Dune…desert planet…no dialogue. Before we plunge ahead in our ‘sit-still’ suits, I promise to work very hard to avoid any ‘spoiler alerts.’ Though, in my defense, this story has been around since disco was cool.
Nov 19 2021
Dune, Dialogue, Wishing Sand Worms Would Kill Me
Mar 02 2021
‘The Silence’ Movie: How to Botch Storytelling in Every Way Imaginable
Sep 10 2018
The Log-Line: Can You Pitch Your ENTIRE Story in ONE Sentence?
Today we’re going to chat about log-lines. Some of you might be wondering if I was trying to give you a heart attack with my title. Maybe you think this feat is impossible. AN ENTIRE NOVEL IN ONLY ONE SENTENCE? Maybe something simple, plebeian and commercially formulaic *flips hair* but ART cannot be forced into a …
Apr 30 2012
Man Against Nature–How to Make it Work
Happy Monday, my peeps. Today we are going to talk some more about the antagonist. The antagonist is THE most critical element of our fiction. Yes, even more important than the protagonist. Blasphemy! No, I’m serious. Our protagonist cannot become a hero (heroine) without the antagonist. No opposition and no story. Yet, every time I …