Street Writers

Street Writers

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Still waiting for inspiration? Maybe it’s time you actually started writing— powerfully, productively and with plenty of punch. Here’s a 10-minute jab at writing as a craft that calls for tenacity, consistency and the courage to face an empty page. Mark Bellusci and Dan Chichester are pros at bare-knuckle writing for stage, film, editorial, marketing and comics. They share hard-earned tricks to help you roll up your sleeves, beat down the demons, and move that project forward — be it a novel, ad, play, press release, game, screenplay or shopping list. Take it to the streets and fight to write.


- Education or Inspiration?
Nov 12 • 9 min
Education and inspiration. You need both to keep the words flowing and your writing projects moving forward. Yet finding the balance between how-to-write content and and great writing that inspires you can be tough—should you be reading Stephen King on…
- Fill that Pipeline
Nov 5 • 9 min
Want an incentive to get through what you’re writing now? Have your next writing project lined up right behind it. Want to shrug off a rejection letter on your current project? Get entrenched in your next one. That’s what filling the pipeline is all…
- David Quinn Pt. 2
Oct 29 • 10 min
We’re still slugging it out (in the best of ways) with writer David Quinn — scribe of comics, film, kid’s books and industry. In Part 2 of our episode/interview with him… David’s view on “They Beat Us To The Punch” is thoughtful and scary as he introduces…
- David Quinn Pt. 1
Oct 21 • 10 min
Another writer gets down to the street level of writing with us, as we invite David Quinn to get on the mic. David’s known for his prolific career in comics (Faust, Ghost Rider, Dr. Strange, Vampirella and many more). His professional credits extend onto…
Details, Details
Oct 9 • 10 min
We all know where the devil is … in the details. Dan explains how adding detail to your writing brings it to life. The details are how you paint a picture with your words, how you fight past tropes, and how you bring your own style to your writing. Dan…
- Changing Gears
Oct 2 • 10 min
Like a finely tuned Tesla, your writing speed should vary based on your project. Sometimes you want to zoom through a segment, and sometimes you want to slow down and enjoy the view of your words. Mark discusses varying your writing speeds. Dan is jealous…
Get it out there
Sep 26 • 10 min
You’ve pondered, produced and polished—now it’s time to publish. Dan discusses the many ways to get your work out into the world: social media, blogs, and content sites like Medium. Mark praises author Colin Harrison, and also discusses shooting his new…
Are you Kirk or Spock?
Sep 19 • 10 min
What gets your writer engine revving? Is it raw, emotional passion, a la Captain James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise? Or is it the methodical, practical logic of Mr. Spock? Mark discusses analyzing your emotional or rational writing drive, and…
- Call Yourself a Writer
Sep 11 • 10 min
This week, we’ve got a simple tip from Dan: don’t equivocate or hesitate: substantiate by calling yourself a writer. Of course, that will mean you’ll actually have to write, but that’s kind of the point, right? Also, Dan shows some love to a graphic…
— Best of Dan
Sep 3 • 10 min
Mark here. I’m flying solo this week, because on this past Labor Day Weekend, Dan was doing labor—on assignment for a crunch project. So I’m holding the fort with a “Best of Dan” episode. Three of his segments that had me taking notes and learning tricks.…
- Taking Critiques
Aug 28 • 10 min
In our last episode, we talked about finding the right people to critique your work. In this episode, we discuss accepting, absorbing and acting on criticism. Knowing what to accept, what to ignore and how to interact with your reviewers is an art in…
- Cultivating your critique group
Aug 21 • 10 min
Nobody likes to take a punch, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need to improve your work. Specifically, you may need an objective critique. Which is why it’s crucial to find a person or group you can trust to review your project. Finding the right…
- Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad, part 2
Aug 15 • 9 min
In the second part of our interview with Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad, Brendan tells us what he’s been up to, which is publishing a book of his funniest, coolest, most inspirational essays, Bears Don’t Care About Your Problems. It’s available wherever…
- Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad, part 1
Aug 7 • 9 min
