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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Anxiety: Sandy Hook

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. The Sandy Hook tragedy can spark feelings of anxiety, not only for them but, for others looking at the unfolding circumstances. The Sandy Hook tragedy will re-ignite sadness, grief, that has happened and thought forgotten in a life. The healing process takes time, and what is required to function normally is different for each person. Anxiety is excessive worrying. People filled with anxiety tend to expect a tragedy, or the worse to happen. Life for an individual with anxiety is full of fear. Manage anxiety by pushing yourself back into a normal routine. Move at a pace that's comfortable for you. Don't allow anyone to rush you, or drag you in the wrong direction. Manage anxiety by writing about your experience. A journal, blog or note-book works well. The act of writing glides you forward, because writing is therapeutic. Manage anxiety by exercising. Take a walk. Maybe, relax with yoga. A puzzle is another option. Don't forget to pray. Seek-out health-care professionals to manage anxiety, if necessary. Anxiety, tragedy, happens in life, but there are ways to manage it. Get back into a normal routine, write about it, exercise, pray and seek-out health-care professionals are a few ways to manage anxiety.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Jovan Belcher: Domestic Violence?

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Domestic violence is reported in connection with Jovan Belcher's name , the football player. The mind-set that freed him to shoot and kill the the mother of his 3-month-old daughter can't easily be explained. It's reported that earlier Belcher had been spotted outside of another woman's place. Police woke him up as he slept in his car. At home, Belcher and 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins argued. Did Perkns question Belcher about another woman? Where was he? Financial problems? Perhaps, substance abuse issues? Maybe, Perkins decided not to take anymore. Belcher vowed to never do violence against women, what happened? My question: What happens in life that makes a person kill for control?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

After The Storm

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Life, often, brings storms and hurricanes. They destroy, displace and upset without mercy. Take time to come to terms with what has happened to you, your life. Yes, it's hard, but plans for the next step must begin. The next step requires paper-work, waiting while managing on very little and even allowing friends/relatives to help. It's necessary to borrow, be assisted through programs as you toddler-step forward. The move forward feels like the pace of a snail. Stop. Take a deep breath. Several if needed. Don't let the "not hearing" after storms and hurricanes stop you from moving forward. The too many forms, people who, in your opinion, aren't providing what's needed and standing in lines stirs-up drama. Stop.Take a deep breath, because patience will get you through faster. Write about your experience. It helps you to better handle the frustration. Remember, you have your life. Life means hope, new starts. The destruction storms and hurricanes cause takes years to recover from. Simply, keep moving forward, and writing about your experience.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Critique

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Sighs of relief happens when a writing project is completed. Yet, the writing project requires more. The last step is to critique. It's necessary to distance oneself from the writing project. You need the mental break from it. Try a new activity. Perhaps, start a new writing project. Develop a character for a work of fiction. Decide whether or not to write in a new genre, or write an essay. The longer a writing project is, the longer "needed time" away. You'll come-back to the writing project refreshed, and with better writing ideas. Let's critique. Read it. Is your writing attention grabbing? Paragraphs must sway smoothly from one to the next. The images should inspire a reader to understand, sadden or ignite a response. Sometimes, a reaction is negative. Strong verbs plays an important part of writing. They stir readers into the subject. Pay attention to transitions. Are they flowing from one idea to the next? Every word word contributes to the writing project, or is removed. Read the writing project out-loud. Is it the best you have to offer? If yes, move on. If no, start the critiquing process over.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Never Have Writer's Block

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Writer's block should never be an issue for any writer. The longer I write, the more I believe that statement. However, writer's block may happen if you're under stress, ill or when you're trying to meet a deadline. The following explains how to never have writer's block. Relax. Take a deep breath. Several if needed. Let's count. One, two, three and stop. The writing process begins. Write about what the number one represents to you. Try two or three. Use the O to make a word like: ominous. Ominous leads to fiction and non-fiction. Ominous is an investigation, by you, of your disappearing antique pen. Next, write a story detailing your efforts. Or, write a story based on an item lost by you. N is noise or a N word of your choice. An article relating, maybe, to which birds chirp in a specific neighborhood. The letter E is placed with NVY. The word envy spins into various story-lines, articles and poems. The only limitation is what your creative flow brings to life. At this point, writer's block is pushed-away. Go back to your original writing project. Most likely, you've new writing ideas for it.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Innocence of Muslims

