The opening lines of a novel are the shoulders on which the rest of the story is carried. It’s not fair that such a small portion should carry the debt for the larger, but that’s just how it goes, ladies and gents. Those opening lines gotta hump a lot of weight through the jungle.
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Bold statement: The Wire is the best television show I’ve ever seen, start-to-finish. That last phrase is key. Start-to-finish. Some shows may have had better seasons here and there, and certainly a few really whopper holy-shit bomb-go-off episodes, but as a package? As a show that begins properly and gets a proper end? It’s The Wire. It’s The Wire by a country fucking mile. You feel me?
Shotgun. Shells. Blow open your skull. Blah blah blah. Snarghity-blarghity-boo. Blammo. Last Night, on Lost (Or, “How I Learned To Hate The Narrative”) First, hey! Gonna be some light spoilers here. I’m not really interested in talking much about the actual mysteries answered, though, and am more interested in discussing how they did it, and […]
Said it before, and I’ll say it again: your story adds up to characters do shit and characters say shit. At it’s core, that’s every tale — somebody does something, and that somebody probably talks about it, and hopefully it’s not totally fucking boring. Right? Right. Well, it’s time to talk about the talking. (“Talk […]
Time to jump all the way toward the other end of the spectrum — yesterday, I yammered on about what to eat before you write, and today I’ll blather on about the payment (or non-payment) that comes after you write. It’s not inappropriate, since a lot of a writer’s work is work that circumnavigates the […]