HaHa! Not only do we discover that Sendak is gay; we also learn that he doesn’t really like people or kids, or book signings, or “Where The Wild Things Are”…All in good fun! -Waveybrain
Stephen Colbert’s two-part interview with Where the Wild Things Are author/illustrator Maurice Sendak easily ranks as the most entertaining interview I’ve ever seen with a children’s book author. I’m sure it’ll be much discussed at the Society of Children’s Book Writers
Here’s a short but great little nugget of storytelling wisdom from South Park creators, Trey Parker & Matt Stone. I remember some basics I was taught about story develpment, which were essentially three acts: Intro/character exposition; on to the conflict/obstacle (a villain ? )which builds up to…The third act: the ultimate climax and story resolution. That’s right: a Disney feature. Of course, that structure could be toyed with. However, if those three elements are there, you have a story arc. But, I wish I had been taught this method of a meandering plot too. I guess classic gag-driven cartoons had the same basic structure: chaos. Good stuff! -Waveybrain
Trey Parker and Matt Stone crash a “Storytelling Strategies” course for an awful neighborhood-murdering university and manage to express some excellent writing tips along the way. Read up, writers!
I meet a lot of people who claim to be writers. They like to identify with the images and lifestyle and assumptions that go along with being a writer, but they don’t actually do any serious writing. Writing poems or stories as catharsis or therapy — to vent or get something off your chest — is not the same as writing poetry or short stories professionally. Writing can be enjoyable and is one of many forms of self-help, but that doesn’t mean that you’re born to be a writer. You might sew a button on your shirt, but you’re not a tailor; you might cook dinner for your family, but you’re not a chef; you might play golf for fun, but you’re not on the PGA tour or in charge of a golf course.
This is where the disparity begins — the dueling identities. If you’re an administrative assistant in your day job, and you are not actively advancing your career, and you write a few poems a year in your spare time, you are not a writer. Identifying with being a writer only brings you further from the life you are living. As each day passes, you think about how you’re not doing what you should be doing, you begin to become depressed because you’re too busy worrying about living a fantasy life someday and paying no attention to the life you have right now. Wanting to change careers and taking action to make that happen is one thing; hoping that some miracle will occur that will change everything for you is a path to depression and anxiety.