The march of technology expands the space of possibility around us, but how we explore that space is up to us.
~STEVEN JOHNSON, author of How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World
We all know writing a book is no easy task. The reason it’s ultimately so tricky is that a novel must bring together about a gazillion little working pieces, which the author then has to somehow fit together, so they all start ticking together as a seamless whole.
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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.
I don’t know that I’ve learned much from the laundry-doing or donut-eating, but there are a few things I learned from making visual art that have served me well as a writer. Here are five things of those things.
You will often spend a year or more writing and rewriting your scripts. You’ve edited your own work and have given it several polishes. You then submit it either to a writing consultant or if you’re lucky, to a studio reader for notes. When you get the notes back, you are devastated. The comments you get are scathing. They inform you that your plot is weak, your characters aren’t developed fully enough, and your structure is lacking.
The subject of the TED Talk: “The Clues to a Great Story.” Given the success of Pixar and Stanton’s participation in it, I decided to produce a transcription of the entire 19-minute presentation. I will be posting it segment by segment for the next week or so because Stanton packed a lot of big ideas into his short talk.
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Get a URL that best describes your niche and have it point to your Amazon books or your Amazon Author Central Page.
In fact there are three book sales killers, which will either drive potential book buyers away, or worse, fail to gain their attention.
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As a behavioral scientist, Nicholas Epley is a bold explorer. For years he has plumbed the murky river of misunderstanding that runs between people. “There’s more blackness in the mind of another person than we think there is,” Epley says.
Next time you suggest Indian food for dinner and your friends vote for burgers, you can tell them that science says spicy food will save their lives. Well, at least it’ll help them live longer and healthier.
When it comes to managing distractions at work, I want you not simply to survive those distractions, but thrive through them because you’re working from your personal Productivity Style.
Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style
Across the US people are flocking to public libraries to get their hands on Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train.
What are the secrets to success? Well, successful people work hard. But you work hard too, right? And if you keep working harder and harder you’re just going to be miserable. So what’s the answer?