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What is “I Got My Ass Thoroughly Kicked?”

Yep. No Jeopardy for me this time. One day, maybe.

In my defense, those were some damned hard questions.

-Ryan

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I’ll take “Writers On Game Shows” for $200, Alex

Being a total trivia nut, I’m throwing my hat in for the Jeopardy online contestant applications. I know Wheel of Fortune’s got the better prizes and cash flow by far, but Jeopardy has nerd cred.

…also, I don’t have to behave like a puppy on a sugar high.

I think I spend more time apologizing on this blog than writing actual blog entries.

In any case, I’ve finished my longest work to date – the rough draft of an urban fantasy story, stretching out over 70,000 words. I’ll be frank in saying that it’s mostly crap, and I think the necessary edits will make it far more readable. The additional text will help, no doubt. But after two years, I’ve finally put together something novel-sized, and can see the scope of the story.

Persistence pays off, friends. At this rate, I’ll see you again in about three months.

Writing in General : How Multi-Classing Can Help You Be A Better Writer

I promise this post is only as geeky as the title itself; Multi-Classing is a feature within Dungeons and Dragons that allows a hero to, once they’ve reached a certain level of experience, branch out into a different category of expertise.

As a writer, we’re often focused solely on our craft. We write, therefore, we must be writers, and only writers.

Write? Wrong.

Sure, you can learn to be an even better writer by writing, reading, and doing more writing, but you’ll only become gifted within a very narrow scope. Be more than a writer. Take up drawing, music, filmmaking, photography, knitting, martial arts, dance, anything – find a different perspective and skill set that you can reinforce your writing with.

I recently finished a film-making class, and one thing continually reinforced by my professor, Hezekiah Lewis, was flow. He said at one point, “people get too hung up on details, like cigarettes in the wrong hand or something like that. Don’t let the technical aspects block the flow of the story. If you have a great take and it flows, but the cigarette’s wrong, who cares? Use it. You shouldn’t be concerned with accuracy. The performance comes first.”

When a friend of mine, Branson, came down to visit, I cajoled him into giving me some brief art lessons. I learned more about drawing feet in that afternoon than I ever had before, but that led me to draw more. And more. And then, when I read this blog entry by one of my favorite artists/creators ever, Chris Sanders, things came together. I made connections between the way I would draw people and the way I would describe these drawings – which, in turn, made my words more vibrant. Thinking visually and working visually helped me to write visually.

And now, instead of getting caught up by thoughts on technicality, I think more about capturing the moment. Who cares if it’s right, as long as it’s written? You can always take care of these things in post-production.

-Ryan Lynch (is a Level 10 Writer / Level 2 Artist / Level 1 Filmmaker)

Back At Last!

With the return of cable internet comes the return of the blog!

-Ryan

Delays?

Ah! Unfortunate, horrible delays!

I’ve moved apartments, done and re-done assignments for class, and am trying to consistently get access to internet service as my (new) apartment has none.

This may put a cramp in my blogging style for the month or so to come.

I should be back on track this week. There’ll be a double post, to make up for last week’s missing one.

All the best,
Ryan

P.S. Seen any good movies lately? No?

Seen any horrible movies lately? Let me know in the comments below.

Writing in General : Fragile Life

When I go out for a run in the morning, I have three things stuck in the mesh pockets of my shorts: the keys to my apartment – which sound their warning jingle as I run through concrete streets – my driver’s license, and a post-it note.

On that note is written the following: In the event of an emergency, please contact my sister L______. You can reach her at 215-555-9876. Thank you.

Sometimes, the post-it is lost, and I am forced to write a new one, which is quickly folded around the driver’s license (a choice of neatness and habit). A cell phone would make more sense, but only in an emergency context; as it applies to running, such a choice would only cause my phone to meet with the pavement regularly.

You or I would think nothing of having an emergency number on our phone; but writing it down repeatedly, along with a message, creates in me an odd feeling of uncertainty and numbered days. Youth is not accustomed to dealing with mortality; Youth will think of it as a tragedy to lose one’s life in these, the years of promise and vigor.

I try to shake that notion, and think of it as a simple precaution. If I am the unfortunate victim of someone’s poor driving, I’d like for my family to know it. Hence, the post-it.

As I laced up this morning, my thoughts wandered to death in fiction; too often, writers will kill for the sake of a shock, or convenience. The deaths that truly affect us are the ones that come out of nowhere, that, sometimes, will make no sense – such as a young man, out on a morning run, hit by an out-of-control car. We are not reminded of the killer’s cruel touch, or a heroic deed with a death like that. We are reminded, instead, of the fragile lives we live.

When you write, use that. Know that. Most people will never know a brave moment in their life, as we see them in books or on the screen; but they will know a weak moment – a fragile moment – not unlike the one I described. They will connect with it to a much greater degree, and it offers you a powerful opportunity for plot and character development.

How your characters navigate tragedy is up to you; I only ask that you do it well.

-Ryan

P.S. If you should be interested in reading a great book dealing with life’s fragile moments, I can’t recommend Inio Asano’s Solanin enough.