National Comics Publications, Inc. v. Fawcett Publications, Inc.

C. C. Beck - Cover from Whiz Comics #2, February 1940

Writers should know that ideas can’t be copyrighted, only the tangible expression of those ideas. The words of a story. The notes of a song. The lines of a drawing. If those are substantially similar in the eyes… Read More

Write What You Don’t Know

A Student of the University of British Columbia studying for final exams.

“Write what you know” is trite advice. It’s a good example of my Tools, Not Rules philosophy: it’s useful to draw from what you know to inspire your writing (indeed, I think it’s unavoidable); but you shouldn’t limit… Read More

Power Up Your Writing!

by Grand Rapids Region Writers Group (GRRWG) Join us as multi-published authors Alex Kourvo and Lara Zielin show us how to Power Up Your Writing! Sign up at eventbrite! About this event Ticket price ($40 for GRRWG members,… Read More

Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost

Lost Woods by RicardoEstrada. licensed through DeviantArt under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

(With acknowledgments to J.R.R. Tolkien and Alistair Cockburn) This is not an original idea with me. It was inspired by Alistair Cockburn’s “Three Levels of Listening” (Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game), which introduced the idea in the… Read More

Nobody Knows Anything

Nobody knows anything… Not one person in the entire motion picture field knows for a certainty what’s going to work. Every time out it’s a guess and, if you’re lucky, an educated one. William Goldman, Adventures in the Screen… Read More