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ON THE MOVE: Canada

If you follow me on social media you’ll likely have seen a s**tload of touristy pics like this one. Me in the woods, by the ocean, in a park or just hanging with the family in wonderful BC, Canaday. We were actually just going to Toronto for the comics festival TCAF but it ended up […]

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On the move: BELLEVILLE, PARIS

It’s my last day here in Paris, where I’ve been working the last week out of an apartment in Belleville. I’ve managed to complete a second draft of a non-fiction book and sent it off to a publisher. Two, actually. Usually you have to wait months and months for a rejection, but this time I […]

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On the move: NYCC 2015

Having spent almost all summer in New York it was sort of like coming home to return for this year’s NYCC (New York Comic Con) at the Javits Center. I’ve attended twice before and even though I didn’t have a lot to do there, it was great to catch up with friends and peers in […]

Working methods: SHOOTING FROM THE HIP

Working methods: SHOOTING FROM THE HIP

Confession time: While I have been carpet bombing readers here with how-it-should-be-done posts on story structure, character build-up, dialogue and other essentials recently, now it’s time to fess up. I don’t take my own medicine. That is, I am with medicine like most men; I don’t take it unless I feel sick. When I’m working […]

Working Methods: THE VOMIT DRAFT

Working Methods: THE VOMIT DRAFT

Writing a first draft of anything can be an awe-inspiring, fear-inducing task. How do you get started?Depending on what kind of writer you are, this method may or may not be useful. I think there is a lot of good to be said about structure, planning, research and thoroughness. There is also the matter of […]

Film School Confidential: FUNNY HOW?

Film School Confidential: FUNNY HOW?

If you thought I was done talking about last week at Film School, you are mistaken! Friday was a look on the bright side of things, talking comedy with Lars Detlefsen, head of the screenwriting course at the National Film School of Denmark. We were treated with clips from Hot Rod, Play it Again Sam […]

Film School Confidential: WRITING EXERCISES WITH NIKOLAJ SCHERFIG

Film School Confidential: WRITING EXERCISES WITH NIKOLAJ SCHERFIG

Tuesday was a creative rush, getting back in shape after the holidays with a day of writing exercises.We’ve been taught by Nikolaj Sherfig before, so introductions were not necessary – we just jumped right in and started writing. He had three exercises for us (actually more, but feedback took longer than expected, so…). Write an […]

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Working methods: PUSH AND PULL

Working methods: PUSH AND PULL

Here’s another little tool for your writer’s toolbox; a friend of mine had read my novel and we met at a cafe to discuss it. After some constructive overall feedback, we started to talk about the characters, their wants and needs and what pulls them toward and away from their goal. My friend grabbed a […]

Film School Confidential: ANGER THERAPY

Film School Confidential: ANGER THERAPY

“What makes you angry?” the teacher asked. My immediate response: “How much time do I have” Of course all of us have things we’re angry about. I never thought it would make it into film studies, but I understand the notion of writing from emotion, dragging something you feel strongly about into your storytelling. Each […]