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Innocence of Muslims' film-maker, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, who used various names, sparked violent protests around the World, was arrested Thursday. He was splashed on television through news reports. Only, he was covered in clothing from head to toe, except his eyes. Nakoula lied about how involved he was in making the anti-Islamic video. My question: Why hide behind clothes, and not tell the truth about his role in making the anti-Islamic film. Why not own his work? Creativity? Some people are speculating that Nakoula planned to stir-up violent protests. Nakoula conspired with others to kill as many Americans as possible. According to news accounts and actors in the film Innocence of Muslims, they couldn't see the entire script. Or, the actors participated in a different script. If the above is true, Nakoula had reason to hide. Nakoula was arrested on suspicion of violating the terms of his probation. Still, people shouldn't allow a video, poorly made, pushed on them by a dishonorable, wannabe, film-maker dictate their actions.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Honey Boo Boo

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Honey Boo Boo is a reality television series, in the USA, that was introduced on TLC in August 2012. It's a spin-off of Toddlers And Tiaras. Honey Boo Boo is about how Honey Boo Boo, Alana Thompson-7, and her family lives, plays, in rural McIntyre, Georgia. There are varying opinions about the Honey Boo Boo television series. Some of the comments are harsh, like the following. "Really?" She, the mother or "Mama," June Shannon-32, shouldn't let the kids eat so much junk food. The show is a "horror story posing as a reality television program," AV Club. "Honey Boo Boo plays well to the camera." Many people are throwing around the E word, exploitation. Reality television will have good and bad reviews. It's the job of a reality series to start people talking, discussing, or the series ends. Negative and positive comments are showered on a family, person, when displayed to the public. Still, the Honey Boo Boo series has good ratings. In other words, people are watching the reality series.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Dreaded R Word: Rejection

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Rejection or the rejection slip comes, sooner or later, to writers. It goes without much writing to explain that the R word is dreaded. Who welcomes a rejection slip? A writer's rejection shouldn't be taken personally. It's a tap on the shoulder to try harder. Ask questions. Why was the piece rejected? Go through the manuscript to check for errors. Was the publication a good fit for it? Look at everything, even length requirements. Make sure it met the publication's length requirements. A writer's rejection is handled by writing. If it's impossible to work on the rejected piece, start a new project. Try a different writing project. Your piece was an article? Write poems. There's no need to take the disappointment of rejection out on innocent people at a store, movie theater or on the street. Feel bad about rejection, rejection slips, for five seconds, and then push-it-away by writing. You don't have control over rejection, rejection slips. Still, you have control over how the disappointment is handled. A writer's rejection is written away. Use the sting from rejection, rejection slips, to write better.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Rhyme Game

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. There may come-a-day, in your writing life, when you're blocked, can't write. You can sit and stare into space, or play the rhyme game. Take a look. The rhyme game requires two sentences with last word rhymes. One to four, whose at the door? Write fiction or non-fiction with the last word of sentence two. Door rolls-out into a haunted house. The creepy looking door is always drawing attention. Write a scene based on the stares and go from there. Non-fiction: Take a look at where the door originated. The second rhyme is- Heavy books with big hooks. Hook spins into an article on how fishing hooks are made. Perhaps, a story on a character finding two vintage books. There's no limit on how the two sentences are worked. Select sentences from any area of life. Refuse writer's block, write.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Legitimate Rape

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Legitimate rape rarely ends in the victims' pregnancy, but Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin apologized. Akin has two daughters. He didn't have them or any female in mind when his lips formed the above words. This is a clear example of one must think before speaking. Akin's words have upset many people, include members of the Republican party. Some want Akin gone. Still, Akin isn't the first or last person to make an error. He's human. As with all errors, there's a cost. Akin has no intentions of stepping down according to news accounts. The lesson for us all: Think before speaking.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Reached The Gold: Gabby Douglas

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Gabby Douglas, in the London 2012 Olympics, reached the goal. She's 16, but at age 14 moved away from her family to train next to Shawn Johnson in Iowa. This is an example of chasing down your dream. It's no doubt that such a move took courage, determination. No one is perfect. There are places on the body, head, that can be improved on any one's person. In my opinion, a person is so much more than one part of his/her body. Gabby Douglas is inspiration for people of all ages.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Write

