Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done.
~AUSTIN KLEON, author of Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Understanding why something is important to our writing lays the foundation for bettering our writing because it acts as a measuring post. When we know why we should do something and what benefit we’re supposed to gain by doing it, it helps us recognize when we’re not receiving that benefit.
By point of view I mean through whose EYES are we experiencing the story? In the case of multiple povs, we get access to the thoughts and perceptions of several different characters.
Frenemies are the staple for conflict-packed stories. It’s a relationship dynamic that runs the gambit of emotions. It’s the subtle barbs of a disgruntled coworker. It’s the lingering sad but quietly malevolent vibe of a jilted ex-lover. And it’s the deliberate backstabbing of a fair-weather friend.
Writing realistic dialog is a challenge for fiction writers. Seems like it shouldn’t be. Talking is a natural, daily activity in our lives, something we often do without much forethought. So why is dialog sometimes the hardest thing to construct well in our stories?
I read in a business magazine a story about entrepreneurs who had lost it all but made comebacks. They were heralded as renegades. The steps they took to defy the odds and become phoenixes were bold, clever and unconventional. I needed to apply their renegade ways of thinking about their business to my business; the business of selling a screenplay, in 30 days or less.
I’ll oftentimes have that concern when assessing a scene I have written. And experience tells me if that question arises in my mind, it’s probably right: There is more I can do with it. Or on a macro level, is there a hole in the plot I’m missing?
Literary agent Mollie Glick discusses what drew her to being an agent, what kind of query letter gets a quick delete, thoughts on chick lit, and more in this 5 On interview.
Your book description, which is often overlooked as a means to drive traffic to your page, is also a great place to use keywords.
Yes, notebooks are an easy place to capture ideas inspired by everyday life, no matter where you are. More importantly though, if you begin to review the daily notes or doodles left in your notebook, you will begin to find trends and themes within your smaller ideas that can be brought together and refined.
Sometimes life throws you curve balls, but sometimes you’re the one tossing the pitch that changes directions. The same goes for careers.
The simplest explanation of the Diderot Effect (or at least the part I am most interested in) is this, “the introduction of a new possession into a consumer’s existence will often result in a process of spiraling consumption.”
Developing your personal brand is essential because it can open many business opportunities. It can lead to better clients, recognition in your industry and more money.
You Branding: Reinventing Your Personal Identity as a Successful Brand
Wealthy individuals play an important role in charitable giving. We present evidence that millionaires give more than any other group studied in the literature. This holds particularly in a clear giving situation.