Quote of the day
Young men entering into romantic/sexual relationships are misled into thinking that monogamy is capable of providing them with a lifetime of sexual fulfillment and that if they truly loved their partners they would not desire others. This, we are told, is because monogamy is healthy, proper, moral, and natural. Anyone deviating from or challenging this script is stigmatized.
Thus, the final option, cheating, becomes the only rational choice to have their emotional and sexual desires met. With the fuel of alcohol, cheating ‘just happens.’ But because most of the time men are not caught, and because they view the crime as having already been committed, they begin to cheat more often.
~ERIC ANDERSON, author of The Monogamy Gap: Men, Love, and the Reality of Cheating (Sexuality, Identity, and Society)
WRITING & SCREENWRITING
Do I start at the beginning of the story and end at the end? Should the book be a series of flashbacks? Do I write the last page first? Do I outline? Do I transcribe my journals? Or do I just sit down and start with whatever comes out?
A great deal has been written about openings. Without question they are important. The opening is the first impression. It creates a story promise. It poses questions that need answers.
The book was rejected by an editor, because the character was ‘one dimensional’. I had no clear idea of what that meant, and was afraid that I’d have to gut this strong but flawed character to sell the book. And I wasn’t willing to do that.
Pacing. It’s important. You know how sometimes you can’t put a book down—how the pages turn all by themselves as your heart rate speeds up and your eyes get wider and the book gets closer and closer to your nose?
STORIES ARE EVERYWHERE! It is virtually impossible to overstate the importance and value of a strong story concept for a spec script. The best way to find a great one is to generate a lot of them. And one source for story ideas: The news.
Film industry folks are always looking for compelling and attention-grabbing protagonists and antagonists in a well-crafted screenplay. That, fellow screenwriters, is not really ground-breaking news, but there is a consistent grievance that echoes the halls of studios and production companies throughout the land. Actually, it’s a consistent complaint. It’s all about those ignored minor characters also known as supporting characters.
In this 5 On interview, Nathan Bransford discusses (among other things) the ongoing emphasis on author platform, publisher and author marketing responsibilities, and in what way being a literary agent influenced his writing.
Being a publicist is more than knowing how to craft a snazzy email, it’s a dedicated, ongoing effort. If you do it right, you can accumulate great mentions, features, and reviews…and sell more books! Know the rules, honor the rules and if you’re lucky, the media will beat a path to your door.
Most creativity researchers have defined creativity as a new product that’s both novel and also valued by society.
The motto “think before you act” may be more powerful than people think.
Cheating Happens even in Happy Marriages. Is Monogamy the Problem?
We rely on magnets every day, but seldom give them a second thought. There are magnets in your credit card, your cellphone, your car, microwave oven and computer – and perhaps also pasted all over your refrigerator.
A 1957 infographic of Walt Disney’s corporate theory reveals a complex web of strategic channels. The illustration might be nearly 60 years old, but it’s still the basis of the brand’s success.
Entrepreneurs rarely go into business thinking about how they might sell the enterprise one day. But as the business grows, there does come a time when owners start thinking about an exit strategy. They may have any one of several reasons for wanting to sell up.