Tell a Good Story

It’s been a good week for me, writing-wise. I finished the first draft of my outline (woooo! More on that next week). I got great feedback on it. I started what I think could be an interesting short story. All in all, feel like I’m making progress.

So let’s end the week on a good night — a tiny bit of Friday food for thought:

“We sat around this table talking about every possible kind of ending,” Gilligan says. “Sometimes you start talking really macro. Like, ‘What kind of responsibility do we have to find a moral in all this?’ ‘Is this a just universe that he lives in, or is it a chaotic universe which is more in keeping with the one we seem to live in?’ ‘Is there really karma in the world? Or is it just that the mechanisms, the clockwork, of the universe is so huge and subtle in its operation that we don’t see karma happening?’ We talk about all that stuff, and then, at a certain point, you stop and say, ‘Let’s just tell a good story.'”

That’s Vince Gilligan, talking about writing the end of Breaking Bad. If you have the time, check out the entire GQ article, “The Last Stand of Walter White” — definitely worth your time (Bryan Cranston seems like the kind of guy I’d want to grab a beer with).

And at the very least — that’s some pretty damn good advice to kick off the weekend. Let’s just tell a good story.

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