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Transom » Nancy Updike

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Great bit of writing intelligence from one of my favorite radio writers, Nancy Updike.

Save earlier drafts/make an OUTS page… As soon as I open a page to start a story, I open another page and label it ‘OUTS.’ Anything I cut from the story, I paste into the outs page. Any time I start making major revisions in the script, I save it as a new version. It’s hard to resist having a sort of Enlightenment view of whatever you’re working on-it’s getting better and better all the time!-but sometimes the way you phrased some bit the first time was best. And sometimes not. With the earlier versions saved, you can compare and choose.

The entire article is excellent. You can check it out at: Transom » Nancy Updike

Written by Jeffery Battersby

February 7th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Review: Studiometry 10.0

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My review of Studiometry 10.0 is now up at Macworld.com.

Studiometry is an excellent, versatile business and project management application that plays well with Oranged Software’s Accounted accounting application.

It’s a great tool for taking care of your business. I highly recommend it.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

December 31st, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Dennis Lehane Aims for Something Bigger

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If you do this job right, there should be days that are really hard. When I wrote the scene in ‘Mystic River’ where I had to become somebody who’s sexually attracted to a 12-year-old boy, holy God, that was horrible. I shut down for a week after that.

Hands down one of my favorite writers ever.

Dennis Lehane turns the page on hardboiled crime fiction, aims for something bigger | via the Boston Globe

Written by Jeffery Battersby

October 25th, 2012 at 11:47 am

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Merlin 2 Project Management Software Review

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I’m still a huge fan of the OmniGroup’s OmniPlan project management application, but sometimes you’ve just gotta go with what’s great. My review of Merlin 2, the ProjectWizards’ excellent project management application, is now up at Macworld.com. Probably the best, most full featured, multi-user capable project management application available for the Mac.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

March 22nd, 2012 at 7:47 am

Adam Rifkin on Writing

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“You can’t just say, ‘Well, I’m not really inspired by an idea yet, so I’m just gonna hang out and see what hits me. Maybe I’ll just write a scene and see where it takes me.'”

“I don’t know any writers, who are a successful, who approach writing that way. You have to approach writing like it’s a full-time job.”

Adam Rifkin, from the excellent Tales from the Script.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 14th, 2011 at 10:48 am

Dreams of a Desk Job

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Op-Ed piece by John Grisham on how it is that he became a writer and on how difficult writing is in comparison to all the other jobs he’s done.

…something about writing made me spend large hours of my free time at my desk. I had never worked so hard in my life, nor imagined that writing could be such an effort. It was more difficult than laying asphalt, and at times more frustrating than selling underwear. But it paid off. Eventually, I was able to leave the law and quit politics. Writing’s still the most difficult job I’ve ever had — but it’s worth it.

Dreams of a Desk Job | via NYTimes.com

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September 6th, 2010 at 11:32 am

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Another @Ditchwalk Tidbit

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Another Mark Barrett tidbit from The Most Important Thing [10/10] about listening to your critics.

 

You have to have enough ego to take the crap,

but not so much that you can’t listen.

Like I said, if you’re not following Mark Barrett (@Ditchwalk) you should be.

 

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August 10th, 2010 at 2:29 pm

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