#writinglessons: Star Trek Beyond

I finally watched Star Trek Beyond and loved it!

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What a great movie. Right amount of laughs, tension, action and heart-racing fear to keep me engaged. Even the bad guy made sense in the end.

So, what did I learn from the movie?

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#writinglessons from Independence Day Resurgence

I tried y’all.

I really tried.

But.

Independence Day Resurgence was super hard to watch and put me to sleep (granted, I have a lot going on and have been underslept as of late).

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I don’t think I got halfway through this flick but in an attempt to stay awake, I pulled out my phone and started taking notes.

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#WritingLessons from George R.R. Martin

I recently read an article which reviewed a talk George R.R. Martin , author of the Game of Thrones books, gave in Australia.

As a fan of the television series and a writer aspiring to create worlds that readers can get lost in, it’s no surprise that I paid close attention to what he had to say.

Here are a few of the tips I took away from the article:

  1. don’t let characters wallow in despair for too long;
  2. avoid cliches;
  3. show violence truthfully but also show its after-effects; and
  4. use grey characters (i.e. not all good, not all bad).

He had a lot more to say but those four tips spoke loudly to me.

(I’m sorry that I don’t have a link to the original article. Please don’t shoot me.)

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#WritingLessons from #GOT S6 E10

I just got to watch Game of Thrones because, I hardly get to watch my preferred tv shows live.

 

It is what it is, but my life doesn’t always permit me to watch much live tv but the news.

Anyway, this season finale episode was … PURE FYAH!!!!

Yes, I loved almost every second of it and I managed to walk away with a few #writinglessons. Please be aware that spoilers lie ahead.
  1. Shock the hell out of everyone. As a writer, I know the importance of shocking my readers.  It is always important to give them something they don’t expect. Like, I didn’t expect Tommen to off himself the way he did. I also didn’t expect Cersei to off everyone in the septum the way she did. As in, damn, Cersei is a cold-blooded BAWSE.
  2. REALLY shock the hell out of everyone. I’m certain I wasn’t the only one surprised that Cersei and Qyburn would use children as assassins. Like DAMN. But it’s those sorts of surprises that make for a good story. Oh, and the irony of the young destroying the old was a great image and I wonder if that will be a theme in the future.
  3. Allow your characters to be their true self. Eventually. Cersei – the black queen has come into her own, forced there by a series of events.  Daenerys – the dragon queen has relinquished love, with no emotions, in order to gain the seven kingdoms (is she going to be just like her mad father?). John Snow – the bastard Targaryen has become the king of the north (but trouble lies ahead what with the secrets between himself and Sansa). Arya Stark. Need I say more? These essential characters have come into their own and I like it. Ooh and I can’t forget Granny Olenna Tyrell. She cut those Sand sisters at their knees in her typical quick tongue and she’s about to be that granny out for revenge. Long story short – be true to your character’s character.

And now, I’m off to see how I can apply these few tips to my story, THE PURSUAL. It goes to the editor later today and I’m so nervous.

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#WritingLessons from Nollywood

Nollywood is the colloquial term for Nigeria’s homegrown movie industry. It’s considered the second largest by volume, after India’s Bollywood and America’s Hollywood.

We all know quantity does not equate to quality.

Nollywood movies, while dramatic, highly entertaining and (sadly) often realistic portrayals of real life for the average Nigerian, do not always measure up to well-crafted stories. That has something to do with the economics of Nollywood – films are made quickly on the cheap.

(You think I’m kidding when I say they are dramatic, heehee)

I recently watched a movie (because despite their challenges, I enjoy Nollywood) and walked away with the following #writinglessons –

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#WritingLessons from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

I love science fiction and watch it religiously.  Luckily, there are quite a few sci fi franchise options to indulge in, one of which is Star Wars.

Recently, I was on an American Airlines flight and got to watch Star Wars VII for a second time. The first time I watched it, the movie was boring to me. I watched it as a regular consumer of creative content but didn’t feel any attachment to the characters or the story.

So, given that experience, I wasn’t interested in a second viewing, but I am so glad I did it because I learned a lot about storytelling from watching the movie again.  And as a novice writer, I’m happy to take good tips from almost anywhere. (I lie. I’ll take ’em from anywhere.)

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