J. Sevick

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When Does an Idea Become a Story?

When Does an Idea Become a Story?

I’ve got a theme for the week, and I’m going with it.

Several of my posts this week have been about getting ideas—from what you read, from what you think as you read, from a branding idea—but how do you know when an idea is right for a story?

I talked about this before in “Three Ways to Evaluate an Idea,” but I wanted to add a few more brief thoughts.

See, for me personally, I can come up with an…

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Analyzing for Ideas

If you can’t tell, I’m still on a bit of a kick about what I’ll write next. I’m still sure I’ll work on revising my current project, but I have undoubtedly relapsed into my old ways of idea-development-doubt-collapse. I’m not happy about that. I had hoped my sudden triumph signaled a change, but it didn’t. But it did show me I can do this, so I’m not giving up.

Coming up with random ideas isn’t…

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Should You Write What You Like to Read?

Should You Write What You Like to Read?

I’ve written several times on this blog about examining what you like to read, and writing that. For the most part, it’s common advice that I think is a pretty solid place to start when it comes to figuring out what you want to write.

But it’s much easier said than done.

First of all, there’s the challenge of identifying just what you like to read. What if you like more than one kind of story?…

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Rebounding from Resistance

Sometimes you just need a good pep talk.

Both of my parents are excellent at telling it like it is and telling me to: “just do it already.” And sometimes I really need to hear that.

Resistance takes a lot of different forms, and it’s sneaky. It can sound like a positive voice—“Oh, you should definitely work on this right now, be productive in thisway”—so you think it’s not resistance at all; it’s

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Building a Brand

So, somewhere along the line, I kind of got it stuck in my head that I need to build a “brand” (or “platform”) for my work. Basically, you hope to gain an audience with the first work, and then they’re going to expect something… similar for the next work. Not identical, not repetitive, but in the same vein. That way, the people who liked your first book will look at your second and say, “Hmm,…

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Famous for its scenery, cinematography, and near complete lack of special effects (almost exclusively used simply to remove bystanders from shots), The Fall was filmed over a period of four years in over twenty countries, including India, Namibia, South Africa, Italy, and Indonesia. One review said, “See it for no other reason than because it exists. There will never be another like it.”

For the roommate - watch it! :)

(Source: leepacey, via burdge)

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MacGuffin Plotting

A MacGuffin is an item that becomes the central focus of the plot—despite the fact that it doesn’t really matter what it actually is. It has become a staple feature of blockbuster films, even though some call it lazy plotting—but what is its purpose?

I’m writing this coming off of watching the newest Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel movies have become famous for MacGuffin plotting,…

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Epic Heroes and Cliches

Epic Heroes and Cliches

I really could not think what to post about today… So you get some random notes I made on epic heroes! Congratulations… :)

Heroes and Epic Fantasy Clichés

  • A lot of times, heroes (almost always male) will start in one of four ways:
    • Already powerful/unique (Sherlock, Superman, X-Men)
    • Goes after power (Batman, Ironman)
    • Stumbles upon power but develops it themselves (Spiderman)
    • Epic hero (see below)

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The Read-Through

I just finished my first full read-through of my project.

And, surprising no one, my feelings are complicated. Part of me was disappointed that it hadn’t magically become perfect, that it did have serious flaws, and that at least the first portion will probably need pretty extensive rewrites. But part of me is also incredibly proud of what isgood, of parts that, to me at least, are pretty…

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