The Black Count is Being Adapted for a New Film!

Tom Reiss’s The Black Count, which details the true story of Général Thomas Alexandre Dumas (father of author Alexandre Dumas), is being adapted into a film directed by Cary Fukunaga (director of HBO’s True Detective).

No actors have been named so far, although some people are already speculating that Howard Charles may be considered for the lead. He’s known for playing the role of Porthos on the BBC’s Three Musketeers:


You can read a bit more about this story and hear an interview with the book’s author here at Indiewire.

You can read an excerpt of The Black Count here.


Things To Remember


  • Don’t be angry at yourself when anxiety/depression flares up. It isn’t your fault and no one blames you and if they do they’re pieces of shit.
  • Don’t orbit around your perceived value so much. You’re not the sum total of what you produce.
  • Don’t let yourself wonder why people love you. That’s not how it works. There are not stark, individual reasons that a person can enumerate about why they love you. It’s the entire, unique combination of what and who you are.

This Week on the Brothers in Ink: 7/21/14 - 7/27/14


Views v Audience: There is a Difference!

It’s about time I revisited a discussion I had on Comfy Scruff about the difference between an audience and viewers.  If you want to see the first video on it, you can find it below.


The Tour Before the Storm (or During) - Nether Nether Land #2

A boat malfunction gives us time to show you our map room, as well as fetch our armor.  What lies beyond the water in Skull Cave?  Better yet, what lies beyond the portal in the Nether? 


In the Dead of Night: The Trouble with Horror

What elevates stories like Jaws and the Shining above the mountainous load of terrible horror?  Zack and John discuss what it takes to make your horror story more than just something that goes bump in the night.  Stay tuned!  We also take a retrospective on one of our old movies - our own past attempt at horror!


  • Filming officially began today on our Summer Send-Off!  Check our Facebook page for an exclusive production photo, and check in on the channel next Wednesday for a brief video glimpse at what lies in wait in our three part event!
  • You can now find the music to the Brothers in Ink on John’s personal YouTube channel.  Click here to check it out!
  • Our two new series, Nether Nether Land and The Trouble With… are going on hiatus for a couple of weeks.  We have some big things coming up soon, including the Summer Send-Off, so check back in afterwards to see them continue!

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  • Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
  • Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
  • Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
  • Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
  • Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
  • Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
  • Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
  • Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
  • Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
  • Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
  • Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
  • Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
  • Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.

This is like the Story Beginnings Bible.