Quote of the day
Love is not primarily a relationship to a specific person; it is an attitude, an ordination of character which determines the relatedness of the person to the whole world as a whole, not toward one object of love.
~ERICH FROMM, author of The Art of Loving
Why do audiences and readers “believe” these fictional stories, and just what does credibility really mean in the make-believe world of movies and fiction? Understanding the answer can help storytellers—novelists and screenwriters alike—tell stories that feel wholly credible, despite fantastical components.
Character arcs are easy, right? Somewhere in between the beginning and the middle of the book, the character changes. What could be simpler? And yet, when we get right down to the nitty-gritties, character arcs are also pretty darn hard. Why?
If you’re considering writing a novel, if you’re serious about it but not certain where or how to start, or you’re simply intimidated by the sheer mystery of the process… I have some good news to share with you: That’s a good thing. You should be intimidated.
Stories with multiple POVs are difficult to write. I’ve read more books that attempted this technique and failed than books where multiple POVs not only worked but improved the story.
The logline: one sentence—35-45 words—that best illustrates the inciting event, protagonist/antagonist, main plot, and jeopardy of your film. Every screenwriter should master the craft of writing a logline so that they increase their odds of selling their spec script. And, just like writing a feature script, writing a logline means rewriting.
I once did a rewrite on a porn flick. The producer wanted to impart a couple of guidelines before I began. We met for breakfast at a coffee shop in Santa Monica. What he told me has proved incredibly useful over the years—in all kinds of writing, including the most literary.
Pressure and isolation and desperation: What writer hasn’t struggled with these things? It’s a crowded marketplace out there, and how is one lone writer supposed to market themselves amid the din?
There are four basic ways you can create an ePub file.
When we hit an obstacle, sometimes the best we can hope for is to bounce back. To recover, to get through this and get back to normal.
Tests on physiological markers in nearly 1,000 38-year-olds found that some had biological ages many years older than their birthdates would suggest.
Information overload is killing your memory. Here’s how to make it better.
- I love you, you love me, we’ve probably never said that to more than three, Five Thirty Eight | Tweet
A survey by YouGov last month offered some romantic comparisons when it asked almost a thousand U.S. adults how many long-term relationships they’d had so far in their lives. For most people, the answer was pretty low: Three-quarters of respondents gave a number from one to three.
They say that you have the same number of hours in the day as Beyonce — so why does it feel like you’re never able to get caught up on your business to-do list?