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Arts/Entertainment

Write Now: It’s The Dialogue That’s Intriguing

It’s the melodrama that gets me — every time. For as long as I as I have been watching TV, I have been attracted to dialogue. And I guess the daytime TV dramas, better known as soap operas were all about dialogue. I remember them from my youth, especially in the summer months because ...

Writing About A Foreign Subject Not An Easy Task

Have you ever been assigned to write about a topic that you know absolutely nothing about? It happens more often than you think. Whether in high school or in college, teachers and professors assign topics for papers that make students explore and research information that is foreign to ...

WN: Time May Be Right For Writing Another Protest Song

Recently I wrote lyrics to being lockdown during COVID-19. I believe different lyrics will take the place of COVID-19 lyrics. In my opinion, there will be new protest lyrics and songs written about the recent turbulent events that surround us. Should protest lyrics and songs be ...

For Pete Davidson, ‘King Of Staten Island’ Is 100% Him

NEW YORK (AP) — The first time Pete Davidson performed stand-up, he was 16. It was in front of a handful of people at a place called the Looney Bin Comedy Club in Staten Island. He describes it as inside a bowling alley and a Wendy’s and across the street from an LA Fitness. “Which is ...

Write Now: Tribute Bands Are Serious About Their Craft, Appearances

When you attend a concert of a rock band, you see and hear the band play its own music. On occasion the band will play (cover) songs by other artists. Sometimes it’s nice to hear another version or interpretation of song that you may have liked. The real reason you paid money for a ticket ...

Substantial Doubt

Movie theater chain AMC warned Wednesday that it may not survive the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered its theaters and led film studios to explore releasing more movies directly to viewers over the internet. It’s the latest danger sign for the theater business in North America, ...

Write Now: Fans Of The Arts Are Still Waiting For More Answers On Performances

So I’m just thinking out loud. I love live music, and that’s no secret. I try to hear and see live bands as much as I can. Before COVID-19, there was access to see live bands, but there weren’t that many local venues offered live music. Of the venues that did, they were giving a wealth ...

Political Thriller

NEW YORK (AP) — After co-writing the best-selling adult novel of 2018, Bill Clinton and James Patterson have teamed up for another political thriller. “The President’s Daughter” will be released in June 2021, the book’s publishers announced Thursday. As with the million-selling ...

If You’re Serious About Your Craft, Don’t Be Afraid To Show Work

Writers can be a strange bunch. Some want to share their work while others would rather not because it’s for their eyes only. Such a shame. I used to work with a guy who said he was a writer. I told him my background and he asked me some questions about writing. They were questions that ...

Write Now: Musical, Literary Genres May Have Some Common Ground

In today’s culture one can listen to almost any genre of music. It’s a good thing and bad thing. The good thing is that a wide variety of music is there for listening. Imagine listening to your favorite satellite radio station with its subchannels. There is a vast amount of music to be ...

Thrilling Readers

Tim Tigner loves the creativity and self-reliance of being an author. You could say it’s what attracts him to writing. “I decided to become a writer because there was nothing I loved more than reading a really good thriller,” the author said. Tigner began his career in Soviet ...

Pandemic Poetry

NEW YORK (AP) — As the coronavirus spread in March, poet Ada Limon struggled at first to write, feeling “flattened and silenced” by a pandemic that had shut down much of the world she knew. “I could call nothing to me. I’d think of a sound, a word, a subject and it was all ...

Write Now: Try A Different Writing Space

We know that musicians and authors release their works as one big collection. Musicians release an album containing several songs while authors release books with several chapters or short stories, depending on what kind of book it is. Musicians sometimes release an extended play (EP) with ...

Socked By Virus, Comic Book Industry Tries To Draw Next Page

The pandemic has transformed Christina Blanch, owner of Aw Yeah Comics, into a nightly TV host. Nine times a week, Blanch leads a livestream from the store she lives above in Muncie, Indiana, to sell some comics and interact with regulars. She holds up issues one by one, usually for $5 or ...

‘It’s About The Music’

As the pandemic keeps all nonessential businesses shutdown in New York state, a dance teacher keeps educating her students through email. Jill Keating doesn’t hold dance classes at her studio, but rather, she makes a video of each recital dance, and then emails it to each student. “This ...

Write Now: Pandemic May Make Some Share Artistic Ideas

Before I committed any words to a page, I was thinking of words to write. Ironically I could not draw on anything — not one thing. Maybe because I knew nothing. I was out of ideas. I didn’t know how to get the words to the page or what words to go on the page. I have rarely been in this ...

Collins Releases New Music Amidst Outbreak

Although it wasn’t the album release she’d been dreaming of, country artist Ruthie Collins launched her new record “Cold Comfort” in a special way with her fans. In fact, if it wasn’t for the global pandemic, Collins wouldn’t have had the unique experience of releasing her album ...

In Alaska, Radio, Storybooks Connect Isolated Children

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — All it takes is a few words from a storybook to connect kids over the crackle of an AM radio station. It’s not 1950s entertainment, but a nostalgic way children in even the most remote Alaska communities — many with unreliable internet — can overcome further ...

What To Gossip About In A Quarantine? Virus Changes TMZ

NEW YORK (AP) — Just like the rest of us, celebrities are largely confined to their homes to wait out the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike the rest of us, however, many of them still have that need for the spotlight. And for that, Harvey Levin is grateful. The impresario of an online and ...