Quote of the day
Subtles variations in skin color–the reddish, yellowish, bluish and other hues that are often remarked on in artistic representations of human skin–are due to different proportions of the different forms of eumelanin and pheomelanin in the skin, and most people have both types of melanin in their skin in varying ratios.
~NINA G. JABLONSKI, author of Living Color: The Biological and Social Meaning of Skin Color
How to develop a reading habit is one of those questions that gets different answers depending on the person you ask. Sometimes, those answers seem really complicated. Mine is quite simple.
Here are six lessons I’ve learned about writing for children that could save you a few headaches.
One reason we might be tempted to use a flashback is to explain or to expound to artificially prop up weak characterization or a weak plot (the training wheel flashback). This is what good editors will cut. Then there is the other way to use time and that is time as a literary device. This is when our going back in time is used intelligently to serve the forward momentum of the story.
We develop intriguing characters and give them amazing lines of dialogue, and work hard to perfect our plot, but what about setting?
The best movies tend to have a growth arc for the main character. In the end, they have often somehow become better versions of themselves, as well as having solved some big problem in their world. This means they have to start the movie as the “not best version of themselves”. And this is where many scripts I read run into a problem.
You can learn pretty much everything you need to know about screenwriting by doing these three things: Watch movies. Read scripts. Write pages. I coined this triptych nearly four years ago and it seems to have caught on. Here’s why.
The problem self-published authors have run into at libraries has been a lot like the problem they run into at bookshops: no way to break through the barrier of mainstream competition, no way to stand out.
You see, if you treat social media as though it were broadcast media, your readers – the people who buy your books and adore your writing – will also unfriend, unfollow, block and mute you. What would happen to your book sales then?
You don’t have to share all the work you do. You can write without an audience. You can build without a customer. You can imagine, ruminate, and tinker, and do it all without ever intending to share your thoughts or ideas with another person.
What you should know about your body’s biggest organ.
People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.
Facebook’s elusive algorithm, the one that makes some posts super visible and others seemingly invisible, is something most Facebook users might never understand. But behind most far-reaching posts is at least one subtle but important factor everyone can grasp: good timing.