Found this quote too

Posted: August 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

She discovered with great delight that one does not love one’s children just because they are one’s children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.

A few Words to Help

Posted: August 22, 2010 in writing

Just writing a little bit to work out the problems with my heart and mind. A few quotes and a little dribble from me.

“Never seek to tell thy love
Love that never told can be;”  William Blake

“I am going to tell you something concerning myself, which … will I believe a little surprise you—it is, that I scarce wish for anything so truly, really and greatly, as to be in love…. I cannot help thinking it is a great happiness to have a strong and particular attachment to some one person, independent of duty, interest, relationship or pleasure: but I carry not my wish so far as a mutual tendresse—God no, I should be contented to love sola—and let Duets be reserved for those who have a proper sense of their superiority.”  Frances Burney

“Give all to love:

Obey thy heart;

Friends, kindred, days,

Estate, good-fame,

Plans, credit, and the Muse,—

Nothing refuse.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Funny, but when you’re near me I’m in the mood for love.”

“Love is the reason you were born” Dorothy Fields

(“In every form of womanly love something of motherly love also comes to light.”

“What else is love but understanding and rejoicing in the fact that another person lives, acts, and experiences otherwise than we do and crosswise to our purposes? For love to bridge these opposites through joy it must not eliminate or deny them.—Even self-love presupposes an irreconcilable duality (or multiplicity) in a single person.” Friedrich Nietzsche)

 You kinda get the point. I think LOVE is a bit to strong of a word but it’s the closest.

I’m done rambling for now.

When Life Gives You Limons

Posted: August 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

When life shows you what you can’t have you have no choice but to make the best of what there is.

You have to take all the want and send it somewhere else so that you don’t explode with it.

Be who you are, love who you will and never look back.

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Life’s Little Jokes

Posted: August 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

Life has a way of taking you and turning you upside down, spining you till you’re sick and then setting you down flat on your face!

Life has a sense of humor when it takes a square and tries to shove it into a round hole.

Life allows you to see beauty in the biggest obstacles standing right in front of you. You know, the ones that most people would over look because it doesn’t fit in with what they think they want.

Life shows you how to love knowing that at any moment that person will walk away. That love you feel could be used against you and hurt you. But that same love could be the purest love you have ever known. To love someone in spite of who or what they are.

Life puts people in your path to make your life worth living.

You are special, you are amazing, and you make me laugh. You might not know who you are but I do and that is all that matters! Sleep sweet my friend.

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From one of my favorite sites I bring you Larry again!

The Big Daddy of Story Structure Visual Prompts 

by Larry on August 10, 2010

In one of my posts I referred to the major milestones within a story as tent poles, supporting the weight of the canvas of your story. 

Sort of like a circus tent.  The show is inside, but something has to keep the whole thing from crashing down on itself.

That analogy made its way into my story structure ebook, and, based on feedback and what follows here, into the mind and imagination of some Storyfix readers.

Imagine seeing the entire structural paradigm on one page. 

Not just as a list of criteria, but as a graphic representation that assigns them to specific sections of your story.

Rachel Savage imagined it, then she created it.  She’s been kind enough to share it with us.

Click the link below to see this powerful tool.  Feel free to print it out and post it above your workstation.  Share it with your writing group.  Memorize it.  Feel free to Tweet, Stumble and Digg it, too. 

Because nearly everything you need to know about story structure is right there in front of your eyes.

The link takes you to a 4.4 MB PDF file.  It’ll take a moment to populate on your screen.

Here’s the link: StoryStructure_poster .

Rachael and I are considering partnering on a venture to produce this as a full-sized, suitable-for-framing poster on glossy paper.  If you’d be interested in this, please let me know.

How To Write A Logline

Posted: August 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Another good one from THE SCRIPT LAB!

How To Write A Logline

Just before elections, a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer fabricate a war to cover up a presidential sex scandal. – Wag the Dog (19 words)

Wow! Now that’s a logline, and when it comes to getting someone who matters to read your script, the logline is GOD.

