To be original is to do something different that has impact

Originality is that no sé qué everybody asks for and struggles to define but recognizes right away even if they are riding a polar bear in the Arctic Circle, and the originality is a new phone introduced at the Moscone Center by a cyber giraffe from the future. I don’t know about you, but I want to know if the phone comes with a charger.

Seriously, no one truly knows what it is to be original. But don't worry, it doesn't mean we are going to weep about it. …


Three strategies, four foundations, and a reason for conflict

Legendary writers cannot speak a specific topic without dropping nuggets of wisdom from other issues.

The book Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card isn't about conflict per se. However, you can find great teachings about conflict like this one “Any time you show a conflict between characters, you want your audience to care about the outcome.”

“Any time you show a conflict between characters, you want your audience to care about the outcome.”

That phrase sent me to dust off two books that deal with conflict The Golden Theme by Brian Mcdonald and Conflict and Suspense by James Scott…


Goosebumps because anyone who writes cannot be without a trace of love

We don’t know what we don’t know

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
Dr. Seuss

I am baffled about all the love in the writing community. I have come to the conclusion anyone who writes cannot be without a trace of love.

Of course, evil people write evil things. But in the large scheme of things, writing is love, one of the purest, I must say. I feel it every time I read.

These ideas come to my mind every time I am reminded of how little I know about writing. Honestly, about everything…


Seven traits and a tool to create strong-willed characters who can carry the burden of your story and face plot

If we can summarize our protagonist in one sentence, she might come as flat in our readers' perception.

There are different ways to avoid this flaw.

Our protagonist should be able to create a surprise factor with her actions. However, this surprising capability shouldn't come at the expense of credibility. It needs to be done convincingly.

“One way or another, then, you’re going to need to know how to arouse audience sympathy or antipathy toward a character.”

— Orson Scott Card

To create this believable protagonist, we will flesh her up with more than one emotion, a sort of mix.

How do we write memorable protagonists?


Unleash the power of your story using the superstructure’s fourteen signposts, a dissection to reverse engineer the book

Katniss Everdeen volunteers for the Hunger Games saving Prim
Katniss Everdeen volunteers for the Hunger Games saving Prim

When I watched The Hunger Games movie, I fell in love with it. I felt it was very faithful to the book and a superb adaptation, even though the latter is still better.

Yes, it is by far.

It’s mainly because of the first-person point of view that the movie as a story container cannot use. Basically, we cannot see what Katniss Everdeen sees. In the film, we are not in her head to experience in real-time her inner emotions and thoughts. Therefore we have to forgive the movie for being inferior in that regard.

However, the movie felt so…


Three lessons from the pattern of love, gold, and too much

“The future is there… looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.”
William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

I started to notice patterns.

The stories that my readers love are not the more technical nor the ones with the most time I invested in writing them.

And surprisingly are not the longer one.

What I see is that when I am not present in my writing, what is to say intrusive, the more the readers like it.

It is also evident that when I write in a philosophical voice without attachment and with love…


We are on the same boat, can we achieve so much?

“The answer is dreams. Dreaming on and on. Entering the world of dreams and never coming out. Living in dreams for the rest of time.”
Haruki Murakami, Sputnik Sweetheart

Do you find yourself struggling to fit small projects with medium and big ones?

And it is not only about the size. It is also about the time of the project.

For example, I enjoy writing a piece per day. Yes, like this one.

It feels so good. I enjoy doing it. I feel at ease after posting. I consider it a good addiction.

However, I have in my mind…


SHORT STORY

Are you able to turn our story into an eternal tale?

Your smile is a will breaker. I hate how it shatters my unmovable decisions. You love how it bends my fix resolutions with your reasonable petitions.

So difficult to ponder if respect is injured every time. Every time you keep respect while getting your way. An art and a persuasive art at its best. Perhaps even pervasive.

I wonder if you do it to tease me. Sometimes I feel you enjoy getting your way. But getting your way is beneficial to me. You are brilliant. Do you know?

Sometimes I wonder if I am treated unfairly and question my self-esteem…


We do what we do because of the benefits we reap from doing

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

I wasn't planning long vacations, but they were a peaceful time with old pals.

Starting my unplugged time, I felt guilty because I have a couple of routines that I stick to daily.

Yes, I felt I wasn't doing certain things that I do with daily discipline. Actually, it is much difficult because I try to do things that I enjoy.

However, I didn't like to think of myself slave and…


Pick yours wisely and make your life easier

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Very often, we get jealous of intelligent people. Don't we?

The funny realization is that it is illogical because they can help us save so much time in life.

We are not talking about exploitation or taking advantage. We are talking about the intelligent use of humanity's resources. Yes, brilliant people are humanity’s resources, even if they disagree.

Think about the technology you are using to read this text. There is so much genius work there. It’s very likely that…

J.E. Guzman

Writing and sharing writing tips I learn by doing my writing. You might end up giving better use to the tips and notes than I do.

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