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Writers, like any one else, will be visited by life's turmoil. It can come in the form of illness, lost of a job, relationship break-up or death in the family. Life's turmoil may try to upset your creative flow by serving you with writer's block. Simply, write. Write anything, everything. Ideas eventually form to allow creative flow expression. Write about a problem. What's stopping you from writing? New writing ideas happen when you ask questions. My grand-children started a make-shift memorial for their fallen police officer father, for example. It happened down the street from where I reside. People, someone, stole the stuffed animals. One was left. Who does that? Combat life's turmoil. How? Write. Update: On September1, 2012, I walked pass the make-shift memorial. Someone had moved it a few feet form the original site. There to four of the stuffed animals re-appeared. My question: Where are the rest of the stuffed animals?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How To Use Writing Prompts

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. A writing prompt is a word, quote or several words that inspire you to write. Writing prompts are placed in areas to remind, inspire, you to write. It excites your creative flow. Look at the words write everyday. Tape the words to your mirror, door, computer or anywhere your eyes frequent. The words are meant for inspiration, gentle nudge to write. The question is: What words will inspire you to write, and tack them everywhere. The goal is to write. Time is needed to write. Slice-away time for writing, pencil it into your schedule. A minimum of two hours is required. Pick any time during the day or night. Writing everyday can inspire you to find a headline, funny word someone spoke or a quote. Here are some other possible prompts. 1. Get-up two hours earlier 2. Success is my goal 3. Write now 4. To write or not 5. Write a sentence in 7 words

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How To Stop Writer's Block

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Writer's block taps you on the shoulder. You stand, sit back down. You look around the room, and do leg lifts. Afterwards, your mind is still blank. A blank mind produces no work. •Happened to you? •Too often. •There's a dead-line. •Anxiety builds. •You tap-out a tune. •It didn't help. •Stop. Here's how to stop writer's block. •A new day. •Write through writer's block. •Scribble down anything. •Write what's bothering you. •Favorite color? •Write a poem. •Answer some question. The act of writing eases you away from writer's block. •Writing sparks ideas. •Make a note of them. •Pick one. •Save the rest. •Start working on the idea. • Focus. •Continue. Write more as writer's block move further away. •Each day write. •Research if necessary. •Use the idea from other angles. •Ask questions. •Best way to use an idea? •Creative flow excited? •Answer must be yes. Final Word

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Nike Sneakers

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Question: What would you write for an advertisement on nike sneakers? Possible Ads 1. Nike Sneakers Variety, best prices...get yours. 2. Incredible Deals Visit us at Nike. 3. Slip Into Comfort Nike. 4. Happy feet..happy you. Nike. 5. Feet are our business...Nike. 6. Sneakers for every life-style- Nike. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_would_you_write_for_an_advertisement_on_nike_sneakers&updated=1&waNoAnsSet=2

Sunday, June 3, 2012

How To Use Writing Therapy

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Use writing as therapy to understand an experience, or your behavior during a specific incident. It frees you from unnecessary anxiety, plaguing thoughts and allows you to live a better quality of life. Address any experience with patience. •Ready to face it? •Write down all details. •Take your time. •Stop. •Write more tomorrow. •Slowly expose the facts. •Put it aside. Behavior changes is part of a process. •Let a few days pass. •Read-over your account. •Leave anything out? •A complete picture helps more. •Writing therapy takes some longer. •Stick to a comfortable time-frame. •There's no one to compete with. Anxiety about what could happen disappears. •Express reasons for fear. •Take a deep breath. •Explore uneasiness. •What caused it? •Preventable next time? •Yes. •Change begins. Thoughts that nag are put in perspective during writing therapy. •Write down nagging thoughts. •Why are they on your mind? •Select one thought at a time. •Concern yourself with what you can control. •Find a solution. •Jot down various solutions. •Pick one. Better quality of life is lived through writing therapy. •Doubt is removed. •Fear goes away. •Living starts. •New energy is discovered. •Plan making pops-up. •Laughter. •A new you. Final Word People who wrote regularly visited the doctor less according to Psychologist James W. Pennebaker. Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/how-writing-therapy-11398560.html