It’s the single most important sentence you’ll write, that – if done properly – can be the difference between your script getting sold or tossed in the trash.

When an asteroid is headed for Earth, an elite blue-collar deep-core drilling team is sent to nuke the rock and save the world from Armageddon. – Armageddon (25 words)

A dysfunctional family takes a cross-country trip in their VW bus to get their seven-year-old daughter to the finals of a beauty pageant. – Little Miss Sunshine (23 words)

The thing is, in Hollywood, nobody reads. Scripts live and die everyday from “the pitch”.

There’s a big difference between a logline used to explain your story and the one used to “sell” your script.

So you must think of your logline as a “marketing tool” and follow these three fundamental tricks of the logline trade:

(1) Be brief, under 25 words if possible, 

(2) Stay simple, yet incredibly enticing, and 

(3) Be direct, no hinting allowed

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Dialogue: Five Strategies

Posted: August 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

ANOTHER GOOD POST FROM THE SCRIPT LAB!

Dialogue: Five Strategies

The beginning screenwriter often uses dialogue as a crutch, thinking it is his best friend.

Sure, most characters do have dialogue, but remember that action reveals character. SHOW us the emotion, the situation, the tension, etc. Don’t tell it. 

Characters react to a situation; they don’t just show up and give us a whole bunch of talk.

That doesn’t mean that we aren’t blessed with fabulous scribes that deliver memorable, engaging dialogue. Quentin Tarantino, Billy Wilder, Charlie Kaufman all come to mind.

And I can’t tell you how many scripts I have read that are full of it, lots and lots of talk. 

So here are five simple strategies to improve your dialogue:

1. Avoid static dialogue scenes.

2. Talk about one thing, mean something else.

3. Argue about one thing, but transfer it to something else.

4. Never repeat yourself.

5. Dialogue doesn’t have to be funny, action is funny.

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Beat Sheet Template

Posted: August 7, 2010 in Uncategorized

Thought I would share this with who ever stops by my site.

Found at Storyfix.com by Larry Brooks

Here’s Your Beat Sheet Template

There are many ways to create a “beat sheet.”  On a computer.  On a sheet of typing paper.  On the back of an envelope.  3 by 5 cards.  A string of yellow sticky notes.

If you aren’t familiar with the term, a “beat sheet” is a bulleted listing of the scenes in your story.  Read more about it HERE.

Your beat sheet can be generic (such as, “Hero meets prospective love interest”)… or specific (“Butch sees Rachel being interviewed on the news and realizes he has to meet her”).  It can be both.

In fact, one of the ways you use a beat sheet is to evolve the generic toward the specific.

If you can identify your major story milestones here, you can begin to identify the ramp-up and reactive scenes that surround them.

When you’re done, you’ve got your story on one or at least several pages.

Each of the four sections shows 14 beats, or scenes.  Feel free to shrink or expand that amount.  This is why we have word processing software.

Huge thanks to Storyfix reader Rachel Savage, who provided this for us.  

The bit of layout messiness is mine, not hers.  (Can’t seem get WordPress to cooperatie fully, but it’s functional.)

Click.  Print.  Think.  Create your story in your head before you write it. 

All of it.Yes, you can.

Will it be final?  No. 

Will it be structurally sound?  Yes, if you don’t quit before you’re done. 

Everything from that point forward — the actual writing and revising of the manuscript — is pure, blissful upside, rather than a random search for your story.

That’s what the beat sheet is for.Enjoy. Go here http://storyfix.com/blank-beat-sheet-form to get your reprintable beat sheet template. 

You can also go to http://www.realmofsavage.com/download/writing/BeatSheetTemplate.zip

(Sorry about the full web addresses I’m posting from my BlackBerry.)

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The end might be near

Posted: August 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

I printed out 94 finished pages of my screenplay!!!!! I can not believe I have gotten so far so quickly. I have written more pages since my computer broke by writing it out by hand then all the weeks before that.

