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Hello, everybody. My name is Kiera-Lynn Hart.

I created this site with the hope that you, my fellow readers and writers, will be able to learn in good time and good health what took me a long time and some heartache to learn.

It is called Five for Writing because, as you will soon see, Top Five lists are my forte.

But even more awaits around the corner.

Come inside, look around, have some fun, and be inspired.

All my best,

Kiera-Lynn

Comedy

Comedy Post #1

Comedy Post #1

Drama in Disguise

Intro: One of my heroes, Albert Einstein, once said that if you can’t explain it to a seven-year-old, then you do not understand it yourself. So, I thought to myself, what is my very first memory of comedy? I believe that you will have the same answer that popped into my mind: a man wearing a dress. This simple farce is so effective because it applies the most basic yet essential rule of comedy: a unity of opposites. What works for a seven-year-old is no different than what works for a thirty-year-old. It isn’t even a matter of elevation, just variety.

Top 5 Easiest Ways to Bust Comedy Clichés

  1. Gender swaps.
  2. Age swaps.
  3. Unhappy endings.
  4. Unlikeable protagonists.
  5. Likable antagonists

 

  1. Even though the glass ceiling is breaking and LGBT equality is becoming more prevalent, there are still many scenarios in which a swap like this can be both funny and acceptable.
  2. 2. A kid acting more rationally than an adult and an adult being immature does not require a body swap a la Freaky Friday.
  3. In the UK version of The Office, many of the episodes ended on an awkward/unhappy note thanks to the man dubbed “the king of uncomfortable,” co-creator Ricky Gervais. Yet, we laughed so much at the beginning and middle that we kept coming back for more
  4. Legendary screenwriter John Truby once said in an interview that he thought the hit show Seinfeld flipped television on its head. Why? Because it starred four very unlikeable people. The principal cast did despicable things on a weekly basis, yet we rooted for them because their flaws were not only entertaining, but allowed more of an emotional connection compared with many other shows because we, as real human beings, are closer to them in terms of having flaws than the heroes on many other shows at the time.
  5. In Disney’s Hercules, Hades may be the lord of the dead, but he has a surprising lust for life. He likes to schmooze, scheme, and swindle, but he does it with a smile on his face.
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October 2018

Thrilled to Welcome You

Hello, everybody. My name is Kiera-Lynn Hart.

I created this site with the hope that you, my fellow readers and writers, will be able to learn in good time and good health what took me a long time and some heartache to learn. It is called Five for Writing because, as you will soon see, Top Five lists are my forte.

It is difficult to put into words how thrilled I am to be making both my literary and blogging debut.

But, since I am a writer, I will try.

Before I took on writing as a profession, I was an avid appreciator of the art form, eating books, stage plays, and films in every genre specifically for that seemingly inextricable aspect.

Alas, although I adored it, I figured it was reserved for geniuses, whose ideas came to them on a whim and who wrote their both first and final draft in one long, continuous thought.

So, imagine my surprise when I found out that writing is an attainable skill, as much a science as it is an art!

I’ve decided to start out with one post in each category.  In no particular order, I will name the devices under their theme briefly, and then go into each one in more detail one by one, corresponding with the numbers.

Stamina is all about getting the nerve up to plunge into a writing project, be it your first or your one-hundredth, and avoiding some of the pitfalls that may be littered along your way.

No two authors have the exact same process. Plot comes in to give you tried-and-true options on how to brainstorm, organize, and fine-tune your story, be you a planner, a pantser, or somewhere in between.

Character is reserved for getting more in-depth with the cast of your story, from motivations, to actions, to reactions.

Comedy is another art-science hybrid all its own, and here you will find opposites to unite in order to create it, suggestions on where and when to insert it in your story, and if it is appropriate for story (or, if it is not, is that precisely why it should be in there).

Romance. Notes on how relationships can begin while avoiding cliché, be tested without the lovers ceasing to deserve each other, and end sweetly, sadly, and everything in between.

National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner. I happen to be a two-time champion, and will welcome any questions you may have about what the experience can be like.

If you intend to contact me for reading purposes as opposed to writing ones, I will personally answer any requests or questions you might have with equally as much joy.

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous Post #1

Spy High

Intro: The spy genre is very popular. It is amazing how these characters are paragons of integrity, justice, and all that is good in the world. They are trained rigorously and ruthlessly to withstand great physical endurance, tasks that require mental agility and logic, don convincing disguises, speak proficiently in several different languages, and even endure literal torture. However, the genre would not exist at all if these amazing men and women did not from time to time make mistakes that cost them dearly.

Top 5 Spy Mistakes

  1. Falling in love.
  2. Entrusting somebody with a secret (a woman, especially).
  3. Not checking one’s cocktail for poison before drinking it.
  4. Not ensuring the safety of those whom he or she seduces, whether it was for information of just fun.
  5. Owing somebody a favor.
  1. Entrusting your heart to someone it the gateway to entrusting them with the secrets hidden in your mind, and caring for another’s well-being does nothing but put your own body, and therefore your life, on the line.
  2. Do not leave a paper trail; commit it to memory.
  3. If you do detect poison, play it cool. The potted plant in the corner won’t mind.
  4. Even if the spy is heartless enough not to care that the boy- or girl-toy is dead, it is still a huge calling card that will inevitably draw attention to them.
  5. You never know when they will demand it from or guilt-trip it from you, or its cost.

Note: All of these were mistakes that James Bond made in Casino Royale. But, to be fair, although it was the twenty-first film in the series, it was meant to be his first mission. Strong characters aren’t the ones who don’t make mistakes; they are the ones who learn from their mistakes.

World-Building

World-Building Post #1

No Stage, No Play

Intro: All kinds of goodies can lie simply within the time and place in which your story lives. Commerce, religion, art. You name it, you can evolve or devolve any of them to the liking of the environment you wish to create, or find plot seeds through those aspects factually if you are doing a creating a story based on true events. Legendary Pixar writer and director Brad Bird says “Use every part of the buffalo.”

Top 5 Ways to Use a Setting to Dramatic Advantage

  1. A language barrier.
  2. Sticking out like a sore thumb among those of a foreign culture.
  3. Not enough space.
  4. Too much space.
  5. Superior, inferior, or simply new technology in the way of transportation keeping a character or characters stuck in a location.
  1. There’s no surer way to set the stage for tension than verbal miscommunication, but it doesn’t have to be clichéd. Maybe the hero lands in a world in which he doesn’t realize that his native language, though all of the citizens can understand it, has been banned for some reason. Maybe she can only be understood if she speaks in rhyme. Maybe he is only allowed to speak in double entendres, and they make him feel uncomfortable.
  2. I remember being stuck in a Japanese airport as a teenager with my redheaded friend. She asked me, “Why are they all staring at me?”
  3. Cramped quarters are an open invitation for physical as well as romantic comedy. Claustrophobia.
  4. Get lost in a wide field, can’t see/hear each other over sitting on opposite ends of a long dinner table in a mansion, agoraphobia.
  5. I knew of more than one person who, during their first year in Japan, made the mistake of thinking that they were supposed to board a certain train based on the color of the train itself, as opposed to the color of the character on their ticket that matched the character on the side of the train.