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Street Writers

63 EpisodesProduced by Mark Bellusci | Dan ChichesterWebsite

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-k… read more

63 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Street Writers - Water

July 1st, 2020


Be like water. Bruce Lee said it about martial arts, but Mark says it also applies to writing—learning how to go with flow, sometimes pouring through, sometimes taking a different direction. But always fluid. Dan raves …

Street Writers - PYPAP

June 24th, 2020


Protect your passion and produce. Or, as Mark calls it, PYPAP. This acronym is your reminder to ride your passion all the way to a finished work, and then get that work out there. Mark has a few tips to help. Dan falls …

Street Writers - kNOw Negative

June 19th, 2020


Turn that writing frown upside down as "Take A Swing At This" pummels negative words that keep your writing down. "They Beat Us To The Punch: finds …

Street Writers - Lean In

June 11th, 2020


Mobile technology and sophisticated apps have created a new type of video editing called lean in editing. That’s when you pick up your phone or iPad …

Street Writers - Lower Your Standards

June 3rd, 2020


Writing putting you under pressure? "Take A Swing At This" lets you off the hook, with a tip to aim low and never be disappointed. Mark's got high marks for Blake Crouch and his Wayward Pines tales in "They Beat Us To …

Street Writers - Cinematic Angles

May 28th, 2020


Move your mental camera around your scene, as "Take A Swing At This" introduces the idea of "cinematic angles" to your writing. Mark yada-yada-yadas about an envy-worthy Jerry Seinfeld interview in "They Beat Us To The …

Street Writers - Stubborn

May 21st, 2020


Writing takes perseverance, insight, practice, and, according to Mark, stubbornness. You create something with your writing, so you need to protect it. That doesn’t mean ignoring feedback or foregoing revisions; it …

Street Writers - Dimmer Switch

May 13th, 2020


Think of your writing style as a light switch. It can either be an on/off switch (you’re writing or you’re not) or a dimmer switch (you’re thinking about writing but not quite writing). Mark is a fan of the former, …

Street Writers - Never Defend

May 6th, 2020


Next time you get your back up when someone dings your writing, "Take A Swing At This" idea of never defending your work. Mark thinks Silicon Valley's  is worth comedy envy when it comes to "They Beat Us To The Punch." …

Street Writers - Journaling Rabbithole

April 28th, 2020


‪To journal, or not to journal. And if you are a journaler, what belongs in your journal? Well, if you’re doing it for therapeutic purposes, whatever the hell you want. But if you’re a writer, take the extra step of …

Street Writers - Mission To Statement

April 22nd, 2020


Dan gets his fancy Blue Yeti mic to work (so he doesn't sound like Mr. Roboto) just in time for him and Mark to "Take A Swing At This" — "this" being writing a "mission statement" to help focus your next writing …

Street Writers - In Your Head

April 15th, 2020


‪It takes a big head to be a writer. And at some point, you’ll need to fit your entire story in that cabeza grande. @MarkBellusci explains that only by absorbing your story over and over again will you get a complete …

Toss A Coin To Your Reader

April 8th, 2020


It's not quite the musical ear-worm of "Toss A Coin To Your Witcher," but in "Take A Swing At This" we focus on rewarding your audience with "gold …

Street Writers - No Pressure

April 1st, 2020


‪The virus may be virusing, but we’re still Street Writing—socially spaced, that is, with Dan at his command center at home, and Mark sitting in his …

Street Writers - Bad Mood Rewriting

March 26th, 2020


We’re firing up the Street Writer mics for a pandemic podcast. Mark and I are out of the laundry room recording studio and Zoom-ing it for audio. …

Street Writers - No Quotes

March 18th, 2020


‪You’ve always wished you could just get in a cave and write. Well we’re all in social distance caves now, so there’s no better time to write. But …

Street Writers - Dabbling Dilemma

March 10th, 2020


‪To be a poet, or not to be. A screenwriter, novelist and/or journalist? Mark wrestles with the big conundrum: hone your skills in one format or diversify into several. Dan then waxes poetic on the word, f**k, from an …

Street Writers - Leading Questions

March 5th, 2020


‪Leading questions may be good for lawyers, but they can also be great for writers. @DanChichester explains how to use leading questions and statements to bridge sections or chapters, and to build audience intrigue and …

Street Writers - Find the Fun

February 27th, 2020


Remember fun? That can—and should—be your motivation to keep writing. Oh sure, there will days when writing will seem like anything but fun. But Mark …

Street Writers - Margot Berwin Pt. 2

February 19th, 2020


It's part 2 of more laughs and learnings with the energizing novelist Margot Berwin, author of the best selling Hothouse Flower and the Nine Plants of Desire. Diviing deep on "They Beat Us To The Punch", Margot …

