Try replacing the question of what the character wants/needs with, “Why is the character doing what he’s doing?”
Nine second answers to nine burning questions. Ready…go!
Often, the best answer is the simplest: something physical and achievable.
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Your money would be better spent elsewhere. Such as Vegas.
A lecture to Trinity University on authorship and authority in the internet age.
Corrections to notes on my Q&A at the WGA.
Stop thinking about structure as something you impose upon your story. It’s an inherent part of it, like the setup to a joke.
It’s the law of delayed consequences: people tend to put off work that doesn’t have immediate gratification.
Is your mentor program a tad shady?
If you really have limitations in a given area — dialogue, plotting, whatever — you need a writing partner, not a self-styled guru.
Workshops often bill themselves as helping writers avoid the painful mistakes, but sometimes what you really need are the painful mistakes.
If you were hired to write a magazine article in French, you wouldn’t think twice about having a native speaker look over your work. That’s what you need.
Internalize what makes sense to you and chuck the rest. Anyone who tries to convince you that theirs is the One True Way is deluding themselves and you.
A couple can be a boon to a young writer, others are in it for the cash.
A waste of time and money?
If you’re looking to strangers for notes, protect yourself and check them out first.
Link to a template to write your baby-writer biography.