Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Quotes of the Week

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
—Steven King

Happiness is pursuing work that sustains the spirit.
—Walt Disney

If history was taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.
—Rudyard Kipling

There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
—Alfred Hitchcock

Sometimes good things fall apart, so better things can come together.
—Marilyn Monroe

The time to begin writing a story is when you have finished it to your satisfaction.
—Mark Twain

There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.
—J.K. Rowling

Anything that gets your blood raging is probably worth writing.
—Hunter Thompson

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.
—Pablo Picasso

We all have time machines, don't we, those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward are dreams.
—H.G. Wells

Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.
—David Bowie

To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.
—Allen Ginsberg

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Tuesday Tips: Story Structure

I am a big plotter. I outline heavily. Outlining is where all my ideas come together into a story.

A story structure is like the skeleton of the story that you will then layer the guts and meat of the story. Each draft is another layer. Remember the early drafts? That's why they are not pretty and even a bit scary.

Try to add the clothes or skin to early and your story won't look right!