Yesterday I challenged you to do the impossible. Oh, did I mention that the puzzle is, in fact, actually not solvable?
And it looked so easy, too. Just like your killer idea may look like an easy winner at a glance.
Well, I’m either a smug bastard or I had a reason for doing that. Let’s opt for the latter.
Several of you Googled the thing — it’s called the Seven Bridges of Konigsberg (thank you Steve Smith)– and responded with solid, research-reinforced rationale as to why this thing doesn’t work as planned. A few others confessed that they tried and gave up the ghost. And thankfully, nobody faxed me their proud example of doing what nobody else in the history of mankind has ever done (sometimes that happens in my workshops within one minute), forcing me to break the news.
Aside from the momentary entertainment value, I offered this as an experiential exercise in how you think. All you research analysts out there passed with flying colors, in that if you bring that same need to substantiate the validity of an idea before trying it out – as in, your story’s concept – you’ll be on solid storytelling ground going forward.
Mission accomplished. Thanks to all for playing.
Coming in December…
Look for my ten-part series entitled: “The Strategic No-B.S. Guide to Finally Getting Published.” Or something like that.
Tell your writer friends to subscribe, you won’t want them to miss an episode.
And if you think you’ve heard it all on this subject, buckle up, I’m about to rattle a few cages containing the conventional wisdom.
Writer’s Digest Magazine’s “101 Best Writing Blogs on the Internet” – a Call for Nominations
If you’re in a nominating mood, here’s the contact: send nominations for next year’s list to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include“101 Websites” in the subject line (deadline is Jan. 1, 2010).
I’m just sayin’.
Great New Site for Women Who Write
It’s run by a friend who has launched a lovely lifestyle site and is soliciting content from women with stories to tell for their Strong Women Series.
It’s called Lipsticklogic.com… I recommend you check it out.
Sometimes a little guidance, combined with accountability and milestone management, is what it takes for us to reach our goals. Thus…
It’s been suggested to me several times that I consider launching a members-site (with a nominal fee) for the purpose of offering a guided page-one-to-finish novel writing and coaching experience. It’d cover a three-month span before starting over with a new crop of inductees, with personal feedback on outlines provided, as well as process-specific coaching through articles and tips.
The result would be a completed and submission-ready manuscript, written in accordance with the principles of story architecture.
Wondering what you think, and what you think it’d be worth. Thanks for the assist with this.
The most recent review of Story Structure – Demystified…
… can be found HERE.
Most Importantly Today…
Here’s wishing you a very warm and happy Thanksgiving, hopefully with your family and/or friends. I love sharing what I know about writing with you, and am thankful for your support and feedback.
See you Friday, with a guest post from Bill Johnson on creating compelling and memorable characters that drive our stories to a higher level.