I wonder if Dr. Strange, Nightwing and Iron Fist used to all be in a club for guys with giant popped collars and now Dr. Strange is all huffy when he sees either of them and mutters, “you guys used to be cool.”
“His exact words were, “A fucking reset button? Like fuck am I coming back to canonically nullify my character arc.” I still can’t figure out what he meant by that.”—Steven Moffat, on Christopher Eccleston’s absence from the 50th Anniversary. (via eliotss)
I recently finished Stephen King | On Writing | A Memoir of the Craft (the bar dividers are his choice, not mine). It was a really great read, as moving and heartfelt as it was informative about the writing process. Every fiction writer should take the opportunity to read it because King is obviously a master of the craft and there’s something for every writer to take away from it, not just those interested in horror. I put together a reference document for myself of the points that really spoke to me and thought I’d share.
1. “When you write a story you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is to take out all the parts that are not the story.”
2. On straight descriptions - “That’s not prose, that’s an instruction manual.”
3. Something to remember when writing supporting characters: “No one is “the bad guy” or “the best friend” or “the whore with a heart of gold” in real life; in real life we each of us regard ourselves as the main character.”
4. Avoid the passive tense.
5. The adverb is not your friend.
6. The best form of dialogue attribution is said, as in he said, she said, Bill said, Monica said.
7. Formula: 2nd Draft = 1st Draft - 10%
8. “If you want to be a successful writer you must be able to describe it, and in a way that will cause your reader to prickle with recognition.”
9. “It’s not about setting anyway, it’s about the story, that’s what we paid our twenty-four bucks to read.”
10. "Practice will never make you perfect. Why should it? What fun would that be?"
As proudly stated in his Twitter bio, Shaun is the Associate Editor of WhatCulture.com and a Tomatometer critic at Rotten Tomatoes. This is an article by Shaun Munro, posted at WhatCulture on July 1:
And this is an article under the same premise pitched by two members of the Cracked Comedy Workshop exactly one week earlier:
Shaun’s article has six entries in common with the Cracked pitch… but, y’know, so what? Websites steal full articles from Cracked.com all the time. There are entire Wordpress sites with dozens of subscribers that do nothing but repost Cracked lists as soon as they’re posted. Well, the difference here is that the articles Shaun is shamelessly copying haven’t been posted — he’s going into the Cracked Workshop (which is for registered members only) and swiping articles before they get a chance to go up on the site, making the original writer look like the plagiarist and thus putting their livelihood at risk. This has been called to Shaun’s attention, and he’s still doing it.
I don’t have a really fantastic idea of how many people actually read the things I post and how much those people know about me and yada yada. I’ve got people who came here from Cracked, Mental Floss, various other sites, and sometimes people just see the strange “jokes” I post shared by others and come to see what variety of inhuman monster I truly am.
Anyway, my point is, you may or may not know that I wrote a book recently and it was published in July by Adams Media. It’s called The Book of Word Recordsand I think it’s pretty funny. That’s not just me tooting my own horn. I have severe confidence issues and I think that book has some of the funniest stuff I’ve ever written.
I’m not sure how well the book has sold to date. What I am sure about is that if it sells well, I get to write another one. I’m angling to do one about my favorite subject, which is weird and creepy things. It’s a book that I’ve wanted to write my whole life, and one that I think the small fanbase I’ve collected over the last three years would really like.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that if each of you buys ten copies of my book you will become immortal. Keep it in mind.
PS - Also, I’m going to be in Cracked’s new book, The De-Textbook, and if that sells really well (like their previous book) I’ll get to tell people I’m a contributor to a New York Times Bestseller and that might get me an occasional free drink or something. Maybe. (Hint: I like screwdrivers.)
PPS - Please spread this around as much as you can. Retweet it or pin it or reblog it or whatever you prefer to do. It would be much appreciated. I love you.
PPPS - If you already have the book, please review it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble!
My friend Ashe has a book. You have minds that need words and sentences to flourish. Combine these two things! Improve yourself! Help the economy! Peanut Butter!
I was so confused by Jessica Rabbit as a child and not in any kind of sexual awakening way, but because I couldn’t understand why her character’s backstory wasn’t explained more as I thought she was a trans-species cartoon character.
Because the last name of every single character in cartoon universes is what species they are. Mickey is a mouse, Bugs is a bunny, Tweety is a bird, Yogi is a bear, etc. so when Jessica Rabbit first comes on screen, both Bob Hoskins and myself are super confused to see an incredibly sexy human woman, instead of a rabbit as her name suggests. So I thought for most of my childhood that Jessica was a trans-species character who had been born a rabbit, got a species change operation and was now living as a human cartoon character but had kept her original name and had this amazing husband who loved and supported her through these changes and decisions. And I thought that was great and wanted to learn more about her and was confused that they would skim over cool plot details like that.
And then I realized that she just changed her last name when she married Roger Rabbit and was pretty disappointed.