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…

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Writing Exercise Day 1

For the next ten days, I'm starting my daily writing with a warm-up exercise. I'll randomly choose a passage from Steinbeck, Hemingway, or Babel, type it out (to internalize the language), analyze the style, and then mime it in my own vignette. Today's Passage: "We slept, all six of us, beneath a wooden roof that let in the stars, warming one another, our legs intermingled. I dreamed: and in my dreams saw women. But my…

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