Update About Amazon Studios

From the amazingly wonderful blog written by John August, who knows this stuff better than anybody. Wow.

Articles like this are just the tip of the iceberg at johnaugust.com. (In other words, GO THERE!)
Alert: The following was not written by John but by Reader Mike (but it’s still informative as hell).

Amazon Studios at AFF

Amazon Studios has been a muchdiscussed topic on both the blog and the podcast. Last week at the Austin Film Festival, the company made a presentation explaining how they work with screenwriters.Reader Mike attended and took notes, which he generously offered to write up.

first personA little bit about my background: I started out working at a production company as an intern and as a reader, kept working at writing and eventually got representation from a manager and an agent. I’ve had scripts go out and I’ve done the studio water bottle tour a couple of times, but have yet to earn a single penny as a writer.

I consider myself in that grey, ugly pool of zombie writers: Part alive, but mostly dead inside. read article

Peggy Bechko on “Too Much Work & No Play for Writers”

…Yep, we wanted Peggy Bechko back so badly that we couldn’t wait for her next contribution and swiped this baby right off Peggy’s wonderful blog:

Hey, you, are you working too much?

Yep, you. Yes, I know, you’re working a job and you just have to write so you have to juggle both and that means working…a lot. read article

Jack London Wanted to Mentor You

So once upon a time the writer of Call of the Wild, The Sea Wolf, White Fang, and tons of other books and stories was just another guy who wanted to write. Here’s his view of what he did to make himself into something more:

Call of the Wild: Jack London’s Advice on Honing Your Creative Craft – by Scott McDowell

Sometimes its hard to know where to start. In John Barleycorn, Jack London’s vivid memoir, he describes a predicament familiar to many an aspiring artist: “My difficulty was that I had no one to advise me. I didn’t know a soul who had written or who had ever tried to write. I didn’t even know one reporter.” read article

You’re Not the Only One Who Feels Crappy Because You Haven’t Found Your Audience Yet

In 3 words: “We all do.” In 3 more words: “Get over it.” In 2 more: “Read this:”

This is a very scary cup of coffee, Sugar

Cheryl Strayed: On “Binge Writing,” Doling Out Advice & Finding Clarity
by Jenn Godbout

Cheryl Strayed believes she was put on this earth to do one thing: write like a motherf*cker. She wrote through her mother’s death, through a divorce, and through a grueling, 1100-mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail. Yet, when her 30th birthday arrived before her first book, she felt like a failure. Creation for creation’s sake wasn’t enough. She needed to share her art with the world. She needed to publish.

Today, Strayed is the author of the bestselling memoir Wild and a new book called Tiny Beautiful Things, which collects the best work of her alter ego, advice columnist “Dear Sugar.” I chatted with Strayed about how she finally birthed her first book, what she learned by being “Sugar,” and how we can all use writing as a tool for self-discovery. read article