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Street Writers

34 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

34 Episodes | 2019

Street Writers - Story Starters

December 11th, 2019

10:41

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

10:41

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

10:47

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

9:41

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

9:26

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

9:54

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

10:23

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

10:23

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

10:58

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

10:21

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

10:58

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

10:34

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

10:04

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

10:55

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

10:19

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

10:51

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

9:35

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

9:22

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

10:56

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

10:54

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

10:17

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

10:43

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

9:57

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

10:51

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

10:42

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

10:39

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

10:52

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

10:47

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

10:54

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

9:31

(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

10:27

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) …

Street Writers — Anytime, Anywhere

March 13th, 2019

10:27

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

10:39

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

10:16

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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