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Death of Superman

By on Apr 27, 2015 in The Scrawl |

Everybody who’s anybody has heard this quote before, “If you here require a practical rule of me, I will present you with this: ‘Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings.'” -Arthur Quiller-Couch Or at least a derivative thereof. But the premise is pretty solid. If you fall in love with your characters, you will have a significantly worse time trying to sell their plight to the readers you hope to win. Or, as I like to think of it, writing a Superman. So what do I mean? Here’s a polemic statement that will likely infuriate some of you and excite others: Superman is a boring superhero. I would argue there are few superheroes as patently boring as Superman. Watching him on screen, reading his comics, I have never been that...

Two Little Words

By on Apr 3, 2015 in The Scrawl | 4 comments

This will seem a little cerebral but I want you to try and follow along if you have the time and patience. There is an action performed when telling a story that, in itself, is a story. Writers tend to get hung up on “The End” as some kind of marker for their sense of worth. I am certainly guilty of this. I sweat about word counts, total number of adverbs, repetition of words, the proper use of creative descriptors, made up words, repetition of words, and comma usage. But I probably have more difficulty in my writing on those two little words, “The End,” than anything else. Because those words mean I accomplished something. Right? I mean, this is what I tell myself. But the truth is that engaging in storytelling at times, the very process in other words, is as much telling a story as the story itself is. I am finding more and more joy in the process than those...