Top 5 Monday Motivation’s of 2018

 In All About Writing

Most of us agree with Garfield’s opinion on Mondays: They suck. A lot.

To make Mondays just that much more enjoyable, All About Writing facilitator and teacher Richard Beynon composes a weekly blog of writerly musings, literary teachings, and inspiration.

Here are five of the top Monday Motivations for this year, for your holiday reading:


1. A few dumb (but very useful) writing tricks

A guy called Scott Myers runs a very nifty blog on writing for the big screen. He calls it Go Into The Story, and every day he posts advice about screenwriting, interviews with screen writers, links to recently produced movies, analyses of striking movie scenes, and so on… [more]






2.  Writing the sentence that lingers on the tongue and in the mind…

Oscar Wilde was at dinner with a group of friends when one of them delivered a little off-the-cuff bon mot of wit and elegance. Oscar exclaimed, “Oh, I wish I’d said that!” A rather more cynical man at the same table, the painter James McNeill Whistler, added, “Oh, you will, Oscar, you will.” [more]






3. Head-hopping should be forbidden


Why is the point of view you choose to write in so critical to the effects you wish to create in your narrative?

The writer’s job, as I’ve said before, is to create characters and a world in such a way as to make it possible for the reader to immerse himself in the fiction so thoroughly that it is as if he were observing events from inside the frame. [more]





4. A single, simple premise


I haven’t seen Lady Bird, winner of one of the top awards at the Golden Globes last night, but I have read the script – and one of its features confirms something we have always said about stories. [more]







5. Who can tell the dancer from the dance?


For the past week or so I’ve feasted on a memoir called Educated by Tara Westovera Cambridge PhD history graduate who began life as the youngest daughter of a religious and political extremist who believed that the only way to avoid the tentacles of a world-wide conspiracy was to remain off the grid entirely – and, more consequentially, to prevent his children from being corrupted by the US government in all its manifestations. [more]

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