At 66 years old, I challenged myself to reach a big fitness goal. That meant creating the right mindset as well as increasing my physical endurance.

Step-Aware to Intrigued by a Goal

I wasn’t obsessed with my daily step count. Yes, I had a Fitbit. Yes, I had the step reader on my iPhone. But I wasn’t obsessed with it like my younger brother was. …

Learn from the Best of the Disney Renaissance

What would the world be like without animation? What would it be without the adventure, excitement, humor, and fantasy of it all? From Blue Skies Animation to Pixar to Disney Animation, this genre is wildly popular with plenty of opportunity for aspiring and established writers.

How do you plot a…

A Story of Covid-19, Persistence, and Love

My Facebook post from last week (October 29, 2020) had over 130 shares. It involved Allan Scott and The Queen’s Gambit recently released by Netflix to wonderful reviews (with a 100% Rotten Tomatoes- as of this publishing date.)

Facebook and other platforms have been dumped on a lot lately, and…

Interview with Directors, Amy Ferris and Debra Engle

On October 26, Story Summit Writer’s School Directors, Amy Ferris and Debra Engle, announced their new live, online school with a compelling curriculum for the 4th quarter of 2020. …

Event involves cosplay on Saturday Oct 16 & 17

Story Summit’s annual Walk For Story supporting fellowships for women has a plot twist. Participants will be walking as their favorite fiction character from literature or screen.

My Podcast with Ricky Derisz from

Unleash Your Creative Genius. That’s Ricky Derisz’s title, not mine. A bright young man of 31, Ricky found me on the Medium platform. Ricky also writes for Medium.

I have met so many great young people through the Medium community of writers , Ricky Derisz, is no exception.

Ricky operates…

@70 years, I’m walking 100,000 steps in 1 day

I believe it is important to control one’s consciousness. I have found truth in the ancient adage, “As a man thinketh, so the world is formed.” I think of myself as healthy and strong. So I am.

I speak to college kids around the world about firing up their imagination…

From Query Letters to Book Proposals to Getting Your Work Read

The Story Summit Writer’s School which includes among it’s faculty Marta F. Kauffman, co-creator of Friends and Don Hahn, producer of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, is bringing a new creative group into it’s highly successful and esteemed live forum — literary agents.

On May 25 and…

Thank you for this. I worked as a Hollywood Studio exec for most of my adult life, and I always hired men and women who were raised in the Midwest. Not sure they wore as many brown clothes as the Williams but they were sincere, hard working, and were great at building a community ethos inside the studio walls. This brought me back to the "why" of it all. xo

Coach! Brilliant! What a simple and clear concept: interruptions. Those effing interruptions are exacly on target! Thank you! They also can throw you mightily out of the FLOW EXPERIENCE!

David Paul Kirkpatrick

Co-founder of MIT Center for Future Storytelling, President of Paramount Pictures, Production Chief of Walt Disney Studios, optimist, author and teacher.

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