Reimagining A Story

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A good story can last the test of time. There are many classics that we grow up reading that have become cultural standouts over the years. Classic stories will always be the classics for a reason, but sometimes a good reimagining of an old tale is just what a story needs. Times change, and sometimes a story just begs to be told in a new and interesting way. A few recent examples of this just this past year are The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Lost in Space. The changes in these stories are pretty drastic, but I’d argue that if these stories were told in the same way they once were they wouldn’t sit right with audiences.

Reimaginings happen all the time, and they aren’t as obvious as these two shows. Bridget Jones is a reimagining of Pride and Prejudice, and Avatar is a wild reimagining of Pocahontas. Another example is that they reimagine Spider-Man every couple of years! This year they reimagined him so many times there’s like… 6 versions of him!

If you’d like to reimagine a story yourself, here’s an article, written by John Kessel at Writer’s Digest, with some great tips on just how to do that: 6 Tips for Reimagining Classic Fiction in Your Writing

 

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Keeping Your Focus During The Holidays

Do the Holidays always catch you off guard as much as they do for me? This year it’s time to be ready and take them head-on. Many, like myself, simply react and do the best they can when the Holidays come around. This year, you can be ready, enjoy the Holidays to the fullest, and finish your work like a pro. It’s all doable, it just takes a little bit of planning. This article written by Jacquelyn Smith at Forbes isn’t geared specifically towards writers, but it does have some great tips for you.

14 Ways to Stay Focused at Work Through the Holidays

The best holiday gift after all is not having to think about work, and to be able to spend time with the ones you love.

Writing A Novel

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This week, I’m posting up about something pretty cool. Books! I know I mostly post about film and television, because that’s mainly my background. I love books too, and may be posting some interviews for them from time to time. I found a great article on the best resources for writing a novel. Check it out if you feel you could use some help.

Jerry Jenkins: The 12 Best Books on Writing I’ve Ever Read

Friday Fun – Those Things Called Books

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Books are fun! You can learn things in them. It may hurt your brain a little, but trust me it’s totally worth it. As a writer, books can be your best friend. If I want to write the best possible story about a guy trying to make it in Hollywood, I could just make it up out of my head. It could be good, but it’d probably be much better if I read about other people’s success stories, and what they had to do to make it to the top. Another good thing could be reading about worst case scenarios, where the person became homeless because they didn’t make it. Every bit of information can help you be a better writer. When you read the best stories, it helps you write the best stories. When you read the worst stories, you’ll know what to avoid. Reading fiction and non-fiction can help a writer become more well-rounded. Fun facts are always great for conversation too. Just read. It’s good for your noggin.

To add on to this, I strongly believe it’s a good idea to seek out different types of information. Books are amazing, but don’t ignore TV, film, video games, comic books, etc. There are many ways to gain knowledge and inspiration.

It’s World Book Day! What are You Reading?

One thing we’ve noticed about a vast majority of our members here at theOffice is that no matter what they’re writing – a novel, a screenplay, a poem – they always have a book sitting on their desks while read-books-480x3182they work. The moment they stop typing, when they seem to hit a wall, they pick up that book and start reading. A few minutes later and they’re right back to pounding away at that keyboard. The cycle continues for hours until they pack up, satisfied with their accomplishments for the day.

This is just one of the many habits we’ve seen in professional writers: they’re never more than a few feet away from the works that inspire them to keep working. So, if you’re pursuing a career in writing, we’d say it’s a safe bet that picking up the habit will help you immensely.

The UK and Ireland celebrated World Book Day today, but we don’t see a reason why we can’t celebrate too. Books are the writer’s lifeblood, our guides, and the source of our inspiration. Our members know it and so do we; don’t be surprised if you find one of us with a book handy at the front desk!

So what books do you keep close while you’re working?

Happy writing and happy reading!

 

Flannery O’Connor on Writing Habits

tumblr_lpcr0sELzN1qdogv5o1_1280“I’m a full-time believer in writing habits. . . You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time by physical and mental habits or it dries up and blows away. . . Of course you have to make your habits in this conform to what you can do. I write only about two hours every day because that’s all the energy I have, but I don’t let anything interfere with those two hours, at the same time and the same place.”

-Flannery O’Connor, letter, September 22, 1957

The Value of a Home Library

6FUTURETENSE-master675Jeff Bezos himself would have a hard time defending the nostalgic capacity of a Kindle .azw file over that of a tattered paperback. Data files can’t replicate the lived-in feel of a piece of beloved art. To a child, a parent’s dog-eared book is a sign of a mind at work and of the personal significance of that volume.

A crisp JPEG of the cover design on a virtual shelf, however, looks the same whether it’s been reread 10 times or not at all. If, that is, it’s ever even seen.”

From the New York Times article Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves