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Every Successful Creator Knows Their ‘Why,’ Do You?

Blake Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS shoes, you’ve probably heard of the company. They make a fly version of the alpargata. They also offer the One for One: for every pair of shoes sold, they donate another to those less fortunate. It was the principal idea behind why its founder created the company. Do you know your ‘why’ as a creator? It’s an important distinction because people don’t buy what you do or how you do it, but why

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TTP: Trust The Process

  “The thing that drives me and my colleagues … is that you see something very compelling to you, and you don’t quite know how to get it, but you know, sometimes intuitively, it’s within your grasp. And it’s worth putting in years of your life to make it come into existence.”––Steve Jobs The Houston Astros recently won the 2017 World Series in Los Angeles. That was their first pennant in their franchise’s history. It wasn’t long ago, and I

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The Culture of World-Building Pt2

I don’t know about you, but to me, there are two elements that demand the greatest precision in speculative fiction: characters and world-building. Curious about the former? read this. Otherwise, stick with me here and read on. Why world-building? Well, aside from it being a staple of speculative fiction like science fiction and fantasy, consider works from authors JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Robert Heinlein. Now consider those from creators such as George Lucas, CD Projekt Red (developer of The Witcher

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Write For Yourself

  “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.” Perhaps you’ve seen the above quote, maybe everyday if you own Stephen King’s On Writing. The header of this post is a snippet of the maxim attached to that quote. In full the maxim is: “First write for yourself, and then worry about your audience.” I agree wholeheartedly with this maxim. Why

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Fear Incarnate

This piece of flash was inspired by the below quote from this article by Zdravko Cvijetic. ‘Somebody once told me the definition of hell: “On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” — Anonymous’ “What is your question, my son?” he asked. I grabbed a sec to take in a balanced breath. “Commissar, I’ve…I’ve…” “What, Trajan? Speak. Do not shrink from your king.” I rubbed my head. “This War is madness,” I

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Adversity Is Your Only Obstacle

  “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’ ” — Muhammad Ali I’m a fanatic of sports. My favorite time of the year is right now. Why? [American] football has begun. I particularly love College Football, thus, fall is almost always a blessing and rarely a curse. I tell you of the words I hear most often while watching this great sport the one that resounds

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Dear Mama

Me Against The World   Did you know that Tupac was a poet? Did you know he died only twenty–five years of age? While he still walked this earth he wrote several brief yet powerful poems on his internal struggles and societal understandings.   Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk with out having feet. Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams, it learned to breathe fresh air.

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Be Like Mike

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” We all know the name Jordan. His surname is all that needs to be said and the listener will make the snap connection. Below are a few of his preeminent achievements as a player: I. 6–time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls II. 6–time NBA Finals MVP III. 5–time NBA regular season MVP IV. Rookie of the Year (‘85) V. Defensive Player of the Year

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Do You Know Your Values?

Through my experience writing prose character development has been something of a struggle. Originally I had assumed it would be as simple as imagining the characters, writing a bare dossier of the most important, and then, so begin the proper rite of transcribing their story. A clean–and–cut process as clear as one, two, three. No sir. ‘Tis loco. When is it ever that straightforward when it matters? Creating any characters worth a damn is a process. That triples in effect,

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The Culture of World-Building Pt1

  Who doesn’t enjoy world–building? If you’re a speculative fiction author like me, be it sci–fi or fantasy, it’s a tool we must use. We are after all creating a new world, or a new reality. Though it may be a laborious process, like you’re trudging through mire to get to that perfect world, it can’t be overlooked in regards to other arenas nor executed without a mind to logic. But what is world–building? Well from a general definition it is

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