Apr 30, 2013

Bad Kitty, Good Kitty


Prologue: D&B are a modern couple living in London. They have been together for three years and they share a flat in Angel. Speaking of having a baby, they decide to get a pet to test their parent skills first. And this is how Tongue becomes part of the family, on a chilly early winter morning.

Opening incident: D&B buy all the cat accessories that a keen shop assistant advice them to get. Tongue doesn't show any interest in his new house and possessions, hiding behind the CD rack and trembling like a leaf in the wind.

Inciting incident: the next morning D&B awake to a post nuclear war scene in their living room. Tongue has destroyed everything that could not be eaten or thrown out the window. D cries and B promise her to fix the situation.

1st complication: D&B go to work and B go back early to clean up before D comes home. Tongue behaves as a little gentleman and purrs every time B touches him. D comes home to find the house clean and Tongue sitting on the couch with B. D sits on the couch but Tongue goes mental with fury and B has to carry Tongue out of the room and cuddle him until he calms down.

2nd complication: In the next few days appears more and more obvious that the evil Tongue is trying to take D's place in B's heart and his evil plan is working. D cries and B defends Tongue saying D is hallucinating, Tongue is just a kitten.

3rd complication: D&B take Tongue to the veterinary clinic for vaccinations and check up. It turns out that Tongue is a lady kitten after all. D&B celebrate taking Tongue to the pet shop where they buy enough pink and fluffy toys to last for a life time.

4th complication: D is home from work one morning. After B kisses her goodbye and leaves she has a shower and she comes back to the living room to find a disaster. Tongue has destroyed all of B's shoes, purses and clothes. D finds a poo on her picture frame showing her and B hugging and laughing. D goes mental and locks Tongue in the broom closet.

5th complication: B comes home to find D in tears and Tongue crazy from being locked all day in the closet. He's furious at D and threatens her to leave her.

6th complication: D&B go on holiday, leaving Tongue to D's mom. They get a cheap flight to Lisbon and enjoy a night strolling the bar district in Belem. D gets a phone call on her mobile. It's her mom, crying, saying Tongue had an accident and is barely alive.

7th complication: D&B get on the first flight home and run to the veterinary clinic, where Tongue is dead. D feels guiltily happy about it and B is outraged by her cruelty. That night, B sleeps on the couch. D cries herself to sleep.

8th complication: D gets an other kitten home, Tuna. She puts a blue ribbon around the pet's tiny head and prepares the best meal ever. B doesn't go home that night. The kitten purrs and cuddle D crying until she falls asleep. 

9th complication: B phones D asking to leave the apartment for a few hours so he can get his stuff and move out. D goes to her mother. B goes in and finds Tuna purring around his legs.

Climax: B is incapable of resisting Tuna's sweetness and when D comes home B is sitting on the couch cuddling the kitten. D cries and runs in his arms and begs him to come home.

Resolution: B comes back home and marries D and Tuna carries the wedding rings on his collar. And they lived happily ever after.


Apr 29, 2013

The Immobilized Man in Noir Fiction - a guest post by Sophie Novak


The immobilized hero lives in the city, yet he’s single and alone. No matter how he likes to observe others, he’s an outsider and doesn’t establish contact with people.
He is anti-materialistic, writes in the first person, holds few possessions, and he searches inside himself for answers rather than looking at the outside world.
Feeling superior to others, he’s rather frustrated that others ultimately can’t recognize him. On the other hand, he has a constant love-hate relationship with himself.
He considers himself an artist, regardless of whether he is or not, and believes that he sees the world uniquely with the whole truth revealed, which is the reason for his feeling of superiority over others.
The immobilized man is confined to his room, and is additionally immobilized by his inability to emotionally connect with other people, least of all women.
His accumulated frustration and anger usually results in suicide. By murdering himself, he’s actually killing the part of him that makes him a being like everyone else – a haunting thought for him.
A variation of the immobilized man theme is to be found in Dostoyevski’s ‘Crime and Punishment’, regardless of the fact that it was written in the third person.
The prevailing emotions in Noir fiction are: depression, apathy, fear, amorality, and paranoia. The Noir hero is the loser, the weak-minded, the psychopath, the sociopath, the obsessive and compulsive.
The character(s) are destined to suffer, to confront the darkness inside them. Whether they live or die is beyond the point; the core of swimming into this darkness is what matters.
As a literary reference, Noir can be used for any work – especially one involving crime – that is remarkably dark, cynical, complex and pessimistic.
After reading a Noir book, the reader is left with a bad taste in his mouth, a suspicion in the eye, and an anxiety at heart. Facing the darkness is not an easy thing to do, after all.
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Guest Blogger Sophie Novak  is a life interrogator, a curious soul constantly challenged by our world full of amazing surprises. She comes from Macedonia, the sunny heart of the Balkans, and recently moved to the UK where she works as a professional translator and likes all things literary.
Sophie Novak kindly agreed to be mentioned as a Guest Blogger on All You Can Write. You can view the original post on The Write Practice or follow Sophie's blog


