~DAVID ALLEN, author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
This past week I asked my readers over on Facebook to share why they read romances. I categorized their answers into three main categories.
Stories are artificial, with a carefully constructed internal architecture, each piece relying on the others, all of them there for a reason. And readers are aware of that. Sure, they’re willing to suspend disbelief and enter the world of a story as if it were real life. But they’re still aware of the structure behind the story, even if they’re not conscious of it.
How do you create a compelling antihero? Let’s take a look at four qualities of antiheroes
When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound. This negative experience from the past is so intense that a character will go to great lengths to avoid experiencing that kind of pain and negative emotion again. As a result, certain behaviors, beliefs, and character traits will emerge.
In an interview I conducted with former ICM partner and agent Emile Gladstone, we discussed the importance of story concept.
Whether it’s an idea, a finished screenplay or something in between, writers are constantly in the position of filtering the tsunami of ideas from others. Producers, directors and executives view themselves as creative contributors in search of a bettered or more commercial product. Namely, your movie.
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How mobile devices are changing the way people read and purchase books, and the increased reach of authors given the proliferation of mobile devices.
Once you start sending—and as you observe how well your list grows—you’ll learn all kinds of things about what works and doesn’t work. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way.
Do you have too much narcissism– or too little? Take the test and find out.
Different than family, problem friends can ruin a relationship
Chances are you’ll eat something hydrogenated today. What does that mean? We’ll give you a quick tour of what hydrogenation is, how it’s done, and why many people don’t like it.
From the amount of paper on your desk to the amount of time you check your email, this is what’s standing in the way of getting things done.
‘They just didn’t know what to do’, said the head of the world’s biggest music company, going on to add that there weren’t really any steps he could take to stem the tide of illegal downloads.