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by Scott Westerfeldon Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Creative writing teachers are fond of sweeping generalizations:
“Never use adverbs.”
“Never begin a story with the word the.”
“There’s only one plot: the shift from innocence to experience.”
A friend of mine in Louisiana had a writing teacher who enjoyed proclaiming, “The king dies and the queen dies. That’s not a story. The king dies and the queen dies of grief. Now that’s a story.” I’m not sure what that’s supposed to mean, nor what any of these sayings are supposed to do for young writers. Probably make all but the most dedicated break down and get a real job.
But recently I heard a good one: “There are only two plots: a stranger comes to town and someone goes on a journey.” This aphorism helped distill an idea I’ve developed over years of reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, resulting in my own sweeping generalization: “There are only two kinds of fantastic … read more»
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Bounty hunter. It held a certain cachet.
–Stephanie Plum, Three to Get Deadly (3)
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by Stephanie R. deLus©, Ph.D.on shows created by Joss Whedon
When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
It’s been tough to write this essay. Many a word has already been written about Joss Whedon and his creations. Many, many a word. A bit of research would convince anyone … read more»