A solid routine fosters a well-worn groove for one’s mental energies and helps stave off the tyranny of moods.
~MASON CURREY, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
The fish-out-of-water character is one of my favorites. It is remarkably versatile and there are so many story situations it works perfectly for (18 according to TV Tropes). I’m currently writing a fish-out-of-water character, which should not be confused with using a fish-out-of-water plot device.
Writers might get their dialogue mechanics down pat, appropriately using speech and narrative tags effectively, and avoiding that “on the nose” dialogue that just doesn’t come across as believable. But all the great dialogue in the world will still be problematic if it’s floating in space, coming out of talking heads that don’t seem to have bodies attached to them.
It’s really impossible to overstate the importance of setting in your story. Setting is not just the environment in which your characters exist, but also includes the historical time in which your narrative unfolds. Where are your characters? When is your story taking place?
Writing can make a difference. Write to make a difference.
Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content
At the recent New York Film Festival press screening of The Walk, director Robert Zemeckis spoke about adapting his film for the screen. Based on the book To Reach the Clouds by Philippe Petit (the tightrope walker), The Walk is written by Robert Zemeckis and Christopher Browne.
A simple formula to be a more productive and better screenwriter. What is that formula? 1, 2, 7, 14.
As self-publishing shrugs off its “vanity press” stigma and becomes recognized as a bona fide and lucrative option, more and more authors are finding that going indie just makes more sense.
As you sink into the couch, or slide onto the barstool, at the end of an exhausting workday, it’s hard not to experience the warm glow of self-congratulation. After all, you put in the hours, cranked through the to-do list; you invested the effort, and got things done. Surely you’re entitled to a little smugness?
Pasta is perfect. Fact. It’s delicious, it’s easy to make and—no matter what carb-hating, paleo-enthusiasts will tell you—it’s a perfectly fine food to consume. Pasta won’t make you fat, and if you disagree you are welcome to try and tell Sophia Loren.
Below is a simple three-question self-assessment from the perspective of positive psychology that might encourage you to take a different perspective on your personal and professional development.
Taking the stigma out of psychotherapy.
The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients
Should parents be worried about smartphones and social media? A new survey of research provides encouraging news.