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Creative Writing Career

Stephan Bugaj, Justin Sloan, Kevin Tumlinson

Turn writing into more than a hobby, make it your career. Stephan Bugaj (Pixar's Brave, Wall-E, The Incredibles), Justin Sloan (Telltale's Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, and Minecraft: Story Mode), and Kevin Tumlinson (Citadel, Lucid, The 30-Day Author) give you their advice on writing for books, movies, video games and more, and occasionally try to sound smarter by having on amazing guests.

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Justin Sloan has moved the Creative Writing Career podcast to a new 2.0 version, rebranded as CREATIVE WRITING LIFE. Enjoy!

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With cohosts PT Hylton and Paul Zeidman.

Also, check out the Creative Writing Life book -

Want the life of a professional writer but not sure how to get there? Learn what it takes from the pros!
Do you love to write, but aren't sure what to do with it? Wondering how to approach the industry, find a market, or get an in with the right folks? Stephan Bugaj (Pixar, Telltale Games) and Justin Sloan (Telltale Games, the Shadow Corps books) have come together to share advice on living the writer dream. Let them show you exactly what it takes to make it in the world of creative writing.

What follows is a collection of their advice and interviews with the experts. This includes screenwriters, video game writers, and authors of books and comics.

In this book you'll read interviews with writers whose credits include such titles as:

• Big Fish
• Batman
• Game of Thrones
• The Crow
• Divergent
• John Carter
• Brave
• Yesterday’s Gone
• Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
• Sandman Slim
• Jurassic World

In this book on creative writing for beginners and advanced, we cover features, television, video games, novels, and more aspects of making writing your life.

Buy CREATIVE WRITING LIFE today to learn firsthand from the professionals!

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Michael J. Sullivan joins Justin to talk writing epic fantasy, world building, and his adventures in both indie and traditional publishing.

After finding a manual typewriter in the basement of a friend's house, Michael J. Sullivan inserted a blank piece of paper and typed: It was a dark and stormy night. He was just ten years old and mimicking the only writer he knew at the time...Snoopy. That spark ignited a flame and Michael's desire to fill blank pages would become a life-long obsession. As an adult, Michael spent more than ten years developing his craft by studying authors such as Stephen King, Ernest Hemingway, and John Steinbeck. During that time, he wrote thirteen novels without finding any traction in publishing. Since insanity is repeating the same act but expecting a different result, he did the only sane thing he could think of and quit, vowing never to write creatively again.

Never turned out to be too long for Michael and after a decade he returned to the keyboard in his forties...but with one condition: he wouldn't seek publication. Instead, he wrote a series of books that had been building in his head during his hiatus. His first reading love was fantasy, and his hope was to help foster a love of reading in his then thirteen-year-old daughter, who struggled due to severe dyslexia. After reading the third book of this series, his wife insisted the novels needed to "get out there." When Michael refused to jump back onto the query-go-round, she took over the publication tasks and has run "the business side" of his writing ever since.

Michael is one of the few authors who has successfully published through all three routes: small press, self, and big five.


Also on such sites as B&N :)

From Justin: I'm listening to Michael's THEFT OF SWORDS audiobook right now and loving it. Give it a try.

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David Varela joins us to discuss his career with video games such as Zombie Run, and how he made it.


I’m a writer, living and working in the UK. I’m also quite a practical bloke, which makes me useful as a producer of games and multimedia drama too.

Being rather busy most of the time, I won’t be blogging on this site, but I will be keeping it up to date with what I’ve been doing. If you want regular updates, you can sign up for my newsletter. The trouble is, I’m normally not allowed to talk about the really interesting stuff until it’s over. This is how I create my air of mystery. Here’s a summary of the story so far.

In 2009, I produced a project called Xi. It’s still one of the largest Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) ever made.

For most of 2010, I was writing and producing Lewis Hamilton: Secret Life at nDreams. Now that was epic.

2011 was mostly the Pepperhood and a lot of teaching, talking and running workshops around the world.

2012 saw the surprising success of Zombies, Run!, the theatrical extravaganza that was The Seed, and 100 Hours of Solitude in Ted Hughes’ old house.

2013 was all about Samurai Siege, the Live Writing Series, and the start of an unexpected new cocktail business called Shaken.

2014 got off to an astonishing start with the release of Sherlock: The Network, which led to a whole load of travelling and award nominations.

2015 saw me writing The Trace (one of the Best Android Games of the Year, apparently) and giving a series of talks at conferences and workshops.

2016 brought the end of Shaken, a small press frenzy around Framed, writing for VR, some prototyping for Lost My Name, and more talks around the world.

And 2017 has turned into a wonderful mix of education, narrative design, more prototyping, VR... and it’s not over yet.

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Lucas Flint shares why he loves to write superheroes, where his character powers come from, and a freebie deal if you get it quick! Enjoy :)

Bait & Switch (free until April 22nd, 2018):




Lucas Flint is the pen name of Timothy L. Cerepaka, who writes superhero fiction under it.

The Lucas Flint pen name is also published under the Secret Identity Books imprint of Annulus Publishing, an imprint devoted to publishing superhero fiction.


The Superhero's Son (Book 1: The Superhero's Test)
The Young Neos (Book 1: Brothers)
Minimum Wage Sidekick (Book 1: First Job)
The Legacy Superhero (Book 1: A Superhero's Legacy)

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On today's episode, we spoke with Samuel Peralta, Chris Pourteau, David Bruns, and Sean Quigley about the Tails of Dystopia anthology.


1984 meets The Incredible Journey in thirteen dystopian tales by some of today's most accomplished writers of science fiction.

In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, discover tales of dark futures, tragic pasts, and a present that's run off the rails are presented in landscapes as varied as their authors' imaginations.

Set in bestselling worlds fully realized by their authors, the stories of Chronicle Worlds: Tails of Dystopia unfold as seen through the eyes of animals -- tamed and feral, domestic and savage -- as they traverse a world of perdition where often their capacity for nobility and self-sacrifice transcends our own.

Enter these worlds with some of the most inventive authors writing today, including USA Today bestselling authors David Adams and Cheri Lasota, Wall Street Journal bestselling authors Daniel Arthur Smith and Ann Christy, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner Rysa Walker.

Dystopian deserts, post-apocalyptic mountain ranges, the medieval English countryside, the far reaches of the galaxy - in each of these and more, animals and their human companions discover heart-stopping adventure among the ruins - and you will, too.

Discover Chronicle Worlds. Discover Tails of Dystopia.

Proceeds from this volume of The Future Chronicles help support the charity Pets for Vets, which rescues and re-trains shelter animals and matches them with military veterans in need of a companion animal.

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