The Renaissance: Dwayne's Membrane
I’m Back

… Consider this a placeholder, really.  

I switched tumblrs after pretty much being led astray by the phenomenal pornography available via tumblr.  

As far as I’m concerned, tumblr is the Greatest Pornography Machine ever invented.  

Yet…  somehow I was missing out.  I wasn’t writing or posting on here.  I was tweeting, sure.  Always tweeting, always engaged in the conversation that way.  

Something got lost along the way.  My auto sign-in was set to my porno tumblr, where, after a flurry of activity and reblogs, etc., I ended up acquiring nearly 150 followers…  Without trying very hard, and in a pretty limited time span.  

Eventually, like a lot of things in this life on this globe, I grew bored.  I was fearful - a little fearful, but it registered - that I was being sucked in to this other thing, something that was less literary, less mine, less original.  It was curated and I enjoyed it.  But it wasn’t quite a true representation, as things go, b/c of its fixation on sexual imagery.  

So I’m back.  If you want to follow along or access the other tumblr blog, my happy visual porno party of a sort, I’ll post a link to it later on.  

Happy tumbling.  

#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different.

#3: Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite.

#4: Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

#5: Simplify. Focus. Combine characters. Hop over detours. You’ll feel like you’re losing valuable stuff but it sets you free.

#6: What is your character good at, comfortable with? Throw the polar opposite at them. Challenge them. How do they deal?

#7: Come up with your ending before you figure out your middle. Seriously. Endings are hard, get yours working up front.

#8: Finish your story, let go even if it’s not perfect. In an ideal world you have both, but move on. Do better next time.

#9: When you’re stuck, make a list of what WOULDN’T happen next. Lots of times the material to get you unstuck will show up.

#10: Pull apart the stories you like. What you like in them is a part of you; you’ve got to recognize it before you can use it.

#11: Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.

#12: Discount the 1st thing that comes to mind. And the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th – get the obvious out of the way. Surprise yourself.

#13: Give your characters opinions. Passive/malleable might seem likable to you as you write, but it’s poison to the audience.

#14: Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.

#15: If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.

#16: What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens if they don’t succeed? Stack the odds against.

#17: No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on - it’ll come back around to be useful later.

#18: You have to know yourself: the difference between doing your best & fussing. Story is testing, not refining.

#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

#20: Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like?

#21: You gotta identify with your situation/characters, can’t just write ‘cool’. What would make YOU act that way?

#22: What’s the essence of your story? Most economical telling of it? If you know that, you can build out from there.



Best thing you’ll watch all day

Not mean enough.  




Not mean enough.  





This is amazing… twttr gone wild!


Tip for modern adulterers: If you’re planning to cheat on your wife of 10 years by awkwardly hitting on the model seated next to you on your flight out of Los Angeles, make sure she isn’t live-tweeting the entire miserable experience to her 13,000 followers;


The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step out of the frame.
Salman Rushdie (via kari-shma)
Yeah, right.  Easy to say.  

Yeah, right.  Easy to say.  

"Witty Pen" FTW.

Dorothy Parker Obituary, 1967

"Witty Pen" FTW.


Dorothy Parker Obituary, 1967

If we listened to our intellect we’d never have a love affair. We’d never have a friendship. We’d never go in business because we’d be cynical: “It’s gonna go wrong.” Or “She’s going to hurt me.” Or, “I’ve had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore …” Well, that’s nonsense. You’re going to miss life. You’ve got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.


Ray Bradbury [Bradbury on Fresh Air] (via nprfreshair)

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