Today’s revelation comes courtesy of Elmore Leonard. He had his way of talking about it (and doing it). I have mine. Continue Reading →
Fiction doesn’t have to have a formula. But storytelling does follow a pattern. That pattern is roughly:
- A character has a goal
- Something prevents the character from attaining the goal
- The character reacts and adjusts (pursuing the goal another way or pursuing a new goal)
Something terrible is waiting for you at the bottom of this post. I don’t know if you’re the type of person to scroll down to see what it is or just stop reading altogether. But it’s there. And whether you read on or not won’t stop the fact that somebody is going to see it.
Which brings us to this observation: Continue Reading →
It’s interesting to look back at observations that, at the time, were clearly influenced not just by what I was writing, but also by what I was reading. Continue Reading →
I’ve been busy. Mea culpa.
But today I pose the question: Should a story be character driven or plot driven? Yes. As in, both. And it doesn’t take a long dissertation to demonstrate why. It might only take a two-minute video. Or commercial.
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Quick: What do The X-Files, Breaking Bad, and Gilligan’s Island have in common.
Give up? Good, because it’s a trick question. Vince Gilligan is an award-winning writer/producer who has worked on both The X-Files and Breaking Bad.
In the video below, he talks about how he and the other writers “break” a show. Continue Reading →
If you’re a writer (or even if you’re not) and you haven’t seen this, head on over the New York Times site and read this. It’s hilarious.
I was skimming over the usual morning headlines today. A few blurbs about Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, caught my eye. “Speculation mounts on Romney VP pick…” I thought, Geez, surely this guy knows who he’s going to select already. Why doesn’t he just tell us? And that’s when it hit me. Continue Reading →
This was one of the most important lessons I learned and one of the most difficult for me, personally, to put into practice. Continue Reading →