Here it is Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious? Well, whether you’re superstitious or not here are 13 Links to 13 Things on Friday the 13th.
13 Things Bad Screenwriters Commonly Do by Brad Schreiber
“Applicable to drama or comedy, these obvious faults aren’t any laughing matter. As a young screenwriter hoping to open doors with a script or your first film based on that script, you can metaphorically shoot yourself in the foot. There are simple mistakes that will say to potential investors, agents, producers, distributors, directors and others that you are not quite ready to enter the world of feature filmmaking.”
13 Things You Think Are True, But Aren’t by Adam Conover
There are a lot of “facts” out there that we think are true that aren’t, but as Adam Conover from CollegeHumor points out they all tell a good story and people like a good story.
13 Funniest tweets about New Year resolutions by Helena Horton
My favourite Tweet from the list, “My New Year’s resolution is simply to remember to write 2017 instead of 2016.”
13 Fascinating Things You Didn’t Know about Halloween by Lauren Smith
Okay since we’re talking Friday the 13th it only seems appropriate that we look at Halloween – especially since Halloween is only a couple of weeks away. I have a strong suspicion that Wonder Woman costumes are going to be very popular this year.
“Halloween all started as a pre-Christian Celtic festival called Samhain (which means “summer’s end”) held around the first of November. It celebrated the final day of the harvest, and was also believed to be the day spirits of the dead would cross over into the other world.”
13 Things Non-Parents Should Never Say to Parents by Lola Lolita
“In reflecting on the annoying things parents should never say to non-parents, however, I also began to think about things non-parents should never say to parents.”
3. In everything in life, all you have control over is how hard you tried and if you acted with grace and integrity. So take a risk, jump in with two feet, do whatever it takes to fight for what you want – so at the end, you know you tried your best.
13 things mentally strong people don’t do by Steven Benna
“In her book, “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do,” author Amy Morin writes that developing mental strength is a “three-pronged approach.”
It’s about controlling your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.”
10. They don’t give up after the first failure.
Success isn’t immediate, and failure is almost always an obstacle you will have to overcome. “Take, for example, Theodor Giesel — also known as Dr. Seuss — whose first book was rejected by more than 20 publishers,” Morin writes. And now Dr. Seuss is a household name.
Thinking that failure is unacceptable or that it means you aren’t good enough does not reflect mental strength. In fact, “bouncing back after failure will make you stronger,” Morin writes.
13 Simple Cooking Tips that Anyone Can Use by Megan Willett
3. Get more juice from a lemon by microwaving it.
Heat up your lemon (or any citrus fruit) for 20 to 30 seconds. Apply pressure by rolling it on the counter or in your hands before cutting it in half and juicing. The fruit will be softer and easier to squeeze.
The 13 Best Athletes to Wear No. 13 by Sports Illustrated
Wilt Chamberlain, Dan Marino, Alex Rodriguez, Steve Nash – need I say more. These athletes clearly don’t think 13 is unlucky. Far from it.
13 Things You Never Knew About Pine Cones by Xaque Gruber
Most interesting for me:
10. Pine cones are nature’s barometer for wildfires and severe winters.
A pine cone on the forest floor is an indication of moisture and wildfire risk. Closed scales on a cone mean damp conditions while open scales mean the forest floor is dry. In autumn, pine trees produce more of the larger cones before a severe winter to ensure seeds will make it through squirrel and bird feeding frenzies.
13 Things You Should Give Up If You Want To Be Successful by Zdravko Cvijetic
8. Give Up Multi-tasking
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” ― Winston S. Churchill
Successful people know this. That’s why they choose one thing and then beat it into submission. No matter what it is — a business idea, a conversation, or a workout.
Being fully present and committed to one task, is indispensable.
13 Things I Learned in 13 Years of Teaching My Taos Writing Retreat By Jennifer Louden
4 It rocks to have been a self-help author.
I used to have a chip on my shoulder because I wasn’t a literary author. Now I proudly claim that I have published 8 self-help books. I wrote them; I marketed them. I did that. That matters.
13 Things You Didn’t Know About It’s a Wonderful Life by Alice Vincent
The film is based on a short story by Philip Van Doren Stern, a writer and historian who was moved to write after having a dream based on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. He called it The Greatest Gift, and the plot follows a very similar path to that of It’s A Wonderful Life.
It took him four years to write 4,000 words, and when he finally finished, in 1943, he struggled to find a publisher. Instead, Stern printed 200 copies himself and sent them to friends as a Christmas card that December.
You know when you’re writing sometimes you hit a dead end. That’s when it can help to just browse around and look for inspiration. You can find inspiration in your own life or by reading about different people and topics and checking out lists like the ones in this blog. There are plenty of facts and thoughts in these lists that you could use as a jumping off point for a new story or use as a story device in a story you’re currently working on. Maybe one of your characters is obsessed with pine cones or maybe one of the cooking tips is something your characters could use in a kitchen scene or maybe your characters does the opposite of everything mentally strong people do. There’s never any shortage of ideas but sometimes we get stuck when we’re writing a story and we need a little help getting started again.