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Success Freaks!.

Newbie Writers Podcast welcomed  Charles McFall of Success Freaks Podcast.  We met at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas and I invited him to speak on the show.

Success Freaks

Here is just a small sample of his advice:

Your steps to Voodoo What You Love

1.   Realize that you are responsible for your own happiness.

2.   Choose your destiny – or at least a destination.

3.    Create a Roadmap

4.    Layout actionable steps

5.    Carpe Vida – Seize your life

“Now go do that voodoo that you do…so well!”  ~Harvey Korman as “Hedly Lamarr” in “Blazing Saddles”~Read more

I love  this map and I love writing from the perspective of the unreliable narrator.

Instead of mapping a  factual, defensible  view of the world,  create a map of reality from a perspective that may or may not be accurate, but is certainly more entertaining.  If the narrator is throughly convinced of their story and their truth   (The Sound and Fury – Faulkner and Catcher in the Rye – Salinger as two famous examples)   the story will become captivating and often reveal more truth than if it stuck to the omnipotent truth.

So when you write, consider an unreliable narrator, … Read more

This circulated around the web today, courtesy of my fellow writers at CWC Redwood Branch.

Do you have a strange mind?

if you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid too. Can you raed this? Olny plepoe with srtagne mnids can. I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be

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We get confused, the more information in our heads the more likely we are to conflate experiences and material. And the greater the opportunity for mis-labeling.

In a current article by Allan Ulrich in the SF Chronicle’s Pink section, he quotes choreographer  Edwaard Liang (for the Joffery Ballet) explaining the dance “Age of Innocence. “ which, Liang said, was inspired by the novels of Jane Austen.

For most people this probably wasn’t a very important quote, especially since the sprit of the created dance was to capture and illustrate the “expectation and uncertainty, where no one had any more … Read more

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