I, and I asume most people, have a varied music taste and my ipod reflects this, as it varies from KISS to Phantom of the Opera soundtrack (both original stage cast and movie, thank you) but it was only the other day that I discovered that I was becoming a slave to the rythems of the songs that were being fed into my ears. I noticed that when a very hard and fast paced song comes on, I walk in a fast aggressive manner and totally the opposite when a slow sober song comes on.
“Man may be, in a figurative sense, in prison but he has also been given a large bunch of keys and several files. The fundamental and undeniable fact about the imagination is that its purpose is to intensify the life in man.” So wrote the prolific English writer Colin Wilson (1931-).(1)
His book is, he says, “a study of the inaccuracies of the imagination, because the inaccuracies of different imaginations tend to cancel one another out, and what is left is a perception
Updated 02-25-2012 at 06:52 AM by RonPrice
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It's advice I've been given over and over again. I desperately want to write what I know creatively. I want to share my life in fiction or even memoir form, but I'm always afraid that the reality of things will come out in my words - that people will recognize the parallels between my reality and my writing.
I'm embarrassed by it, I'm plagued by it. When I write about the mean things "that man" said to "that girl," will my father recognize his own words to my mother?
Up until a few months ago, everything I've written was simply written from the beginning of the story until I couldn't write any more. I didn't have any notes on the book, any character sheets, place descriptions, who is who, what is what. I just wrote.
For the past couple months I've been compiling information into a file on my computer. It contains cities and their respective culture, wandering tribes and their gods, people, politics, different gods and religions across the land,
The opening chapter is the most important chapter in any book. It's like the first bite into a brand of frozen pizza you've never dared try before. Within seconds you know if you're going to venture into the rest of the thing or avoid it altogether and never recommend it to anyone else. And usually, there is no middle ground between those two outcomes. Love or hate. Your opening chapter determines it all.
The article "4 Goals for a Novel's Opening Chapter" by Darcy Pattison