If you haven't seen The Vow yet and desperately want to, go check it out and come back before you read this. However, I would advise you to save yourself from some disappointment and try a different movie instead. Let me tell you why.
This review highlights something that is important for any writer to learn - fulfilling promises to your readers. I was going to give this movie at least a 4 out of 5, until I got to the end. Now I'm giving it a 2 out of 5. This movie was well made, I was really enjoying it, but then it failed to fulfill the promise it made to me. I never got to watch the story I was told I would see unfold before my eyes. When you write books, it's important to identify the promises you make to the reader and fulfill them. Otherwise they feel cheated, like I did at the end of The Vow.
In the preview the protagonist says, "I need to make my wife fall in love with me again." If only we could have seen that happen. Now this isn't a movie I would have ever chosen to watch, my wife chose it, but I did think it looked pretty good. That said I do like romantic comedies. They're not my first choice, but I enjoy them. We watched this movie because it has an interesting premise. Two people are married and in love, an accident happens, and the wife can't remember her husband. Watching him win her back and fall in love with him all over again sounds like a pretty romantic movie, and you're rooting for him the whole time. Unfortunately you never get to see that happen. I won't ruin it for you with spoilers if you still want to see it, but just look at its rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 29% That's just under 1 1/2 stars. Like I said, the acting was great, the cinematography was very well done, and I loved the characters - but we never got to watch the movie we were promised. It lead up to it, and then left us cold.
To hear more on fulfilling promises to your readers, check out this great episode from my favorite writing podcast Writing Excuses. These guys are pros making their living writing books, and they thought this topic was important enough to devote an episode to. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen. Just click on the Writing Excuses link above. Thanks for stopping by and remember - fulfill the promises you make to your readers!
Listen to my latest short story "The Forest Trail"
Friday, May 18, 2012
A podcast short story where a husband sees an armed robber enter the store where his pregnant wife went to pick up something. Find out what he does about it. Thanks to Jeff Hite for the bumper!
Music "Summon The Rawk" by Kevin MacLeod:
Promo at the end of the Podcast was for Flying Island Press:
Sound Effects Used from http://www.freesound.org/:
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Earth Wind Fire Water pack 1 » Earth1.aif
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Body Hitting Mat.aif
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BABIES and KIDS mono and stereo » 00235 baby newborn first voice.wav
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CARS individual sounds » 01019 car door 3.wav
Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
In college it was "Friends." The whole dorm would gather together and see if they could get the claps right in the song... for those of you wondering there are four, not five.
Paul Simon singing "The Sound of Silence" at Ground Zero. Too profound to fully explain.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Last night I was picking up some groceries when I noticed an author's book, who I knew to be self published, was on the shelf in my local grocery store. You may have heard of him, John Locke. No not that one old dude who's the father of classical liberalism and long dead, I'm talking about the extremely successful self published author John Locke. He's known for his Donovan Creed series, and wrote a book called "How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!" That title says it all about his success self publishing eBooks. I thought he must have signed with a big publisher, because of course that's the only way he could have a book in the grocery store right? Only the best sellers are on the shelves there, they don't have much shelf space. So I picked up the book and looked inside to see what publisher he was with now, thinking here goes another self published author signing with the big six. It's not something I look down on, but I can see how someone would stay with self-publishing if they're making the kind of money John Locke has been making. I've been curious to see what the authors who have self published with amazing success will continue to do. So far I've seen a lot of them signing with a big six New York publisher. They usually still self publish other books as well, but I thought that they might all end up signing up. Not John Locke! To my surprise the publisher of the paperback I found in my local grocery store was John Locke Books. I thought, wait how can he do that? I made a mental note to look it up online later. A late night stop for some groceries became an intriguing and exciting trip. That was a couple nights ago, and last night I found this blog post on John Locke's website. It turns out that it is published under his own imprint, so he has full control over it, but Simon and Schuster is distributing his books. As far as I know this is a first in the publishing world. The book is not a long one, which is probably why he's able to sell it for only five dollars, but for the price of a Frapuccino, let's all support this self published author getting on to the grocery store shelf! This is big time stuff for us authors who like the idea of self-publishing and having full control of our work. The majority of his sales might remain in eBooks, but being in the grocery store and the book store in paper means that you're pretty much everywhere and that has to be getting him new fans that have never heard of him before. I'm really excited about the whole idea, and to think not long ago we could not have imagined something like this being possible. Go snag a copy at your local store, it is called Wish List and can be found at Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, airport bookstores, Walgreens, and others. I saw it on the shelf at Safeway. Let's hope the book does well so more self published authors can find their way in paper onto the shelves of book stores and grocery stores.