"The year before last, my friend Mark Hoffman and I were the primary authors on a paper that took top honors at Think Week. I can tell you about it now because not only did Microsoft make the paper public, they also put my name on it. There is something else I can tell you now too: We cheated.
All of these years in technical writing we have been breaking the cardinal rule of good story telling:
Show, don’t tell. By endless telling and never showing. Going on and on about what software will do. Who cares? The question is:
What will your software do for me? And honestly, if you can’t answer that, if you don’t spend a good chunk of time with that, then you don’t know enough to start your project anyway.
How Kurt Vonnegut Taught Me to Create Powerpoint Decks
"Recently, I was working on a PowerPoint presentation for work, and despite creating if from an agreed upon outline, the customer wanted a total rewrite. He wanted it broken down into Act1, Act2, and Act 3, and then drew the old sketch on the board first proposed by Archimedes as the shape of the story, refined later as Freytag’s Pyramid. I’ve even trotted this out myself, but it wasn’t until he drew it that I instantly and very viscerally took exception to it." ... See MoreSee Less
On the docket for Thursday: Finish YA novel outline for Chinese publisher. Edit and format first deliverable for Moscow interactive fiction developer. Review #screenplay draft and development notes for Florida producer. Deliver writing samples to potential new studio partner in Nevada.
As we’ve noted many times, Amazon is cluttered with fake reviews, and it takes work (and sometimes AI) to sift through them. BuzzFeed dives deep into the economy of these fake reviews, which includes a subreddit tragically named /r/slavelabour. (The name is kind of a joke, but a very sad and true ...
“I spend a lot of time listening to what my characters are trying to tell me about who they are, and they’re always telling you. It’s the mysterious part of writing, where you have all this craft and you spend all this time making it as good as it can be, and then at the same time, your unconscious knows more than you do, and you have to keep that channel open.”
@IndieWire has collected quotes from some of our favorite filmmakers and screenwriters about how they get through the difficulties of writing. ... See MoreSee Less
How @ThunderLevin got the Sharknado #screenwriting gig: “He told the right people what he could do, then he went out and did it. Shouting it to the world isn’t going to get the results that a person wants all the time, but finding out just who can use your skills and then proving that you can produce said skills time and again goes a long way towards being given one job after another. That’s how people learn to rely on you, to trust in you, and to realize that you’re there to get the job done and to do it well.” buff.ly/2I1sggE #amwriting ... See MoreSee Less
4 kids. 3 military rockets. 1 bad idea.Lacey Patterson is thirteen years old, and summer in the tiny desert town of Alice, Nevada is boring and predictable. For her and her friends Kenny and Charlie, it's looking like another summer of washing dishes, fixing irrigation pipes and poking sticks at ...
Four sample pages off to another potential client for another feature project. I wish I was as motivated when it comes to my personal writing... client deadlines always seem so much more legit than my own. ... See MoreSee Less