Category: beginner’s writings

Who Needs It?

Who needs another writing blog? An example: Writer  1: I’ve got it all written down… in my head….: After a thousand sleepless nights spent plotting and replotting novels, after talking for a thousand hours about writing, after friends have said ‘what a neat idea, you should write a novel’, Writer 1 enrolls in a writing class. “What are you working on?” we ask. “I have six novels.” “How many pages?” “Uh… I haven’t actually written anything yet. I have them outlined in my head.” “Who’s your Antagonist?” “Antagonist?” “You know? The bad guy?” “Antagonist? Uh…Well…There aren’t any bad guys in my book. I want to write nice novels…” “Okay. Nice.” “A question? “Shoot.” “How do I get an agent?” This writer needs B&J’s Blog. How do we get this writer on track? Develop the Antagonist first, we say. If you’re writing a detective novel, your sleuth doesn’t have anything to do until the killer kills or the kidnapper snatches the woman. If you’re writing a genre novel make a list of characters and fill in their lives with backstory. Spend some time on the page writing about writing. But…don’t talk about it anymore. Writers write. Go to Louisa’s. Sit down with other writers. Write the backstory on your Antagonist. Push the essential elements of the craft: Character, Action, Dialogue, Setting, Objects. Write now. Get it on the page. Now....

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Dramaticus Moebius

We built this website because we want to open a doorway for writers to go deep into the art and craft of writing. Writing today, in America, is about images. It is about images and action. We live in a post-literate world but it’s a world that lives for and consumes images, moving images—film. Art in the 21st Century is driven by the moving image. To achieve success, a writer today will create a work that transforms easily into image, a work that adapts to film, moves with ease into video. The key for the writer in this century is to know that behind every image there is a solid piece of writing. Behind every movie, there is a solid screenplay. The precursor to the image is the written word. Reading is, perhaps, on the wane, but writing is stronger than ever. To use our website, the writer does not have to write a movie or a film but she must be aware that the moving picture is the cultural pinnacle of art, a pinnacle that all other writing will reference. This means that the writer who comes here might want techniques, ideas, and insights that will lead her toward an image-based style of writing, a writing built on images and action, action and reaction. By image we mean word pictures. In the art of writing there are at...

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How to Develop the Memoir Moment

© 2010 by Jack Remick and Robert J. Ray Think of the memoir as a series of frozen moments in the past that you free with your writing. The structure of the moment can be seen as a theme with variations in much the same way a jazz musician or a classical composer works theme and variations. Think of the people in your memoir as inhabitants of a secret world each on hiding behind a mask that needs to be lifted. The problem of memory and mind is chaos. Memory doesn’t work in a straight line but seems to come from all around you. One thought or memory trains into another and pretty soon you’ve got a whole cloud of feelings surrounding you. How do you get some control of the chaos of memory? You use the Memoir Moment. Musical in nature, deep in meaning, loaded with subtext, the memoir moment contains a delicious, sometimes hilarious, often painful memory that has etched itself in your unconscious To get to the memoir moment, you follow your mind and your memory by writing about Firsts and Lasts — the first time I bled, the last time I kissed… Firsts and  Lasts are Thresholds that you and the inhabitants of your memoir cross  on the life journey. The first time initiates, the last time severs with pain or memory or nostalgia. To...

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