These three fat soluble vitamins work together to...
Fuck it. I'm sick of writing about nutrition.
Every now and then, I go back through some of the old books on writing I have lying around and try to refocus my brain on the basics.
Since I'm 38 and a published novelist, reading books like "Fiction First Aid" or "Writing Screenplays that Sell" is a tad embarrassing. Even worse is reading through them in a coffee house like I am now. Honestly, I'd rather be caught reading porn.
But it's worth it. For example, Michael Hauge's advice on how to write a screenplay in one easy lesson:
Enable a sympathetic character to overcome a series of increasingly difficult, seemingly insurmountable obstacles and achieve a compelling desire.
Obviously, this is the "Hollywood Happy Ending" version (after all, the book is called "Writing Screenplays that SELL"). But if you want the more literary (i.e., box office flop) unhappy ending, all you have to do is add "fail to" in front of "achieve."
Yes this is unbelievably basic stuff, but it's this very basic stuff that writers continually fuck up. That I continually fuck up.
Hauge goes on to explain that any story idea can be expressed in a single sentence:
It is a story about a ______ who __________.
Obvious stuff, right? Well, in my experience, MOST aspiring novelists can't formulate that sentence--or at least not without using a run-on.