Sunday, February 28, 2016

Good Monday morning! I hope everyone had a safe and fun weekend. Mine was stupendous! (;D)

So I'm kinda cheating today because I'm just putting up a picture, but I honestly think these twelve rules are very valuable and should be taken into consideration by every author. I definitely learned something reading them!

So read and consider. Then apply to your writing! And have a fabulous week!

Which of these rules is your favorite? Is there one you plan to start using?

Monday, February 15, 2016

4 Tips for Writing Unforgettable Argument Scenes

Pride and Prejudice epic argument (Pic Source)
Have you ever noticed that sometimes the best part of a story--be it film, movie, TV, or otherwise--is when the characters have a passionate fight? And I don't mean action. I mean an argument. The kind where they scream at one another for five minutes?

You wouldn't think we as readers would enjoy that, as most of don't enjoy engaging in those kinds of fights in real life. But story telling is different. These scenes, when done well, are the height of conflict. They're the height of the characters' passionate emotions and beliefs about something. They get our adrenaline pumping and make us excited to turn pages. 

In terms of masterful story telling, it can hash out conflict in a visceral way, give us the characters' points of view and beliefs in their own words (with the added bonus of intense emotion) and push them toward the next phase in their development, or the next turn in the story.

**Bonus tip: If you get stuck and don't know how the characters or the plot from A to B, consider a visceral, verbal, knock-down, drag-out scream fight. Even if you don't end up using it in the story, it'll do wonders for your creative juices.**

But how do we write these kinds of arguments? How do we make them really jump off the page and grip our readers by the guts?

Rocky III epic argument (Pic Source)
Here are some tips:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling

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Good Morning, All!

This is going up a bit late today, but what can I say? Super Bowl Sunday means that, naturally, I'm gonna get less done than usual. :D (How did everyone like the game, btw?)

So I cam across these rules a while ago, courtesy of Pinterest, and I thought they had a lot of depth and value to them, so I thought I'd share them. And actually I'd say they're less rules and more like 22 pieces of writing advice from a very successful story-telling company. Keep in mind these are applied to mostly children's cartoons, but each and every one can be adapted for writing novels or any other kind of story you may be working on. My commentary is in the blue font. (Obviously, as they're from Pixar, I didn't make them up myself. Just for the record.)

1. Admire characters for attempting more than what their successes have been. Push them. Give them challenges.

2. Keep in mind what's interesting to you as an audience, not what's fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.

3. Trying for theme is important, however you won't see what the story is about until you're at the end of the story. Got it? Now rewrite. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with trying for a particular theme, but don't force it. If you let the story and characters take you where they want to go, the theme will emerge naturally. And it may not be the theme you were originally trying for, which is often kinda cool.

4. Once upon a time there was ___. Every day___. One day__.Because of that___. Because of that___. Until finally___.

5. Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You'll feel like you're losing valuable stuff, but it sets you free. In other words, tighten, tighten, tighten.