Adventures Around the Web Nov 11-17, 2017

Your Story Lives in the Details

It sounds simple.  Add details.  Be specific.  It’s not.  It’s an incredibly hard skill to learn, especially when writers a cultured to treat description as boring.

Leadership lessons from a female Apache pilot

An officer talks about resiliency and failure, plus being a woman in a male-dominated place. Most notable is this quote about the culture for women:

”… It is a culture shift but it has to come from the top down because that is how the military works. It can’t be organic and it has to be the men who are taking the responsibility because the women can’t change it in the very small numbers that they are in.”

When memberships in the VFW or the American Legion come up, women say they don’t feel welcome, and they’re told to join and fix it.  ^^ That’s the reason that suggestion doesn’t work.

The Meaning of the 13 Folds (of the U.S. Flag)

My experience with seeing the flag folded is from NCIS and other TV series where the soldiers or Marines in their crisp uniforms and white gloves precisely fold the flag, then hand it to the family member at a funeral.  Scroll down past the image for a text version of the image describing what each of the folds means.  Link from my reunion cabin mate Lila Sise Spurgeon.

Are You Writing a Book or a Movie?

A lot of writers gravitate to movie writing advice to write novels.  This link above shows why that’s not a good idea.  There’s value in studying movies, like I’ve been doing Die Hard as part of the Novel Structure workshop. But it’s easy to veer away from the other senses and visceral reactions when trying to write a like movie, and have POV problems.

And, finally a quote I ran across at work this week, perfect for indies.

“If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”

– Donald Trump


Ignorance is a path to failure

Disclaimer: This is a no politics zone.  Any political comments will be deleted.

I like to read a lot of business books, and sometimes quotes catch my eye.  This one is from Trump 101: The way to Success by Donald Trump.

“Being well informed is a continuous and daily process.  Our world now moves so quickly that keeping up is a challenge.  Not keeping up is like quitting.  Don’t quit.  Learning everything you can because you never know when it might come in handy.”

There was a writer who I would have read forever because her books were that good, and they were about woman character who took on bad guys (I’m not telling who the writer is, but if you’ve read her, you’ll probably guess).  She had humor, and the characters were good, and the world she built was good.

I even saw her improve as a writer for the first few books.

Then she got successful, and she thought she knew everything about writing.  She not only stopped improving her craft, she regressed.  I hung around for a while, hoping the later books would have that magic, but it was gone.

And it was such a shame.  All because of ignorance.

Quote about Time Management

I think I’ve read about a zillion books on time management.  Partially due to work, because work is sometimes like getting bludgeoned with everything all at once.

I found this quote on Cal Newport’s blog, and it really fits:

At some point, however, you have to put a stake in the ground and say: I know I have a never-ending stream of work, but this is when I’m going to face it. If you don’t do this, you let the never-ending stream of work push you around like a bully.

Creativity and Business

I always like reading business books and articles to see what else I can learn about business and apply it to my writing.  Sometimes I run across a quote that makes me stop and go, “Wow.”

This one comes from Always In Fashion: From Clerk to CEO — Lessons for Success in Business and in Life: From Clerk to CEO — Lessons for Success in Business and in Life by Mark Weber

Creativity without knowledge and business skills is very limiting.  Learn as much as you can about every aspect of the business and the industry you’re in.

Very appropriate, even for writers. 

And it’s a fascinating book to read.