Monday, June 4, 2012

The Morning Pages: 06-04-12

Tao te Soul: The Morning Pages
The Write Practice - What's the Story Behind Your Story? "Without these greater truths, writing falls flat; it leaves us bored; or perhaps worse, we walk away from a work without questions or insights to consider later, we walk away unchanged. For work to stick with us, it has to have some larger point behind it.Lest you think I am advocating that we all write fables, let me be clear: direct moral lessons, as I see it, belong in only three kinds of writing—children’s picture books, fairy tales and fables, and sermons. The rest of our writing needs to be more subtle, more driven by undercurrent, or else we run the risk of our readers feeling like we preach to them."

Scribophile - Choosing the Less Worn Path of Intuition: "Intuition is the ability to sense, see or feel about someone or something. It is sometimes called 'gut instinct' as opposed to using evidence-based rationality. Some describe it as the ability to see any event or object from a viewpoint of “the cosmic whole, from its culmination—the seed, the flower, the fruit—to the whole: the comprehensive grip of the principles of universality. A person who develops intuition can “know anything without the barriers of time, space and any other obstructions.'"

Goins, Writer - Every New Author's Greatest Enemy: "We don’t read authors we don’t knowOf course, there are exceptions to this. You and I might take a chance on a random book we’ve never heard about, but not very often. And usually we mitigate these risks by taking them at the library or in the bargain bin. More often than not, we humans naturally avoid taking chances with our wallets."

Wordserve Water Cooler - Self-Editing for Structure: "Structure: Think of the structure of your work as an arched bridge spanning a great river. If the contractor takes short cuts (such as using less cement, steel, or fewer bolts) because she’s bored with the process and rushes to the end, the bridge is weakened and will collapse. The same holds true for both ends of the bridge. If too much cement is used at either end of the bridge, it will collapse from the added weight."

The Creative Penn - Getting to Know Your Readers: "Recent surveys have shown that most self-published authors don’t sell many books in the end, and that’s a shame. Part of the problem, I think, is that the authors didn’t take the time to really think about this question and all that it implies for their publishing prospects."

Character Trait Profile: Courage

Red Lemon Club interviews Susan Cain about Quiet: The Power of Introvers in a World that Can't stop Talking: "This is a kind of civil rights mission for me. Introverts are to extroverts what women were to men in 1950s America–second-class citizens with gigantic amounts of untapped talent.Our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions are designed for extroverts, and many introverts believe that there is something wrong with them and that they should try to pass' as extroverts."

Wordplay - The Two Conflict-Creating Needs of Every Character: "In Frank Oz’s comedy What About Bob?, Bill Murray’s neurotic character sobs to his psychiatrist (who’s trying desperately to get rid of him), “Gimme, gimme, gimme! I need, I need, I need!” Ultimately, this is what every one of our characters should be screaming on the inside. We’re all familiar with the idea that our main character must be driven through the story by some great need. But the truth is one need just isn’t going to be strong enough to get a character all the way through a book. He’s going to need not just two (or more) needs, but two friction-causing, conflict-creating, mutually exclusive needs."


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