Why Do Sequels Suck? Comparing and Contrasting the Good, the Bad, and the Barf-tastic

Picture this. A great movie is released and gains critical acclaim. It dominates the box office and leaves audiences clamoring for more. Giddy with their own success, creators comply, announcing that the next chapter is on its way! Yeah, baby! A sequel: more of what you loved—bigger, better, faster, and stronger. But somewhere along the way, […]

Write Boldly

“Some, dreading that awareness of how they do what they do would cripple their spontaneity, never study the craft. Instead, they march along in a lockstep of unconscious habit, thinking it’s instinct. Their dreams of creating unique works of power and wonder are seldom, if ever, realized. They put in long, tough days, for no […]

Two Satisfying Words

A mini-celebration this morning on the completion of the final draft of The Night Also Rises. A couple read-throughs, some edits, and a few noteworthy revisions still to go. Until then, rejoicing. On June 28th, fools rush in where devils fear to tread…

Worth Dying For

“Values, the positive/negative charges of life, are at the soul of our art. The writer shapes story around a perception of what’s worth living for, what’s worth dying for, what’s foolish to pursue, the meaning of justice, truth– the essential values. In decades past, writer and society more or less agreed on these questions, but […]


“When you work with words, words are your work.” An inspiring quote from the eloquent journalist Luther Heggs, portrayed by Don Knotts in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, 1966.  ‘Atta boy, Luther!  – CB

The Mark of a Master

“From an instant to eternity, from the intracranial to the intergalactic, the life story of each and every character offers encyclopedic possibilities. The mark of a master is to select only a few moments but give us a lifetime.” – Robert McKee Taken from Robert McKee’s excellent book, Story.  A great guidebook for screenwriters, novelists and […]