Ideas, Ideas, too many Ideas!

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By Alberto Pupo

So you sit down to write a book, the story is going well, the plot-line is getting compelling, and then something odd happens… A new idea enters the mind, suddenly the story does not seem as compelling the characters are a little flat, and all you can think about is this grand new adventure series featuring insane wizards and sarcastic dragons (ok, not really but you get it). Remaining on topic is very difficult for an author. It does not matter if you are a revered master or a novice who started writing yesterday we authors have a tendency to shift around and change our minds when we think that the grass may be greener on the other side.

When you are dealing with fictional worlds of your creation, there is a tendency to move between worlds sometimes there moments when everything may be going well, and then a new idea takes you in a different direction so what can be done to avoid this phenomenon and see a story till the end?

1. Stay focused on an end goal- If you develop the ending to the story from the very beginning, you have a clear finish line in mind. This means that everything else is merely filling in the blanks.

2. Throw in a plot twist.- If the direction of a certain tale is getting a little stale, just twist it up a bit. This will revitalize your writing and add a new level of excitement maybe a new character? A sudden character death? Anything that will give you a fresh perspective.

If none of these things work, then you may have to shelve the idea and get back to it later. There is no shame in doing this, some ideas and stories are stronger than others, however, do not ever completely do away and trash an idea as you never know when it can be used again in the future.

Authors how do you deal with this issue?

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X-Files Season 11 Ep 8: Familiar

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By Alberto Pupo

Last week’s X-Files episode featured a more modern updated terror. Meanwhile this week we enter a more familiar type of terror. In this week’s episode titled Familiar we got to an ancient fear that at one point gripped our Nation in fear. Witchcraft, The devil, Black Magic. These are all things from America’s past, which lead to hunts and disasters and wild accusations that led to the victimization of the innocent. This week’s episode takes us back into that world and puts everything into the context of Modern Day Continue reading “X-Files Season 11 Ep 8: Familiar”

X-Files Season 11 Ep 7: Rm9sbG93ZXJz

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By Alberto Pupo

The technology makes our lives better, safer, more comfortable? Many would agree that this is true to some extent. But what happens if the technology develops human emotion? What if all the negativity that we have in our society bleeds over to artificial intelligence? Continue reading “X-Files Season 11 Ep 7: Rm9sbG93ZXJz”

Man in the High Castle Season 1 Episode 5: New Normal

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By Alberto Pupo

What exactly is normal? Can everything go back as it should be? Or is there to be a new normal? This next episode of Man in the High Castle deals with the fall out of the previous cliffhanger. In this case, we see two figures reunited as Juliana returns and is reunited once again with Frank. However, have their experiences change them in Continue reading “Man in the High Castle Season 1 Episode 5: New Normal”

Man in the High Castle Season 1 Episode 4: Revelations

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By Alberto Pupo

The story continues to unfold in Episode four titled Revelations. The Marshall is hot on their heels and still looking to put a bullet into Juliana. Meanwhile Frank is thinking about his brand of revenge. This episode will continue the story and see what answers will it bring. Will we learn more about the Resistance and the Mysterious Man in the Continue reading “Man in the High Castle Season 1 Episode 4: Revelations”

X-Files Season 11 Episode 6: Kitten

 

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By Alberto Pupo

Who is Walter Skinner? And what exactly makes him tick? This brand new episode by Freshman X-Files writer Gabe Rotter explores more about Walter Skinner’s past and tries to explain things about a man that very little is truly known about. This episode brings more to Skinner as it goes back to his time in Vietnam to solve a very contemporary mystery. Continue reading “X-Files Season 11 Episode 6: Kitten”

Man in the High Castle Season 1 Episode 3: The Illustrated Woman

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By Alberto Pupo

The fallout from episode 2 continues in The Man in the High Castle in episode 3 which is titled the Illustrated woman.  Having survived a brush with death Juliana now continues to tries to determine what to do next.  However, she may be in a world of trouble as a blood thirsty character known as The Marshal comes to town. Continue reading “Man in the High Castle Season 1 Episode 3: The Illustrated Woman”