Apr 28, 2013

IMAGINARIUM



In your mind there are tons of neurons connecting your ideas to your experiences. 
Just pick some random neurons, shake them well, throw them back in.
The neurotransmitters will do the rest. You might feel a bit upside down while your serotonin levels race the adrenaline's. 
But hey, what's life without a bit of danger.
Many authors have used substances to help in the process. We don't need any. We are crazy enough as we are...

The result? Your own, original, private IMAGINARIUM, a world where you make the rules of the sky being up or down, if there is any. 

Are there humans?
Are there animals and plants? Which ones?
Are those regular insects or ferocious killers (tracker jackers)?
Are the plants really tall or the humans really small (Umpa Lumpa)?
If there is a house, make it sweet (Hansel and Gretel)or nightmarish (The Blair Witch Project).

The common ground? None. This is your space, this your mind. You alone can take us there. 
So go write about it, and share it with us. We can't wait!


Apr 24, 2013

DEATH OF A DREAM


Prologue: Mr. B loves opera and theaters. He buy two tickets for the "Aida" and on the appointed night shows up at his wife-to-be door driving his new shiny BMW.

Opening Incident: Mr B rings the bell twice but nobody comes to the door. Mr B rings his wife-to-be mobile but it's switched off. After a nerve wracking 30 minutes wait Mr B sets off for the theater on his own.

Inciting Incident: His tickets for the "Aida" are on a balcony where an other couple is seated. Mr B is forced to share the view with these ugly smelly third grade citizens and feels annoyed at his wife-to-be.

1st complication: Not able to enjoy the Opera, Mr B leaves after the first act and goes back to his wife-to-be house. The front door is ajar now, and Mr B sneaks in and peaks around.

2nd complication: Nobody is downstairs, so Mr B goes upstairs and hears noises coming from the bedroom. Sure of what he will find in there, he picks up a flower vase as a weapon against his wife-to-be expected lover.

3rd complication: In the bedroom, Mr B finds an agonizing woman crying in his wife-to-be arms. Mrs B is holding her trying to sooth her sorrows that, from the broken words she utters, appear to come from a son of a bi**ch who broke her heart.

4th complication: Trying not to be noticed, Mr B quietly leaves the room and starts going downstairs, but Mrs B appears after him and confront him on his being there holding a flower vase.

5th complication: Mr B is too proud to admit his jealous driven behavior and invents a story about having seen a possible intruder sneaking in the house while he was checking on her being worried about her absence at the established time for the Opera. Mrs B gets mad with worry at the idea of an intruder and with her sick friend's help starts going from room to room carrying high heel shoes as a weapon.

6th complication: Mr B is still too proud to admit the real reason for his visit and the women end up calling the police. The police men come, fill in a report and take Mr B details as next of kin of Mrs B.

7th complication: Mrs B's friend resumes her crying and swearing, Mrs B hugs and holds her, Mr B prepares to leave. In between sobs he hears the woman speaking of "Aida" and realizes that the man who is mistreating her is the ugly man he was sharing the balcony with earlier that night. He evidently had chosen a different partner for the night out, breaking in the process Mrs B's friend's heart.

8th complication: Mr B decides to take the women to the theater so to confront the ugly man. Once the show is over all three of them are waiting outside the theater and Mrs B's friend face her lover with harsh words and loud slaps. The ugly man tries to run away but Mr B stops him.

9th complication: Mr B's phone rings and the police notifies the finding of an intruder in Mrs B's house. Driving fast his shiny BMW Mr B goes back to Mrs B's house, bringing with him Mrs B, her friend, her friend's lover and her friend's lover's lover. Everybody is shouting and arguing in the car, everybody falls silent when they get to the house and the police is holding a good looking young fellow holding a bouquet of red roses.

Climax: Mrs B gasps and admits the fellow is her lover. Mr B grasps the flower vase and throws it on the fellow's head. Mrs B's friend claws the ugly lover in the face.

