How I kept my mental health from crashing during a pandemic

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I am a professional worrier, and when my worries get the best of me, I spiral into depression and become a shell of who I really am.

Perfect for a global pandemic, right?

I know I’m not alone in this right now. As a global society, we are experiencing a discomfort that can only be described as grief for cancelled hopes, disrupted norms and uncertain futures. Mental health professionals are already predicting an “echo pandemic” of the toll on people’s mental wellbeing once things eventually stabilize.

My wife and I are expecting our third child in July and are unsure…

My latest book Love, Or Something Like It was conceived, written and published in six months and is by far my greatest creative accomplishment yet. I’ve never had so much fun writing and I think it shines through. 7 short stories that intersect to give one big tangled, twisted, dark story about love — but not a love story.

That’s why I’m so excited to offer it for FREE right now in the Kindle store! Don’t worry — you don’t need to sign up for an email list or tag a friend. This is a pure gift to you.

Not…

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My latest book Love, Or Something Like It was conceived, written and published in six months and is by far my greatest creative accomplishment yet. I’ve never had so much fun writing and I think it shines through. 7 short stories that intersect to give one big tangled, twisted, dark story about love — but not a love story.

That’s why I’m so excited to offer it for FREE right now in the Kindle store!

Not sure you want to commit to a book by an unknown author?

Trust me, I get it.

That’s why you can read most of…

You’ve written a screenplay, now you’re ready to sell it to Hollywood.

Easier said that done, right? Oh, if only. You could have the most original script written in years, but if you can’t pitch it in a concise, efficient way, it’ll never catch the attention of a producer or agent. They need to know what your story is about, why it’s unique, and who will want to see it — in other words, they need to know if this film will make money.

As intimidating as it may seem, you can create a compelling pitch by including the right…

6 Invaluable Ingredients To Sell Your Idea

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You’ve written a screenplay, now you’re ready to sell it to Hollywood.

Easier said that done, right? Oh, if only. You could have the most original script written in years, but if you can’t pitch it in a concise, efficient way, it’ll never catch the attention of a producer or agent. They need to know what your story is about, why it’s unique, and who will want to see it — in other words, they need to know if this film will make money.

As intimidating as it may seem, you can create a compelling pitch by including the right…

My Experience As A Screenwriter Abroad

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You hear the phrase all the time: “It’s all who you know.” I’m a yet-to-be-produced screenwriter with two feature screenplays under my belt. Whenever I share this with others, they say “Awesome! When is the movie getting made?!”

Oh, if only the world were that easy.

While personal discipline is absolutely necessary in writing a script, you can’t expect that script to get noticed if you’re not networking. I live on Vancouver Island in Canada, far from the film scene, so without spending thousands of dollars on trips to L.A. …

Have Fun In The Creative Process

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So you want to write a story. Every story begins with an idea. But where oh where do you find that key idea?

Here’s the good news: ideas are hiding anywhere and everywhere! With a little bit of creativity, you can develop a fun narrative with a catchy hook. Whether this is for fun or for your portfolio, storytelling is essential exercise for the creative mind.

Here are five places you can easily find an idea for a story:

  1. Browse the best-seller section of your local bookstore. …

Hey writer friend,

Physical exercise is an irreplaceable part of a healthy lifestyle. For most people — myself included — waking up early to exercise is the last thing I want to do. I need to pump myself up with words of affirmation.

In the same way, your writing routine requires daily exercise, and if you’re like me, the blank page is daunting and intimidating. You can get over this fear by reciting simple phrases and taking the truths to heart.

  • I am a capable writer.
  • I have a story that needs to be heard.
  • I created characters that deserve…

Pump Yourself Up With Truth

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Physical exercise is an irreplaceable part of a healthy lifestyle. For most people — myself included — waking up early to exercise is the last thing I want to do. I need to pump myself up with words of affirmation.

In the same way, your writing routine requires daily exercise, and if you’re like me, the blank page is daunting and intimidating. You can get over this fear by reciting simple phrases and taking the truths to heart.

  • I am a capable writer.
  • I have a story that needs to be heard.
  • I created characters that deserve to be fleshed…

Dialogue is hard to write. You want to say something profound, develop your characters, advance the plot — and sound like something real people would actually say.

The best way to learn how to write dialogue is to listen to a lot of dialogue. I love it when a show makes me feel something.

The Netflix original The End Of The F**king World is one of the best displays of honest, hilarious and heartbreaking dialogue. The dark drama follows James and Alyssa’s existential journey, and their lines deliver an opening to their shared anguish in a way that is comprehensive…

Todd Foley

Ramen-loving, pants-hating island boy. I consume and create stories. Author of 4 books and 2 feature screenplays. https://amzn.to/2lUv4G3

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