The Smarter Artist

The Smarter Artist

Latest Episodes

SA387 You Have the Time if You Make the Time
April 26, 2017

LIES! You DO have time to write. Today, Johnny talks some simple things you can do to create extra time in your schedule. But in truth, you aren’t adding time at all. You’re freeing it up. When you understand how Parkinson’s Law works against you,

SA386 Unseat Your Hero with a Terrible Secret
April 24, 2017

Every hero needs a great knockdown off their high horse, and a deep, dark secret is a great way to do that. Today, Sean talks about some great ways to make your hero’s world turn on its head. From discovering your father sees hooker because you’re the ...

SA385 Why Are Your Books Worth Reading?
April 21, 2017

Everyone wants to be a writer. But you need to answer a question: Why are your books worth reading? Why are you different? Why are you better? You need to find your unique selling point. Once you identify this,

SA384 Give Your Characters a Strong Sexual Identity
April 19, 2017

As storytellers and artists in general, we should give our characters a strong sexual identity. This doesn’t mean sex, but who your character is. Sean explains how you can ‘future-proof’ your stories, especially with the world changing as it currently ...

SA383 What is the Best Genre to Write In?
April 17, 2017

We’re not going to give you a simple, formulaic answer because there are several things to consider. Today, Johnny talks about the questions you need to ask yourself before you choose the genre you want to write in.

SA382 What is an Everyman?
April 14, 2017

Everyman is a term we throw around, but what does it really mean? An ‘everyman’ is the average Joe. He’s not special, perfect, at the top of the food chain, or anything like that. It someone we can all relate to. Today,

SA381 Change your Story Mood or Tone
April 12, 2017

Your tone or mood can take a drama and make it a comedy, romance, or even a thriller. Today, Sean talks about how you can take a story’s beats and change the tone to get a totally different version. Consider all the different takes on the Batman franch...

SA380 The Red Herring Explained
April 10, 2017

What’s a red herring? It’s a clue or piece of information that is nothing more than a misdirection. Today, Johnny talks about how we come across red herrings in real life, and how it can and should be mirrored in art.

SA379 What Are Tent Poles?
April 07, 2017

Hold the silly jokes… tent poles are very important! We’re using the term with story in mind, and whether you’re a plotter or pantser, you should keep them in mind, too. Today, Johnny talks about tent poles,

SA378 Why You Need to READ, READ, READ
April 05, 2017

There’s a simple quote from William Faulkner every author should take to heart: “Read, read, read.” Today, Sean talks about what his take on the quote is, and while some of it is obvious, he digs into how he’s put his reading to practical use in making...