Same Idea, Different Story

I have had several people reach out to me over the past weeks about an upcoming movie titled, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Some have asked if it is based on my book, Scouts of the Apocalypse. Some have asked if I’m going to go after the studio for stealing my idea. In both cases, the answer is NO! I have long known that ideas were the easy part of the story. Everyone has ideas about things all the time. It is the execution of the idea that makes it both unique and valuable. Since I first told the story of Scouts of the Apocalypse around the campfire and then podcast it I have seen evidence of several similar ideas. Scouts having […]

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New Story Ideas

One of the real painful aspects of being a writer is…well, simply put, writing a quality story takes time. In fact, for me, the act of writing/revision/re-revision takes long enough that by the time I’m done, I’ve probably had two, three or more new story ideas. Naturally, the new story ideas are shiny and exciting…and totally out-of-reach because I’ve already got so many projects on the back burner. For example, I had an idea two nights ago for a quadrology (is that right? 4 books in the series?) The idea hasn’t left my mind since it first burst upon the scene. Problem is, I’ve got to get Mik Murdoch: The Power Within done, Jack Kane & the Statue of Liberty […]

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Talk Isn’t Necessarily Cheap

Once again, I have found a great reason to talk to people. Simply put, I get great new ideas and opportunities from simple conversation. There have been library visits, convention appearances, award nominations, marketing and promotion opportunities and so many other things that never would have happened if I hadn’t stopped to talk with someone. Take some past examples: Interviewing folks for Get Published has resulted in book contracts. Tweets and then follow-up conversations has resulted in an Anthology (A Method to the Madness: A Guide to the Super Evil). Tweets and then follow-up conversations has resulted in a Steampunk novel (Jack Kane and the Statue of Liberty, co-written with JR Murdock). Facebook posts and then follow-up conversations resulted in Action […]

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