Aristotle was especially aware of the importance of this benevolent form of self-love, when he wrote, “All friendly feelings for others are an extension of man’s feelings for himself.”
~ROMAN KRZNARIC, author of Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It
- Voices in My Head, or Conversations with Fictional Characters By Becke Martin Davis, Romance University | Tweet
Where do our heroes and heroines go, once we’ve read through their struggles and cheered their happy endings? Are they out there in the ether, waiting for new readers to find them? Or do they live somewhere over the rainbow, where fictional characters meet up with others from their genre, sharing wine and comparing book covers? I can picture those newly minted couples sailing into the sunset, but what about the couples who never quite got to the land of HEAs?
Genres of writing serve multiple purposes. Classifying a book by genre signals to potential readers whether your story fits their reading interests. When a book has an identifiable genre, publishers can also market it to the right readers more effectively. Here are some reasons why you need to identify a genre for your book and some of the most popular fiction genres.
Most writers have a place in the first draft process where they find themselves stuck. By now it’s happened to me enough that I’ve leanred some ways to handle it.
We’ve all seen the examples: Wizard School, Dinosaur Park, Titanic. Don’t shudder everyone, high concept is back. Whether it was ever “out” is somewhat debatable. We see it on agent’s manuscript wish lists, in rejection letters, in publisher submission pages. Everyone seems to want a compelling pitch, to heck with characters and world-building and coming-of-age, right? Not so fast.
Somehow an article I wrote for Script Magazine a while back never got added to my own website — and it’s about an important topic that I teach TV writers about all the time: the two different kinds of TV stories, and why it’s important to know which kind you’re writing, and which kind your show is based on.
I reached out to friend of the blog Chris Sparling, whose screenwriting credits include Buried, ATM, The Sea of Trees, and The Atticus Institute which he also directed. Chris is adding the role of producer to his credits with “Bed Rest”. He got me in touch with Lori and we ended up having a great one-hour conversation.
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Maybe all professions like to scare young hopefuls — to weed the flock, so to speak — and the publishing industry, notorious for its gloom and doom predictions, is no exception.
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Does it ever feel like people are all self-absorbed jerks? Like they’re not listening? Only in it for themselves? You’re not crazy. Empathy is declining.
New research finds it makes us more susceptible to false memories.
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A scientific looks at people’s obsessions with besting their peers.
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In 1967, 76 percent of women said they would marry someone they didn’t romantically love. This is a figure that shocked comedian Aziz Ansari while working on his book, Modern Romance.
The stylish, idealized home in the store’s showroom “literally becomes a map of a relationship nightmare,” says one psychologist.