Quote of the day
Iconoclast.- A person who does something that others say can’t be done.
The brain has three natural roadblocks that stand in the way of truly innovative thinking: flawed perception, fear of failure, and the inability to persuade others. But like, an iconoclast, you can break through those barriers.
~GREGORY BERNS, author of Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently
WRITING & SCREENWRITING
Whether they’re wannabes, newbies, or veterans, whether they’re outliners or pantsers (writing by the seat of their pants—putting interesting people in difficult situations and writing to find out what happens, as Stephen King puts it), most tend to ask the same question wherever I speak on fiction writing: Is there a formula, a structure, for fiction writing?
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Recently, I stumbled across a discovery: there’s nothing like dynamic antagonists to get readers hooked to a story.
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.
Using complementary teaching and story-building techniques, the three “masters” each shared an entire day with us. Here’s a sampling of what I learned.
I’m an action movie guy – I not only like action movies and write action movies, I preach the use of actions to tell your story: “If you don’t show it the audience can’t know it.” Action *is* character. Having a character slap another character is more dramatic than having them say, “I hate you.” You want your characters to show us what they’re feeling – that way the actors can actually do some acting.
Yes, indeed! I like to think of this subjects as masks as in ancient Greek theater.
In his no-nonsense style, he reveals his approach and why a “Build It and They Will Come” mentality is bad for business as well as books.
The plotting and planning of your book will include a good many things. Often, the launch date is just determined by one simple factor: the book is finally done. But the launch of a book is perhaps the most important aspect to the life of your tome. Giving your book a solid start date and start plan is important.
Facebook marketing is time-intensive, and if we spend money on advertising, we want to see a good conversion rate that won’t cost us more than $2/Like. As writers, we may prefer a more touchy-feely approach to our readers.
If you do something remarkable, something new and something important, not everyone will understand it (at first). Your work is for someone, not everyone.
How easy is it to go through a day without realizing it? If you’re not setting explicit cues in your life for getting outside of your current perspective, you’re likely missing opportunities and inspirations.
Ng exudes a cheerful but profound calm. He happily discusses the various mistakes and failures of his career, the papers he read but didn’t understand. He wears identical blue oxford shirts each and every day. He is blushing but proud when a colleague mentions his adorable robot-themed engagement photo shoot with his now-wife, a surgical roboticist named Carol Reiley.
I don’t know why, but for whatever reason I get bugged by campaigns that reek of inauthenticity. This is somewhat irrational because all campaigns, whether they be advertising, political, or fundraising, are built upon at least some sort of contrivance and artificiality.
It’s not that hard to be successful. But it is hard to be extraordinarily successful. Yet we all hope to achieve exceptional success (something we all define differently — and should define differently). Unfortunately, there is no magic bullet. There is no one-size-fits-all prescription. But there are certain qualities that incredibly successful people share … especially those who also make a significant impact on the lives of other people.
Spoilers for the series finale of ‘Mad Men’ follow.