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William Thornton Keep writing. Sometimes writer's block only means you can't figure out where to go next on your story. Sometimes I will skip ahead to a scene I know…moreKeep writing. Sometimes writer's block only means you can't figure out where to go next on your story. Sometimes I will skip ahead to a scene I know is going to happen. You may get inspiration writing that scene to go back and pick it up. And you can always rewrite. I think a lot of writers get blocked because they want to get as close as they can the first time. Maybe all that labor helps you figure out a better way. (less)
William Thornton We communicate in stories. I don't think people have ever lived in a time more saturated by narrative - fiction and non-fiction. Fairy tales. True…moreWe communicate in stories. I don't think people have ever lived in a time more saturated by narrative - fiction and non-fiction. Fairy tales. True Crime. Science fiction. Horror. Romance. Biography. Sometimes the best thing about being a writer is listening to somebody else's story. How would you tell it? What can you learn from their telling? Does this help anyone get a little further down the road? (less)
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Brilliant Disguises

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The grinning ghosts of "They Shall Not Grow Old"


What stays with me after watching "They Shall Not Grow Old" - Peter Jackson's World War I documentary - are the smiles on the faces of the soldiers as they look into cameras.

Plenty has been written about Jackson's film, which takes the old Imperial War Museum silent footage of the Western Front trenches, with all their cracks, jumps and jerky movements, and transforms them into clear, smooth,... Read more of this blog post »
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