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Advertising

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Answer To: What are some advertising questions? Advertising is a means of communication used to inspire an audience. The specific audience is encouraged to take an action. Possible Advertising Questions: 1. Want Flats Abs? 2. Ready To Become Wealthy? 3. Are You Hungry? 4. What's In Your Water? 5. How To Stay On Trend? 6. Need A Writing Coach? 7. Really For A Challenge? Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_some_advertising_questions&updated=1&waNoAnsSet=2

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Inspiration For Writing

Have a question? Agree, disagree, with me? Leave me your opinion. Inspiration for writing awaits in people, places and things. The only limitation is your creative power. Look at it as your muse, that which excites, motivates, your creative power. People provide a treasure chest of inspiration for writing.•Observe them. •Listen to speech patterns. •Note mannerisms. •Pin-point unusual gestures. •Look at behavior. •Stir it together. •Writing begins. Places are the interesting back-drops to inspired writing. •Pick buildings from memory. •A structure in history. •Some place from a movie. •A popular restaurant. •A unique interior. •An odd looking door. •The red barn. Things inspire writing from every direction imaginable. •The beaming sun. •A tropical bird. •Some antique chair. •A child's ball. •An eye-catching headline. •A certain trend. •Researched topics. Muse ignites your creative power, and can come from any place. •A particular nursery rhyme. •Scents from the past. •One event. •Dreams. •A relative quote. •Songs. •Albert Einstein. Last Word Inspiration for writing lives everywhere, anywhere. Look at people, places and things for your muse. Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/inspiration-writing-11294428.html

Friday, April 13, 2012

A delegation of authority may be?

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Delegation of authority happens when
a manager assigns the power to make
decisions to an employee or group.

One example is when managers
assign team leaders, in an
organization, projects to complete
within a specific time-frame.

A delegation of authority may be
when team leaders allow another
employee to have final decision on
a service/product provided by a
business.

Source: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/A_delegation_of_authority_may_be&updated=1&waNoAnsSet=2

Sunday, April 8, 2012

How To Reach Writing Goals

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Set goals, effort and determination are
the elements to reach a writing goal.

Set Goals
•Select a goal.
•It should be practical.
•Or, gather needed education.
•Decide on a time-frame.
•A time-frame that fits you.

Effort
•Work everyday.
•Peel-out a writing spot.
•It's 'bout you, writing.
•Tune out the world.
•Write 2 or 3 hours.

Determination
•Haters will discourage.
•Step around them.
•Work harder.
•Believe in yourself.
•Your goal awaits.

Final Comment

Set goals, effort and determination are
the fundamentals to reaching writing goals.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Summer's End

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Sun

Sun beams from the sky
humidity on its rays
solar system star


Summer's End

Darkness descends earlier
wearing white fades,
bar-b-ques and picnics slow
as theme parks scatter.

Labor Day nears
school begins,
summer's end
the cycle continues.

Tree

Leaves wobbling downward
as tree limbs peck at my pane,
a change finally.

Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/summers-end-11154248.html

Friday, March 16, 2012

Write Faster

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Write naturally, don't pressure yourself,
set dead-lines and enjoy writing are
the factors that will allow you to write faster.

Write Naturally •Relax and take a deep breath.
•Write in your chosen voice or style.
•Don't force it.
•You'll write faster.

Don't Pressure Yourself
•You don't have to discover a great truth.
•Present the topic from an interesting angle.
•Simply, let your creative flow run free.
•Don't compare what you've written to anyone else.

Set Dead-Lines
•Jot down the month, day and year projects are to be completed.
•It keeps you producing quality work.
•It's healthier, because stress levels are reduced.
•The last minute chaos is avoided.

Enjoy Writing
•Write about topics that stir-up your creative flow.
•Pick subjects you're familiar with.
•Select different view-points to write from.
•You'll be able to get more done.

Write naturally, don't pressure yourself,
set dead-lines and enjoy writing are the
components to not only help you write
faster, but ease you into writing better.

Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/write-faster-11095498.html

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Places Characters Come From

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People you know, memory and strangers
are excellent places fictional characters
come from. Let's take a closer look.

People You Know
•Many writers take traits, qualities, from friends or family.
•You know their strengths and weaknesses.
•The key is to pluck away enough information for a starting point.

