James McMullan
1 hr 3 min

Illustrator, Author, and Illustration Teacher, James McMullan, talks to Giuseppe Castellano about his globe-trotting, but tragic, childhood; what his early days as an illustrator were like; why his philosophy on drawing—and the teaching of drawing—stems from intuition and humanization; why he thinks illustrators should embrace risk; and so much more.

Fiction Writing Made Easy
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Savannah Gilbo
How to Start Editing Your NaNowriMo Draft
*In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through what to do with your messy first draft now that NaNoWriMo is over.* Here's a preview of what's included: [01:20] Everything we cover in today's episode can be used whether you participated in NaNoWriMo or not. All that matters is that you have a finished draft. [02:30] Step #1: Take a break from your draft so that you can get some distance and give your imagination time to regenerate. [03:30] Step #2: Read your draft to familiarize yourself with what you wrote and to see all of the story pieces that you have to work with. Don't make any changes yet! [04:10] Step #3: Read your draft, again, with your editor's hat on. Focus on the big-picture elements of the story (genre, characters, structure, theme, point of view, etc.) and take notes on things you want to fix, add, delete, or change. Don’t make any changes yet, just take notes. [09:10] Step #4: Make a plan for exactly HOW you’re going to tackle your revisions. When would you like to be done? How much time will you set aside each day/week/month to work on your revisions? [10:20] Step #5: Get an outsider's perspective once you've done as much as you can on your own. Enlist the help of beta readers, a developmental editor, or even a book coach. [11:30] When should you work with a professional editor or book coach? If you're just starting, or if your draft is a big mess, a book coach can help you start over from the ground up. If you have a finished draft, a developmental editor can help you figure out your next steps. [12:55] Key points and episode recap. *Subscribe & Review in Apple Podcasts* Are you subscribed to my podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode! Especially because I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. So, click here to subscribe to the show in Apple Podcasts! If you're already a subscriber, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. Those reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance! *Links mentioned in this episode:* * Episode Freebie: The NaNoWriMo Editing Checklist (PDF) * How to Choose the Right Genre for Your Story (podcast and article) * 3 Ways to Figure Out the Theme of Your Story (podcast and article) * 5 Questions to Help You Write Better Characters (podcast and article) * How to Choose the Best POV for Your Story (article) P.S. Did you know that I have a Facebook group just for fiction writers? In this private group, we talk about all things writing, editing, and publishing fiction. It's free to join and you can request access here. Hope to see you there!
17 min
writing class radio
writing class radio
andrea askowitz and allison langer
The Upside to a Downside
On today’s episode you’ll hear a story that takes a bad situation and finds the good. We don’t love sappy happy endings, but honest happy endings are the best, especially when they bring joy to the world. Jamie Katz got married on her balcony during lockdown and was greeted with some pleasant surprises. Her story also shows how much can be told with very few words.  Writing Class Radio is co-hosted by Allison Langer (www.allisonlanger.com) and Andrea Askowitz (www.andreaaskowitz.com). This episode of Writing Class Radio is produced by Matt Cundill of SoundOff Media, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. Mia Pennekamp is our media specialist. Theme music is by Amadians. Additional music by John Destill and John Farla. There’s more writing class on our website (www.writingclassradio.com), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/writingclassradio/), Instagram and Twitter (@wrtgclassradio). If you love the lessons you get on each episode, you can get them ALL in one place--our three-part video series--for $50. Click Video Classes on our website. Writing Class Radio is open to submissions from our listeners. Go to the submissions page on our website for guidelines. We pay! If you want to be a part of the movement that helps people better understand each other through storytelling, follow us on Patreon. For $10/month Andrea will answer all your publishing questions. For $25/month you can join Allison’s First Draft weekly writers group, where you can write and share your work. Go to www.Patreon.com/writingclassradio or click here to support us.
