Let’s say your cat gets trapped in the pantry overnight and manages to chew through two bags of cat nip, spread it throughout the pantry and then have a panicked pea on top of a bucket of cashews before knocking over a vase, which smashes to the ground alerting you to the fact that she’s been stuck in there all night.
Or let's say you're a guy who decides to eat 40 whole chickens for 40 days.
You can take those experiences and be . . . something? This episode we look into the chicken man and the cat peeing in the pantry and the scale of positive and negative experiences.SOURCES
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Spoiler alert and Warning: This podcast episode ended up being so off-the-wall and kind of explicit because there is a ton of swear words because we recorded the “Random Thoughts” at night after a party. Also, Shaun calls Carrie “stupid.” He is not yet forgiven. Back to Our Regular Podcast: This podcast is supposed to be about living the best life and the best writing life that you can and that… my friends… that can be a process. Cough. But… Carrie just ended a six-month stint teaching a class called Write! Submit! Support!, which was run by the Writing Barn in Austin. It’s an online class that follows a distance program MFA, but with the added bonus of adding community and support to each other via support partners, online classes and Facebook groups. Carrie taught this program, but she also learned a lot, and the thing she learned is that she had it easy. She got a book contract about twelve months after she decided to become a writer. But that’s weird and it’s abnormal, and a couple years later her books series magically became an international and NYT bestseller. This is also weird and abnormal. She took it for granted. And during this program, she was once again reminded that there are other writers out there who are brilliant and talented and still haven’t been published. It isn’t because those writers aren’t amazing. They are talented and clever and their stories rock. It’s random things that didn’t happen for them the way they happened for her. And she learned in the past six months that for most people the key to success? It’s being relentless. ...
None of us are perfect with the grammar, especially not us native-English speakers. We’ve got all these words that mean totally different things but sound EXACTLY THE SAME! And today, we here on Dogs are Smarter Than People are going to do things. Prove that dogs are smarter than people because they don’t have to spell.Help you all out about a five-some of evil. Yes, I’m talking about Aah, ah, ahh, aw, and awe. I know you’ve all seen it on Facebook. Someone you love writes, “Awe (a-w-e) that’s so cutie.” And you’re like, “No! Agh. I don’t want to be evil and tell them but they are using the wrong spelling here.” Let’s get started. Aah! Is an interjection. It’s like a giant mosquito as big as a velociraptor is hovering in front of your nose. You are afraid. Aah is what we use for those moments. It has a super close relative – Ah! Ah is an interjection, too. But this time you aren’t expressing fear; this time you are expressing love, surprise, pleasure, a realization. “Ah! I now understand that was not a mosquito but was actually an Amazon delivery drone.” And then we have their lovely relative, Ahh. Ahh is when you get something or you accept something. Ahh, I do love you and your way with drones. Ahh, this is how the world works, you act like a narcissist ...
Seriously. The best books are like wedgies. You can’t ignore them. They get right up inside you and into places they aren’t supposed to go. And sometimes it’s hard to get them out. This week Carrie talked to a lot of her writers about how if you don’t long to write your scenes, your readers probably aren’t going to long to read those scenes either. And recently the New York Times talked to Steve Martin (actor, writer, comedian) about books. He’s allegedly addicted to audiobooks, which is cool. He said, “I’m also a sucker for the magic of opening paragraphs. I’ll never understand what the sorcery is in literature and movies that engages you immediately and makes it impossible to look away.” A wedgie engages you immediately. And a book can do that too, sometimes. But sometimes it’s not like a wedgie; it’s more like a bad 8-hour Zoom meeting about land use ordinances and setback requirements in a town you’ll never visit. So how do you keep your book from being boring? You wedgify it. Yes, we made up that word. HOW DO YOU WEDGIFY A BOOK? You go all in. Make the conflict as big as possible.You have dynamic scenes where things happen. Not just the character’s meandering thoughts about Zoom meetings.You make us care. Wedgies matter because your bum matters. WRITING TIP OF THE POD Go all in with your stories. ...