Musings on the Craft of Writing

Posts tagged “art

►Story Structure or, “What I learned from the Three Little Pigs”

When we love a story, when a book stays with us for days (or decades) we know that it “works.”  What we mean by that is that the story fulfilled specific desires (based on the genre/tone of that novel).  But how does one story work and another fail?

Of course there’s always some subjectivity on the matter, but overall we do seem to share a “communal objectivity” about a tale either soaring or flopping. Tastes vary, but we still recognize the difference (more…)

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[Reblog] Top 10 Tips for Writers.

An excellent list from Jacqui Murray for writers to keep in mind.  (Actually, the whole site contains great advice for us.)

~Daniel


►Deer in the Spotlight

Graeme Brown is a Fantasy author in Canada, and he asked about my life as a writer.  If your boredom has reached Mount Everest proportions, go check it out HERE.

Thanks,

~Daniel


►To the Purveyors of 50 Shades of Twilit Shit

Got this jolt from Blake today in a coffee house…

Degrade first the Arts if you’d Mankind Degrade.
Hire Idiots to Paint with cold light & hot shade:
Give high Price for the worst, leave the best in disgrace,
And with Labours of Ignorance fill every place.

-William Blake

(I’ve nothing to add.)

~Daniel


►PSA (for Krampus Day)

My gift to you for Krampus Day… Backup all the data that you care about keeping onto a cloud storage.

I’m an IT Pro for a University, and every couple of months we see a laptop-crytear-smeared student lamenting the loss (more…)


►Mind Termites

I’m an IT professional for a University… and daily am tempted to become a Luddite.  Why?  The mountain of evidence showing us that the 21st century has created a world filled with addiction to our devices.  That unrelenting use is continuing to damage our attention spans and general ability to calmly ponder complex issues. [I’ll here stop myself from writing an academic piece since hundreds have already done that work for us.  You can Google as well as I can, but I will give you just a few (in case you’re feeling lazy). ]: NPR, NYer, NYT, NW.

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Aside from what is a crime against our minds (and ‘souls’ if I’m feeling bold [and antiquated]), I think it’s especially damaging for the work of creative endeavors.  As I am charting a 7-novel series, I require many hours of uninterrupted musing.  Daydreaming is not just nice, it’s essential.  The power of our brains at work when in a steady, relaxed state is vital to the outpouring of a deep story.  (Again, Google away, but here.)

Our addiction to being perpetually connected to the internet/playing with our gadgets robs us of this deep flow, which means that what artists produce lacks the depth and richness they may otherwise have had.  The useful tools that are our many computing devices have the clear and likely danger of becoming mental termites.

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►Time (again)

As it relates to my last post, I wanted to share this video.  I find it powerful in its understatedness.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOksW_NabEk

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