Indiscipline

Legendary Progressive Rock Band King Crimson’s “Indiscipline” is a joyful story about a conversation between vocalist Adrian Belew and his then-spouse. In the lyrics, she talks about a painting that she keeps returning to and deciding if it’s enough. If it’s good enough to be complete. For several days in a row, I’ve spend parts […]

Identifying “Anchor” Content

The most oft-asked question I get in this business is one you have all heard. “What do you write about?” It never gets old. Why would it? Shop talk will frequently lead to productive shop work. What you write about the most could be considered your anchor content. I define anchor content as work that […]

Content Value

Even a single word on the page is valuable. It is something. Whether it becomes one of many, or one representing a title. It is something. Treat it with the value it deserves. Even if it gets scrapped later, it still represented something. @WriterDann

Writing Fundamentals – Resolution.

A recent instructional clip from one of my favourite bassists offered a brilliant tie-in to writing. He spoke about how resolution and music go together. A bass line has to have some sort of resolution. The greatest classic rock songs with great bass parts are about answering something. It’s the guitar chords, it’s the few […]

Workouts

Moving is chaos. No matter how far the distance. Routines change temporarily until they can be worked around the boxes and bits of a new place. What I’ve missed out on for physical workouts has been partially made up for in the moving process. Boxes and bins need to be moved several times. There is […]

Education Dedication

Read well and you will write well. The drive to improve and learn should never cease. A single word or sentence will sometimes stick with me as a way to better communicate through the page or screen. Finding this gem of a book for a buck not too long ago gave me a great investment […]

Formatting Matters

There’s a scene in Footloose that had me thinking of writing fundamentals. It was fitting given that lately I’ve been driven to review my own work with a sharper eye. John Lithgow’s  character Reverend Shaw Moore is typing away at a sermon before a conversation with Lori Singer (Ariel Moore). Towards the end of the scene […]

Inform, Entertain, Inspire – Chapter 3

Welcome to September. This Labour Day, let me share more info on my favourite kind of labour, the writing craft. Another trick of the trade. Over the course of the summer , I’ve explained a way to approach writing work. Does your finished product inform, entertain/engage and lastly, inspire? Here, I want to address inspire before concluding […]

Inform, Entertain, Inspire. Chapter 1

Whether telling a story or providing information, writing needs to accomplish at least one of these things. If it accomplishes all three, then the better it may read to a set of interested eyes. One of the final things to consider in the revision process is summed up with the initials I.E.I. Inform – Most of […]