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Germaine de Pibrac James

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The Autumnal Equinox for Writers

Today is the Autumnal Equinox. The days are for a moment equal now. It’s harvest time and there are many celebrations that span almost every culture. If you like the Green Man this was Mea’n Fo’mhair for the Druids and trees were honored with libations. But, in general, most traditions focus on the harvest aspects like the Anglo Saxons’ Haefest monath. If you’re an Asgardian, then you would probably celebrate Fallfest another harvest festival. Most of these festivals are celebrations of thanksgiving, but this is also the time when many traditions that divide the world into realms of light and dark begin to look to the turn to the darker side of life. Gods die. Goddesses die. Winter is coming. For many traditions it’s a time between times, albeit a lesser one, when the divisions between spiritual and corporeal realms are less strong.
What else do writers do but step across these boundaries? If you like the Jungian archetypal view of artists, then we stand with a foot in both worlds and bring the forgotten knowledge of the collective unconscious to the world that needs to hear it. We do it with stories and layers of meaning and characters that are uniquely individuals but who are also all of us whether they are gods or men or even monsters. This might be a time of dark stories or it might be sad stories or stories of heroes who prevail against the night.

Embrace this Time Between Times and the change that we can feel as the seasons turn. Of course if you’re in Los Angeles you’ll just have to imagine or remember seasons. If you usually see the Southern Cross in your night sky, you have the Vernal Equinox and the opposite changes but you still have the energy of change. Start a new writing project. Even if you only make some notes. Or make an old project new. Start some writing with the change that is in the air. Write something down. Resolve to write something on it every day-even if it’s only a paragraph or a sentence. No matter how difficult and busy your life is, you can probably manage ten minutes somewhere. It works differently for different people, but in about a month you’ll have a habit. Before you know it, you’ll be writing longer.

So bake some harvest bread- nice if you have a bread machine-light some candles, drink a libation. Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox the best way possible for writers: recognizing and working the absolute magic of creation.

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The 7 Award-Winning Bio Scripts Screenwriters Should Read

Reading movie scripts that have been nominated for or won awards is one of the best ways to learn how to write movie scripts. Let’s jump right into one of my favorite genres—historical drama, aka the “biopic.”

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Procrastination is the most insidious challenge writers face, and we battle it, on some level, almost every day. Instead of being a harmless delay, procrastination will literally destroy your dreams and keep you from the living the life you probably should be living right now.

So in this video, Jeff aims to obliterate procrastination. You might want to bookmark this one, to return whenever you’re feeling the urge to put your writing off.

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If someone believes that the world is good as is, that this is it, we’ve reached the pinnacle of human existence…then you know what, don’t write. Get out of the business. Go lounge somewhere. I write because I don’t think we’re done. And I think that we make progress by telling our personal stories. You know, the personal story can change the world.

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