Radio and Podcasts
Craft, software, tips, tricks and thoughts
Writing Prompts and Inspiration
Some links to get the brain working.
Workflow: From Inception to Outline
How I generate, research and outline ideas, a frankly exhaustive guide.
A podcast script
A few people have asked recently what podcast scripts look like. Well, I don't know. But I know what mine look like so, for those who are interested, here's a PDF of the first episode of The Shadow Over Innsmouth. I write these scripts in normal screenplay format and then
And so it begins...
The Shadow Over Innsmouth is go!
The Shadow Over Innsmouth - UPDATE
A progress update on The Shadow Over Innsmouth
A really useful Ulysses course
A really great course that finally persuaded me to make Ulysses part of my toolkit.
Back to basics, again...
I've realised that digital tools have started to destroy my creativity during lockdown.
A new place to get your pads and pens.
Concepts and Milanote
A couple of new (to me) apps that have freshened up my working methods.
The Shadow Over Innsmouth - Update
Breaking ground on Season Three
How To Juggle Projects
Breaking down a system for managing multiple projects without going insane.
In praise of Nebo...
I've been using the Nebo app with good results.
Night Of The Living Podcast interview
I did an interview last night with Freddy and Kelley from the Night Of The Living Podcast. It was easily the most fun interview I've done but I haven't listened back to it, so there's a decent chance I talk a lot of nonsense.
Truth and fiction in "The Whisperer In Darkness"
A few things it seemed useful to mention that might be of interest to listeners...
Interview with Kurt Sutter
This is a really interesting piece, from Deadline, with some insights into the studio process and showrunner politics.
Seven Days Walking - Box Set
This has been the soundtrack to all my writing this year. Now Ludovico Einaudi's SEVEN DAYS WALKING project is complete (it was originally released over seven months). The download is around now, but the CD box set is available from November 1st. This is perfect Autumn music, perfect writing music
Some thoughts on first drafts...
I'm writing a couple of movies right now that are both one-step deals, which means that I'm being paid to deliver one draft with no re-writes. Writing in my journal this morning, I stumbled across the following thought:
Some research material for the second season of the podcast...
NOS4A2 Interview with Joe Hill
I really loved this book and I've excited for the TV show. Joe Hill has some interesting stuff to say here about the nature of horror and of adaptations. http://collider.com/nos4a2-joe-hill-interview/#charlie-manx
An Updated Work-Flow
This is an addendum to a previous post from 2018 “A Working Guide To Screenwriting Software”. Much of what was written there still stands but experience and various updates and changes have affected how much I use these apps and what I use them for.
The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward
I did an interview this week with The Verge, about our Charles Dexter Ward podcast. You can read the piece here: https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/19/18106662/best-podcasts-2018-npr-slate-serial and, if you haven’t had a chance to catch the series yet, here’s the iTunes link (though you’
This piece was written in May 2018 and since then I have had a few significant technical problems with Highland 2. I still think it's good but it hasn't reached it's potential yet and tech support is not as attentive as it could be. I've been using Highland 2 for
A Working Guide To Screenwriting Software
This post was written in March 2018 and some of the software, and some of my opinions, have changed. I'm intending to update this soon. This is a piece I’m writing because I want to to read it, which is a bummer because the version I really want to
Five ways to instantly improve blah blah your productivity blah
Productivity. I don't even like the word, if I'm honest. And yet I find myself helplessly clicking on pretty much any link that promises to list five new ways to improve it. And the more of these articles I read, the more miserable I become because this business of productivity
Breaking The Screenplay
Imagine you’re a development person. You have a pile of scripts on your desk and you have to wade through them...
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