Horror Writer and Screenwriter Tony Burgess (Pontypool), part one

Part one of a two-part interview conducted in 2015 with horror writer and screenwriter Tony Burgess. When it’s published, part two will be available here. Tony Burgess is best-known for the novel Pontypool Changes Everything and the horror film Pontypool, which he also wrote. These two interviews formed the basis for an interview with Tony […]

Mitchell Levy on How to Build a Business Using Books

I talked to Mitchell Levy, who runs a company focused on creating books to help various businesspeople create credibility as “thought leaders”/experts in their field. Although an unusual interview for me, when Mitchell’s people approached me it occurred to me that he might have some interesting things to say about the divide between how other […]

Having Too Many Ideas

Beginning writers often worry about ideas. The question “Where do you get your ideas?” has become a cliché, a question writers hate to answer, and the reason everyone hates it so much is this: non-beginning writers know that “getting ideas” is the easiest thing about writing. The difficulty, if you write regularly, is not getting […]

Book Review: New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

New Boy is a novel by Tracy Chevalier that follows the playground love story of two sixth-graders: a black Ghanaian boy, Osei, and a white American girl, Dee. Although set in a 1970s Washington suburb, the story is based on William Shakespeare’s play, Othello (as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, which sees bestselling novelists retell Shakespeare’s […]

Reframing Rejection

One of my earliest rejection letters, from age 22. This rejection letter reshaped my entire thought process around rejection and in retrospect was foundational in my career. Let me walk you through how it blew my young mind and made me rethink how I would view rejections forever. Most writers would do well to reframe […]

Best Screenwriting Books

Since I read #95books every year, and write screenplays, people often ask me what screenwriting books I recommend. This page archives my top recommendations. I will update this page regularly to reflect my reading around the topic. Sign up below and I will email you free format samples so you can see the basic differences […]