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In my last post, I said I was going to review some folktales to see if any conventions of the “three act structure,” used in contemporary fiction and cinema, apply. Lest I be accused of hubris, I did not say … Continue reading
I found a great post on story and movie structure on one of the blogs I follow, Albert Berg’s Unsanity Files. http://unsanityfiles.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/building-on-the-bones-or-why-structure-doesnt-have-to-be-boring/ Despite Mr. Berg’s caution that discussions of structure has been known to cause some Californian’s heads to explode, … Continue reading
In a post entitled, “How Not to Write a Book Review,” Robert Pinsky, who has been writing reviews since typewriter days, discusses a famous and venomous book review a critic leveled at John Keats in 1818. http://www.slate.com/id/2299346/pagenum/all/#p2. The review, by … Continue reading
Midnight in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen, is a delightful romantic comedy and another of Allen’s meditations on the relationship between art and life, this time with time-travel in the mix. Want to see Ernest Hemingway speaking exactly … Continue reading
Figuring that the return of Captain Jack Sparrow was an excuse to venture out to the movies again, I suggested to Mary that we see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, but she had other ideas. She showed me the … Continue reading
Wrestling with Originality: A real-life Example. It’s easy to talk in the abstract about things good fiction needs, but “originality” is an issue I have been wrestling with for real lately. Recent “market research” – checking book jacket blurbs in … Continue reading
Stories begin with ideas and these can come from anywhere. For some writers, some of the time, they may arrive fully formed, but I suspect that for most of us, they show up as seeds which we have to nourish … Continue reading