— Solid Mom advice
- Me: It's your birthday. We can watch whatever YOU want.
- Kyle: Or, we can watch something we both like, so tomorrow I don't have to watch "Say Yes to the Purple Kitten Dress," or whatever.
- Me: ...
- Kyle: ...
- Me: THAT SOUNDS AMAZING
Anonymous said: Taking everything you learned about writing while in school--every lesson from every English course and essay assignment you ever had--is there anything you look back on as an experienced professional that strikes you as just being total bullshit?
As a former journalist, I learned the dreaded ‘inverted pyramid’ which requires putting all the important details at the very beginning. Sure, it works in newspaper articles. The who, what, where, when and why. But once it becomes habit it ruins your fiction. When I work with ‘recovering journalists’ I have to urge them to hide the details and reveal them gradually. My analogy is always the stripper who walks out on stage completely naked and says, “Here’s my pussy ( or dick ) any questions?”
No, you must slowly take off one glove. Very slowly. Then the other. That’s called ‘creating tension’ and it works. Fuck the inverted pyramid.
So much love for this man.