Writing dialogue — realistic dialogue anyway — doesn’t always come easily. Done well, dialogue advances the story and fleshes out the characters while providing a break from exposition. It takes time to develop a good ear, but learning the simple rules and obvious pitfalls that you’ll learn in this workshop can make a huge difference. […]
…. TRIPLE MY INCOME IN 2014. What’s your resolution for the New Year?
Have you ever asked yourself, What do the gods and goddesses do all day? The Greeks imagined that they were sitting upon Mount Olympus, watching the humans, doling out favors or punishments. But when I arrive at my friend Jessica Notkin’s house and ask how things are going, she has a litany of complaints about […]
The Game Master The King in every suit is always a leader with a paternal feeling. He is an authority figure in his realm of influence. The suit of Swords (Spades in the tradition deck of cards) is ruled by the element of Air, which means it rules everything to do with the mind, intellect, […]
Mythic structure can be found in almost every myth worldwide from ancient times to modern-day blockbusters, like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Avatar. This structure creates compelling stories and provides organization, giving you an essential tool to complete a novel, memoir, or screenplay. Students will learn about the 12 stages of the hero’s journey and […]
Discipline comes from the energy of the third chakra. It has been shown statistically that those people who are capable of delaying gratification tend to show the most intelligence and score highest on intelligence tests. Recently in class, Advance Novel Writing at Lighthouse, a discussion came up about ballet dancers and how incredibly intelligent they […]
We spend approximately a third of our lives asleep, yet normally ignore this part of our lives, which means we’re ignoring a third of our lives. There is so much rich material in our dreams, it seems a shame to miss out on it. This morning I awoke from an erotic dream about a man. […]