Street Writers - Margot Berwin Pt. 1

February 12th, 2020


Author Margot Berwin comes out swinging in the first part of our 2 part interview with her. Margot is the author of the best-selling Hothouse Flower …

Street Writers - Someone Better

February 5th, 2020


The good news? Keep working your writing craft and you’ll get better. The bad news? There’s always—ALWAYS—someone better. So @danchichester lets us down easy and inspires us to keep plowing ahead, because there’s always …

Street Writers - Nancy Kidder, part 2

January 29th, 2020


Here’s the second half of our interview with Nancy Kidder, an American University professor who teaches a course called Writing And Fighting (the perfect companion to Street Writers). Nancy describes her inspirations …

Street Writers - Nancy Kidder, part 1

January 21st, 2020


This is the first half of our interview with Nancy Kidder, an American University adjunct professor who teaches a course called Writing And Fighting …

Powering Past Rejection

January 16th, 2020


We talk about our perennial writing companion: rejection. We all get it, and dealing with it productively is crucial. Dan then delves into a creative Twitter thread by Christopher McQuarrie that discusses rejection …

Street Writers - Evan Skolnick Pt. 2

January 8th, 2020


Level up your podcasting game with Pt. 2 of our interview with Evan Skolnick: author of everything from Marvel Comics New Warriors, to LucasArts Star …

Street Writers - Evan Skolnick Pt. 1

January 1st, 2020


What better way to start 2020 than with a new episode of Street Writers? Better yet — the first part of our interview with Evan Skolnick, as he takes …

Street Writers - Josh Korda, Part 2

December 25th, 2019


Here’s the second half of our interview with Josh Korda, a Buddhist teacher, lead instructor at DharmaPunx NYC, and author of Unsubscribe: Opt Out of Delusion and Opt In to Truth. Josh tells us what he’s been up to, and …

Street Writers - Josh Korda - Part 1

December 18th, 2019


We chatted with our friend Josh Korda, who is a a Buddhist teacher, lead instructor at DharmaPunx NYC, and author of Unsubscribe: Opt Out of Delusion, Tune In to Truth. In part one of our conversation, Josh discusses …

Street Writers - Story Starters

December 11th, 2019


We all know that the hardest part of writing is getting started. So Dan discusses three story starters from fellow comic book writer and novelist, Neil Gaiman. Mark reads a paragraph from the deliciously dark writer, …

Street Writers - No Cliches

December 5th, 2019


You can collect needles; you can stack hay. But using "a needle in a haystack" -- or any other cliche -- in your writing? Puhlease. Nothing can bring …

Street Writers - Greg Monaco Pt. 2

November 26th, 2019


We’re still swinging fistfuls of words with fellow writer Greg Monaco. Part 2 of our interview/conversation/sparring gets into his “They Beat Us To …

Street Writers - Greg Monaco Pt. 1

November 21st, 2019


We invite creative leader and personal branding master Greg Monaco to take it the Streets. In part 1 of this 2-parter, he hits us with his version of

Street Writers - Education or Inspiration?

November 12th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Fill that Pipeline

November 5th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - David Quinn Pt. 2

October 30th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - David Quinn Pt. 1

October 22nd, 2019


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 …

Details, Details

October 9th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Changing Gears

October 3rd, 2019


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 …

Get it out there

September 26th, 2019


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, …

Are you Kirk or Spock?

September 19th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Call Yourself a Writer

September 11th, 2019


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, …

Street Writers — Best of Dan

September 4th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Taking Critiques

August 28th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Cultivating your critique group

August 21st, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad, part 2

August 15th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Brendan Leonard of Semi-Rad, part 1

August 7th, 2019


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, …

Complex and Simple

July 31st, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Change da Format

July 25th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Write Shit

July 17th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Top and Bottom

July 11th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Mindful Writing

July 2nd, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - White Noise

June 25th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Waste No Time

June 18th, 2019


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. …

Street Writers - Type It Out

June 11th, 2019


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" — …

Street Writers - Procrastaholics

June 4th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - Once Upon a GOT

May 30th, 2019


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 …

Start Anywhere

May 22nd, 2019


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 …

The power of quirks and details

May 7th, 2019


(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 …

Street Writers - Storymatic

April 23rd, 2019


We’ve made it to all four corners of the ring with #4 of Street Writers. “Take A Swing At This” declares the Storymatic ( …

Street Writers — Anytime, Anywhere

March 13th, 2019


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,

Street Writers — The Alarm Clock

March 5th, 2019


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 …

Street Writers - High Horses

February 19th, 2019


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 …

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