A character in my mystery has an arthritic knee, limps and have been seen rubbing it. My mother suffered with the condition, same place.

A writer peeling away exact traits, qualities, stands a chance of hurting feelings or a law-suit. Therefore, characters should be the "stuff'" of a writer's creative flow.

Memory
•It holds many possible writing ideas.
•Memories of what happened to you provide an endless source for creating characters.

Begin by selecting an incident, time, from memory.

An incident from your first job is worth exploring. Or, a happy moment at a specific job lends itself to creating characters.

Strangers
•The stranger that gave you an ice-cold stare can twist down paths.
•The character could be a stalker.
•A character is paid to scare someone? Who?
•A character missed a "meet-up" date.

Finally, fictional characters come from various places, and sprinkling in people you know, memory or strangers you've seen can create eye-catching fiction.

Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/places-characters-come-from-11065912.html

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Memorable Characters

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Interesting Fictional Characters

Memorable fictional characters must
be interesting and believable.
Writers must know major characters
to tell attention grabbing stories.
It's impossible to engage readers
if your creative flow isn't excited,
or you don't know major characters.

The discussion here is major characters
only. They, for the most part, move
the story forward, because their
choices matter.

A major character's trait, quality,
that's repeated creates memorable
characters.

Let's profile a memorable character.

A hacker, for example, stole his/her
way into bank employment. The character
accessed computers to gain entry into
college, free pizza he/she tried to buy
college friends with and show-off.

The act of hacking is repeated, even
while working at the bank. The hacker
will be caught as he/she transfers
small accounts of money into an account.

The character's profile includes all
information about characters.

Profiles has the hacker's name, for
example: Toby Blake. What are his/her
mannerisms, flaws and attributes?

The hacker goes too far. The character
wants people to think he/she is smarter
than everyone else.

What does his/her eyes, face, look like?
Perhaps, his/her face is skinny, narrow
eyes. He/she has a hunch-back.

How does the character talk? Socialize?
Dress? What's his/her reaction to staring?
He/she wobbles, limps or walks fast?

The character that hacks talks fast.
He/she wants to appear smart, and
dislikes being stared at.

What are his/her strengths, weaknesses
and ambitions?

The character's major weaknesses are
hacking and thinking he/she is smarter
than others. His/her strength is knowing
how to steal into computers.

How does he/she treat people? The character,
hacker, is always trying to dig information
out of people, in hopes that it'll lead to
interesting hacking. In reality, the
character knows no one will like him/her
without the hacking ability.

Look-over your character profiles. Do you
need to add more to the profile? Take away
information? Is the character interesting
to you? Or, is your creative flow ignited?

If you feel a character's profile wouldn't
help make him/her memorable, stop. Save
that character's profile for another tale.
Start a new profile with a different character.

Finally, memorable characters must be
attention grabbing, believable and a
profile helps reach that goal.

Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/memorable-characters-10991316.html

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Role Of Conflict In Fiction

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Conflict Moves Fiction

Conflict helps most stories hold the
reader's attention.

Conflict isn't new. You can greet
conflict on a daily basis.

Conflict is waking up late, not knowing
why the alarm didn't ring-out. You banged
your toe on the door in an effort to rush.
You begin to free ill, because your stomach
is empty. The train usually taken left ten
minutes ago.

The question is: Will anyone want to read
about your day? Most likely, the only people
that might want to hear/read about your
off day are friends or family members.

The role of conflict in fiction is to make
a scene attention grabbing when two opposing
forces come together, and the conflict must
be more interesting than what happens in life.

Stir-in as much conflict, chaos, as possible
for successful fiction.

Let's add more conflict to the reason an
alarm didn't ring-out.

A character, Kendra, met Bill indirectly.
He stared at her while they listened at a
Wal-Mart cashier talk about the four men
she slept with.

Kendra shook her head. Bill tried to get
Kendra's attention. Kendra looked straight
ahead, never looked behind her.

Kendra began to see Bill outside her house,
market. He just stared.

She began to notice clothes in her closet
re-arranged, dishes left in the sink washed.
She told people at work. Someone suggested
that she call the police.

"And tell them what?" She responded

Kendra returned home, checked the alarm and
noticed that it had been turned-off.

At this point, Kendra isn't sleeping well.
The slightest noise wakes her.

