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The Flaws in Writing a Story Without Affective Characters.

As many of you may know, I'm working on a project (memoir) based around myself. Today, I was assigned by my professor to look over a few of my classmates work and see if they had a clear and solid story concept. Some of them did, but there was one assignment for this STORY BIBLE OUTLINE (13-23 pages) that one student had done. He did NOT put any effort into his outline by giving detail or anything. How can you write a good story when everything is so general? I wanted detail and information but I didn't get that. I felt kind of bad when I was grading it, but it felt even worse that the characters were half developed. The character is just as important as the story, if you lack one thing then it all falls apart (like the domino effect). I wasn't sure if I wanted to say his project/outline was a waste of time, because it has no detail or imagery for me to go off of. There is only one student in my class, whose paper I looked over that blew me away...it had me smiling from ear to ear! That's what a story and the characters should do to you; make you have some type of emotionally reaction to it! Everyone wanted to be a writer, but not everyone is called! WOW!

2010 Survey Results

On Tynan

After a long day in the sun at the 2010 Crossfit Games in LA, I've flopped into my Aeron in the RV, which is parked near my old stomping grounds in Hollywood. I found an amazing parking spot right near the Farmer's Market that has no street cleaning and is always empty at night. You'd be surprised how important things like street cleaning become when you live in an RV. Anyway, I don't have enough energy left to pull myself out of my chair, so it's time to tally up the survey results from a couple weeks ago and share what I learned.

Life Nomadic

This one was totally unexpected. Around a third of the people who responded said that they want more Life Nomadic. To be totally honest, I didn't know people were that interested in it. The site, when it was separate, never developed the same sort of following this site has.

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