I hate small talk. I want to talk about atoms, death, aliens, sex, magic, intellect, the meaning of life, faraway galaxies, the lies you've told, your flaws, your favorite scents, your childhood, what keeps you up at night, your insecurity and fears. I like people with depth, who speak with emotion and a twisted mind. I don't want to know "what's up."
It's the first week of January, which usually means many of us are making resolutions to get in shape. I'm all for healthy, but can we change the lens a little bit and start that process by celebrating the body that we currently have - the one that has been serving us all of these years? Can we stop condemning our bodies and instead nurture it to a healthy place that it deserves? Despite its size, imperfections and flaws, I want to honor and celebrate my changing body, not just tolerate it…
Why the Middle of Your Novel Needs 3 Dramatic Rescue Scenes
All of these rescues mean that there are at least three life-and-death situations in the middle of the novel, even before the climax! (The final scene at the end of the novel is its own kind of rescue.) Besides making the reader’s heart beat faster, these rescue situations round out the hero’s character and make him more likeable. The hero needs to be saved twice, which helps the readers see some vulnerability. It’s easier to warm up to someone who is a little flawed.