A lot of writing advice will pretend to teach you how to grab an audience’s attention. Well, there’s more to writing than getting attention. There’s the reader to consider. This is an editorial essay, so we start with an introduction. In the first paragraph, I let you know the purpose, to determine whether or not […]
You may have heard of Beaumarchais. He was a watchmaker, publisher of Voltaire’s works, gun runner for the rebels in the American Revolution, but most notably a playwright of works such as The Barber of Seville (which Mozart adapted into an opera.) In Beaumarchais’s time, writers were not well paid. The theatres of Paris held […]
“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” — adapted from the memoirs of Hiram Withington, in The Iron Lady screenplay by Abi Morgan.
Amazing Grace (dir. Michael Apted, written by Steven Knight) seems to be the first major film to depict the life and activism of Wilfred Wilberforce. I was reluctant to write any review because I’m not sure of the historical accuracy of Wilberforce’s life. However, from a creative point of view, I find the use of […]
Some of you who read the first two parts (what makes a good mentor and who were my good mentors) may be asking, what no film mentors. No, no film mentors. Why no film mentors? Don’t you make films as a living? Isn’t Ptara a film, storytelling and history company?
Last time, we asked what makes a good mentor. Now, to show you I’m not just talking theoretically, but speaking from experience, I’ll share with you the stories of three mentors who helped me along.
What makes a good mentor? I didn’t want to ask this question before, because many of my connections – those who think of themselves as mentors – do not fit my definition of the word. Some of these are very nice, well-meaning people, and I don’t want to judge them or their work. To define […]
I previously tried to answer the question on how much artists should charge for their work. It’s a complex question really, as so many artisans and fine artists offer different services, and different projects require varying amounts of work and resources. No matter how much (or how little) you enjoy your work, you’ll have to […]
Okay, so I say a lot about pricing, but I get a lot of emails (mainly from one person) that show that some people don’t understand it. (Okay, one person doesn’t get it.) So, here we go again.
So, as we’ve said last time, time is money. Your readers might know this, and therefore be unwilling to give a survey after they found what they need, right? Well, more and more, I’m being asked to answer surveys on almost every website I visit (especially media and government websites.) These are usually put at […]