Quote of the day
It’s not about spiritual awareness, interest, or knowledge. It’s not first about church, theology, or biblical literacy. It’s not even about wanting your little life to mean something. It’s something that not only believers do. It’s something that every person who has ever taken a breath does. It’s not bound by family, culture, history, geography, language, or ethnicity. It’s not a matter of age or gender. It’s not about any of these things. What all these people share in common is that they are human beings, and because they are human beings, they are hardwired for awe. So are you.
~PAUL DAVID TRIPP, author of Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do
Here we go again (actually Shawn is the main Dumb Guy behind this) with a five-part free mini-course based on Shawn’s wonderful book The Story Grid, about the craft of story editing.
The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know
When it comes to writing, every writer is unique. But mistakes made by first-time authors are not as unique. In a very unscientific poll, I asked fiction editors which errors they come across the most often. Not surprisingly, the culprits were the same.
The plot and characters are often interesting, but I’m lost. I need a map to figure out where I am. In other words, setting is crucial to keeping your readers grounded in your story.
You may know the who, what, where, when, and why of the story, but you are missing the most important aspect of writing a children’s book. The other who.
In years past, I used to teach that the average scene was 2 pages long. Since a typical script clocked in at 120 pages, then you could basically expect to see around 60 scenes in a script. However, I think that has changed.
For many years, I used to think the key to writing a great screenplay was dialogue. But what I discovered, after these fruitless years, is that film is a visual medium and that one powerful image is worth thirty pages of brilliant talk.
It’s a catchphrase that makes all my writing pals shudder. As one of our gals at WITS said, “I know how to spell it, but that’s about all.” SEO doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, some of the best techniques are the easiest for writers, because they involve writing.
In traditional publishing, submitting your draft to an editor is an inevitable step on the road to bookstore shelves. But how much editing is required for self-publishing? Does a self-published author need to find an editor? And if yes, when and where, and how?
Too much cerebral thinking inhibits the creative powers of your cerebellum.
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Feeling awe has been linked to health and happiness … but the experience is its own justification.
Awe: Why It Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do
The New Yorker critic on how technology is changing reading, how aging changes critics, and what he’d change about his David Foster Wallace review.
Archaeologists used to be obsessed with religion. Now they can’t be bothered with it. Is the field worse off?
More than any other scientific idea, Einstein’s relativity has cemented the notion that space and time are inseparable qualities of the universe.