SA199 Why All Smarter Artists Should Watch Friends

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Yeah, you’ve probably already seen the TV show Friends. You should watch it again. Why? Because there is a LOT you can mine from the show itself, from culture to character development, and ensemble cast to story arcs. Sean explains how you […]

SA198 How to Write Believable Dialogue

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Bad dialogue can make the best story fall flat. Today, Johnny talks about how to improve your dialogue writing. He lists out some practical strategies and resources for you to check out today. He also talks about how to handle accents, complex […]

SA197 What is Purple Prose

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Many newer writers, and even some experienced writers, are guilty of writing purple prose. Mostly, this is due to lack of confidence, and Sean lists out some other things that cause purple prose. He also talks about how to keep yourself from […]

SA196 Can I Use People I Know in My Stories

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone One thing that can get you in a lot of trouble as a writer is using real people when casting your characters. And one thing you can’t HELP but do is to use real people as inspiration FOR your characters. Today, Johnny […]

SA195 Should I Write Like People Talk

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone We get asked a lot… do I need to have perfect grammar? Does my sentence structure need to be correct? Can I end a sentence with a preposition? The simple truth is that it’s perfectly okay to write like you talk, provided […]

SA194 How to Make a Loathsome Character Likeable

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Today, Sean shares a creative writing exercise every writer should try. If you’ve read Yesterday’s Gone, you know exactly who Boricio is. It’s amazing to think about how wretched and terrible he is, and how much the audience loves him. Sean explains […]

SA193 The Gap Between Creativity and Ability

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Ever feel frustrated because you’ve got amazing ideas, but when you try to get them on the page, the canvas, or whatever medium in which your art exists, it’s terrible? Take heart! It’s normal, and means you have great taste. You know […]

SA192 How Long Chapters Should Be

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone This is one of those questions that we get a lot. Today, Sean doesn’t give you a pat answer. Instead, he walks you through what you need to consider that is a lot more important than word counts. From page-turning to consistency, […]

SA191 How Much Attention Artists Should Spend on Social Media

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Everyone’s buzzing about social media these days, and to listen to some ‘gurus’ who tell you it’s everything. But the truth is, it depends. Today, Johnny talks about the different circumstances where social media can work for – or against – you […]

SA190 What It Means to Murder Your Darlings

Right-click here to download the MP3 The Smarter Artist – Sterling & Stone Why did Stephen King tell us to ‘murder our darlings’ in his book, On Writing? What does it mean, and why should we be so ruthless with our carefully crafted words? Today, Johnny talks about what the phrase means and how to […]