Story is Everything

Here are 25 thoughts on creating stories, in no particular order: A lot of things have beginnings, middles and ends — but that doesn’t make them stories. True stories have two parts: first something bad happens, second something bad is fixed (or a fix is at least attempted) Plot-driven and character-driven stories don’t really exist; all stories are … Continue reading Story is Everything

If The World Stopped Reading I Would Still Be Writing

I hear many authors complain of time constraints, low income from books, isolation from a workplace or other people, writer's block and many other issues and, while I understand these, I also want to scratch my head and ask whether writing is the best use of their time. Writing IS hard and it IS time … Continue reading If The World Stopped Reading I Would Still Be Writing

Argo: What We Can Learn From Film About Not Overwriting

http://youtu.be/xVuG27Ij3Bs I watched Argo over the weekend, having seen it win an impressive collection of awards. Among it's accolades were: Seven nominations for the 85th Academy Awards, winning three, for Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. The film also earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning Best Picture – Drama and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Arkin. It won the award … Continue reading Argo: What We Can Learn From Film About Not Overwriting

The Best Characters Are Broken

'The best characters are broken.' I came across this quote yesterday and it has stayed with me. I started to think about why this is the case and how the reader identifies with broken characters. The quote was a little nugget in a much longer article by writer Faith Hunter. She writes in the fantasy/thriller genre … Continue reading The Best Characters Are Broken

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing Fiction

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. 3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water. 4. Every sentence … Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Rules for Writing Fiction