Quote of the days
Fears arise when you look back, and they arise when you look ahead. If you’re prone to disaster fantasies you may even find yourself caught in the middle, starting at your half-finished canvas and fearing both that you lack the ability to finish it, and that no one will understand it if you do.
~DAVID BAYLES, author of Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
WRITING & SCREENWRITING
Planning a novel is relatively easy, but is it the best way to go? The question has been asked, and answered differently, time and time again. One opinion proposes that outlining a novel affects creativity, while, in the opposite corner, there are those who swear by planning, plotting, pre-writing, etc. Who is right?
Maybe you’ve heard of the Key Event as part of story structure. Maybe you haven’t. If youhaven’t, then you just might belong to the less confused of the two parties. One of the questions I get most often about the Key Event is: What the heck is it?!
Just so y’all know, no one cares about the past unless it impacts the future. Not in fiction and, bluntly, not in life. The past has already happened. In real life, we have to pay people by the hour to care about our past. They’re called psychiatrists.
Most of the time, a character’s routine is not crucial to the story. Habits such as hearing the alarm clock, shuffling into the kitchen for that first hot mug of coffee or tea, getting dressed, or other mundane activities may be commonplace for all of us but rarely make for exciting prose.
In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland.
Story generates plot; it informs what the narrative is about. The plot informs how the story unfolds. And it is your riveting characters who must inform and drive your plot forward.
Communicating with your fans used to mean waiting for letters to the editor to arrive at the newspaper where you worked. Or you would rely on the local bookstore to promote your new book, crossing your fingers that fans would learn about the event and attend.
Perhaps the best benefit of going the self-publishing route is the fact that the author no longer must convince some people in a corporate board room of the merit of his or her proposed work. If the creator believes there is significant interest in the subject matter then the creator can make the decision to introduce this subject to the consumer market.
The best stuff comes when some little thing — an image or the sprout of an idea — lodges itself in his head and won’t let go, and at some point it’s just time to write it down. It’s the love of this spark that keeps Oberst going, and the faith that he’s got a lifetime of this kind of discovery to look forward to.
The ABCs of scoping out deliciousness.
Astrology may be bogus, but the month you’re born really does matter for your health.
With its roots in various philosophical and religious traditions, especially Buddhism, mindfulness is usually defined as paying attention in a non-judgmental way to one’s experience of the here and now. Some psychologists’ and practitioners’ definitions are broader and speak of compassion for and curiosity about the world.
Mark Bradford is the tallest artist I know—six feet seven and a half inches, and pencil thin, which makes him look taller. His paintings, as you’d expect, run large.