“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…
“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…
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. …
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…
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…
That's it, I thought. In a recent reply to a fellow writer on this platform, who felt moved for a piece of my writing.
The exchange of ideas let me see that honesty when writing is paramount.
But it is not the usual honesty with readers.
It is honesty with yourself.
Very often, we think of amazing ideas that are betrayed when we write. When we betray those ideas, we stab ourselves.
We need to be brave to write our ideas and feelings because they are controversial or personal. We might feel shame, embarrassed, or fear being judged.
We would love to know because that would ensure success. Not even close, because the best prose sometimes is unpopular.
But it is wrong to believe readers don't know what is good. On the contrary, readers know what they like without knowing why.
It is frustrating to find our writing suck. But who told us we are special?
But don't fall into the cliche about don't expect much to don't get disappointed.
Of course, expecting riches from writing is very unlikely. To be true, from anything.
So, should we do things without looking for success? …
Thank you, A.H. your comment made my day. When I read it first, I was with a friend. I showed your comment because I find it inspiring and energizing. The writing community is love. You know? To reply, I reread the story to sync the right state of mind because I find it challenging to write moving pieces. That is why I am happy it made you feel, and you even bookmarked it. I am trying to develop my craft to write in that fashion more freely and constantly. I believe the key is honesty when writing.
“Privacy is the foundation of free societies.”
― Don Tapscott, Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World
Bitcoin is a Cryptocurrency allowing protection of privacy. It embodies the Cypherpunk and Libertarian ideals.
It is a digital shapeless currency born out of computer science, cryptography, and economics.
Bitcoin is the Adam of cryptocurrency, and Satoshi Nakamoto is his creator.
However, no one knows the real identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, which I find poetic because Bitcoin aims to allow its user to remain anonymous.
The 4 characteristics we need to know about Bitcoin are:
“After another moment’s silence, she mumbled that I was peculiar, that that was probably why she loved me but that one day I might disgust her for the very same reason.”
― Albert Camus, The Stranger
We write to tell something. That is the common consensus I read. But is it the only way?
Apparently, we write based on knowledge to teach. Stories teach lessons. Life lessons if you want. Other stories aren't stories but raw knowledge.
As far as I have read, good writing has meaning. It delivers a message to the reader.
And it seems the high way…