Larry Brooks · 278 pages
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“Instinct is the elusive magic that happens when art collides with hard-won craft.”
“Because, if you haven’t wrapped your head around this principle, chances are you’ll never sell a story.”
“THE SEVEN KEY CHARACTERIZATION VARIABLES Think of these as realms, as areas of potential character illumination. Here they are, in no particular order: Surface affectations and personality—What the world sees and perceives about a character, including quirks, ticks, habits, and visual presentation. Backstory—All that happened in the character’s life before the story begins that conspires to make him who he is now. Character arc—How the character learns lessons and grows (changes) over the course of the story, how she evolves and conquers her most confounding issues. Inner demons and conflicts—The nature of the issues that hold a character back and define his outlook, beliefs, decisions, and actions. Fear of meeting new people, for example, is a demon that definitely compromises one’s life experience. Worldview—An adopted belief system and moral compass; the manifested outcome of backstory and inner demons. Goals and motivations—What drives a character’s decisions and actions, and the belief that the benefits of those decisions and actions outweigh any costs or compromises. Decisions, actions, and behaviors—The ultimate decisions and actions that are the sum of all of the above. Everything about your characters depends on this final variable, and the degree to which the character’s decisions, actions, and behaviors have meaning and impact depends on how well you’ve manipulated the first six variables before, during, and after the moment of decision or action.”
“The bar is high. But now you have a ladder.”
“As a writer, you are that architect.”
“We all select our fates based on the paths we choose.”
“Doing a lot of reading is not the prerequisite to writing.”
“the president of Goodwill Industries made $800,000 a year.”
“The Six Core Competencies do not define or offer a formula. Rather, they define structure driven by criteria for the elements that comprise it.”
“Love your scenes, and they’ll love you in return.”
“Remember—write this down, it’s critical—nothing fuels a story quite like hope.”
“What if that child survived, and the lineage continues to this day, meaning the ancestors of Christ are walking among us?”
“If you're playing God, you need to get it right.”
“A clever trick does not a concept make.”
“Here's the truth about organic writing: It's just story planning by another name.”
“even when we stop typing and leave the house, we remain writers.”
“Here’s another analogy. Human beings bring only a handful of facial features to the blueprint of how we look—two eyes, two eyebrows, a nose, a mouth, a pair of cheekbones, and two ears, all pasted onto a somewhat ovular-to-round face. That particular blueprint doesn’t often vary much, either. Interestingly enough, this is about the same number of essential storytelling parts and milestones that each and every story needs to showcase in order to be successful. Now, consider this: With only these eleven variables to work with, ask yourself how often you see two people who look exactly alike. In a crowd of ten thousand faces, you would be able to differentiate each and every one of them, other than a set of twins or two in attendance. Where we humans are concerned, the miracle of originality resides in the Creator, who applies an engineering-driven process—eleven variables— to an artistic outcome. Where art is concerned, there is something to be learned from that.”
“[on scene execution] Interesting isn't the point...storytelling momentum and relevance is.”
“We get to play God with our stories.”
“Writing is a two-party democracy. To the left are those who write stories from their heart, or according to the other side of the aisle, from the seat of their pants. On the right are those who write stories from a meticulously constructed outline.”
“I don’t know how,” I confessed, and I pulled my hand away so I wouldn’t hurt her in my frustration.
She grabbed my hand and brought it back, this time pressing it to her heart.
“I’m telling you how. You hold onto me. You trust me. You use me. You lean on me. You rely on me. You let me shelter you. You let me love you. All of you. Cancer. Fear. Sickness. Health. Better. Worse. All of you. And you’ll have all of me.”
“It was a figure of a whale, with a white triangle that was supposed to be its spray. The spray moved up and down above the blowhole. On top of the spray sat a black-haired woman.”
“However, often when fatal things are happening, you don't know at the time that they're fatal. You get an inkling that they're Not Good, that they Haven't Helped, but only the passage of time will reveal just how bad they are.”
“Politics is the Art of Controlling Your Enviroment.”
“I am fearing because I am seeing that the only way not to be fighting is to die. I am not wanting to die.”
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