A writer on writing.com asked if she needed to have a complete story in mind before she started writing. It’s a good question. I’ve never written that way, though. There are times when I didn’t know how a story would end when I started it, and I often had to change a story several times as I write.
Her question raised another one for me: How do you start a story?
The History of the Super Bowl:
XVIII-XXVI: Football + Advertising
XXVII-XXXVII: Football + Advertising + Halftime Show
XXXVIII: Football + Advertising + Halftime Show + Wardrobe Malfunction
XXXIX-XLVI: Football + Advertising + Halftime Show + Internet
XLVII-: Football + Advertising + Halftime Show + Meme/Tweet Generator
I’m writing this post from our local Barnes and Noble, which may be one of the 240-290 stores the company closes over the next decade. I would miss this particular B&N since I signed my novel Offline here. I would especially miss B&N if it went the same way as Borders and closes completely. But in an age of eBooks, big-box discount stores, and Amazon, do we still need bookstores?
I believe we do, but in a different form than they are now.
Mr. Green! Mr. Green! Aren’t you stepping into a political minefield by doing your next Crash Course on American history? Don’t you realize that you are not only alienating viewers who aren’t American, you’re alienating viewers who don’t share your political views? Won’t that hurt sales of The Fault in Our Stars?
The people John Green might offend with his take on American history are too busy banning his books to watch Crash Course anyway. But the fact that our history has become so politically contentious is dangerous not just to him, but to all Americans. To explain, I’ll share a story about Me from My Past.
Anyone can speak better when the pressure is taken off. The same is true for a president.
President Obama had high expectations for his first inaugural address. People expected it to be on the par of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s, John F. Kennedy’s, or Ronald Reagan’s, so anything less would have been a disappointment. This time around, President Obama didn’t have that pressure, so he was able to let loose with a more passionate, forceful, and eloquent speech.