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An excellent site about copywriting, offering tips, tricks, and case studies to improve your writing.
Because new media creators tend to be interested in new distribution models and issues of copyright. Ourselves included.
She’s written for Buffy, Firefly, BSG, and more, and she blogs to help you write better.
Writer of Go, Big Fish, and The Nines, John August is a forward-thinking, tech savvy screen writer who regularly updates his blog, offering advice and answering questions.
Creative Commons pioneer Lawrence Lessig has posted about pertinent issues relating to copyright and CC, and now he’s focusing on government corruption.
Because DIY is what new media and participatory culture are all about.
Copyright is important, okay?
Surprisingly enough, they get it all wrong.
Games journalist Geoff Keighley does an admirable job of trying to set the liars straight, but he’s outnumbered. One “expert” suggests that the game desensitizes the player to sexuality (without mentioning that the sexual content is PG-13 levels at the most), and a member of the “panel” asks why the game wasn’t rated Adults Only (again, PG-13…).
Of course, the host admits that she only recently bought a video game for the first time, and another says she feels old, wondering where the Atari went.
And they’re telling viewers what to think about video games. They’ve all made idiots out of themselves, being willfully ignorant and spreading what’s tantamount to lies.
The whole issue would be hilarious if people didn’t actually watch, and believe, Fox News. Instead, it’s really, really frustrating, and more than a little scary.
Joystiq reminds me that the “expert” actually laughs when Geoff asks her if she’s ever played Mass Effect. Then she says no.
I don’t believe in writer’s block.
Maybe, maybe, a very limited number of people have suffered from a real inability to write anymore. Like a loss of that specific brain function, which sounds like a much more serious problem than a lack of inspiration.
Writer’s block, for most people, is merely a deficit of motivation and a surplus of good old fashioned laziness. But that’s not a “block.” That’s not an inability or an impairment. That’s procrastination.
So what if you’re suffering from my definition of writer’s block, one where you know you should be writing, but don’t? Just like you should be cleaning your house, walking your dog, or calling your mother, but you just can’t bring yourself to do it.
What can you do to get past that sort of block?
It feels like you’re working, but you still get to avoid real, actual work. Instead of writing, look up some information that will help you once you do start. Feel like going for a walk instead of writing? Walk to the library. Just think about your writing project while you’re walking. Call it outlining.
Just do something even tangentially relevant to your project. At least you’ll have accomplished something. And chances are you’ll start feeling a lot more prepared to write. Which may have been all you’d needed in the first place.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some reading to do.