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July 18, 2014 1:24 pm

CHARACTER COMES FIRST

annerocious:

Plots flow out of personalities.

i.e.

The more interesting the character, the more interesting your plot choices become.

i.e.

Basic characters beget basic plots.

i.e.

Don’t be basic.

July 6, 2014 6:20 pm
"As for unlikable characters: I’ve always said I don’t mind if a character isn’t likable as long as he or she is understandable. Do I get why these people are doing the awful things they do? I think that’s why I often include backstories about childhood—if you understand what circumstances or people created a person, I think you have more empathy. And humor. Libby Day, Nick and Amy Dunne—they do awful things, but they’re very self-aware and fairly funny at times. I think you can forgive a lot if a person make you laugh (even if you know you shouldn’t be laughing)."
July 1, 2014 2:07 pm

Life, Plot, Story

mooderino:

A story is more than stuff that happens to a person. And yet, if a friend were to tell you something that happened to them at work or at school or wherever, you wouldn’t be uninterested.

In fact, if it was something amusing or surprising or touching in some way, it might even be quite compelling. This incident might involve coincidence, luck, randomness and have no real conclusion, but that won’t necessarily stop you hanging on every word.

However, put that same story down in print, and it doesn’t have quite the same effect. Now it’s contrived and pointless and banal.

Why? What makes fiction—whether it be a short story or a novel—different from real life? And how can we use this difference to help create more engaging and entertaining stories?

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June 27, 2014 5:17 am June 19, 2014 6:39 pm

for people that write or do art stuff how do you do your work without planning it? 

like lets even say its something you have no plans to release or show but you’re just in the mood to shit something out. how do you get yourself to shit it? i can never shit anything and i really really wanna. 

10:53 am

First Drafts

title2come:

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June 10, 2014 4:20 pm

writerdirector:

Don’t write what you know, write what you LIKE and make it personal

May 30, 2014 7:45 pm

IMPACT

annerocious:

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Spec scripts have this tendency to fall back on dramatic near misses. Like, if Jane found out Pedro cheated, the wedding would be off, but thank goodness that didn’t happen fifteen different times, and here comes the bride.

Actually, no. Jane finds out. Impact. Now Jane and Pedro have a megaton of ejecta material to deal with, a fireball explosion, shock waves, and a different landscape. And hopefully more projectiles.

May 24, 2014 11:36 am
flavorpill:


She treats writing like a regular 9 to 5 job (including the built-in time-wasting).
A 9 to 5 job in which I actually work about 6 hours and wander around the house thinking about working the other two. My goals are never to hit a word count — I’ve tried that before and for me it leads to sloppy, panicked writing. I try to think in terms of scenes: Where am I in the book and what scene would I like to get done today? I never wait for the inspiration to strike. That would be a long, sad wait.Successful writing is one part inspiration and two parts sheer stubbornness.

15 Things We Learned From Gillian Flynn’s Reddit AMA

flavorpill:

She treats writing like a regular 9 to 5 job (including the built-in time-wasting).

A 9 to 5 job in which I actually work about 6 hours and wander around the house thinking about working the other two. My goals are never to hit a word count — I’ve tried that before and for me it leads to sloppy, panicked writing. I try to think in terms of scenes: Where am I in the book and what scene would I like to get done today? I never wait for the inspiration to strike. That would be a long, sad wait.Successful writing is one part inspiration and two parts sheer stubbornness.

15 Things We Learned From Gillian Flynn’s Reddit AMA

May 11, 2014 11:31 pm

whenever i try to write i never get past the phase of fleshing out the idea/characters/story in my head which means not even the outline. for those that are productive and actually write things how do you focus your mind properly so that you get stuff done?? idk i just never know what im doing its so scary and uncertain.

May 7, 2014 3:27 pm
"It’s like, ‘How do I create the things I want to see and how can you make something that is compassionate and potentially can be healing to someone?’ Or, you know, they talk about in Buddhism, there’s Tonglen practice, which is someone breathing in the suffering of either yourself or others and breathing out a kind of hopefulness. And you can see art or fiction or whatever being a version of that, where you try to create something that’s hopeful, that also recognizes pain and doesn’t run from the pain: It actually acknowledges it, because I feel like so much of entertainment right now is about distraction and a bombarding of … light and noise. … And whether I’ve succeeded in that or not, I feel like there is an impulse there. … Even if Enlightened fails, I don’t want to walk away from what I’m trying to achieve which is try to make something that is a little bit more contemplative or a little slowed down or a little bit more about how do we live as opposed to something that’s about distracting you from those questions."
10:02 am May 5, 2014 7:29 pm

verbs-everywhere:

New strategy: Begin every scene in the split second after the person outside the room is invited to come in. It starts the action sooner and I may never have to type the words “there was a knock at the door” again.

March 20, 2014 8:20 pm
How to Write an Engaging First Chapter

fictionwritingtips:

I probably get this question every day, so I think it’s about time I did a post on it. Many writers are concerned with writing their first chapters and they have trouble figuring out what they should include and what they should leave out until later.

When you’re submitting a manuscript in order…

March 17, 2014 12:01 am
"What I’ve learned to do when I sit down to work on a shitty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head. First, there’s the vinegar-lipped Reader Lady, who says primly, ‘Well, THAT’s not very interesting, is it?’ And then there’s the emaciated German male who writes these Orwellian memos detailing your thought crimes. And then there’s your parents, agonizing over your lack of loyalty and discretion; and then there’s William Burroughs, dozing off or shooting up because he finds you as bold and articulate as a houseplant; and so on. And then there are the dogs: let’s not forget the dogs, the dogs in their pen who will surely hurtle and snarl their way out if you ever stop writing, because writing is, for some of us, the latch that keeps the door of the pen closed, keeps those ravenous dogs contained."

Anne Lamott (via carolynlang)