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ENFJ. Twenty year old political science major with a music major boyfriend that sings and composes classical music. We're writing an opera. Being a librettist is hard.

nadhir-mindfreak:

Walking into an exhibition of work by American artist Valerie Hegarty, you might think there has been a terrible accident ..

lynxandsloth said: Chuck, who is your favorite female author?

chuckpalahniuk:

Easy, Amy Hemple.   But I’d amend that to be simply “favorite author” no gender qualifier needed. 

anthonydailey13 said: Dear Chuck, As a writer, I find it frustrating that you can only find 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell in most libraries. Rarely do you find novels Down and Out in Paris and London or his essays. I say that because, as I'm striving to get my own work done--aware that it may end up at someone's yard sale--there's always that unnecessary fear that I may not be remembered or limited to one book in the culture's memory. May I hear your thoughts on this?

chuckpalahniuk:

Damn, once you’re dead you’re going to be a very pissed-off ghost.  I’d like to think Orwell is beyond ego-attachment to his backlist.  Me, personally, I’d rather be remembered for the moments of happiness I helped occur in the world.  Writing should be more like ‘play’ so please don’t weigh it down with lofty expectations about immortality.  Sorry to ramble, you asked. 

failstun:

i have arrived

failstun:

i have arrived

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44 people were killed a couple of hours ago at Kennison State University. Three swimmers from the men’s team were killed and two others are in critical condition, when after having heard the explosion from their practice facility they ran into the fire to help get people out.

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Matthew Lewis photographed by Leigh Keily for JON Magazine. x

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huffingtonpost:

THIS GENIUS MACHINE FEEDS STRAY DOGS IN EXCHANGE FOR RECYCLED BOTTLES

The Turkish company Pugedon has created a vending machine that’s dispensing help for both the environment and our furry friends.

Watch the machine in action here.

yoenisthemenace:

He was almost President.

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mycroftsoftword:

officialuscongress:

MY TIME HAS COME

me about five minutes ago

mycroftsoftword:

officialuscongress:

MY TIME HAS COME

me about five minutes ago

The 13 Most Common Errors on a Novel's First Page

yeahwriters:

boazpriestly:

  • Over-explanation. This includes prologues. “Prologues are never needed. You can usually throw them in the garbage. They’re usually put on as a patch.”
  • Too much data. “You’re trying to seduce your reader, not burden them,” Friedman said.
  • Over-writing, or “trying too hard.” “We think the more description we add, the more vivid it will be; but we don’t want to be distracted from the story” we open the book for.
  • Beginning the novel with an interior monologue or reflection. Usually this is written as the thoughts of a character who is sitting alone, musing and thinking back on a story. Just start with the story.
  • Beginning the novel with a flashback. Friedman isn’t entirely anti-flashback, but the novel’s opening page is the wrong place for one.
  • Beginning a novel with the “waking up sequence” of a character waking, getting out of bed, putting on slippers, heading for the kitchen and coffee…a cliche
  • Related cliche: beginning the novel with an alarm clock or a ringing phone
  • Starting out with an “ordinary day’s routine” for the main character
  • Beginning with “crisis moments” that aren’t unique: “When the doctor said ‘malignant,’ my life changed forever…” or “The day my father left us I was seven years old…”
  • Don’t start with a dialogue that doesn’t have any context. Building characterization through dialogue is okay anywhere else but there.
  • Starting with backstory, or “going back, then going forward.”
  • Info dump. More formally called “exposition.”
  • Character dump, which is four or more characters on the first page.

This is like the Story Beginnings Bible.