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

Donna Tartt Quote

3cf3e9ebcede9bd9dd149cb4b29f964e“Some things are too terrible to grasp at once. Other things – naked, sputtering, indelible in their horror – are too terrible to really grasp ever at all. It is only later, in solitude, in memory that the realization dawns: when the ashes are cold; when the mourners have departed; when one looks around and finds oneself – quite to one’s surprise – in an entirely different world.”

Donna Tartt, The Secret History

George Saunders on Fiction

“Fiction is a kind of compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth. Is life kind or cruel? Yes, Literature answers. Are people good or bad? You bet, says Literature. But unlike other systems of knowing, Literature declines to eradicate one truth in favor of another; rather, it teaches us to abide with the fact that, in their own way, all things are true, and helps us, in the face of this terrifying knowledge, continually push ourselves in the direction of Open the Hell Up.”

George Saunders

from The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

new york city girl inspiration“But, she knew, you didn’t have to marry your soulmate, and you didn’t even have to marry an Interesting. You didn’t always need to be the dazzler, the firecracker, the one who cracked everyone up, or made everyone want to sleep with you, or be the one who wrote and starred in the play that got the standing ovation. You could cease to be obsessed with the idea of being interesting.”

Meg Wolitzer