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Author: Craig

| Posted in Gangrene, Strategery

We who have the pleasure of working at mediaRif.com maintain that we do mediaRif while the lights are on. When the lights go off, it’s time for Gangrene Productions. Every company, in my opinion, should have an alter ego, a place where the company as an identity can go to create products out of pure passion. For us, Gangrene Productions fills this void.


| Posted in Chaos

Good music, the kind that thumps along so hard that you can’t help but start dancing, whirls out from a core of rhythm and repetition. Once a good song gets under your skin, it doesn’t leave you. You sing along; you move your feet; you smile and settle in for the ride. Developing any skill, writing being no exception, is like letting a good groove get into your soul and dancing along.


| Posted in Chaos

We have come to a place in pop culture where being a geek is all the rage. With Comicon, Dragoncon, super hero movies, 2 new Star Trek joints (one up and coming), and other countless outlets for nerds, all created with precision, talent, and marketing prowess, the powers that be have perfected the art of packaging geekdom in blazing color. They’ve shrink-wrapped it. They’ve put it out into the main stream.


| Posted in 30fps, Chaos
novel writing tips

Explore the voice and narrative point of view in your story by writing a short story using your protagonist. Craig offers a short fiction example using the running novel example in this article series, The Integrity of Gus the Plumber.

A recording of this short story can be downloaded from Craig’s Podcast. You can subscribe for free on iTunes. Just visit the iTunes store and search using the words Craig Nybo. By subscribing, you can listen to many of his stories.


| Posted in 30fps, Chaos
novel writing tips

Some authors pound their staves, declaring like town criers, that the best place to start when writing any story is by exploring the main characters. These authors are correct in this sentiment. There are other authors who, with perhaps an even larger staff, pound even harder, shouting that plot is the place to start and that without conflict found only in plot structure, character can not be fully fleshed out. These authors are also correct.


| Posted in Chaos

Composing music can be a complicated exercise. However, if you understand a few rudiments of music theory, you can comp more quickly and with more expertise. A concept I call insta-song is great entry point to understanding music theory. Most music is made up of chord progressions. A chord progression is a series of chords […]


| Posted in 30fps, Chaos
novel writing tips

Note: I realize it’s been a while since I have written on this series. The reason hasn’t been because I struggle with laying out my novel writing method; the reason is, however, that I have struggled with some plot problems in the sample story embedded in this series about Gus the Plumber. I had to […]


| Posted in Chaos

Do you have killer creative ideas? Excellent, we love you. But keep them to yourself please. Years ago, I had the pleasure of attending a convocation at which Ray Bradbury, perhaps my favorite writer of all time, spoke. Apart from being a sweet man and quickly climbing the ranks on my list of people who I wish could be my grandpa, he offered some great advice. He told us all that perhaps the best advice he could give us as writers was to shut up. He told us to keep our ideas to ourselves.


| Posted in Chaos, Strategery

Recently, I watched the movie Limitless, starring Bradley Cooper. The movie was about a writer who suffers from creative block. Cooper played a New York, vagabond-looking author with a killer publication contract—a contract so far from realistic that I almost laughed out loud. Cooper was commissioned, as a first time writer, to author a fiction […]


| Posted in Chaos

I’ll talk to an impassioned diesel mechanic about carburetors, rack and pinion steering, and engine block cubic centimeters all day long. But I become bored in seconds if I am forced to converse with someone about their cars, house, clothes, and CD collection. In life, it is the things that we do that define us, […]

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