Patrick Mazzu

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How to write a good sentence

Some years ago, I sent off a manuscript to an editor. After the usual period of review, the editor sent back a note saying that he liked the work, …

7 Reasons Your Manuscript Was Rejected, Because It's Not Always About Your Writing

Whether you're being turned down by a crush, an agent, a publisher, or a temperamental cat, rejection hurts. You pined over that crush for weeks, or …

3 fundamental elements of superb storytelling

The human mind is structured to remember stories, not facts, or things, or lists, or even ideas.<p>Here's proof. We are much safer today, in 2016, from …

Hideo Kojima Compares Westworld to His Own Video Game Design Theories

HBO's new sci-fi/western <i>Westworld</i> is inspired in part by video games. Now, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has spoken out to say some of the ideas from <i>Westworld</i> about the design philosophy of the futuristic park are the same as what he's going after when designing games.<p>He said he watched</i> …

Westworld

25 More Outstanding Podcasts for Readers

Last year I highlighted 25 of the best bookish podcasts on iTunes and there were a few comments from people who were just a <i>tad</i> bit overwhelmed by all …

Books

27 of the most amazingly bad opening lines from #NaNoWriMo

It’s Nov. 1, and that can only mean one thing: After shaking off their candy hangovers, thousands of aspiring authors around the world are going to …

7 Ways to Improve Your Writing, According to Experts

Sometimes you don’t know what you want to say. Other times you don’t know the right way to say it. And very often you can’t get your butt in the …

How to Write a Screenplay: The Basics

<i>The information below is meant to be a general guideline on how to properly format a screenplay. Industry standards may vary slightly and many</i> …

Filmmaking

33 Authors Gave Us Their Best Advice On Writing

"Write the book that you're desperate to read. Fall in love with your characters. Finish the day's writing at a point where you want to know what happens next. And keep writing every day."<p><b>01.</b> As Kandinsky says, "Everything starts with a dot." Sometimes the hardest thing in writing a story is where …

Creative Writing

NASA’s Journey To Mars: Space Agency Seeks Ideas For Future Space Exploration Missions

On Mars, almost everything can kill you. Not just that, even the eight-month journey to Mars is so rife with risks that NASA, which sent manned …

Nasa announcement about Jupiter’s moon Europa won’t be to say that the moon has aliens, agency clarifies

Nasa has poured cold, salty water on excitement that it could be about to announce it had found aliens.<p>The agency has looked to calm speculation on …

Creativity Secrets From The Man Behind The “Sleep With Me” Podcast

Librarian and lifelong insomniac Drew Ackerman found a creative outlet for his storytelling skills: bedtime stories for grownups.<p>Always-on technology and digital devices creeping into our bedrooms have turned all of us into insomniacs. It doesn’t help that we live in a culture that celebrates the …

The realities of being a game designer in a big studio like BioWare

James Ohlen has been in the game industry for a while now – 20 years just at BioWare. Today, he’s design director of the EA-owned developer, looking …

Game Development

5 Writing Rules That Work No Matter What You’re Writing

by Emily WenstromShort stories. Marketing copy. News reporting. Poetry. Business proposals. Literary fiction. Technical writing. Blogs. …

Creative Writing

LitMag: $1,000 for Short Stories & $250 for Poetry

LitMag, a new magazine of creative writing, is currently seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. They pay $1,000 for fiction and …

Creative Writing

Six Essentials for Good Storytelling—and Great Content Marketing

"Storytelling" is often used loosely as a term for good writing. Which makes me wonder: Do marketers actually understand storytelling in the context …

Are Earth Humans The 'Aliens' Early To The Universe's Life Party?

A few months ago there was a theory proposed in the astronomy community that surmised that we humans might be too late for alien life. The theory pretty much stated that alien life is already extinct and we are all that was left of life in the universe. Just like every study about drinking a glass …

Star Trek

How to Get Your Writing Done Every Day: The Three-Bucket System

<b>Note:</b> I have a free video teaching on this system. If you’d rather watch that, click here.Most writers struggle with getting their writing done for …

Productivity

Creative Writing Institute’s Annual Short Story Contest

Get Published in our 2016 Anthology DEADLINE: September 15, 2016 First, second and third place winners and seven additional Judge’s Choice stories …

Creative Writing