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humansofnewtown:

‘I’ve always loved writing stories and I’ve always been drawn towards fantastical stories and comedy. When I grew up I used to get quite frustrated with television because I didn’t see many female characters in the shows I used to watch. I write children’s television shows and I got to a point about a year ago when I had this opportunity to write and I just thought, it’s perfect - maybe I can help make a change - to try to even the playing field.
‘You don’t tend to see a lot of female main characters or even sub-characters on television. The shows tend to be about boy characters that are really great and fantastic and save the day. If it is a girl, they’re usually a sister or they’re in trouble or a bit of a sidekick.
‘It means that young girls don’t learn to see themselves as potential heroes. They think that adventures and journeys are for boys and that they’re maybe supposed to be the sidekicks.  If you grow up seeing that message over and over again it must have some sort of impact on you.’
Did you have someone in your life that encouraged you to do what you want to do?
‘I have an awesome mother and also a super awesome grandmother. They’re both very strong women. My mother was a single mum - she’s a poet now. My grandmother was an actress, a director and a model before most women even had jobs. She was one of the first women on television back in Adelaide. I grew up around them and because I was exposed to women like that I never really doubted that I could do the same thing. There are a lot of girls that don’t have that growing up. It’s amazing how much just one role model can change that.’
What advice would you give to young girls?
‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what it is that you love. It’s probably unlikely that people will give you that positive message so you’re going to have to discover the courage within yourself to believe that.’

For more on this subject, check out the excellent work being done by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: http://www.seejane.org/about/index.php

humansofnewtown:

‘I’ve always loved writing stories and I’ve always been drawn towards fantastical stories and comedy. When I grew up I used to get quite frustrated with television because I didn’t see many female characters in the shows I used to watch. I write children’s television shows and I got to a point about a year ago when I had this opportunity to write and I just thought, it’s perfect - maybe I can help make a change - to try to even the playing field.

‘You don’t tend to see a lot of female main characters or even sub-characters on television. The shows tend to be about boy characters that are really great and fantastic and save the day. If it is a girl, they’re usually a sister or they’re in trouble or a bit of a sidekick.

‘It means that young girls don’t learn to see themselves as potential heroes. They think that adventures and journeys are for boys and that they’re maybe supposed to be the sidekicks.  If you grow up seeing that message over and over again it must have some sort of impact on you.’

Did you have someone in your life that encouraged you to do what you want to do?

‘I have an awesome mother and also a super awesome grandmother. They’re both very strong women. My mother was a single mum - she’s a poet now. My grandmother was an actress, a director and a model before most women even had jobs. She was one of the first women on television back in Adelaide. I grew up around them and because I was exposed to women like that I never really doubted that I could do the same thing. There are a lot of girls that don’t have that growing up. It’s amazing how much just one role model can change that.’

What advice would you give to young girls?

‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what it is that you love. It’s probably unlikely that people will give you that positive message so you’re going to have to discover the courage within yourself to believe that.’

For more on this subject, check out the excellent work being done by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media: http://www.seejane.org/about/index.php

I’m just going to say it, I have a big fat lady crush on Geena Davis (and not just because she’s Thelma, Barbara Maitland and the president of the United States all rolled into one) but because she started the self-titled Institute on Gender in Media. Essentially one day she was watching children’s television with her daughter and said “hold the phone… where are all the female characters?” Most people would feel momentarily miffed, shrug their shoulders and go get a nice big cup of ‘that’s just the way it is’ but not Geena Davis. She decided to do something about it. And for that Geena, we salute you!
Now, here are some super easy ways to balance out your scripts! Dig in!
Too good not to share.

Too good not to share.

Earlier this year I wrote and directed the short film, “The Dangers of Being Aquarius”

The short stars Adam Tuominen (Underbelly Razor, Power Rangers) and Susanna Dekker (Italian Spiderman, Danger 5)  as the ‘unfortunate’ Aquarian. Producer Debbie Steer and I have launched the video on Vimeo. The film was made without any funding, only the support of talented filmmakers like cinematographer Emma Paine, Sound Designer Ines Richter, Composer Simon Hanna and Animator Amy Alexander.

Watch the film now:https://vimeo.com/81372429

The Narrative Breakdown: A Podcast for the weary writer.

Picture this: You’re Dorothy, you’ve just squashed some stripy-socked wench with your house and a hord of munchkin villagers are prompting you to swindle her shoes… while her sister watches from the sidelines. Then this tarted up, flashy charlatan in a bubble tells you to trot your dead-lady shoes down the yellow brick road outta’ there. Easy-peasy Winkie-squeezy, you’re homeward bound! - If only writing was such a cinch!

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Unfortunately, even the most committed aspiring writer can often find themselves utterly bewildered and confused on their hero’s journey, “Would someone throw me a flippin’ yella’ brick for once?!!!”… Alas, there is no Technicolor™ road towards enlightenment for us and we don’t get a ‘Glinda’ to wake us up when the noxious poppy gas knocks us stone cold.

BUT… Sometimes a gal’ can find friends to help her along the way:

I give you: 'The Narrative Breakdown', my newest addiction. A podcast exploring "the craft of creative writing, screenwriting, playwriting, children’s books, and literary fiction as discussed by Cheryl Klein and James Monohan." 

It’s just what the Wizard ordered, so why not start here with one of my faves:'Beginnings and Inciting Events', oh and did I mention that it’s free?

Now write my pretties, write!

