Dale Kutzera

Writing and Stuff

A Writing Process

Having written a handful of novels now and a lot more scripts, I think I’ve identified my process: It all starts with a burst of inspiration and the awareness that an idea has the potential to be an interesting story. This happens a few times a day for me. This idea percolates a while until it demands to be written…or at least explored. I start what I call a BS […]

The Importance of Marketing

The WGA recently achieved a new contract with the Producers. My brother and sister members will not be marching the picket lines as we did a decade ago. That’s great news. You might wonder why writers still work in traditional media, given the ease of production and the amazing audiences for online content. A paycheck and health care are good reasons, but the bigger reason is marketing. Hollywood isn’t so […]

The Most Important Part of a Story

I’m going to try to blog regularly, if for no other reason than to learn how to blog regularly. So here’s today’s thought on story-telling: The most important part of a story isn’t character or setting. It’s peril. Where is the peril in your story? What is the danger? It could be big and physical like a super-villain or an asteroid heading to Earth. Or it could be small like […]

Why Comic Sans Typeface?

Okay…a bit of confession, I’m adding some random posts to test out my new theme. All WordPress themes are a bit different and each one has their own particular rules. How are menus managed? How are new posts added? What is controlled on the WP dashboard and what is controlled on the theme’s customization menu? The only way to learn how to do something is to just do it. So […]

Hi, My Name’s Dale

This first blog post is a sort of re-introduction. I kept a blog going for a few years, but gave it up. I got busy. My website crashed. I changed hosts. Started a challenging writing project. In other words, something had to be kicked to the curb and it was the blog. Beside…what I was blogging about–the craft of story design–I was consolidating into my first guidebook, The Plot Machine. […]