“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…
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.
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…
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…
Reading the Book Dan Brown Teaches Writing Thrillers, Dan Brown refers to a couple of books written by James Scott Bell that I happen to have on my bookshelf. And it was funny to see that James Scott Bell mentions The Da Vinci Code in his examples.
So, I decided to do a cross reading about suspense, giving birth to this article. We will use the four types of suspense and theory from James Scott Bell as the framework for the fourteen resources Dan Brown explains he uses to create suspense in his thrillers. …
“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…
“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”
― C. JoyBell C.
“If at first you don’t succeed then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.”
― Steven Wright
Succeeding? In a simple way is to achieve. But like many things, it is more complicated than that.
To even start talking about succeeding, we would need a deep understanding of ourselves.
Succeeding in what? Why do you want to succeed in that?
Without the intention of talking a lot without saying much. It is necessary to ask…
“If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.”
― S.E. Hinton
We know a lot of people.
We talk with a lot of people.
A lot of people look to talk with us.
Yet, we have so few friends.
There are a lot of cliches when talking about friends. While pretty, those clichés usually don't talk much truth.
I will discount relatives from this train of thoughts because they belong in the family realm.
It would be unfair to measure non-relatives with them. But being family doesn't…
“The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
“Man may have discovered fire, but women discovered how to play with it.”
― Candace Bushnell, Sex and the City
That is a complicated question.
It is complicated because the first thing we have to do is ask ourselves how do we know we love someone?
We will feel tempted to jump instantly to something like, “You feel it when you love someone.”
I won't deny those feeling, but it is easy to misunderstand a feeling for another. …
“What is more humiliating than finding the object of your love unworthy?”
― Jeanette Winterson, The Passion
Individuals who do what they say, are beautiful.
I have an indescribable love and admiration for them. They are so natural and true to themselves. They inspire and make you a better person. You want to be like them. You don't want to disappoint them.
Their trust isn't unlimited. They know when they are dealing with an unworthy person.
It sounds harsh to call someone unworthy. …
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.