Enough about us: in this episode, we jumped on a call with an amazing guest, Brendan Leonard of Semi-rad—he of the wildly popular semi-rad blogs, instagram charts, award-winning documentaries and newsletters. In part one of our interview, Brendan gives a…
Complex and Simple
Jul 31 • 10 min
When writing, you want to make the journey for your characters as complex as possible—that’s what makes them compelling. But you also have to convey the story simply enough for your readers to follow. Sounds tricky? It is. Dan dives in to explain how to…
- Change da Format
Jul 24 • 10 min
Stuck in a writing rut? Dan suggests that it might be time to change your writing format—from computer to handwriting, from keyboard to crayon—anything that changes the physical feel of your writing experience. Mark raves about a morning success formula…
- Write Shit
Jul 17 • 10 min
Yeah, it’s going to happen: at some point you’ll realize that something you’re writing is just plain, well, shit. Best thing you can do? Finish it. Get it out of your system, and at least have the satisfaction of saying you finished a shitty piece.…
- Top and Bottom
Jul 10 • 10 min
Cut the fluff. That what Dan explores with an approach to writing that has you remove the top and bottom of your writing to get to the good stuff in the middle. Mark raves about an episode of a fabulous podcast, Conan O’Brian Needs a Friend. And Mark also…
- Mindful Writing
Jul 2 • 9 min
We all know the negatives of writing: bouts of insecurity, writer’s block, procrastination and a million other headaches. So in this episode, we hit on a positive: while writing may never get easy, it can provide a regular dose of mindfulness that can…
- White Noise
Jun 25 • 10 min
What’s your white noise? What are the sounds, if any, you need to have in the background as you write? For Mark, it’s a combo of instrumental jazz, train rides and coffee shops. For Dan, it’s an algorithm-based white noise he subscribes to at brain.fm.…
- Waste No Time
Jun 18 • 10 min
Time to make a fistful of words and fight to write. This episode’s “Take A Swing At This” is a chance for Dan to admit his weakness for distraction. He puts the spotlight on a great lil’ tech tool called Waste No Time…
- Type It Out
Jun 11 • 10 min
The fight for the right write continues. In this round of Street Writers…for this “Take A Swing At This”, Dan extols the technique of “Type It Out” — the power of kinetic motion to get yourself in the groove of a genre to inspire your forward momentum…
- Procrastaholics
Jun 4 • 10 min
Now that we’re sharing our hard earned tips and tricks on writing, you’d think we’d be immune to the typical writing road blocks, like procrastination. You’d be wrong. Mark admits he’s a procrastaholic, and describes how he fights it every day. Dan takes…
- Once Upon a GOT
May 30 • 10 min
Just what you need: the 80 bazillionth critique of Game of Thrones. In ours, Dan nearly throw some Dracarys fire on Mark in their “heated” discussion. Also, Dan goes through the “Once Upon a Time” format that can help you craft your story. And Mark…
Start Anywhere
May 22 • 10 min
In this episode, we talk about starting your next writing project any damn place you want, be it the middle, the end or the beginning. Also, Dan gives his impression of Jordan Peterson’s, The 12 Rules for Life, one of which is petting any cat you run into…
The power of quirks and details
May 7 • 9 min
(GREAT NEWS FOR YOUR EARS: WE’RE NOW IN A PRO STUDIO—NO MORE ECHOES!) Think about your favorite characters in stories. You know them inside and out, you relish their quirks, you know what direction they’re going to take before they do. That’s why you need…
- Storymatic
Apr 23 • 10 min
We’ve made it to all four corners of the ring with #4 of Street Writers. “Take A Swing At This” declares the Storymatic (https://www.storymatic.com) a contender: it’s a cool set of cards that helps accelerate your writing with character and situation…
— Anytime, Anywhere
Mar 13 • 10 min
Episode Three of Street Writers defends the #fight2write ethos, with hard-hitting “Take A Swing At This” ideas for capturing your words on the go. (Including a mention of Dan’s fave Field Notes, https://fieldnotesbrand.com) “They Beat Us To The Punch”…
— The Alarm Clock
Mar 5 • 10 min
An alarm clock can not only get you out of bed, it can also get you out of the writing doldrums. In “Take a Swing At This,” we explore writing in blocks of time, capped off with an alarm clock that allows you a short break. Yes, it’s now a popular time…
- High Horses
Feb 19 • 10 min
In this intro episode, “Take A Swing At This,” we knock writing off its high horse and hit at the power of discipline. With “They Beat Us To The Punch,” Mark gives a blow-by-blow of a great column in Esquire. And for this version of “Hit Us With Your Best…