Jun 28, 2012

A Great Story

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, June 28, 2012 0 comments
Below is a talk Andrew Stanton (writer of Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo and Wall-E) gave on 'Clues to a Great Story'.

One of his theories really resonated with me - he calls it the unifying theory of 2+2. His explanation was that you don't give the audience the answer, you let them work it out for themselves, so don't give them 4, give them 2+2.

There are a few other points that struck a chord, but I'll let you watch for yourself...

(Source: Ted.com)

Jun 25, 2012

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, June 25, 2012 0 comments

The most painful thing to experience is not defeat but regret.

Jun 21, 2012

The VPA Happy Dance

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, June 21, 2012 5 comments
I've finalled in the Valerie Parv Award. Happy dance time!!

First place wins Valerie as a mentor for a year. Wonderful for me if I win, possibly scary for Valerie if I do, lol.

Regardless of what happens (the placings are announced at RWA's awards dinner at the August conference) I'm thrilled to have made the top 6 of 80 entries, and wish my fellow finalists (Madeline Ash, Bridget Gray, Cornelia Kamp, Bronwyn McEvoy and Cassandra Samuels) all the best.

Jun 18, 2012

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, June 18, 2012 4 comments

Jun 14, 2012

I Love to Write

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, June 14, 2012 4 comments
I started writing in my teens. But writing books isn't a career (at least, I was never told it could be). So throughout the years I only wrote as a hobby. Then in 2008 my personal hero gave me a membership to Romance Writers of Australia. And he's probably regretted it ever since *grin*.

In September of that year I started to write, seriously. My dreams changed. Maybe this whole being published thing wasn't such a pipe dream after all. Maybe I could be a published author.

I wrote and wrote. Quickly and copiously. I loved to write - of course, I had no idea of craft back then, so writing was easy. But over the years since my writing has slowed. Every sentence, every word was weighed and considered. Was I telling not showing? Too much backstory? Don't use too many adjectives. Oh, no a passive sentence.

My internal editor was killing me, one word at a time.

But recently I've managed to take my internal editor and shove it in a box, with a big chain, and lock it in a cupboard. It hasn't been easy, but I've managed to do it. After all, as Nora Roberts famously said: You can't edit a blank page.

My words are starting to pour out again. Yes, I'm breaking every craft rule known to mankind, but I can fix them - I know how to. I just need the words there first.

And the wonderful thing about it is I've rediscovered my love for writing. It had always been there, but my internal editor had been bigger and badder. But good always wins over evil, right?

Jun 11, 2012

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, June 11, 2012 2 comments

Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to a writer - and if so, why? ~~~ Bennett Cerf 

Jun 7, 2012

My New Ritual...

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, June 07, 2012 4 comments

Jun 4, 2012

Motivational Monday

Posted by AJ Blythe at Monday, June 04, 2012 0 comments

Source; Soft in the Head
My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. 
Ernest Hemingway

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