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Where we'll talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.

Tell The Damn Story Alex Simmons

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Where we'll talk about books, comics, film, conventions, and other creative arts and pop culture topics.

    Tell The Damn Story #127: A Story By Any Other Name. Or Finding Yourself, Your Voice, And Your Genre.

    Tell The Damn Story #127: A Story By Any Other Name. Or Finding Yourself, Your Voice, And Your Genre.

    Alex and Chris talk about, well, almost everything in an attempt to explain the chicken-or-egg maze run of a creative finding voice and proper genre. From Chris' ongoing transitioning from pure Indie writer to traditionally published, to expectations for editors, to, in our ongoing Get Your Write On section, examining Alex's idea of strongest genre choices and how it helps creates, we exclude nothing in our goal to offer a portrait of the many considerations we must embrace to further our creative dreams. 

    Agree or disagree?  Did we leave out any genre or sub genres?  Let us know.

    Leave your thoughts, questions and comments right here in our Comments Section.

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Tell The Damn Story #126: Are ReWrites An Author's Path To Heaven or Hell?

    Tell The Damn Story #126: Are ReWrites An Author's Path To Heaven or Hell?

    In this episode, Chris and Alex explore the next segment of their GET YOUR WRITE ON series. Rewriting -- how to seed what you need in your stories so  the climax to pays off.  They talk almost exclusively about the secret pleasures of rewriting. There's finishing your first draft, reading it, finding what your story needs, and then going back and seeding those plot points and character moments and foreshadowing, etc. that will make your story sing. Come for the jokes, stay for the rewrites!

    As authors, how your book, play or movie ends is the last chance to leave your audience feeling satisfied. They want to look back over the experience and feel you faithfully lead them on the journey, and that the ending made sense.  Rewriting is your opportunity to get the cuts, clues, and characters just right.

    Agree or disagree?  Have any rewriting tips you want to share?

    Then leave your thoughts, questions and comments right here in our Comments Section.

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tell The Damn Story # 125: VICTOR, A PAUSE TO PAY TRIBUTE

    Tell The Damn Story # 125: VICTOR, A PAUSE TO PAY TRIBUTE

    This week, Alex and Chris pay tribute to Archie Comics legend Victor Gorelick, the oldest editor in comics, who has died this week. He was a sweet guy, a major fount of comic industry knowledge, and a good friend to Alex for over 15 years. Alex interviewed him IN 2015 and we honor his passing by sharing some of that discussion with you to let Victor relate how he told the damn story for 60 years. Peace.

    Did you know Victor?  Or are you an Archie fan?

    If so share your thoughts, questions and comments right here in our Comments Section.

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

    #Archie #Comics #cartoon #highschoolofindustrialarts #veronica #Betty #brooklyn #1950s #jughead #writers #michaeluslan 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tell The Damn Story #124: A WRITER'S SUPER BRAWL - HOW TO PLAY IN THE BIG GAME OF GETTING YOUR STORY RIGHT

    Tell The Damn Story #124: A WRITER'S SUPER BRAWL - HOW TO PLAY IN THE BIG GAME OF GETTING YOUR STORY RIGHT

     It might be Super Bowl Sunday for everyone else, but for Alex Simmons and Christopher Ryan, it is time to Tell The Damn Story. Today we talk about many topics including Morning Meditations by Alex "guru" Simmons, and, in our Get Your Write On segment, we discuss elaborate description versus minimal description and how it affects pacing. We also offer suggestions on how you can achieve both of those by doing the work to get out of your own way and become more objective about your own writing. 

    Along the way, we mention #BrianKeene, #sidneylumet, #marisatomei, #philipseymourhoffman, #albertfinney, all in the film #beforethedevilknowsyouredead, #thegodfather, #atomichabits, by James Clear, #Themiraclemorning, by #halelrod and many other pop culture references aimed at helping you Tell The Damn Story. 

    Share your thoughts, questions and comments right here in our Comments Section.

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

    #amwriting #writingtips #author #christopherpike 

    • 56 min
    Tell The Damn Story #123: HOW TO GET YOUR WRITE ON #3 - READY, SETTING, GO!

    Tell The Damn Story #123: HOW TO GET YOUR WRITE ON #3 - READY, SETTING, GO!

    It's Where, When, and How Much do you need to decide before writing a good story! 

    This week Alex and Chris discuss Rod Serling, tease an upcoming Twilight Zone TTDS episode,  a black out in the subway, and setting, setting, setting! We go over purpose in using setting, when to worry about the impact of location, as well as how time of day and time of year can accentuate the tale you spin. 

    So it's about time you listened to Tell The Damn Story! 

    Have you watched the Twilight Zone series (old or new)? If so, which do you prefer?  And tell us your favorite episode.   

    Share your thoughts, questions and comments right here in our Comments Section.

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com



    #rodserling #twilightzone #amwriting #amediting #setting #amrewriting #writing

    • 46 min
    Tell The Damn Story #122: What Is A Writers' Toughest Challenge? Or Tales From The Comments

    Tell The Damn Story #122: What Is A Writers' Toughest Challenge? Or Tales From The Comments

    This week Alex and I catch up on our separate creative projects, give a huge shout out to a truly fun podcast (besides this one, of course), and we use our "Get Your Write On" segment to respond to your comments about plot, character, and structure. 

    It's talks and tips and a whole lot more, so don't miss it! 

    Share your thoughts, questions and comments right here in our Comments Section.

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

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    #DefendersDialogue #ChristopherGolden #BrianKeene #plot #character #structure #godzilla #marvel 

    • 1 hr 7 min

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