Quote of the day
We had a love affair with a technology that seemed magical. But like great magic, it worked by commanding our attention and not letting us see anything but what the magician wanted us to see. Now we are ready to reclaim our attention, for solitude, for friendship, for society.
~SHERRY TURKLE, author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Writers talk a lot about “being honest,” “being vulnerable,” “pouring ourselves into our writing,” and “not being self-conscious” in our writing. But what does all that really mean? And how can flunking any of the above be the reason your fiction may be failing?
For me, handwriting is everything. The simple tactility of handling the pen, cracking the spine of my notebook and smoothing the paper with my fingers. Tracing the lines with my fingernails and carefully controlling the flow of ink to page with precise movements of my hand. The inevitable cramp after a successful session, stretching my fingers as if exercising an over-worked muscle in my brain. This is all a pure joy.
Writers encounter dialogue every day, but too often recently I’ve seen great stories ruined by choppy, incoherent, and straight up weird dialogue.
Having a writing process is crucial to finishing a novel. There are several reasons that you need to develop a writing process that works for you.
To be a good screenwriter, you need to have a broad exposure to the world of film. Every movie you see is a potential reference point for your writing, everything from story concepts you generate to characters you develop to scenes you construct.
Today it’s a dicey proposition at best for an unknown screenwriter to attempt to get talent attached in the hopes it will move the needle for their project. We live in a perpetual state of heightened security, one that frowns heavily on sending anything unsolicited to anyone, let alone in-demand Hollywood talent.
Marketing is only a drag when it doesn’t work. When it works, marketing is a whole lot of fun, because it means new readers, more income, and taking one step closer to the day you can print up business cards that say, “Full Time Writer.”
Reader Magnets: Build Your Author Platform and Sell more Books on Kindle (Book Marketing for Authors 1)
One of my favorite things to do is talk about editing, and talk about how editing makes writing better, creating a mutually beneficial relationship between writer and editor that extends far beyond deadlines or paychecks.
Your attitude towards your time horizon has a significant impact on your decisions and actions. Two ways to take action on Dr. Banfield’s findings are as follows.
We all have that friend: the beautiful, intelligent, driven woman who—like Katherine Heigl in every rom-com—can’t find a decent date. Every guy she goes out with is an asshole; she consistently dates “below” her league, and she’s on the verge of giving up on a committed relationship altogether.
Most of us learn to cook through trial and error, the Food Network, or being forced to feed ourselves when no one else will do it. So naturally, no one’s born knowing how to sauté chicken, or blanch vegetables. Here are some basic (but useful) cooking techniques chefs use every day, but the rest of us rarely pick up.
I’ve been studying the psychology of online connectivity for more than 30 years. For the past five, I’ve had a special focus: What has happened to face-to-face conversation in a world where so many people say they would rather text than talk?
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Ever notice how some people come across as having their act together? They are able to get their work done on time, every time. They have the time and energy for 100 different things. Yet, they always seem non-frazzled, non-overwhelmed, and non-frantic.