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Why I Write
What is it that keeps me writing? I think it's a fair question. I write a lot. Not just stories for novels or short stories, but non-fiction. Journalism. Criticism. I write every day. Today is my 408th consecutive day of writing. The artsy answer that I'm s...
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I'm Back!
The view for my morning writing. #paris #amwriting A photo posted by Bryan Young (@swankmotron) on Jul 21, 2016 at 12:20am PDT While I was gone, I spent sixteen days in London and Paris. While I was there I saw all kinds of historical sites, museums full of...
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Inspiration on a Deadline
I'm often asked how I can find inspiration so quickly, especially when I'm working on a deadline. I'm often told by others that they could never work creatively on a deadline because they have to wait for inspiration to hit. To the former, I'll explain my m...
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Writing Beginnings and Getting Through Act 2
In this week's video, I talk about where to start stories and how to get through your second act in the outline. I also talk about using the Hero's Journey as a menu, rather than a checklist. I also talked a little bit about my new short story Patreon, whic...
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Origins!
This week I will be heading to Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. Every year it's a chance for me to hang out with fellow writer friends, as well as Star Wars nerds from Club Jade. But I also get an opportunity to teach some classes in writing and do some...
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A New Star Wars Project!
I am proud to announce that I have a new book coming out at the end of the month. I was asked to write 20+ new essays for The Best of Star Wars Insider Volume 2 . This series collects some of the best work that has appeared in the pages of Star Wars Insider...
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A Writing Update
I'll be honest. I've been putting off writing a blog post for about a week now. Why? Between being overwhelmed by the writing projects I'm working on and the fact that I'm querying three different books and getting almost daily rejections, I'm just not in a...
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Star Wars Celebration
I'm heading out this week for  Star Wars Celebration Europe , so posting on the site might be a little lighter than usual. Especially since I'll be in Europe for more than two weeks. I don't know what sort of access I'll have to the Internet, and I'll be pr...
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Patreon
As you might have heard, I've started a Patreon for short stories. You can watch the above video and check out the campaign here. The reason I started this site in the first place more than ten years ago was to get myself into the habit of writing short sto...
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Curious Writers
Origins Game Fair came and went over the weekend and I had a lot of fun. I met a lot of fans and got to hang out with one of my favorite groups of writers. I also got to teach a lot of fun classes about writing, which are always as illuminating to me as I h...
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Rules of Magic and Writing the Opposite Sex
In this new video, I talk about the rules for writing fantasy based Magic systems and tricks to write the opposite sex. In this, I mentioned Brandon Sanderson's writing class that is online. Below is part 2 of that class. You can skip part 1, it's really ju...
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Revisions and Deadlines
I took to Facebook to answer questions about my revision process and deadlines. I do these every Friday around noon MST if you'd like to catch them live. You can do that by liking my Facebook author page.  -- As a reminder:  The Aeronaut  and  Escape Vector...
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Occupation
Author of A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination
Skills
Writing
Employment
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    Freelance Writer, present
  • ShineBox Media Productions
    Film Producer, 2015
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Male
Other names
Swankmotron
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Introduction
Bryan Young works across many different media. As an author, he's written the bestselling comedic novel Lost at the Con, and the critically acclaimed sci-fi adventure Operation: Montauk. As a film producer, his last two films were released by The Disinformation Company and were called “filmmaking gold” by The New York Times. He’s also published comic books with Slave Labor Graphics and Image Comics. He’s a contributor for the Huffington Post, StarWars.Com, Star Wars Insider and the founder and editor in chief of the geek news and review site Big Shiny Robot! He's also the host of the popular podcast "Full of Sith."
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Salt Lake City, UT
Previously
Fullerton, CA