Quote of the day
The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching.
JIM AFREMOW, author of The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive
WRITING & SCREENWRITING
Character is demonstrated by solving (or not solving) problems REAL-TIME. We do not need to go back in time to explain or tell what kind of person the protagonist is. She didn’t need to go back and tell me about the protagonist’s character when she could easily show me in the current timeline.
If you think about the stories you loved to read, the ones that made you forget to eat or workout or walk the dog…what about them stuck with you after the book was finished? Do you wish you could read more about the same plot, or do you want more time with the characters?
When we possess the potential to perform something, if we vividly and in detail imagine ourselves performing it successfully, our potential will be released and we will perform nearly the same way during the actual performance as we did in our imagined performance. This insight—this technique—can help a writer or artist achieve greater success.
Good historical fiction makes history come alive, transforming stuffy historical personages in dusty textbooks into vibrant, nuanced men and women who leap straight off the page and into the reader’s heart.
The tram hurtles, out of control, towards the crowd of innocent bystanders waiting at the station. In front of you is a lever. If you pull this lever the train will be diverted onto another track, where it will kill a lone workman. The lone workman is diligently repairing that track. The decision is yours and yours alone. The question is, what do you do? Do you pull the lever and sacrifice the lone workman, or do you let the tram kill the crowd of innocent bystanders.
Since movies are primarily a visual medium, strong scene description reflects that.
With a book launch – much like outrageous stunts or death-defying acts of daring – you really only have one chance to get it right. Other book marketing and promotional strategies can be tweaked and refined over time, but your official book launch comes around but once, and you’ll need more than a smidgen of courage to see it through.
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The most prominent historical studies of creativity focus on high-status individuals: top art schools, Nobel-prize winning scientists; corporate CEOs.
Most of us know how nerve-wracking it can be to lead a presentation at work. There are the nightmares beforehand about showing up naked to the conference room; the shaky legs and sweaty palms during the actual meeting; and the rumination afterward over your performance.
You might work up a sweat at various times: a long run, sunny summer afternoon, or an important job interview, to name a few. Whether it’s refreshing or unplanned, sweating leads to a number of incredible health benefits, some of which may be surprising.
In his acclaimed book The Game, Hall of Fame NHL goaltender Ken Dryden described some of the various superstitions he picked up over the years, from nodding at a particular Montreal Forum usherette before home games to shooting a puck off a certain part of the boards at the start of pregame warm-ups.
WHO are you trying to reach? (If the answer is ‘everyone’, start over.)