Personally, I won’t be watching Sharknado, but I do wholeheartedly believe that nobody can please everyone all of the time. When it comes to writing, there’s a great deal of pressure to get it right, to avoid cliches and to come up with that one original idea. If I took all of the advice to heart I’d be a complete mess. So it’s a pleasant surprise to read Kristen Lamb’s blog post and come away feeling refreshingly relaxed about writing. I write because there’s something inside that tells me I must and I’m not concerned with the rules. For me, writing is a need and the moment it becomes a chore will be the day I throw in the towel.

(Sssh, don’t tell anyone but I might watch Sharknado because over-the-top silliness definitely has its place).

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SHARKNADO is a phenomena that is taking the world by storm. I mean, how can it get better? SHARKS AND TORNADOES! Tonight, SyFy is re-airing the show and we will be holding a #myWANA #Sharknado party on Twitter so we can all share in the goofy fun, because sometimes stories are so BAD they are AWESOME.

But what can writers learn from Sharknado?

Belief is Already Suspended

One mistake new writers make is they feel the need to EXPLAIN, to make an idea PLAUSIBLE. Here’s the thing. The second someone actually decides to give our stories a chance? Belief is already suspended. The Force was better before it was explained.Metachlorians ruined Star Wars. An entire generation had already fallen in love with Star Wars and accepted The Force. We didn’t need to know what it was or what caused it.


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