Quote of the day
I realized that training in ballet, martial arts and wrestling is done as a series of precise poses. Through these poses and drills, the perfection of movement is achieved and integrated into a flow. Everything fell into place for me immediately, like the pieces of a puzzle.
What is the precise pose and drills that apply to running? The running pose, falling-forward, and pulling the support foot off the ground.
~NICHOLAS ROMANOV, author of The Running Revolution: How to Run Faster, Farther, and Injury-Free–for Life
WRITING & SCREENWRITING
This is a big opportunity. Blurbing a book lets you seize a chunk of someone else’s life’s work and make it all about you. Furthermore, if people are asking you for an endorsement, you’re now a tastemaker, subtly steering the zeitgeist toward works of true literary quality.
“Write what you know.” We hear it all the time as writers, just as often as we hear “kill the adverbs,” “don’t disregard the first draft,” and all of the other common tips about writing. But while writing what you know is definitely useful in one sense, writing what you don’t know can be just as rewarding. Here’s why.
The way people speak and interact in a conversation says a whole lot about them. The words a character chooses can and should expose the character’s background, personality, and emotional status. The CEO of a multibillion-dollar company would choose different words than a military general, a stay-at-home mom, or a teenage girl. No need for lengthy character descriptions, if you choose the right words to put in your characters’ mouths.
Almost any story, if it’s gonna have real power in the climax, needs a blockbuster bang or invention—something that nobody’s seen before or, if they have seen it, something they’ve never seen done in this unique way. Often this bang is contrived and pushes the bounds of believability.
Jumping around in time with flashbacks can be confusing in a script, and can make it hard for a reader to get oriented and settle into one particular story, in a specific time frame. And this is what tends to really grab readers — a discrete challenge for a main character they care about, which that character will grapple with over time. Whenever you change the time frame, you’re obviously leaving that situation for something else.
Like any freelance work, carving out a screenwriting career requires a degree of hustling. Even with an agent / manager, most of your work will likely still come via the connections and relationships that you make yourself. So networking, in some form, is an essential tool for screenwriters, which is tricky since for most of us the thought of introducing ourselves to perfect strangers is horrifying.
Your chances of being successful are enormously improved if you have a good author platform, and a solid plan on how to launch your book.
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I often hear authors complain about Facebook. I’ve heard it called Faceburger and other names I won’t mention. People want to avoid it probably because it’s the Titanic of social media sites – except that I doubt it will ever sink. Facebook is here to stay, like it or not.
Using physical books over digital ones has one benefit for the creative mind that ebooks can never fully match.
Is online education the solution to widening inequality, rapidly rising costs, and lack of access to high quality courses? Will it lead to the demise of traditional “brick and mortar” institutions?
If you think running and walking both torch the same number of calories per mile, you better put down that cookie.
“Start check!” a technician called, and Dr. Ben Burris stood up from his MacBook in an anteroom of one of his 22 offices, a recent acquisition in the unlikely empire he’s building around the State of Arkansas: as of last year, the world’s largest privately owned orthodontics practice.
Picture yourself in a group setting, maybe at a party or business function. You chime-in to the conversation with a line so funny, so perfect, so well-timed that the group erupts with laughter; maybe someone even slaps your arm in approval or sheds a tear laughing (when you’re really lucky). And you stand there and soak in your verbal victory. Then you replay it in your head a few times before you go to bed, and relish your moment of brilliant comedy.