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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
December 3, 2015

The first word . . .

“When you’ve finished your script, proofread it carefully. Don’t read it as if it’s your baby and you love every word of it. Pretend you’re the world’s toughest editor. Look for every fault you can find in story structure, dialogue, characterization, and motivation. And keep rewriting until your script is as good as you can possibly make it.”
– Stan Lee (1922- ), writer and creator of comic book super heroes, from his memoir, Amazing Fantastic Incredible


What you missed if you weren’t with us . . .

Here’s what happened at first-and-third group’s gathering Tuesday evening at Alicia Ashman:

Lisa McDougal (chapter 44-45, Tebow Family Secret) – Pat Edwards, Alicia Connolly-Lohr, Judith McNeil, Millie Mader, and Cindi Dyke thought the chapter moved well and fast, although Jerry Peterson suggested it needs more action to break up the long sections of dialogue. Pat and Jerry didn’t like the swearing; Cindi, Judith, and Alicia didn’t mind it. Cindi wanted some sort of reaction from a certain character regarding the fate of another character.

Alicia Connolly-Lohr (short story, part 1, “Ricin Unleashed”) – The group generally liked it. Good sexual tension; there’s anticipation of something steamy. Needs correct technological terms. Male lead needs to be vulnerable. Too many K’s in the names of people and places. (more…)

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Tuesdays with Story
Writer’s Mail

Quote of the week . . .
“Everybody wants to feel that you’re writing to a certain demographic because that’s good business, but I’ve never done that … I tried to write stories that would interest me. I’d say, what would I like to read? I don’t think you can do your best work if you’re writing for somebody else, because you never know what that somebody else really thinks or wants.”
STAN LEE, Brandweek, May 2000

“The first paragraph. The last paragraph. That’s where the story is going and how it’s going to end. Or else you’ll go off in a hundred different directions.” – HUNTER S. THOMPSON, The Paris Review, fall 2000

Our next Fifth Tuesday . . .
Oh yes, and it’s coming fast.

First-and-third group will host our next Fifth Tuesday on July 31, so lock the date in on your calendar. The place, though, is not yet set.

This will be more than our usual meet, greet, and eat Fifth Tuesday at which we also share writing challenge stories. We will have an “added value” component. More on this as we get closer to the date.

Tuesday at the B&N . . .
The Cheese Logue ~
Rebecca shared an updated version of chapter two. Terry liked the descriptions given but suggested other words be used for ice shavings – as in, how does ice scraping sound? Also, a reminder on telling vs. showing – if she was going to be late to open the shop the customers would also be late. Please describe agitated, and asked what is the universal question? Jen thought my at the end of the poem ought to be the, and also thought the word replacing was confusing. Andrea questioned why the characters were driving rather than walking; and why they would stop for a pack of gum when they were running late. Also felt the chapter needed a precise direction. The car roared to life yet nobody started the car…. (more…)

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