terça-feira, abril 24, 2007

domingo, abril 15, 2007

Some writing advice by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on the subject of short stories, from Bagombo Snuff Box:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.*
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

*which is to say, create or resolve tension.

in A Peste

Um exercício que se faz nos Estados Unidos é criar os chamados Loglines ou Plotlines (pequenos resumos) de filmes. Deixo aqui algumas tentativas:

Homem + Homem = Mulher
Logline: Um homem, que conhece outro homem, apaixona-se por ele e, depois de algumas tentativas frustradas de o seduzir, percebendo-se que ele é heterosexual, decide mudar de sexo para poder "possuir" o homem que ama. Após a operação de mudança de sexo, consegue seduzir o homem e começa a sentir necessidade de lhe contar tudo o que se passou.