She hears someone walking around the apartment.
The apartment door closes.

Kendra jumps to her feet, picks up her high
heel shoe and looks around the apartment.

"Was it my imagination?" She asked out-loud.

She over-sleeps and is late leaving. Someone
is trying to get into her apartment. She pulls
the door open to find Bill.

Bill pretends to be looking for someone else.

Kendra takes the day off, remembers seeing Bill
at various places.

Kendra sees Bill at the Less-Everything store,
but he pretends to look at an item.

Kendra runs in and out of different stores,
but Bill shows-up. She has lost fear to anger.

Bill drags over to her, wants a date. She
tells him "no." He departs quickly.

Kendra discovers moved furniture. She takes
several days off from work.

On day three, he walks through her apartment
door. Bill finds Kendra in the kitchen. She
raws her hand from behind and slaps her high
eel shoe into his face. He falls backward.

Kendra dials 911.

Bill pulls the shoe out of his cheek, gets
in Kendra's face. She screams, drops the
cell phone.

Bill drags Kendra to him by the hair, but she
struggles and falls to the floor. She tries
to crawl away. He kicks her. She moans.

Kendra slides along the floor to her high
heel shoe Bill removed from his face. He
steps on her body. Kendra lands face-down
on the shoe.

Bill begins to stand Kendra up. She stabs
him through the eye using a high heel shoe.

Conflict in successful fiction, too, ends
in resolution.

Resolution in the above example: Bill entered
Kendra's apartment and she was forced to
defend herself. The conflict between Bill
and Kendra (opposing forces) necessitated
a resolution.

In closing, the role of conflict in successful
fiction demands that it grabs attention when
opposing forces come together in scenes, and
from that conflict a resolution emerges.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Story Premise

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How To Create A Story Premise

A story premise is quick and to the
point. It explains the story in one
sentence. The premise gives you, your
story, direction. You know which path
to take, confusion is side-stepped
and story over-lapping disappears.
A map is formed when a story premise
comes alive. Avoid the confusion of
stumbling into wrong turns, and ending-up
on similar streets. Stick to the map,
premise, and finish writing the story faster.

Every word written after the premise
develops your story. Remove any word
that stalls or stops the premise from
moving forward.

A story begins after the premise is created.
The premise must be proved by your story.
Look-over the following premises.

1. Aggressive behavior leads to bullying and ruined lives.
2. Too much ambition ends in cheating, exposure and destruction.
3. Good or bad, you receive back what you send out.
4. Stealing starts lying, drama and chaos.

It isn't necessary to create a story
premise that's researched or soul
searched for months. You have lived,
experienced or seen various premises
in action. Premises take the following
shapes.

1. Aggressive behavior can be enterprising.
2. Ambition takes effort.
3. Karma, good or bad, returns.
4. Stealing leads to other crimes.

Premise, too, sprinkles in characters,
conflicts and resolutions. Let's look
closer at a premise. Aggressive behavior
leads to bullying and ruined lives, for
example.

A character is bullied by another employee
at the work-place. The character that bullies
thinks he/she can display any type behavior,
because management used several of his/her ideas.

The character that's being bullied is new
to this department, and brings better ideas.

The bully keeps reminding everyone of his/her
used ideas. The bullying continues. Management
receives complaints, but not from the bullied
character.

At this point, the bully is upset. He/she has
a negative write-up. He/she invites co-workers
to a bar after work. One or two people drag-in
to this informal party.

The resolution starts as the bully refuses to
stop his/her negative behavior. The bully
taunts everyone he/she she thinks reported
him/her to management.

The bully is moved to a different department.
His/her behavior becomes worse, and termination
follows.

In conclusion, a story premise is a one sentence
explanation that stirs-in characters, conflicts
and resolutions.

Source: http://voices.yahoo.com/story-premise-10807383.html

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.


She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.


She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.


Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.


Meet Marcella Glenn on Twitter: http://twitter.com/marcellaglenn.



Grave Street House Interview
Authors Show Radio Announces Interview Lineup For Week Of February 16, 2009
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February 16, 2009
Every week, The Authors Show, radio version features interviews with up and coming authors from around the world. This week The Authors Show radio features Marcella Glenn, author of  'Grave Street House'.

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