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Live, Love and Write – Happy New Year

As we look forward to the tremendous shifts and changes this coming year will bring in technology, finance, entertainment and politics let us fully and completely embrace the indomitable and unconquerable force of love in our work

Writing Routine

I discovered a great website that discusses how various writers and artists approach their work and organize their day. Below is a discussion of the simple method Anthony Trollope used to write forty-nine novels in thirty-five years!

Frost/Nixon and the Power of Ambition

Frost/Nixon is an epic battle between two Power of Ambition characters.

Slumdog Millionaire – Power of Idealism

Slumdog Millionaire is set in truly horrific circumstances, involving extreme poverty and the foulest kind of child exploitation. I also discovered it is a Power of Idealism film about the triumph of love and the human spirit. It is must-see viewing.

Subtext – Unspoken Communication

The subtext of a scene is the underlying emotion that changes or alters the meaning of the words spoken or the actions taken. Or it is what is “under the skin of a character.” Or it is what is under the surface of what a character says or does.

#ThinkpieceThursday – Einstein and Writing

#ThinkpieceThursday - Einsten's concise quotes are invaluable and timeless

Mad Men – Art vs Commerce

Mad Men has had wide-spread critical acclaim, won numerous awards and has become a cultural reference-- but it has a very small audience. This struggle between art vs commerce and high brow vs low prestige mass entertainment is a dilemma writers and producers wrestle with continually

#MondayMusings – Creating a New Character: Backstory

#MondayMusings - What is your character's backstory?

Creating a New Character – Fear

It's important to look at the ways the character is most worried about failing others and becoming unloved or unlovable. This often is traceable back to the character's own childhood fears. These early fears powerfully stay with us and color our adult lives

Fear in Politics, Life and Storytelling

In my Character Map workshops I talk a lot about fear. This article from the Huffington Post makes a clear statements about fear in politics, everyday life and storytelling. It is a wonderful summary of the discussion of fear I have with my workshop participants.
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