In this episode:
I got a little emotional in this episode talking about my story. A lot of unconscious elements bubbled up as I worked through Week 1 of Blueprint for a Book. Jennie helps me sift through all my ideas and thoughts and organize them into something I can work with to create a story. Here are some of the things we talked about:
- The point of your story is usually a cliche, so don't let that hold you back. To use everyone's favorite comparison, the point of Harry Potter is "love conquers all."
- On being derivative: no one works in a vacuum.
- Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
- On being derivative: it's helpful to remember and understand the tropes in your particular genre.
- I get emotional talking about my story and the parallels my husband drew between my story ideas and his relationship with his grandfather.
- You can draw from other stories but you design your world to push your characters.
- Jennie helps me organize all my thoughts into something workable.
- We talk about kids' books, and how I am afraid to make it too dark or too sad, but also feel like that is where my writing is leading me. I feel like I'm trying to force my story to be comedic, and something feels off.
Jennie's Recommended Reading:
I reference an article I read in Psychology Today called The 5 Traits of Extraordinary People, by Dr. David Sack. I also reference a TED Talk by Tim Ferriss called Smash Fear, Learn Anything.