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

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

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

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…


Storytelling frameworks plus publishing industry data, pages, words count, and percentages

Harry Potter Lego in a rope. 2 Simple Story Structure You May Use to Write Your First Novel 15 Easy beats and 14 signposts plus publishing industry data, pages, words count, and percentages
Harry Potter Lego in a rope. 2 Simple Story Structure You May Use to Write Your First Novel 15 Easy beats and 14 signposts plus publishing industry data, pages, words count, and percentages

“Feeling tells you what you want to say. Technique gives you tools with which to say it.”
― Dwight V. Swain

Writing a novel is doable anytime in our lifetime because with enough willpower, grit, and tools, it is up to us. You got the willpower and grit. Here, you have the tools.

I read my notes on 2 storytelling frameworks to decide how to write a specific chapter and its scenes. After reviewing them, I decided to do what I do to conquer a topic. Write about it.

In this article, I’ll compare Blake Snyder’s 15 Beats and James…


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…


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…


Don’t envy others’ success paths Instead, love yours

Girl with glasses and a sign that says “I am here you not.” You Can Do the Same, but You Choose Not, Live with It Don’t envy others’ success paths Instead, love yours
Girl with glasses and a sign that says “I am here you not.” You Can Do the Same, but You Choose Not, Live with It Don’t envy others’ success paths Instead, love yours

“The strong one doesn’t win, the one that wins is strong.”
Franz beckenbauer

I read harsh words. They were about big names on this platform. The criticism was true, understandable but nonsense.

The complaints were about how writers on this platform make money showing how they make money to show later how they made money again. Repeat to infinite.

I agree it is frustrating. Even with the recent trend of people showing off the $500 bonus. In fact, long ago, I stopped reading writers whose sole value is:

  • Show their money stats to generate more money.
  • Try to sell…


Talking with the only one who might know what you want to do, yourself

Elderly blacksmith working metal on an anvil
Elderly blacksmith working metal on an anvil

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw

Write. I want to write. But how is the part I want to talk about with you.

The last stories I wrote are knowledge-based sparked with different degrees of my being.

If you read the titles, you will see they are about questions I asked myself.

The questions are:

  • How can I be original?
  • How can I stand out?
  • How can I create my content creator strategy?

As the old saying goes, the answers were in my heart. Well, actually, in my head.

Thus I answered…


Gain a competitive advantage and produce sustainable profits with these 3 essential strategic steps

“If you don’t have a strategy, you’re part of someone else’s strategy. ”
Alvin Toffler

Strategy is so cool that we all feel tempted to use the word. I guess it makes us feel smarter. But most of the time, it is used to mean anything but strategy. A sin I am not exempt of.

Today I talked with a friend who read something I wrote. He asked me what my content creator strategy is?

At first, I thought, oh, I guess by definition I am a content creator. Then I felt embarrassed because I don't have one. …


Assume you are like everybody and you will be different

“Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”
John Lennon

At school, what I remember the most are dance parties and statistics. Why both? Well, the first one seemed a mystery of nature, and the second one a transparent truth.

Eventually, I came to enjoy dancing not because of learning but because of not caring. Curiously enough, when I let my footloose I started to see statistics on the dance floor.

Get The Party Started: Rhythm 68–95–99.7

68–95–99.7 or in words: the empirical rule, is fundamental in understanding how we can be different and stand…


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…

J.E. Guzman

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

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