imagineers. We look at the relationship between innovation and failure and also explore the tension between running a business for profit and being an entertainment destination. If you haven't already, check out the Imagineering docuseries on Disney+ for a behind-the-scenes look at how the Disney theme parks came to be.

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We all know that writing is hard. Sometimes, in an effort to make it easier we ask for advice from friends, family, or random strangers at a coffee shop. This week Mary and Melissa talk about how to spot bad writing advice and some of the mistakes they’ve made along the way. 

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These days, it can be hard to find the motivation to write. Today we discuss how you keep writing during a global crisis when everything around you may seem (or actually be) out of control. Some writers have found themselves being super productive, and other writers are panicking because their work has come to a screeching halt. Tune in as Mary and Melissa share some tips and tricks they are using to keep the words flowing. Shout out to LiteraryHub and Emily Gould for the newsletter that inspired this conversation.

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April 17, 2020

47 - The Year of Yes

These days it feels like you have to say no to everything. So today, Mary and Melissa are going to talk about saying yes. Join us as we explore Shonda Rhimes' book, Year of Yes,  how that impacted Melissa's own "Yes" journey.  We also explore ways you can say yes in your writing with practices like "follow the fear" and learning to listen to your gut.

You can grab your own copy of Year of Yes here and if you're interested in learning more from Shonda Rhimes, check out her TV Writing Masterclass.

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We're catching up on our reading and have another "craft book" report to share with our readers. Today we're talking about Story Genius by Lisa Cron. If you're looking for an interactive book of exercises on how to develop stronger characters and plots driven by those characters, we encourage you to listen to this episode and check out the book!

http://wiredforstory.com/story-genius-1

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