Bri Castellini on Stowe Story Lab Semifinals, Patreon, cute pup & more! – @brisownworld

TVWriter™’s fave indie filmmaker, Bri Castellini, is here to wish us a “Happy Spring!” complete with a cute dog pic.

Well, actually what she wrote is, Happy Spring Larry! because the following is from an email Bri sent him. But we’re all family here, yeah?

CJ (Calamity Jane) is similarly happy about the change in weather, because it means we go to the park on weekends way more often! read article

Stephanie Bourbon on the 2 Things All Writers Need to do on Social Media

LB’S NOTE: One of our fave TV writers-illustrators-screenwriters-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, has something important to say about – gasp! – social media. Don’t panic and run away. Keep reading!

by Stephanie Bourbon

This week I’m talking about what social media you MUST have if you are a writer. Okay, maybe not a must have, or a should have but both of these could really help you grow your business as a writer. read article

Stephanie Bourbon on Doing What You Love For A Living

LB’S NOTE: One of our fave TV writers-illustrators-screenwriters-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, gives us the kind of advice we all need to believe in…especially creators.

by Stephanie Bourbon

Here’s a little reminder if you are stuck in a rut!

DO WHAT YOU LOVE and accept nothing less for your life and career. 

TRUTH ~ when my mother was sick with lung cancer about two months before she died when she knew it was growing again and she would need at least one more surgery that would probably leave her paralyzed from the waist down she said to me
“if I make it out of this, I’m going back to painting. I hate graphic design.”
I knew she wasn’t making it out of it. I hoped, but I knew she wasn’t going to, and this crushed me. I thought, “I don’t want to be dying and have regrets like that.” It changed the course of my life.
You see, society tells us from the moment we are born that we need to do certain things. Get a college degree, get married, own property, pop out some kids, and have a steady career that makes money. Art and everything creative is fine for a hobby but not for a career. 
Why is that? 
EVERYONE enjoys art.

Yes even those who pretend that they are so above it all that they don’t own a TV, go to the movies, go to concerts, etc.. and yes all that POP CULTURE stuff? All the commercial films and TV shows, and books, etc.. all that is ART TOO.  read article

Jenny Reed has had it with Dumb Writing

Zippy isn’t dumb. He’s simply lovable. As for Sluggo, the less said about him, the better.

Dumb Stories & Characters Drive Me Insane!
by Jenny Reed

Time Now For A General Writing Tip

While a particular story that I read today remind me of this particular writing problem, what I’m saying in this space is in fact a tip I give QUITE OFTEN.

Never make us ask “is that character a fricking moron?” Or anything similar.

I mean, it’s okay if you WANT your character to be a moron. But if you do, make sure your intention is blisteringly obvious. Don’t make us ask. read article

Stephanie Bourbon on Rejection

LB’S NOTE: One of our fave TV writers-illustrators-screenwriters-vloggers, Stephanie Bourbon, reminds us that “it happens to all of us. Every writer has been rejected.” Here are her thoughts on handling this, erm, uncomfortable situation.

ACK I’m Still Getting Rejected!
by Stephanie Bourbon

UGH, you have sent in your manuscript or query letter and this time you did everything right. You took a class on writing the perfect query, you had your first pages reviewed, you sent to beta readers and STILL—the phone pings, you know you have an email, you go to it to see that big NO staring you in the face. read article