Writer’s block. You could say it’s fatal… or you could say it’s just a crappy  excuse because, quite frankly, the only thing in this world that could actually keep you from being able to write is if a pod of zombie Dolphins grew legs, operated a GPS system using their massive zombie Dolphin brains and tracked you down to chew off both your arms… very, very slowly. Either that or some other equally plausible situation wherein you lose both of your arms. 
What I’m trying to say is, I’ve learnt that there aren’t too many things that can physically keep you from being able to write something BUT there are plenty of reasons that you might find it hard to write something good AND most of the time that reason is you. If you find yourself in the situation where you suddenly can’t pull magic out of your arse, let alone a coherent sentence - it’s not a very nice feeling. What’s the best cure for this? Maybe you just need to write it out… see what I did there.
Why not try these handy hints n’ tips:
1. Write the sh*t version - It really works, if you can’t write it well just write it badly, then at least you’ve written something. You might end up finding you solve some of your problems and worst case scenario: If you write something rubbish then you’ll know how not to write it!
2. Play ‘9 in 9’ - This is a little brainstorming game I made up that I find helps me jump mental hurdles. It’s pretty simple: whatever your problem is (eg. solving a plot point, finding the right words for something, etc) give yourself nine(9) minutes to come up with nine(9) solutions. Usually I find this helps me to stop censoring all my ideas and once I’ve written down all the obvious solutions I find it’s much easier to come up with a clever one.
3. Write something else - Sometimes if you get stuck it’s just easiest to take a breather… but try to keep writing. I know some people find going for a run or taking a shower to be a great way to overcome ‘writer’s block’ but if you’re like me and you’re not that person it’s most probably because practising how to wash yourself doesn’t help you to write better-er. 
…Either that or go read everything ever published by Cyanide and Happiness and sit there hating yourself for not being as clever. http://www.explosm.net/

Writer’s block. You could say it’s fatal… or you could say it’s just a crappy  excuse because, quite frankly, the only thing in this world that could actually keep you from being able to write is if a pod of zombie Dolphins grew legs, operated a GPS system using their massive zombie Dolphin brains and tracked you down to chew off both your arms… very, very slowly. Either that or some other equally plausible situation wherein you lose both of your arms. 

What I’m trying to say is, I’ve learnt that there aren’t too many things that can physically keep you from being able to write something BUT there are plenty of reasons that you might find it hard to write something good AND most of the time that reason is you. If you find yourself in the situation where you suddenly can’t pull magic out of your arse, let alone a coherent sentence - it’s not a very nice feeling. What’s the best cure for this? Maybe you just need to write it out… see what I did there.

Why not try these handy hints n’ tips:

1. Write the sh*t version - It really works, if you can’t write it well just write it badly, then at least you’ve written something. You might end up finding you solve some of your problems and worst case scenario: If you write something rubbish then you’ll know how not to write it!

2. Play ‘9 in 9’ - This is a little brainstorming game I made up that I find helps me jump mental hurdles. It’s pretty simple: whatever your problem is (eg. solving a plot point, finding the right words for something, etc) give yourself nine(9) minutes to come up with nine(9) solutions. Usually I find this helps me to stop censoring all my ideas and once I’ve written down all the obvious solutions I find it’s much easier to come up with a clever one.

3. Write something else - Sometimes if you get stuck it’s just easiest to take a breather… but try to keep writing. I know some people find going for a run or taking a shower to be a great way to overcome ‘writer’s block’ but if you’re like me and you’re not that person it’s most probably because practising how to wash yourself doesn’t help you to write better-er. 

…Either that or go read everything ever published by Cyanide and Happiness and sit there hating yourself for not being as clever. http://www.explosm.net/

Emma Coat's 22 rules to phenomenal storytelling

Here’s one of my favourite inspiration-board-worthy infographics designed by PBJ Publishing. It features writing tip tweets from Pixar’s Emma Coat’s - a master storyboard artist. 

Follow the link for a free hi-res jpg for your cork board! Now that’s going straight to the pewl-room.

John Cleese. Need I say more?

Ok, fine - John Cleese: telling us how to get ourselves into a creative headspace in five easy steps:

1. Space: find a place for yourself that is free from disturbance- EG. The moon. 

2. Time: Set yourself a start and end time, Cleese suggests a 1.5 hours is a good start.

3. Time: Give yourself more time to solve your creative problems- you’re not going to come up with the best and most original ideas straight away. Come back to whatever you’re working on as many times as is needed. AKA give yourself “maximum pondering time”.

4. Confidence: Have the confidence to make mistkaes  mistakes.

5. Humor: LOL your way into the right headset- humour is the quickest way to get our noggins to move from ‘closed’ to ‘open’ mode. Open mode is good.

Enjoy!

I like to watch this TED talk when I feel creatively tormented- so, a couple of times a day. Sometimes I just loop it while I lie in the foetal position, soiled in a pool of my own drool and self-doubt chanting the words “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t”. 

The “Eat, Pray, Love” Author Elizabeth Gilbert gives a great TED talk about what tormented artists can do to keep themselves from placing rocks in their pockets and walking into a lake. It’s a fantastic reminder that creative people (oh, and the whole world around them) are much too hard on themselves and need to lighten up *sheesh*. Now, where did I last leave my Genius…

Quick questionnaire. Please answer Yes or No to the following questions: Are you:
A) Creative?
B) Hoping to be creative everyday?
C) Wishing you could do the above without having to grind the 9 to 5 in order to keep from starving/freezing/being eaten by cats?
If you answered yes to all of the above, congratulations… 
You’re Gandalf. Gandalf the Grey was a wizard and longtime advisor of Bilbo Baggins…
Nah, just punk’d you- you are: A CREATIVE PERSON! …And you need to watch this video. This speech by Neil Gaiman is inspiring me on a very serious, beard-caressing, brow-furrowing, fist-to-forehead kind of level.