Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.
— Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (via quotes-shape-us)
Reblogged from Quotes For You.
amandaonwriting:

Excellent Prompt for Writers
Poster from thedreamygiraffe

amandaonwriting:

Excellent Prompt for Writers

Poster from thedreamygiraffe

Reblogged from Amanda Patterson
amandaonwriting:

The storytelling elements:
1. The Contract

In the very beginning, you have to make a promise. Will this be violent? Scary? Fun? Tense? Dramatic?

2. The Pull

Keep it light in the beginning. You don’t want to scare people away by being too dense — you must trust The Contract.

3. The Incident

This is the event that sets everything in motion. Should occur early and keep the story together.

4. The Reveal

Just before the Point Of No Return, the main character learns what the story is really about.

5. Point Of No Return

The forces of good are faced with an impossible decision that concerns fear, safety, love, hate, revenge or despair.

6. Mini-Climax

Sorry, but you must allow the the forces of evil to have an epic win.

7. All-Is-Lost Moment

The moment where all is lost. You must portray the deepest despair for the forces of good.

8. News Of Hope

This is the possibility for one of the side characters to shine. A light that shines into the total darkness of the moment.

9. Climax

The shit hits the fan and the good puts everything at stake and overcomes — despite impossible odds.

10. The End

Public displays of relief and happiness, love and forgiveness. It’s great! We also learn that the hero has evolved.

Article from Doktor Spinn written by Jerry Silfwer aka Doktor Spinn

amandaonwriting:

The storytelling elements:

1. The Contract

In the very beginning, you have to make a promise. Will this be violent? Scary? Fun? Tense? Dramatic?

2. The Pull

Keep it light in the beginning. You don’t want to scare people away by being too dense — you must trust The Contract.

3. The Incident

This is the event that sets everything in motion. Should occur early and keep the story together.

4. The Reveal

Just before the Point Of No Return, the main character learns what the story is really about.

5. Point Of No Return

The forces of good are faced with an impossible decision that concerns fear, safety, love, hate, revenge or despair.

6. Mini-Climax

Sorry, but you must allow the the forces of evil to have an epic win.

7. All-Is-Lost Moment

The moment where all is lost. You must portray the deepest despair for the forces of good.

8. News Of Hope

This is the possibility for one of the side characters to shine. A light that shines into the total darkness of the moment.

9. Climax

The shit hits the fan and the good puts everything at stake and overcomes — despite impossible odds.

10. The End

Public displays of relief and happiness, love and forgiveness. It’s great! We also learn that the hero has evolved.

Article from Doktor Spinn written by Jerry Silfwer aka Doktor Spinn

Reblogged from Random Musings
Hooray, we’re four today! That’s pretty awesome. And now, back to edits!

Hooray, we’re four today! That’s pretty awesome. And now, back to edits!

Fan fiction is what literature might look like if it were reinvented from scratch after a nuclear apocalypse by a band of brilliant pop-culture junkies trapped in a sealed bunker. They don’t do it for money. That’s not what it’s about. The writers write it and put it up online just for the satisfaction. They’re fans, but they’re not silent, couchbound consumers of media. The culture talks to them, and they talk back to the culture in its own language.
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Nanowrimo Updates!

I may or may not be listening to music inspired by Only Lovers Left Alive.

It may or may not be fueling this last chapter that I write. 

I hate saying goodbye to my favorites but it’s time…seventeen years is a long time. Maybe five…ten years from now I will change my mind but for now, it’s time to let them go.  

"You’re choice…the stake or the axe."

Vampires, man.

And yes, I’m aware we have been light on posting but there is a whole thing going on that doesn’t have anything to do with writing. Mostly cupcakes, travel and the random business that is trying to make things happen for my completed manuscript, All of the Lights. It’s done…everyone is asking for it but I suddenly have become very overprotective about it. Don’t worry - that will likely change fast once this nano project ends because I will have something shiny and new to complain about…oh the edits!

xx

The first sentence of a book is a handshake, perhaps an embrace. Style and personality are irrelevant. They can be formal or casual. They can be tall or short or fat or thin. They can obey the rules or break them. But they need to contain a charge. A live current, which shocks and illuminates.
Jhumpa Lahiri, My Life Sentences, The New York Times (Mar. 17, 2012)