Epilogue: The police arrests Mr B and Mrs B's friend, taking them away in the police car.
Mrs B and her lover open a bottle of wine. The ugly lover and his lover leave hand in hand.

What is the premise of this story? 


Apr 21, 2013

THE IDEAL READER


 In his book "On writing", Stephen King speaks of the I.R., the Ideal Reader.
The master of horror invites every wanna-be writer to sit in front of the computer and focus on one specific person they want to tell their stories to. In Mr King's case, his I.R. is his wife Tabitha, whom has always been the first one to read, edit and rate his books.
Stephen King also refers to the great Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and I.R. Anna, and tells the story of the famous director stating he wants to fly and his wife replying "eat your eggs first".
My Ideal Reader is a traveler in his thirties who loves pizza and learning new languages. One day after a long trip he sits on a tropical beach resting his head on his old backpack and starts reading a worn down book suggested by a creepy old man in a remote dark book exchange. He falls in love with the book and decides to go find the girl who wrote it (Me! Me!)... and they lived happily ever after.



Apr 20, 2013

THE FEARLESS


Bold, proud, self-confident.
He is the fearless character who evokes love and hate in all of us readers.
We want to be him, we are ashamed of hoping that his endless luck will at some point betray him teaching him a lesson on humility. 
Examples of the fearless can be found from the ancient splendent Roma (JULIUS CAESAR)all the way to present Disney World (GLADSTONE GANDER).
It's up to you to create a fearless character that the readers will love (INDIANA JONES)by giving him a human nature of doubt and insecurity, or by forming a never ending array of enemies treating his life (JAMES BOND).
My advice? Why, of course... she is a girl! (LARA CROFT)



Apr 17, 2013

THE BACKPACKER


Easy for me to say, the backpacker is a character loved by everyone, especially readers.
Comfortably sitting in their chairs, people of all ages love to fly around the world and see the rainbow colors through the eyes of the gypsy, the globetrotter, the wanderer, the traveler. 
Choose a  WORLD you love and set yourself to task. Where would you like to go? Who are you going with? What would you like to see, touch, taste, and then tell your I.R. (Ideal Reader)?
Travelers blogs are a good way to get you started, pick ideas and study people's interests (A WALK IN SOUTHEAST ASIA). If you don't know any, try STUMBLEUPON.
If you are a backpacker (I am! I am!) and a blogger send me your link HERE for sharing.
Have a good trip!

Apr 14, 2013

THE WORLD

Want to speak of settings?
There is a big one all around us.
Real or imaginary, classic or futuristic, your story setting has to deal with the wide wild world. 
Your characters can take just a tiny little part of it (RATATOUILLE) or space outwards (ALIENS)or run around it (EAT PRAY LOVE).
So relax and start creating the best world for your hero. 
Where would he be? Who would be with him? Are there plants? Animals? Humans? Creatures?
Is it safe? Chilled? Scary? 
Make sure your I.R. (Ideal Reader) can see your world and loves it too. And if you wish, let me be a part of it - SHARE YOUR STORY

Apr 6, 2013

THE PRINCESS


Young, beautiful creature of ethereal beauty, the princess requires to be strong yet frail, innocent yet cunning, woman and kid at the same time (The neverending story,The princess bride).

She fights for herself and her country, holder of sacred values (Brave). 
Her enemy is powerful, evil and equally charming (Snow white and the huntsman).
She loves one person and one only, usually a strong male hero, not always on the right side of the law (Shrek). 
In the end she always succeeds and lives happily ever after (Cinderella).



Apr 5, 2013

WRITERS NIGHTMARE


We all have been through these stages various times...
who hasn't?!?
The bunny envision can take the form of a snake, or a witch, but the fact remains that rejection is NOT fun and still we can't give up trying...
It is the sad fate of the storytellers!
So let's restart all over again, shall we?

Apr 3, 2013

Let's Write a Short StoryLet's Write a Short Story by Joseph Harold Bunting
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Motivational easy read on basic writing a short story.
Lots of online links and inspiring tips.
Useful and up to date information for the 2013 writing scene.
A must read for every beginner writer.

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Apr 1, 2013

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective AgencyThe No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Get ready to fly to Botswana and submerge in its beauty. Nature, culture, costumes and a sweet strong hero for women of all ages.
Easy language and easy plot, entertaining and humorous, it is perfect for practicing your English as a second language.
This is the first of a long successful collection of books by Mr McCall Smith, medical law professor at Edinburgh University and author of 50 books on various subjects.

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