― Robert McKee
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“Write every day, line by line, page by page, hour by hour. Do this despite fear. For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of you is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure. As you follow the quest for stories told with meaning and beauty, study thoughtfully but write boldly. Then, like the hero of the fable, your dance will dazzle the world.”
― Robert McKee
What book and verse of the Bible reveals Sanballat's opposing attitude?
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“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”
― Neil Gaiman
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“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia Plath,
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"It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition."
- Isaac Asimov
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Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
- Jane Yolen
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“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
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When writing description:
Be not only your reader’s eyes, but be their hands, their ears, their mouths, and their noses.
Take those “delicious morsels” that some call words, and create images your readers can taste, touch, smell, and hear.
She’d thought about cornbread all day long. She put her key in the lock of her front door and turned it. She hoped her mom had kept her promise. The kitchen was in full view as she let herself into the house. She spotted the plate of cornbread on the table. She was happy. She loved cornbread.
She’d thought about cornbread all day long. She put her key in the lock of her front door and turned it. She hoped her mom had kept her promise. As she opened the door the unmistakable aroma of just baked corn coupled with warm melted butter, and sweet honey circled around her head and tickled her nose. She was happy. She loved cornbread.
Which one is best? You be the judge!
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When it comes to writing your characters’ spoken dialogue an “incorrectly packed” set of quotation marks ( “ ” ) is like an untidily packed suitcase filled with clothing hanging over all of its sides.
Think of your characters’ spoken dialogue and all of its punctuation as the clothing inside of “your suitcase.” You want everything inside that should be.
Correct: “That’s not what I said,” Jackson replied. “Clean out
those ears of yours!”
Incorrect: “That’s not what I said”, Jackson replied. “Clean out
those ears of yours”!
Correct: Jennifer whispered, “Jackson, you haven’t taken your
medicine, have you?”
Incorrect: Jennifer whispered, Jackson, you haven’t taken your
medicine”, “Have you”?
Keep your quotation marks neatly and correctly packed!
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The end of his tail is shaped like an upside down comma!
Dotting your I’s and crossing your T’s maybe second nature to you but what about your commas?
Years ago the recording artist Boy George and Culture Club gave us a song called Karma Chameleon. And just as a chameleon is a lizard with the ability to change colors, a comma is a punctuation mark that has the ability to change the rhythm, flow, and meaning of a sentence.
Incorrect: Tell the truth Sara, I’ve had enough of your nonsense! (What or who is a truth Sara? Sounds like some kind of serum you might use to get real answers).
Correct: Tell the truth, Sara, I’ve had enough of your nonsense! (Names being address in a direct manner need to be set apart by commas).
Get the point?
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