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The Turkish company Pugedon has created a vending machine that’s dispensing help for both the environment and our furry friends.
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Bodega Doge! So Wow!
- Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
- Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
- Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
- Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
- Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
- Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
- Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
- Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
- Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
- Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
- Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
- Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
- Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.
This is like the Story Beginnings Bible.
The actress shares what she has in common with Adriana Mendez.
Top Left: In All (For You and I). 2013
Top Right: So that you may see me. 2013
Bottom Left: TWO. 2009
Bottom Right: Here, I Will Not Forget. 2013
Two hour writing sesh —> celebratory rainbow Marino’s ice —> Shakira Unplugged = I’m doing today right, y’all.
Fact: if you hold a bisexual up to your ear, you can hear spice girls playing on loop. And the ocean.
“But if these years have taught me anything it is this: you can never run away. Not ever. The only way out is in.”
– Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (via adderalldust)