The bare minimum requirement of any satisfying ending is that of providing some kind of closure.However this description is way too general to be of any real use. In fact, while a funeral can help people experience a sense of closure when one of their beloved ones passes on, such everyday solution rarely works in fiction. As a matter of fact, satisfying endings need some features if they are to be such. Don't scrimp on words When I approach the end of a story I tend to speed up. I do this both as a reader and as a writer. As a reader, I read on and on because I can't wait to see how … [Read more...] about How to Craft a Satisfying Ending
If you want to live a less stressed life and make more healthy choices, you should strive to create an orderly environment around you. In fact most of our habits have situational cues — cues that in an orderly environment can be more effectively kept under control. For example if you want to eat more fruit and vegetables but then you disseminate your home with cookie jars and snacks of every kind, and instead relegate fruit and vegetables to a single place, it’s hardly surprising you keep gobbling junk food. However, these findings don't mean that orderly environments are always the ones … [Read more...] about Disorderly and Orderly Environments — The Yin and Yang in Life
I don’t like to write, but like having written -- This is one of the most famous quotes about writing, and it's often attributed to Dorothy Parker. As a matter of fact, although she too said it, this quote remounts to the beginning of the twentieth century, and innumerable writers have used it at one time or another. The fact is that while on one hand writing is a complex task, on the other it is also an extremely personal endeavor. As a result it can't be easily pigeonholed. As a matter of fact for most writers writing can feel blissfully effortless on some days and a dreadful and … [Read more...] about Should Writing Energize or Exhaust You?
Quotes can be gold mines of encapsulated knowledge. However, given their nature, you should always consider them with a grain of salt. For example, Stephen King writes that the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and yet he himself uses a fair number of such nefarious adverbs in his works. Not only, to make his point he even uses adverbs in the very passage he advises against their use... I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one in your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you … [Read more...] about Toying with Quotes to Improve Your Writing
Even if we believe we can resist marketing’s lures, the sad truth is we can’t. In a way or the other marketing always manages to influence our choices. The only way to prevent such a scenario is simple but practically impossible to pull off nowadays. We should avoid any kind of marketing, tout court. In short, we should live in a cave and forgo technology almost entirely. Just to give you an idea of the power of marketing, consider that if we put the same type of wine in two different bottles – one with an anodyne and cheap label, and maybe with a plastic stopper, the other with a classy … [Read more...] about Marketing, Like Beauty, Is in the Eye of the Beholder
We can think of genre as a way to classify works of literature according to the different characteristics they possess. From the proverbial 10.000 foot view, genres can be extremely generic. For example, we have Poetry and Prose. If we examine prose we'll notice it can be segmented into Drama, Fiction, and Non Fiction. And then in turn each can be differentiated into more and more detailed genres. For example, if in your work there are supernatural elements, your story could be classified like Gothic Horror, Fable, Fantasy, or even Magic realism. But then if you turned your heroine into … [Read more...] about What Is Genre in Literature? How to Use It?