Quote of the day
Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.
What most writers really need to look at is how to tell better in the right places and show more of the character expressing emotion. It’s usually emotion that gets left off the page (and out of the scene). How do you do this?
- What’s in your writer’s bag of tricks? Putting the writing process in context, Fiction Notes | Tweet
How many times do you read a novel before you send it out into the world? 5 times? 20 times? 100 times? I don’t know; I just know that it’s a lot of times and it reaches a point where I’m not re-reading what’s in front of me. My mind wanders off to anything and everything else.
There are two different ways you can blow your story stakes–and both of them have the ability to ruin your book.
When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound. This negative experience from the past is so intense that a character will go to great lengths to avoid experiencing that kind of pain and negative emotion again. As a result, certain behaviors, beliefs, and character traits will emerge.
Here’s one big problem with most of the screenwriting approaches I see floating around: Their focus is almost exclusively on writing a screenplay. Obviously this is important.
Jaws. You know the movie. I sure as hell do. That hot summer it opened, my parents took my sisters and I to see it at a local drive-in. I watched while lying on a sun-cracked lounge cushion set on the roof of my mom’s ocean blue Dodge station wagon. From such a perch it wasn’t hard to imagine myself afloat in the open sea, nothing but my wits and slammed eyelids to defend me from a behemoth Great White shark.
Book marketing is a chicken and egg situation: To sell books, you need readers, but to get readers, you need to sell books. Where exactly do you begin?
One of the questions I am always asked by authors who wish to self-publish is, Who are the best companies to publish with? There are so many choices.
There are Facebook pages devoted to adult colorers. There are coloring clubs. People who motivate themselves to pay off debt by coloring. Game of Thrones is making a coloring book. What this means: Coloring is now a normal adult activity.
A psychologist and former addict insists that the illness model for addiction is wrong, and dangerously so
Vulnerability is not for the faint of heart.
Sport can offer insights into philosophy and life in general, argues the philosophy professor and sports enthusiast. He chooses the best books on philosophy and sport.
You are the alchemist of your life. The universe, perfect for 14 billion years, has given you everything you need to thrive. And yet…we often want to forcibly change the universe to fit our own selfish needs.