Creativity & Courage & Cowering In Fear

“Creativity takes courage.” — Matisse. One of the great things about writing is that we’re always (hopefully) improving as writers. Things that didn’t resonate with us a week, a month or a year before will hit us at the right point to create that lightbulb moment when we’re ready. Today wasn’t the first time I’d seen the Matisse quote. It’s on a magnet above my desk at work. But it was the first time I’d seen it since I really started to dig into this story, and it clicked. Earlier this week, Jesse Stern shared some advice from Don Bellisario: …

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Why? Oh, why!

My Jesse radar failed me last night and I missed the whole discussion of possible serial killer storylines, including a DPB tip from Jesse. He said Bellisario said the plot twist isn’t who done it. It’s why. Then he added that without a good why, you don’t have a good story. Yes, sometimes the head-smackingly obvious doesn’t seem that way until somebody says it. Sandy and I were both kicking ourselves this morning for not having realized that before. It was well-timed, too, since it helped me sort out a plot hole the friend I’m staying with had pointed out …

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