As a crochet blogger, sometimes I wish winter would last forever. (Frigid temps are good for this business.) But as a mom of two young boys living in Michigan, where for the last 3 months the wind chill has been in the negatives more than it's been in the positives, I gotta say.... I need spr
How Scrivener Helped Me Organize All My Writing Lifehacker Scrivener is a name that gets tossed around a lot in writing circles, but it's not immediately clear how it's useful. Subsequently, I've avoided it for years.
I'm a huge Scrivener fan...love using this software for freelance writing and fiction writing.
Virginia Woolf observed that writing for no audience – writing just to write – is great practice. “It loosens the ligaments.” Her diary writing, she noted, is rough and ungrammatical. She tended to write in her diary at a quick pace, ...
What’s this? Me, the arch-planner, admitting that my characters sometimes have a will of their own? I’ve always dismissed that idea as nonsense. Characters come from the mind of the writer, where else? The writer invents them, so they dance to her tune. She can make them do and think and say what she wants all the way through the story. Right?
One afternoon back in 10,000 B.C., a pair of Mesopotamian farmers made the amazing discovery that bread wasn’t the only thing they could make from harvested grain. If they mixed it with water and left it around to ferment, the result was a blissful brew that instantly made them regret they’d have to wait until 1600 A.D. for the invention of a nice pizza to go with it.
If this were the opening paragraph in a newspaper story, you probably wouldn’t know where it was going. That doesn’t really matter. All that matters (especially from the vantage point of the person who wrote it) is that you’re already hooked to keep reading to see what happens next. In a noisy, competitive marketplace where every seller wants to be heard by as many buyers as possible, the ones that consistently close deals are those who artfully employ the most universal magnet in mankind’s existence: the promise of a tale well told.
Tell me what you see when you think of the word “story”. Is it the image of small children being read to? A newspaper article or work of popular fiction? These are all stories and yet they are only the opaque surface of something larger, a deeper set of pictures, which are connected to stories and their telling. Stories are not just a passive absorption of information, but rather a co-creative and dynamic experience. This active engagement in the tales we know shapes our idea of who we are. Stories offer us something to believe in and they are constantly barraging us with new ways of thinking, feeling and opportunities for action. Thomas King writes: “Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous.” (9) The power of stories is that they do shape our beliefs; the stories we hear and those we do not have a profound effect on what we believe about the world and ourselves.
"The big problem is that just because storytelling is becoming more popular doesn’t mean it’s always being done well. In truth, effective storytelling is deceptively difficult, requiring dedication, focus, and ongoing practice (talent plays a bit part, as well).
Few people know more about crafting a successful story than Pilar Alessandra, a popular and respected Hollywood script consultant."
Journaling is an exercise for the mind and it has several proven benefits, but it can also seem difficult to do. This is primarily due to the overwhelming feeling of having to journal – it shouldn’t be like that.
While digital art journaling has been around for awhile now, it seems that in the last 6 months there has been an explosion of related products, challenges, and resources for this type of digi scrapping.
Some people talk about the “arc” of a story. Others talk about “coming full circle” and “forks in the road.” When we think about the emotional ups and downs inherent in a compelling story, our minds quickly form images of physical lines, curves, and other shapes.
Marketers and business owners would be wise to familiarize themselves with this infographic. Graphic designer Maya Eilam has given us all a gift by taking the time to beautifully render Kurt Vonnegut’s thinking into an illustrated model of 7 story archetypes.* (Good-Bad-Good, etc.) I’m already a big fan of how Vonnegut distills a story down to its essence, and have previously shared this video of him teaching story structures.
Once again, it's that time of year. Every February, I reveal my personal list of the best blogs for writers to read. These are personal faves, so I won't be offended if you know a great blog I didn't list.
By the way, this year's list offers more than 50 blogs. In 2011, I listed 31 wonderful blogs for writers; in 2012, I listed 39 great blogs for writers; this year, the final count is 55. Who knows what the final number will be next year?
Diane Wolkstein, a children’s author and folklorist who once upon a time served as New York City’s official storyteller, deputized to revive the dying art in this city of eight million stories, died Thursday in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She was 70.
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