Author Archives: Diana Stout

About Diana Stout

Screenwriter, author, former English professor

The Sun Also Rises … It Does?

“Everyone behaves badly–given the chance.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises It’s 10 p.m.  I’ve been at my desk 11 hours today, starting the revision of a script I wrote more than a decade okay but had to lay … Continue reading

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Creating Characters

I love creating characters.  This part of creative writing is one of my favorite activities, along with creating plot, and then creating the outline. Whenever I begin a story, I usually have a visual of my main character and a … Continue reading

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Creating a (Writing) Space

I moved recently.  I noticed as I removed items off the shelves and walls, those items some call knickknacks but I call reflections of my personality or that provide Feng Shui cures for structural obstacles, that the chi (another name … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Hell

It was a frightful dark and uprooting stormy night when The Muse woke me with a start. The clock struck three when she commanded, “Follow me.” With her pixie face, light colored curls, and luminous eyes, I was more than … Continue reading

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Gutting It Out

Two days ago, I finished writing the first draft of a medieval novel that I started almost ten years ago.  What’s really ironic is that most of the writing occurred in the last six months. After a decade of missing … Continue reading

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Storyboarding: Creating Structure to a Project

I love Orly Konig-Lopez’s blog Writing in the Storm, and particularly today’s Writing Process Throwdown.  She talks about her plotting method, which is one I use. Basically, it’s a method I borrowed years ago from Hollywood’s storyboarding, where the story … Continue reading

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Managing Potential Submissions

I subscribe to a number of writing newsletters that alert me of contests and open submissions.  As an academic, I get lots of Call of Paper announcements, to which I can submit papers or presentation proposals to journals and conferences.  … Continue reading

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Life’s Little Hiccups

I’m behind.  Again. I wish I could say that I don’t know how it happens, but actually, I do know how it happens. Life. And a lack of making writing the priority it deserves. What’s frustrating is that I know … Continue reading

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Dear Plant . . .

Lilly Conference Traverse City, MI October 2014 Dear Plant, I miss your green, your silent acceptance of my work, even when I’m goofing off. Oh, dear, did I forget to give you extra water?  I don’t worry about you as … Continue reading

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The One Trait Every Writer Needs

is PERSISTENCE! The persistent writer  Submits their[1] work. Accepts rejection. (It’s not personal). Accepts criticism. Wants criticism because they know growth occurs when mistakes are pointed out.  Plus, criticism means the writer engaged the reader, if not hit a nerve. … Continue reading

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