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4 Easy Ways to Not Look Like a Dork on Social Media

Shares 106<p><i>Social media marketing sells books…if you do it right!</i><p><b>by Barb Drozdowich</b><p>Did the title catch your attention? I’m older and the word “Dork” …

Social Media

Here’s The Creative Process That Lets Me Write 2–3 Articles Per Day.

There is only one way of predictably creating results in any type of creative endeavour. And that is to have a clearly defined creative process.In …

Writing

Surprise! What Every Writer Needs to Know

What’s the last story that really caught you off guard?<p>I’m still thinking about “Gone Girl,” a twisting story I finished reading years ago. As …

Writing

Screenwriters, It's Time to Get Real About Rejection, Criticism, and Failure

Not everyone is going to love your script. How are you going to deal with that?Dealing with countless no's, closed doors, and people dogging on your …

Writing

What Fractal Structures Have to Teach about Screenwriting

The writing process is an incredibly mind-opening, frustrating, enlightening endeavour. Developing a story to the point where you have that perfect …

Screenwriting

From Script to Screen: Crash

<i>Crash</i> is that rare breed of film that has actually had its legacy tarnished by an overabundance of praise. I’m referring, of course, to the film’s …

The #1 Way To Give Your Characters A “Voice”

What’s really meant by the ubiquitous advice to “give each character a voice” when it comes to screenplay dialogue?<p>Here’s a good way to get to grips …

Reader Question: What to do when you feel out of touch with creative energy?

“Be sure not to overlook an obvious consideration: Do you have a strong emotional connection to the story you’re writing?”A question from Julian …

Screenwriting

2018 Oscar predictions: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Three Billboards’ are virtually tied for Best Original Screenplay

If you need any more proof that Best Original Screenplay is the hottest Oscar race of the year, “Get Out” and “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, …

Developing Diverse Stories Featuring Disabled Characters

If you're writing about disabled characters and you are not disabled, develop these characters beyond their abilities to tell an authentic story. …

Screenwriting

Box Office: 'Black Panther's $29M Friday Gross Is Even Bigger Than You Think

<i>Black Panther</i> scored $28.8 million on its second Friday, a drop of 62% from its $75.8m opening day. Now that is a sizable drop for any movie, but (as regular readers and those well-versed in box office know) that second Friday drop tends to be a whopper due to the Thursday previews being counted in …

Film Industry

When it comes to guns, the Parkland shooting survivors aren't here to play nice

Since the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week, a student there named Sarah Chadwick has amassed a Twitter following of more than 150,000 people. On Thursday night, Chadwick decided to share a thought with them.<p>Was it time for a message calling for thoughts, prayers …

'Thought you deserved one last picture' Taunting texts sent to dad by ex before she killed toddler daughter

Little Macey, two, was murdered by her mother, Cody-Anne Jackson, in a revenge killing after Paul Hogan ended their relationship.<p>A devastated father …

'We're watching a company explode': is Snapchat becoming irrelevant?

A diss from Kylie Jenner, an ‘annoying’ redesign, competition from Facebook and Musical.ly … why does Snapchat keep getting it wrong?<p>More than 1.2m Snapchat users signed a petition urging the company to reverse its “annoying” redesign – but it was a single tweet from Kylie Jenner that may …

Social Media

'Black Panther' is amazing. Why are its CG models so terrible?

<i>Black Panther</i> is a refreshing answer to the increasingly stale world of superhero cinema. But there's one glaring flaw throughout the film: its use of CG models to replace humans during action sequences. They're weightless, ugly and, worst of all, incredibly distracting. You'd think that in the …

NRA hits back at United Airlines, Delta, other companies for cutting ties

Two major airlines — United Airlines and Delta — said Saturday that they are notifying the National Rifle Association that they will no longer offer discounted rates for NRA members in the latest display of corporate backlash to the pro-gun organization.<p>United said it is canceling its program for …

Guns

German shepherd shot three times saving 16-year-old from armed robbers

Millions of animal lovers celebrated National Love Your Pets Day earlier this week.<p>One Washington family, however, has another reason to celebrate their unconditional love for their beloved dog, a German sheperd named Rex.<p>His 16-year-old owner Javier Mercado was home alone Wednesday when two people …

Home Invasion

Nature Turned the Sky Above Rome into Terrifying TV Static

Drivers looked up and saw the Matrix.<p>William Gibson’s seminal sci-fi novel <i>Neuromancer</i> opens with an unforgettably bleak line: “The sky above the port …

Eastern Europe

15 incredible Netflix hacks that WILL change your life

Netflix is already hugely popular thanks to the range of TV series and films it has to offer - but even its biggest fans may not be aware of these …

Televisions

A Race Against Time to Excavate an Ancient African Civilization

Archaeologists in Nubia are struggling against erosion, desertification, and government plans to develop the land.<p>In 1905, British archaeologists descended on a sliver of eastern Africa, aiming to uncover and extract artifacts from 3,000-year-old temples. They left mostly with photographs, …

Archaeology

John Oliver: ‘I’m used to audiences not liking me’

How did a foul-mouthed Brit with ‘a fifth-grade understanding of American politics’ become a hit US TV comedian? John Oliver talks about the secret to satire – and that clash with Dustin Hoffman<p>There is a huge billboard of John Oliver in the middle of Times Square, announcing the fifth season of …

Comedy

What America is getting wrong about three important words in the Second Amendment

On Wednesday night, CNN hosted a town hall about gun violence with members of the community of Parkland, Florida, which only a week earlier had experienced a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Seventeen students and teachers lost their lives.<p>The town hall was remarkable in many …

Donald Trump
Screenwriting

8 Somewhat Unusual New Year's Screenwriting Resolutions for 2018

It's hours before 2018. Where is YOUR screenplay?I don't know about you guys, but I definitely made good on my New Year's resolution from last year …

Screenwriting

Lena Dunham Slammed on Social Media for Defending Girls Writer Accused of Rape

Lena Dunham faced heavy criticism on Twitter Friday night after she came to the defense of <i>Girls</i> writer Murray Miller, whom actress Aurora Perrineau …

Anti-LGBTQ lawmaker resigns over gay sex scandal

Republican Ohio state Rep. Wesley Goodman may have also previously assaulted an 18-year-old.<p>A vocally anti-LGBTQ lawmaker has resigned his position after being caught having sex with another man. Wesley Goodman, a Republican Ohio state representative serving his first term, resigned earlier this …

LGBTQI

Trump calls Clinton 'biggest loser of all time' after she contests election loss

President Trump on Saturday criticized Hillary Clinton, the Democrat he defeated in the 2016 White House race, for her recent and repeated questioning of the election results.<p>“Crooked Hillary Clinton is the worst (and biggest) loser of all time,” Trump tweeted. “She just can’t stop, which is so …

Government

The cool gadgets list - November 2017

The chilly nights are here and the smell of Christmas is on the horizon, so check out the latest gadgets and gizmos to lust over in the coming months.<p>…

Robotics