40 Habitudes pour Entretenir sa Créativité !

Voici une infographie qui illustre 40 manières d’entretenir sa créativité et de rompre sa routine de travail – un guide applicable à l’écriture ou à n’importe quelle activité d’ailleurs et auquel j’ajouterais le blogging – dans mon cas, c’est un très bon stimulant pour lutter contre la routine 🙂 40 Ways to Stay Creative –…

13 Leçons d’Écriture par Stephen King !

Voici des conseils d’écritures tiré du livre de Stephen King « Écriture : Mémoires d’un métier » et compilés sous forme d’infographie par un certain Marko Sarin, fondateur du site « How To Make My Blog ».

Le Sommeil et le Rêve !

Une étonnante infographie qui montre la corrélation entre les heures de réveil d’écrivains célèbres, affichés dans une horloge autour de chaque portrait et leur productivité littéraire. Cette dernière est dépeinte comme des auras, colorés de différentes couleurs suivant les grands prix littéraires qu’ils ont remportés, et elle est accompagné de barres pour quantifier le nombre de travaux ou d’œuvres…

A piece of Dialogue in a Mosaic !

According to Alfred Hitchcock, when we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise. Hitchcock portrait in a mosaïc using pictures from Psychose He used to say :  I always try first to tell a story in the cinematic way, through a succession of shots and bits of film in between……

8 Writing Tips From George RR Martin the Gardener !

I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of…

A Chromatic Space of Crash !

All of #literature is a space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and crash. -ROLAND BARTHES #writing from AdviceToWriters So we need a Chromatic Typewriter Washington-based painter Tyree Callahan modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, replacing the letters and keys with color pads and hued labels to create a functional “painting” device called…

All work and no play makes Stephen a King Writer !

A l’occasion de la venue de Stephen King en France, voilà une série d’interviews de l’un des auteurs les plus populaires au monde. (Photo elbakin.net) A voir en replay, l’émission TV : La grande librairie : A l’occasion de la sortie de son dernier roman «Docteur Sleep», Stephen King se dévoile lors d’un entretien exceptionnel avec…

Un Guide d’Écriture de toute Fraicheur !

Le quinze Octobre prochain, Jeff VanderMeer sort chez Abrams Image un guide d’écriture illustré. Il y adopte une approche originale et très visuelle, avec des dessins, des cartes, des poissons, et des exercices pour s’entraîner à créer un univers crédible et inspirant. Il a fait appel pour cela à de nombreux auteurs et illustrateurs de renom. Au regard de la…

Hitchcock Truffaut : des Secrets à l’intérieur d’une boite !

François Truffaut et Alfred Hitchcock se sont rencontrés longuement durant toute une semaine de l’été 1962, pour évoquer les films d’Hitchcock. Le livre d’entretiens qui en est issu est paru en 1966, et il est sans doute aujourd’hui encore le livre de cinéma le plus célèbre. An ENGLISH article is availlable HERE and you can listen…

How to Build Chapter Breakdowns !

You want to know how to determines your chapter breaks? How do you handle point of view shifts, scene-sequel balance, and other considerations when you’re carving your stories into chapters ? Listen the Writing Excuses Podcast tips & tricks with Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells & Howard Tayler ! Dan starts with a discussion of the point of view (POV)…

Rudyard Kipling : Obey To Your Daemon !

When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait and obey. RUDYARD KIPLING Caricature By David Levine  Unreleased song By the Monty Python

A Reader’s Manifesto for Writers !

16 Expectations Every Reader Has, extracted from Lisa Cron’s Wired For Story : The reader expects that everything in a story is there strictly on a need-to-know basis, even the weather. The reader expects to feel something, all the time. The reader expects to feel what the protagonist feels. The reader expects that the protagonist will want something, and…

How Writing Affects the Brain !

Alice Flaherty, a writer and neuroscientist, wrote The Midnight Disease, a book on a condition called hypergraphia, or the uncontrollable urge to write (though many writers find themselves suffering from the opposite condition, the dreaded “writer’s block.”) And Lisa Cron’s Wired For Story examines the evolutionary basis for storytelling and how it can help modern scribes create effective narratives : Every engaging…

Anton Chekhov : A Chemist of Narrative !

To a chemist, nothing on earth is unclean. A writer must be as objective as a chemist. He must abandon the subjective line. He must know that dungheaps play a very respectable part in a landscape, and that evil passions are as inherent in life as good ones. Anton Chekhov The Seagull is the first…

How to Block Scenes Effectively !

I am facing some troubles to Block an important scene ! What is « Blocking », why is it important, and how can we do it well ? Fortunately, the Writing Excuses Podcast has got some useful advices, tips & tricks ! (thanks to Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells & Howard Tayler) They begin with a definition (blocking is the part…

Irwin Shaw : Writing Is Like a Contact Sport

Writing is like a contact sport, like football. Why do kids play football ? They can get hurt on any play, can’t they ? Yet they can’t wait until Saturday comes around so they can play on the high-school team, or the college team, and get smashed around. Writing is like that. You can get…

Orwellian challenge of Showing, not Telling !

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), whose pen name was George Orwell, wrote two dystopian classics, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm. These books are so impactful, than the author’s name has actually become a true English adjective . . . Orwell’s goal is “the scrapping of every word or idiom which has outworn its usefulness. It has…

How to Write a Damn Good Dance Scene !

Introduction : a dance scene is more about the conversation the characters are having through the medium of the action. The physical actions of your characters are really just another form of expression, like a secondary conversation, underlying the primary verbal conversation. The most important thing to figure out is what the characters’ intentions are…

Truman Capote : learned and borrowed from the movie technique !

The Art Of Fiction N.17 « I think most of the younger writers have learned and borrowed from the visual, structural side of movie technique. I have. » « Je pense que la plupart des jeunes écrivains contemporains ont appris de la technique du cinéma et ont emprunté à son côté visuel, structurel. C’est mon cas. » Truman Capote…

7 Tips From Ernest Hemingway !

HOW TO WRITE FICTION 1: To get started, write one true sentence. Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer’s block. In a memorable passage in A Moveable Feast, he writes: Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze…

10 Screenwriting Tips From JAWS !

JAWS STORY MECHANISM 1) Bonus points if your character’s fear is the opposite of his goal – Whatever your character’s goal is, make his fear the opposite of that. Here, Brody’s goal is to keep the people safe. Every step he takes is for the express purpose of keeping everyone safe, and his last option is to kill the shark. Therefore, his…

Truman Capote : Rearrange The Rules !

« Work is the only device I know of. Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade, just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself. » « Le travail est le seul procédé que je connaisse. L’écriture obéit à des lois de perspective,…

The Expanded Scene Breakdown !

The Expanded Scene Breakdown is a 20 to 40+ page point by point, step by step, scene by scene outline of the entire screenplay in prose form using dialogue, character development, action, etc. The Expanded Scene Breakdown is an essential way to see the entire story before you reach the screenplay stage, as plotting is…