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Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories

Kurt Vonnegut on the Shapes of Stories
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"Under The Skin" Writer Walter Campbell On Epic Ads And Scarlett Johansson As An Alien Walter Campbell is one of the most awarded advertising creatives of the last 50 years. Some of his most memorable--and awarded--work has pushed the notion of a TV commercial into new creative territory. Spots like Volvo "Twister," Dunlop "Expect the Unexpected," made with director Tony Kaye are prime examples, but perhaps the best one is Guinness "Surfer" with director Jonathan Glazer, an ad many consider to be one of the best ever made. Campbell's latest collaboration with Glazer is the film Under the Skin, a sci-fi drama starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien who roams the streets of Scotland, seducing men to destroy them. The film, a loose adaptation of the 2001 Michael Faber book, took Glazer almost a decade to make and Campbell was brought in midway through the process. Campbell says instead of using the book his impression of what the story should be came out of many long conversations with Glazer. [Images courtesy of A24 Films]

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How to Write Like You Love It: Stephen King and 6 Tools Every Writer Should Have in His ToolBox In his Memoir of the Craft , Stephen King breaks up his book into three parts: 1) memories of his personal and professional life told in numbered chunks and fragmented snippets; 2) what's in his toolbox and what should be in yours; and 3) comments on the actual craft of writing. In this post, I will be discussing the toolbox and what King deems worthy in including in his own writer's tool box. He compares writing to a craft, a trade, like carpentry. Writing requires skill, but for every skill, tools are required. Imagine you have a toolbox, one of those red ones with six drawers that is kept in the garage. 1. 2. 3. Freddy and Myra are your subjects, not the dead body (which is already passive since it's dead). 4. 5. On paragraphs, King also reveals that they are not the melody of your work, but the beat, and in order to find the beat that will rock your writing, you must practice. 6. How about you?

Introduction to Speech Communication – Simple Book Publishing Book Description This book, Introduction to Speech Communication, is used to support teaching, learning and research for SPCH 2713 at Oklahoma State University (OSU). This resource has been customized for use at OSU by faculty members Sarah E. Hollingsworth, Kathryn Weinland, Sasha Hanrahan, and Mary Walker. In addition to inclusion of original work authored by the editors to meet the needs of their course at OSU, the editors adapted and mixed together portions of Exploring Public Speaking: 4th Edition, Stand Up, Speak Out, and Fundamentals of Public Speaking. Please see below for full citations of each of these works. Book Source This book is a cloned version of Stand up, Speak out by [Author removed at request of original publisher], published using Pressbooks by University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing edition, 2016. Authors Sarah E. Subject Speaking in public: advice and guides

Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations In the past I’ve given some tips for handling meetings effectively, covering topics like: - How not to let your meeting go down a rat hole; - Dealing with the elephant in the room; - Dealing with skeletons in your closet; - How to make meetings discussions, not “pitches” - A tale of two pitches (I eventually invested in the first company that pitched) Today’s post is a subtle one about positioning yourself in a presentation. This might be a VC meeting but also might just be a sales or biz dev meeting. It’s any meeting where you are in a small room and are being called on to present on some form of overhead slides 1. If you look at Diagram A above you’ll see that the presenters are sitting at the opposite end of the table from where the screen is. If you look at Diagram B you’ll see that the people you’re presenting to can look you in the eyes and glance up at the screen. 2. I’ve lately been attending meetings with our shareholders (called LPs or limited partners). 3. 4. 5. 6.

Punctuation Punctuation is "the use of spacing, conventional signs, and certain typographical devices as aids to the understanding and correct reading, both silently and aloud, of handwritten and printed texts."[1] Another description is: "The practice, action, or system of inserting points or other small marks into texts, in order to aid interpretation; division of text into sentences, clauses, etc., by means of such marks."[2] History[edit] The first writing systems were either logographic or syllabic—for example, Chinese and Maya script—which do not necessarily require punctuation, especially spacing. Ancient Chinese classical texts were transmitted without punctuation. The earliest alphabetic writing had no capitalization, no spaces, no vowels and few punctuation marks. The oldest known document using punctuation is the Mesha Stele (9th century BC). Western Antiquity[edit] "On the page, punctuation performs its grammatical function, but in the mind of the reader it does more than that.

Film School: How to write an ending- Flixist Good afternoon, class. Please settle down. Tomkins, put that finger away. In our sophomoric lesson in the Flixist Film School class, we are going to be looking at a problem which has proven a challenge not only for many aspiring scriptwriters, but even seasoned professionals. Any guesses? There's the old saying, 'first impressions count'. Let's start off with the basics. I'm not going to go through what each part means, partly because it would take too long and partly because it's fairly self-explanatory, but having the structure laid out in a graph like the one above does illustrate an important point about endings. That point is that they are just as important when developing your plot as the beginning and the middle. The way to avoid this is as simple as could be: don't rush. If you're anything like me, knowing your ending is a vital part in discovering that technique. Worse still is how it makes the protagonist into a spectator in his own adventure.

Build Your Public-Speaking Confidence With This Proven Practice Schedule When I teach executive education classes at Harvard, I set a deadline for students to submit their final slides. The deadline is about two weeks before they're required to deliver their presentations to the class. By forcing speakers to finish their PowerPoint slides two weeks early, it offers plenty of time for speakers to rehearse. Once students send me their final decks, they often ask me, "How much should I practice?" Well, I once interviewed a scientist who practiced an 18-minute presentation about 200 times before taking the TED stage. Jill Bolte Taylor's "Stroke of Insight" attracted millions of viewers, making it one of the top TED talks of all time. Here's the good news--you don't have to practice 200 times. The ideal number of practice sessions is 10. If you rehearse your pitch or presentation 10 times, you will grow more confident, and your delivery will show it. Don't worry. Part One (practice sessions 1-3). Part Two (practice sessions 4 and 5).

SCHOPENHAUER&#039;S 38 STRATAGEMS, OR 38 WAYS TO WIN AN ARGUMENT Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), was a brilliant German philosopher. These 38 Stratagems are excerpts from "The Art of Controversy", first translated into English and published in 1896. Carry your opponent's proposition beyond its natural limits; exaggerate it. The more general your opponent's statement becomes, the more objections you can find against it. The more restricted and narrow his or her propositions remain, the easier they are to defend by him or her. (abstracted from the book:Numerical Lists You Never Knew or Once Knew and Probably Forget, by: John Boswell and Dan Starer)