17 min
Hashtag Authentic - for small businesses, bloggers and online creatives
Hashtag Authentic - for small businesses, bloggers and online creatives
Sara Tasker
Following your curiosity, with Mel Wiggins
Things We Talk About In This Episode: * Multi-layered, multi-hyphenated careers and what to call yourself if you’re asked at a party * Being led by curiosity, the value of deep-dive research, and the joy of starting something new * Mel’s early career in the not-for-profit charity sector, and the turning point she reached that led her to galvanise a group of volunteers and ultimately, to co-create Freedom Acts, a not-for-profit group aimed at ending modern slavery * How pregnancy can be an impetus for both creativity and personal rebellion * Doing something new, how to “be a learner at every stage,” and how to get things done despite feeling totally unqualified * Pivoting careers, self-doubt and self-worth wobbles when it comes to moving from charitable work to for-profit work, the desire to “do good,” and the realisation that roles, and work, can be “both-and” rather than “either-or” * Finding your ‘ideal community’ on Instagram, and building space to make that community part of your offline life * Starting an “accidental business” * Allowing your values to drive your business, or the work you do in the world * The inner work that goes into making peace with charging for your services, skills and time * That women need to have more stakes and autonomy in economics, finance and making money… and that we are to be trusted * Navigating the world of online influence * The concept of being influential as an improvement (what it means to be “improvingly influential”) * Mel’s research into what people consistently find “influential” in both social and personal contexts (three core pillars of intuition, integrity, and impact) * The value of finding and maintaining our own personal boundaries when sharing online * The very human desire to “be seen” - and giving ourselves permission to admit this and pursue itLinks mentioned in this episode: * Mel’s website * Mel’s business, Assembly * Mel on Instagram, @melwiggins * Freedom Acts * Sara’s podcast episode “Using Instagram for Charity Fundraising, with Creating for Good” * Sara’s story in _Stylist_ magazine: “How becoming the breadwinner changed my relationship with my husband” * Tara Mohr (coach and author)
1 hr 20 min
Savvy Painter Podcast with Antrese Wood
Savvy Painter Podcast with Antrese Wood
Conversations about the business of art, inside the artist studio, and plei
Understanding Perfectionism
Do you find yourself struggling with perfectionism? What do you do to turn down the volume and focus on what really matters? I’ve heard from so many of my friends and peers over the years about this topic that I decided to open it up to my Groth Studio participants. Several students were kind enough to open up about how they’ve dealt with perfectionism in the past and the strategies they used to overcome. If you are ready to wrestle back control of your life from the clutches of perfectionism - then this is the episode for you - you don’t want to miss it! Confusing perfectionism with excellence What’s so bad about perfectionism? Doesn’t a good dose of nervous paranoia help fuel you on your journey to excellence? No! Perfectionism and excellence are not the same things. Excellence is internally motivated - it causes us to reach higher, to become a forever student, and continually improve our creative process. Your baseline with excellence is that you belong at the table - you have something worthy to offer. On the other hand, perfectionism is externally motivated - it makes you always ask, “What will THEY think?” Perfectionism starts and ends with - I am not enough. When your starting point is “I am not enough” it encourages judgment of yourself and other people - it causes you to contract and shrink. Which route sounds best to you? Do you want to be constrained by what others think or do you want a more positive and healthy outlook? What are you going to do today to put you on the path that’s best for you? There’s no time like right now! Don’t let fear have control! Rember that last thing you had to do that you absolutely dreaded about? Do you remember how your muscles tensed up, your temperature rose, and your heart started beating faster? Were all that worry, stress, and fear really worth it in the end? Why are we letting fear have control over our lives? It’s time we learned how to stand up to the circumstances that life throws our way in a healthy and constructive manner. Allow yourself to slow down, acknowledge the feelings you are experiencing, and then move on. Just because you experience a wave of frustration and anger, it doesn’t mean you have to lose your temper - let the feeling come and then let it pass - you have the control! Embrace accidents and paint from a place of love The biggest casualty to the trap of perfectionism is often our artwork. Just think of all the amazing projects that never came to light because we listened to another voice - the wrong voice. I don’t want my life ruled by fear and the opinion of others - there is too much freedom out there to enjoy! Over the years, I have found that the best way to move forward is to remember that I paint from a place of love. I love myself, I love my life, and I love my art - it might sound silly but just starting with those intentions can make all the difference. What will you do to conquer the power of perfectionism in your life? Let me know what works for you! Outline of This Episode * [2:00] My introduction to today’s episode on perfectionism. * [5:00] Confusing perfectionism with excellence. * [7:30] Jenny opens up about her struggles with perfectionism. * [10:30] How fear hijacks our lives. * [13:45] Dancing with fear. * [18:15] We always have a choice. * [21:30] How confirmation bias works. * [23:30] Painting from a place of love. * [30:30] The danger of falling into the comparison trap. * [38:00] Choose the thought that moves you forward. * [41:30] Learning to embrace accidents. * [44:00] Don’t edit yourself - take your power back! Resources Mentioned on this episode * Tara Brach’s Website * Radical Acceptance - Tara Brach Connect With Antrese * On Facebook * On Pinterest * On Instagram * On Twitter
49 min
Creative Pep Talk
Creative Pep Talk
Andy J. Pizza
298 - Unlock Your New Powerful 3 Point Growth Plan by Analyzing This Past Year
Listen on Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/creative-pep-talk/id929743897 Listen on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/47vLbaJTqqLdeqnvjmyjaf?si=Z3mlMtLnTTqZwi8RqSGtcw ........................................................................................... SHOW NOTES ........................................................................................... Go Giver https://www.amazon.com/Go-Giver-Expanded-Little-Powerful-Business/dp/1591848288 New Girl Pitch https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.clearvoice.com/blog/tv-show-elevator-pitch-examples/amp/ Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips on All Songs Considered https://www.npr.org/2020/10/26/927922115/wayne-coyne-on-drugs-and-the-flaming-lips-american-head ........................................................................................... SPONSORS ........................................................................................... PATREON If you’re a podcaster, Youtuber, musician, writer, illustrator... if you’re a creative person of any kind, or simply love one, now is the time to check out patreon.com. Now is the time to join the millions of fans and creators who are changing the way art is valued together. STORYBLOCKS This episode is brought to you by Storyblocks Video. Story Blocks give you studio-quality 4k stock video without blowing your budget. If you need b-roll, after effects templates, or video motion background you gotta check out Storyblocks Video. Head to storyblocks.com/CreativePepTalk to learn more about Storyblocks Video today. SKILLSHARE X CREATIVE PEP TALK Our first ever online video course is out now on SKILLSHARE! Are you looking for your next big break? Whether you’ve NEVER had a big break in your creative career OR you’re a veteran creative who needs a new big break to reinvent yourself: this class is for you!!! Go to skillshare.com/creativepeptalk to get started!!! Jakprints Get our new 2021 Calendar printed by Jakprints.com AVAILABLE NOW!
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