Category Archives: Writing
“Gather Organize Assess Transcribe” Gather – notes, information, eyewitness accounts, photos, etc. Organize – by date, news, contrast, compare, persuade [if you’re an editor] Usually following the rule of threes. Assess – after laying out the basic items in groups – what is missing from the plot? are you plotting ‘away’ from what is known […]
I read somewhere that the “School Of Journalism” was replaced by this vague thing – Communications. I realized, after some time had passed, that they were no longer teaching “the Quest For Truth” or “Justice” or this idea that seemed ‘new’ to them called ethics. Ethics schmethics. Communications was partially due to one focus of […]
Anthony Bourdain, the gifted chef, storyteller, drug-afficionado, and bipolar writer – who took TV viewers around the world to explore culture, cuisine and the human condition for two decades – has died by his own hand. He was 61.
HEADLINE: “Jeff Sessions Puts Death Penalty In Play” . You can’t “put the death penalty in play”. It’s not a puck, dropped onto the table for morons to bat around in a life-and-death game of air-hockey. . You can stupidly forget that this isn’t a theocracy of morons, but a democracy in which the DP […]
Fine Tuning Once you are confident that your characters, plot, structure, and pacing are working, you can dig into the smaller details. At this stage, make sure that your timeline works and your setting hangs together. Create calendars and maps to keep track of when things happen and where people go. Then polish, polish, polish.
It’s a never-ending book… this month is simply focused on a line-by line reading, note-taking, redacting, revising to match errors, and tracking invented truths It’s 82 chapters of 315,000 words of saga broken down into consumable bites both 80,000 words in length and sub-sected about 2000 per chapter (164,000 [2 units]). I’d like to come […]
How far does light travel in a year? (How far is a light year?) 10 trillion kilometers (6 trillion miles) hmmm
There are no new stories, only new ways of telling the same stories. All human stories are about the same things: love, betrayal, greed, acceptance, etc. These are emotional touch-points that imbue story immortality. An ‘Epic’ story has this for multiple POV with an over-arching ‘Grande Plot’.
Protagonists need a goal, a mountain to cross. (KL) We’re biologically designed to be egocentric. Thus survival is not a problem, it’s a given. It’s also why this conversation makes my left eye twitch: KL: So what is your protagonist’s goal? Writer: To survive. KL: *face palm* Here’s the deal. We ALL have a goal […]