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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 #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

    Click here for a 20 Question Character Bio guide 

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

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Tell The Damn Story #121: For Writers What's The Big Story Behind, "LITTLE WOMEN?"

    Tell The Damn Story #121: For Writers What's The Big Story Behind, "LITTLE WOMEN?"

    After weeks of Alex fretting about the quality of the new film version of "Little Women" both he and Chris (and the goddess) went to see #LittleWomen and they discuss the film, earlier versions of it, and Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel. 

    All of this is in the service of creativity and telling the damn story. They then discuss Getting Your Write On, part two, in which Chris and Alex explain subtext, avoiding stereotypes, the usefulness of second bananas, and interior versus exterior dialogue, using the film/book and other works as examples to support each topic. 

    Come for the film, stay for the learning, and then go tell your own damn story! 

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

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com



    #LittleWomen, #saoirseronan #EmmaWatson #FlorencePugh #ElizaScanlen #LauraDern #TimotheeChalamet #TracyLetts #BobOdenkirk #JamesNorton #ChrisCooper #MerylStreep #AmWriting #WritingSubText #AvoidingStereotypes #secondbananas #Dialogue

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Tell The Damn Story #120: A 2020 Look At Getting It Write

    Tell The Damn Story #120: A 2020 Look At Getting It Write

    Alex and Chris launch a new decade with a new feature, "Get Yer Write On" offering practical advice on a wide range of storytelling skills, this week including Motivation (two kinds!), Character, Conflict, and Creating a Character's Arc.

    And that's after discussing current events and personal news. All this and laughs! Don't miss it!

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

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com



    Click here for the TTDS's 20 Character Bio Questions Guide.

    Read BLACKJACK: Trial By Fire, Trial By Ice (written by Alex and Chris) on Amazon.

    #littlewomen
    #starwarstheriseofskywalker
    #themandalorian
    #getyourwriteon
    #writersmotivation
    #Thefugitive
    #Theequalizer
    #shotgunhoney
    #blackjacktrialbyfire
    #blackjacktrialbyice

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Tell The Damn Story #119: The Last Decade, Yours Mine & Ours

    Tell The Damn Story #119: The Last Decade, Yours Mine & Ours

    It's TELL YOUR OWN DAMN STORY about the teens as Alex and Chris tell theirs.  "We'll leave "Best ofs" and "Top Ten" lists for others to share, and we are grateful for their ideas as we look back to look forward.  This episode the cohosts we'll be talking of books and films and TV and music that fueled us, and ask you, what fueled your creativity over the past decade?"

    If you have any positive or inspirational tips to share, drop them (along with your questions) in our Comments Section below.

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Tell The Damn Story #118: What's A Creative To Do With 2019

    Tell The Damn Story #118: What's A Creative To Do With 2019

    This week Alex and Chris say goodbye to a decade --goodbye twenty-teens --and prep for 2020 by talking to Creatives about how they can use the technological and social media revolution of the last decade to curate the best fuel for their creativity in the new decade. Through reflection and action, we can avoid being programmed, block trolls, and contribute positively to where we all go next.

    If you have any positive or inspirational tips to share, drop them (along with your questions) in our Comments Section below.

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

    • 26 min
    Tell The Damn Story #117: IT'S THE TELL THE DAMN STORY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

    Tell The Damn Story #117: IT'S THE TELL THE DAMN STORY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

    Alex and Chris talk about fuel for creatives' holiday productivity, going through lots of Christmas music and movies and TV shows discussing the themes of redemption and renewal and reunion and how we can use any or all of this to fuel our own creativity. This episode offers a lot of fun and many suggestions for both your holiday entertainment and for creative nourishment during this busy time of year. Peace.

    And if there were any songs, TV shows, or movies we left out, add them along with your questions in our Comments Section below.

    Or write us at: TTDSOnAir@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

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This is a podcast that will inspire your creativity.

This is a podcast that will inspire your creativity. Five stars all the way ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!

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Jerry Craft

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Informative!!!

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