Category Archives: Method To My Creative Madness

Here I discuss my methods and philosophies for using the creative arts to engage and inspire students and educators.

Tell The Damn Story #95: With Millions of Stories To Compete Against, What Makes Mine Better Or Different?

Many, many students ask the same question, sometimes with subtle variations. How can I come up with a new idea? Why bother, mine won’t be as good? Will anybody even read my story? How can I make mine better? And … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #94: Why Do You Tell Your Damn Stories?

Writers often talk about character motivations. Basically why do they do what they do? Though that is a major question, another equally important one is, Why Do We, the Writers Do What We Do? Alex explores that question because the … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #92: 7 Top Sources For Good Story Ideas

In this episode Alex identifies and underlines the 7 important sources writers explore for stories. From an item on your desk to a tragic moment in life, artists must look to the inner and outer world, in order to reflect … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #90: Re-Entry: How Creatives Exist in More Than One World.

Alex and Chris discuss what Chris calls the “come down” from being heavily engaged in the creative process; the time when we’re not quite out of our creative world and not quite in our every day world. The results can … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #89: How Do We Learn In Order To Create?

Based on a few things that happened this past week, ¬†on Alex’s Facebook Live webinar, and on Chris attending a major writers’ conference, as well as ¬†questions from their respective students, Chris and Alex explore, “How do you learn to … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story #80: What Do Avenger: Endgame and Kids Comic Con Have In Common? Marketing!

Comparing a multi-billion dollar property (with a multi-million dollar promotion budget), with a grassroots kids comic convention in the Bronx?! Yes. Alex Simmons and Chris Ryan discuss both and more in this episode of Tell The Damn Story. Click here … Continue reading

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Tell The Damn Story Unplugged: Stripping Comics Strips (Or What’s Behind Creation) with Jerry Craft

  In this episode host Alex Simmons interviews graphic novelist, creator/writer, and children’s book illustrator, JERRY CRAFT. Jerry shares some of the funny but also twisted turns he had to take as a black artist, creating black non-stereotypical characters in … Continue reading

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