Saturday, March 12, 2016

Day 12, Saturday, March 12


Beautiful writing is lovely. Interesting vocabulary and well-turned phrases, loaded with sensory richness can be delightful. But at best they’re only smoke and mirrors.

Table settings. Wrapping paper.

There’s no denying that a pleasant ambiance can make a dining experience more enjoyable. But it is always secondary. If the food is poor, there is no amount of atmosphere that will satisfy when we are hungry.

Beautiful writing is also a bit like gift wrap. It enhances anticipation of the gift. But, no matter how lovely it may be, it is not the gift. What’s inside the package is what really matters.
-Janet Clark

Creativity Kick-Starter
Wow, that script was so beautiful.
You know what? It’s Saturday, why don’t kick back, relax, and put on a favorite movie. Are you comfortable? Excellent. Now as you watch ask yourself WHY it’s your favorite. What elements make you love it?
The humor?
The romance?
The drama?
A character?

A hot actor? (C’mon, admit you’d watch any movie with that guy.)

Do your stories include these ingredients? If not, it’s time to add them to the mix.
- PJ Switzer

Writing Sprint
It's the Name Game
(Based on just the names given describe the characters and their story)

Svetlana Petrova & Sergei Romanov

Let's get the mojo going. 
Set your timer for 15 minutes 
and write fast & furious. 
- PJ Switzer

Ready. Set. Go!

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Productivity Pointers

Take a look at that
extraordinary woman.
Probably dating myself with this one but I’m going to share it anyway. Back in the early 90s there was a character on Saturday Night Live called Stuart Smalley and he did Daily Affirmations. His famous line was, “I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me."

Sure, it was intended to lampoon 12 Step programs and self-help books but the underlying principle is sound. You need to talk yourself up more. You spend far too much time questioning your abilities and output. That’s definitely not what Heavenly Father wants for you.

To quote President Uchtdorf, “You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious Being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time!”

Merely speaking kindly to yourself is not enough, though. You need to acknowledge your powers and possibilities, to see yourself as your Divine Father does.

You’re amazing, baby! And don’t you forget it!
- PJ Switzer

Kristin Nelson of Nelson LiteraryAgency has a regular blog entitled Pub Rants. If you're looking to get an agent it is super helpful. Take a look.

Return & Report
Tell us which movie you watched and what elements you'd like to use in your next story.

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