just might tumble your brains.

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?

#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.

#8: Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.

#9: When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.

#10: Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.

#11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.

#12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.

#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.

#14: Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.

#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.

#17: No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on - it’ll come back around to be useful later.

#18: You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.

#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?

#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?

#22: What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.

(Source: popculturebrain)

2 years ago on June 8th, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Permalink | Reblog from
rd1960:

: )
sweetannasour:

Open and Find Out door decal by Hu2 Design (by Hu2 Design & Art)

rd1960:

: )

sweetannasour:

Open and Find Out door decal by Hu2 Design (by Hu2 Design & Art)

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Cut to: Matt stepping out of a dressing room in a crowded store.

Me: “What do you think of these pants?”
Her: “You can see your penis.”
Me: “What? No you ca… don’t poke it!”
Her: *pokes* “Told you.”
Me: *deep sigh*

2 years ago on January 21st, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Permalink
thedrunkenmoogle:

The Portal Two (Portal 2 Cocktails)
Ingredients:Blue CuracaoVodkaLemonade CointreauRum Orangina Small tumblers
Directions: “This drink is, of course, designed to resemble the two coloured portals from the excellent sci-fi puzzle game. For the blue version, get a small tumbler and pour in 10ml of Blue Curacao, 10ml of vodka and top up with lemonade. For orange you’ll need another tumbler, this time filled with 10ml of Cointreau, 10ml of rum and Orangina. If you fancy, you can jazz the glasses up with coloured sugar rims. Simply pour some sugar into a sandwich bag with the relevant food colouring, shake them up, pour the resulting mix into a dish and dip your tumbler in. “You can mix the portals together if you like,” says James. “It’s a very orangey flavour, which we thought tied in with The Orange Box, the compilation in which the original Portal appeared.”
The finest beverage breakthroughs from the Aperture alcohol research labs. Drink them in the name of science. You monster.
Drink created by James Dance of Loading for an article in The Guardian. Check out the article for the rest of the drinks and check out Loading for a great gaming bar and cafe.

thedrunkenmoogle:

The Portal Two (Portal 2 Cocktails)

Ingredients:
Blue Curacao
Vodka
Lemonade 
Cointreau
Rum 
Orangina 
Small tumblers

Directions: “This drink is, of course, designed to resemble the two coloured portals from the excellent sci-fi puzzle game. For the blue version, get a small tumbler and pour in 10ml of Blue Curacao, 10ml of vodka and top up with lemonade. For orange you’ll need another tumbler, this time filled with 10ml of Cointreau, 10ml of rum and Orangina. If you fancy, you can jazz the glasses up with coloured sugar rims. Simply pour some sugar into a sandwich bag with the relevant food colouring, shake them up, pour the resulting mix into a dish and dip your tumbler in. “You can mix the portals together if you like,” says James. “It’s a very orangey flavour, which we thought tied in with The Orange Box, the compilation in which the original Portal appeared.”

The finest beverage breakthroughs from the Aperture alcohol research labs. Drink them in the name of science. You monster.

Drink created by James Dance of Loading for an article in The Guardian. Check out the article for the rest of the drinks and check out Loading for a great gaming bar and cafe.

2 years ago on January 6th, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Permalink | Reblog from

Books to read…

Vonnegut:
Mother Night
The Sirens of Titan
Breakfast of Champions

Hemingway:
The Sun Also Rises

Chandler:
The Long Goodbye (re-read)

2 years ago on August 17th, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink
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thebirdandthebat:

Batman > Spider-Man. 

huliia:

thebirdandthebat:

Batman > Spider-Man. 

huliia:

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fuckyeahtattoos:

My badass Contra tattoo!  If you’re a child of the 80’s then you know what this is all about!  Work done by Brian Wren at 3rd Eye Tattoo in Park Slope Brooklyn. 

fuckyeahtattoos:

My badass Contra tattoo!  If you’re a child of the 80’s then you know what this is all about!  Work done by Brian Wren at 3rd Eye Tattoo in Park Slope Brooklyn. 

3 years ago on February 17th, 2011 at 12:55 am | Permalink | Reblog from

Rails 3 from A to Z

3 years ago on February 8th, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
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