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The Key to GOOD Writing is BAD Writing


Thx for the encouraging post. I’m reblogging on Archer’s Aim!

Originally posted on Joshua M Swenson:

That’s right. The key to good writing is bad writing.

You’ve heard of Thomas Edison? That guy knew how to succeed. He also knew how to fail. Probably a cliché example but it’s a dang good one. We’ve all heard about how Edison was asked: “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times on the lightbulb?” And Edison replied: “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.”

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The 3 Dimensions of Character


Reblogging on Archer’s Aim – great discussion about character development!

Originally posted on Joshua M Swenson:

Have you ever walked out of a theater or finished reading a story and thought “Wow that character was so one dimensional?” If so, you probably left it at that and decided not to recommended the movie or novel to a friend. And if it was a movie, it would have likely gotten a “Rotten” score on RottenTomatoes (which should have warned you to not see it in the first place!). But I digress. The point is that Characters need to be like real people: they need to be multi-dimensional in order to grab our attention and guarantee a great story.

But what are those dimensions?

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“In your choices lies your talent.”


Reblogging on Archer’s Aim – This is excellent food for thought at the beginning of a new week!

Originally posted on angelomarcos:


You might not have heard of her, but you’ll definitely know of the legacy of Stella Adler.

She was one of the most influential and seminal acting teachers in the history of, well, acting.  Taking her cue from Stanislavski’s ‘method’, she taught among others Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Harvey Keitel, and Warren Beatty.

So she was, y’know, pretty good.

I’m not going to go into too much detail about her approach – although her life and work were fascinating – what I do want to do is highlight one of her most famous quotes.

“In your choices lies your talent.”

For me, this is a quote that becomes more insightful every time I think about it.

Our talents – and by extension our lives – really are about our choices.  It’s not enough to just have an ability or qualification or talent, it’s about utilising those things…

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