jimbutcher: The Great Swampy Middle Every writer runs into this, generally in every single book. The middle. It lurks between the beginning of your book and the exciting conclusion, and its mission in life is to Atreyu you right down into the yucky, mucky mire in order to prevent you from ever actually finishing. The Great Swampy Middle (or GSM) knows no fear, no mercy, no regret. And it laughs at you. The smug bastard. Okay. The middle of books is HARD, especially for beginning writers. It's like a swamp. Man. It's when an author starts getting lost that the book's middle becomes the Great Swampy Middle. Those of you who have written this much of a book already know exactly what I'm talking about. News flash: the reader is going to get that, and it's going to kill their fun. But most won't have that kind of patience. (That's bad.) But I say unto you, fear not. Here we go: The problem with GSMs is that most writers don't have a very good idea of exactly where they want to go. Same thing applies in the story. There. Jim
Wall-E and Toy Story Screenwriter Reveals the Clues to a Great Story | Aerogramme Writers' Studio Warning: this video contains strong language Last week we posted Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling, a list of 22 golden tips first tweeted by Pixar Story Artist Emma Coats.The article received a tremendous response and since then a number of people have mentioned to us this TED talk by Andrew Stanton. Stanton was the writer for all three Toy Story movies, as well as being the writer/director for Wall-E, Finding Nemo and John Carter. In this captivating lecture Stanton talks about the early days of Pixar, storytelling without dialogue, and capturing a truth from your experiencing it. Stanton also describes being taken at age five to see the Disney’s animated classic Bambi.
El lenguaje corporal | El lenguaje corporal y cómo interpretarlo 3 Powerful Ways Working Out Makes You Better at Life | Muscle For Life Few people argue the many health benefits of regular exercise. We all know it wards of all kinds of disease, and scientists have shown it’s a great way to fight depression, improve intelligence, and protect against the cognitive decline associated with aging. Many people don’t realize that the benefits of exercise go far beyond physiological and psychological improvements, however. That achieving your fitness goals can fundamentally change you as a person. That it can help you overcome your fears and weaknesses, and teach you a lot about how to succeed in all areas of your life. I believe that if you can create the body of your dreams, you have what it takes to create the life of your dreams as well. Sounds like a stretch? The First Life Lesson Working Out Teaches You: There’s No Way Around Hard Work Sometimes I wonder how much of our current population would survive a thousand years ago. You know, when you had to chase, fight, and kill to survive. The rest of life is the same. It’s bullshit.
How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life By the end of this post you will have a nagging urge to use an excel spreadsheet. Don’t make that face—I know you’re a writer and not a data analyst. Or if you are a data analyst—I get that you’re on this blog to get away from your day job. But guess what? At the suggestion of Randy Ingermason—the creator of the Snowflake Method—I listed all of the scenes in my novel in a nice little Google spreadsheet. Creating a scene list changed my novel-writing life, and doing the same will change yours too. Scene Lists Help You Plan I tried to write a novel once before without planning in advance. I used the Snowflake Method, which consists of several steps to designing a novel that we can discuss at a later date. Today we’re focusing on a particular step: the creation of a scene list. What is a scene list? It’s literally a list of the scenes in your novel in an excel spreadsheet. Column 1: POV. The particulars can be revised at your convenience, but that’s how I set it up. 1. 2. 3. What did I do?
Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling | Aerogramme Writers' Studio These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___.
Piensa antes de hablar With each column I write, I carefully consider the point I want to make. I draft the column, reflect on it, tweak it, and review it before I submit it to my editor, who does some of the same. Unfortunately, that type of careful thought and reflection doesn't always happen in the business environment. My sister shared a poster with me that appears throughout the high school where she teaches. Before you speak, THINK… T - is it True? Using this guideline does not preclude you from having tough conversations with your team. So, regardless of what or how you feel, T.H.I.N.K before you speak. Download free chapters from the author's book Leadership Matters for more insights and inspiration.
