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  1. Drama is a form of myth. Myth is a poetic statement of an unverifiable reality. It’s not false but merely unverifiable. It’s a language that is ideological and works by seduction.
  2. Drama defines the clan. There’s nothing that coalesces people like a good story and a common belief in its cause and effect. It’s what got primitive people gathered around the campfire. It’s what causes wars. It’s what sustains religions.
  3. The purpose of drama is to entertain, not to teach. It’s not the purpose of drama to be cautionary tales. Drama is just a form of entertainment…


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  1. Always write an outline first. Make each chapter a scene. Give each scene a purpose. End each scene with something that propels the reader into the next. Write in short rapid fire sentences. Just get the story down first, worry about the rest later. You know your outline is ready when you can’t wait to write out every chapter in full.
  2. Write like freight-train pass throughs. Power through each draft quickly. If you’re stuck on something, simply move on and come back to it on the next pass through. …


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  1. Writing can be a method of self-expression that also contributes meaningfully to the political conversation. Roxane has been inspirational to many on the topics of race and gender equality through her essays, short stories, memoir, and novel. She is most well-known for her writing focused on violence against women, and how the way it’s typically represented in fiction normalizes and excuses such crimes. Through her writing she aims to break down negative stereotypes of “feminists” and “difficult women”, and to open up more opportunities for women of all diverse backgrounds.
  2. Write with a sense of purpose. Writing…


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  1. When you write a book, you’re actually writing a million books. Each person who reads your book will read it differently and imagine different things. Your job as a writer is to create the framework, the points of interest, that would enable the reader’s imagination to connect all the dots in an interesting and enjoyable way. Give them just enough to bring them to the next point. This is how you build suspense.
  2. Follow the 3 C’s — the contract, the crucible, the clock. The contract is your promise that by the end, all questions, however small…


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  1. Games give us the opportunity to see the world through different perspectives. All of us are set in our own little world view. We think we see the big picture, but we really only see a little slice of it surrounding our lens. Games allow us to experience different world views than the one we are used to through play and story. Play is just exploring, experimenting, trying different things. Genres of games simulate different types of play in the real world but with very low cost of failure.
  2. As a game designer, you are creating a…


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  1. Rules are made to be broken. David didn’t have formal training in graphic design when he started, he was a sociology teacher. He pivoted his knowledge of how humans communicate from his previous career into this new field, and developed his own signature style of overlapping images and disorderly typography that broke all the rules but was undoubtedly effective in capturing attention.
  2. Great design is intuitive, personal, and communicative. It should not only communicate the message through words, but also through the heart. The overall visual impact should be an emotional one that moves you. …


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  1. Discover your true self and be you. If you’re trying to be someone else, even if you get there, you won’t be happy with the results. It’ll be like wearing someone else’s favourite jacket, and wondering why it doesn’t feel right even though you got what other people want. Find your own favourite jacket, your own unique frequency.
  2. Not everyone has to like you, and you don’t have to like everyone. Changing yourself to try to get others to like you is a waste of time. …


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  1. Writing can just be easy and fun. There’s a common belief that writing is difficult and that a good writer must dig deep and write from the heart, but that’s not necessarily true.
  2. Ideas come from experiences, memories, and imagination. Observe your surroundings, think back to your own childhood, and let your mind be open to randomness.
  3. Start with a great title as the seed for the story. You can often find ideas for titles simply by paying attention to things around you. …


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  1. The person across the table is not the adversary, the situation is the adversary. The stereotype is that the loudest and most aggressive jerk is the one that takes it all, but this is not true. Remember, the person you’re negotiating with is just another human being struggling with some aspect of the same problem as you are.
  2. Great negotiation is about great collaboration. The aim isn’t I win you lose. The aim is to work with the person across the table to solve the problem together, so that you’re both better off. …


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  1. Everyone is built differently, but everyone CAN be healthy. Understand your own body, and learn fitness, nutrition, and mental strategies. It’s not just about looking good, but also feeling good. The simple and holistic approach works best.
  2. Follow the OCHO system. One can help others, others can help one. None of us are well, so all of us are well. Our physical fitness affects all other aspects of our life and hence others’ lives. Work on creating a feedback loop of wellness and gratitude.
  3. There are eight core components of health. Physical, emotional, social, community, intellectual, environmental…

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