Each person has to find the best way for them. The best method that will help them be the least distracted. I do believe I have found mine. My computer it’s self was a big distraction and now it’s not.

I’ll post again as soon as I print the 100th page.

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A Few Bad Writing Habits

Posted: August 3, 2010 in Uncategorized

I just love some of these posts. Larry sure knows what to give his readers even if he didn’t write it.

A Few Bad Writing Habits
by LARRY on AUGUST 2, 2010
A guest post by humor blogger Chris Scott from DeadCaterpillar.com.

Quick intro from your Storyfix host:
There’s nothing funny about bad writing habits.  Or bad writing.  What follows here is neither, though it is funny. Especially if you miss some of it the first time.  I know I did.  If that’s you, too, it’s time to relax.  We aren’t saving the world here.

This piece is wedged somewhere between the rock of sarcasm and the hard place of dry wit.  It’s a little Norm Crosby… and if you don’t remember that name or his grammar-garbling schtick, you’re way younger than me.  L.

A Few Bad Writing Habits
by Chris Scott

I’d like to take some time to write about a few bad writing habits.

The first bad habit is to use first person unnecessarily.

The second bad thing is to reference the reader in the second person.  Like, you our yours.  You get that.

And the third thing is to create a numeric list of things (like “first” “second” and “third”) to represent new points in your work.That’s the first of three things I’m writing about today.

Below, I would like to tell you about some more things that qualify as bad writing.

You should never reference other information in your work through relative locations (see last sentence of previous paragraph above).

Try not to use slang and cliches, because they may not be down with it, if you see where I’m comin’ from.

Also, don’t separate an independent and dependent clause with a semicolon. Semicolons are evil.  There are cases where you can avoid using one altogether but the problem with that is that you usually end up with a very long, very obnoxious run-on sentence that seems to drone on and on forever and not stop sort of like the energizer bunny that, as you know, keeps on going, keeps on going and keeps on going.

But probably the most egregious, atrocious, despicable practice is to use too many deplorable adjectives.

Use small sentences. 

Don’t unintentionally use incomplete sentences. Like this.

Don’t pontificate with your grandiose words of Brobdingnagian proportions that no one understands. (Editor’s note; I don’t know who Brobdingnag is, either.)

Don’t start a sentence the same way three times consecutively.

Separate new thoughts with paragraphs, otherwise you will end up with walls of text that no one wants to read.  The only thing worthwhile on walls of text is graffiti.

Sometimes “who” and “whom” can be confusing at times. However, there is one thing that is even more confusing than both of those words. That one thing is probably something you will never guess. That thing is very difficult to believe. The thing is when you make the subject of a sentence unclear.What thing are we talking about again?

We will now cover some more important stuff. Yes, that’s correct, signified by the word “we,” there is now more than one author writing this article. Meet my imaginary friend: Ed. He has a particular distaste for denotative errors that can very negatively effect your writing.

Words should be used objectively, in a formal manner, dig what I’m saying?

And sentences that have absolutely no logical connection should not be juxtaposed!

Also, sometimes when you get giddy and excited about something – guess what? The reader isn’t excited along with you! So using exclamation points just makes you look like an idiot! Stop it! Avoid them always! How bout’ that? Can you now see why it is important to stop using exclamation points? And, should stop asking so many questions in your text?  Of course!

Maybe, sometimes you should be more confident in your assertions but you don’t always have to be like that all of the time.

Be brief. Like Hanes. But lay off on the puns. They can sometimes get you into trouble, kind of like how guns, knives, explosives, hate-speech, attitudes, bad friends, overages and long lists can get you into trouble. Use merisms rather than long lists.

But don’t expect people to know the meanings of archaic words.

In conclusion, it’s best to not be so explicit about the fact that you are concluding your work. Your conclusion should start subtly and not end abruptly.

Read more from Chris Scott at Deadcaterpillar.com

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