A Simple Lesson on How to Succeed | Muscle For Life How many times have you heard or been told that all success takes is getting into action and being persistent? We’ve all heard stories of successful people who had enough persistence to make their dreams a reality, how they would never give up, how they “burned all the bridges” and left themselves no way out but through, and so on. That’s good and all and there’s truth in those statements, but let’s be honest…they’re pretty hollow. See, the problem is, they touch on an important aspect of achieving success, but they don’t address the REAL core issue holding people back. The real issue lies behind the simple fact that the vast majority of people have been told to take more action, be persistent, “get hungry,” etc., but many don’t see their dreams through and make them happen. Why? The Mystery Behind Fear of Failure, Uncertainty, and Procrastination Many people feel kind of stuck in a rut in life and don’t know how to get out. Well, let’s do an interesting little exercise. |Potential| |Action|
How To Create An Intriguing Inciting Incident Every single element between the first page and the very last page of a screenplay is arguably the most important, salable thing about it. In this article, the beginning of the plot takes the number one spot. However, the plot really can’t begin being awesome until it is set in motion. That’s where the inciting event comes in. A good plot is everything that transpires in the screenplay and, if it’s captivating, will have an equally captivating inciting event. First, the reader/audience has to care about the character they’re following. Even if the main character isn’t all that interesting, the situations or surroundings that make up their world can be what keeps the audience engaged. Now that we have a good starting point, we have to make the inciting event big. In Star Wars: Episode IV, the inciting event is Luke Skywalker discovering that his family has been killed. In Disney’s The Lion King, Mufasa has a son who will inherit the throne from him.
Saving Humanity from the Machine: How Storytelling Will Keep Us Human By Autumn ThatcherGuest Blog PostAutumn’s Blog The digital age has brought with it exciting transformation, but with that change comes an eerie foreshadowing of a future where human beings are dismissed and overlooked for the less expensive and faster-producing artificial intelligent counterparts that are being introduced in the workforce. The idea of human beings competing with robots sounds like something right out of a science fiction novel, but in the 21st century, these Sci-Fi fantasies are becoming a terrifying reality for those who are being pushed out of their jobs by artificial intelligence. There is a vast amount of text generated by theorists and analysts who fear for and even mourn the future of modern society because of the ways in which technology have forced human beings to be treated like and viewed as machines—especially in the workforce. Reaction to the human experience is found in the student project discussed in Hanno H. Works Cited Bang, Molly. Cooley, Mike.
5 Habits of Truly Amazing Communicators When it comes to job coaching, almost every conversation I have with a client involves the topic of communication. The motives can vary widely: Some people want to be more assertive, others need help with conflict management, and still others find it hard to speak their minds in a group setting. As I reflect on all the conversations I have, I realize that most of the time, we’re not talking about complex ideas. So, since we could all use a good reminder, here are the top five things I help my clients with when it comes to communication. 1. Do you ever catch yourself saying things like, “I love that idea, but we need to do it differently?” As soon as you say the word “but,” the other person immediately forgets the part about you loving the idea. Instead, use “and:” “I love that idea, and I think a slightly different approach would be most effective.” Hear the difference? In her book Bossypants, Tina Fey breaks down the rules of improv. 2. 3. That’s not communication. 4. 5.
Stop Comparing Yourself to Others: An Alternative to Competing with People “Why compare yourself with others? No one in the entire world can do a better job of being you than you.” ~Unknown We all do it or have done it at some point in our lives: We compare ourselves to others and gauge where we are based on what we observe them to be doing. If this was simply an observation, that would be one thing. If you have ever noticed, it doesn’t matter how many people are on your side, cheering you on. The thing about comparison is that there is never a win. And this just leaves us coming up short. But our minds do want to quantify. So, instead of training it to stop comparing altogether, why not simply redirect the comparison to a past and a present self and keep the comparison within? We are always becoming more. So, when you catch yourself comparing yourself to another, stop for a moment and re-direct the thought. What are you doing today that you couldn’t have done five, three, or even one year ago? What are your wins this year, compared to last year at this time?
How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel by Glen C. Strathy* To sell your novel, you may need to know how to write a synopsis, even if you are a pantser-type novelist who can write a whole novel without making an outline first. Agents and publishers will often ask for a synopsis along with sample chapters before they request a complete manuscript. The biggest mistake most people make when they try to write a synopsis for the first time is to create a bare bones plot summary, along the lines of “First this happens, then this happens, then this happens...” Synopses written this way tend to be so dry and boring even the author would have trouble understanding why anyone would want to read the full novel. Imagine, for example, if a sports writer described a hockey game as “First one team scored. What makes a hockey game or a novel mesmerizing is not a step-by-step description of what happens, but the emotions that accompany the actions, the anticipation, fear, hope, excitement, and disappointment at each turn of events.
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