Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as it Pertains to Fiction

Alternate title: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, as it relates to fiction -- because it does. It has a direct correlation to the interestingness of the stories you tell. Just as Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs dictates the things in life we find most compelling (or that carry the most emotional weight), so too does it dictate the things we find most fascinating in stories -- because fiction imitates reality. The farther up the hierarchy the elements…

The Oedipus Principle: Don’t Run from Your Fears

"Fear of getting hurt, ironically, increases your risk of getting hurt." -- Ed Latimore In the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex, the play's eponymous hero, Oedipus, was born to the king and queen of Thebes. At his birth, a prophecy was given -- that Oedipus would one day kill his father and marry his mother. The king and queen were horrified. Such a child could not be allowed to live, so they gave him to a…

Exercise Day 3

The Passage: Just forget for a minute that you have spectacles on your nose and autumn in your heart. Stop being tough at your desk and stammering with timidity in the presence of people. Imagine for one second that you raise hell in public and stammer on paper. You're a tiger, a lion, a cat. You spend a night with a Russian woman and leave her satisfied. You're twenty five. If rings had been fastened…

Notes on ‘Papa Hemingway’ by A.E. Hotchner

Papa Hemingway¬† is a biography, written by one of the men who was closest to Hemingway, a journalist and writer named A.E. Hotchner. Hotchner met Hemingway in 1948, when he was sent down to Cuba to meet with the author and commission him on behalf of Cosmopolitan to write a story. Hotchner believed so completely that he was going to be rejected that he sent Hemingway a note letting him know he'd been sent but…

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