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Stocking Stuffers: 13 Writing Tips From Chuck Palahniuk. Twenty years ago, a friend and I walked around downtown Portland at Christmas. The big department stores: Meier and Frank… Fredrick and Nelson… Nordstroms… their big display windows each held a simple, pretty scene: a mannequin wearing clothes or a perfume bottle sitting in fake snow. But the windows at the J.J. Newberry’s store, damn, they were crammed with dolls and tinsel and spatulas and screwdriver sets and pillows, vacuum cleaners, plastic hangers, gerbils, silk flowers, candy – you get the point.

Each of the hundreds of different objects was priced with a faded circle of red cardboard. And walking past, my friend, Laurie, took a long look and said, “Their window-dressing philosophy must be: ‘If the window doesn’t look quite right – ’.” Easy Street Prompts. NewPages.com - Good Reading Starts Here. Grammar Girl. Mignon Fogarty is the creator of Grammar Girl and the founder and managing director of Quick and Dirty Tips.

Grammar Girl

A magazine writer, technical writer, and entrepreneur, she has served as a senior editor and producer at a number of health and science web sites. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.S. in biology from Stanford University. Mignon believes that learning is fun, and the vast rules of grammar are wonderful fodder for lifelong study. Reference.com - A Free Online Encyclopedia & Information Reference. Writing group and online writing workshop for serious writers. Allen Ginsberg: Das Geheul. Www.naxosaudiobooks.com. 20 Best Websites To Download Free EBooks.

We understand that reading is the simplest way for human to derive and constructing meaning in order to gain a particular knowledge from a source.

20 Best Websites To Download Free EBooks

This tendency has been digitized when books evolve into digital media equivalent – E-Books. It would be nice if we’re able to download free e-book and take it with us. That’s why we’ve again crawled deep into the Internet to compile this list of 20 places to download free e-books for your use. Smashwords — Ebooks from independent authors and publishers. Audio Books, Podcasts, Videos, and Free Downloads to Learn From.

Authors, Talks, Short stories. LitReactor. eBooks@Adelaide: Free Web Books, Online. Do not stand at my grave and weep. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep is a poem written in 1932 by Mary Elizabeth Frye.

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Although the origin of the poem was disputed until later in her life, Mary Frye's authorship was confirmed in 1998 after research by Abigail Van Buren, a newspaper columnist.[1] Full text[edit] For You by Kim Addonizio. Share For you I undress down to the sheaths of my nerves.

For You by Kim Addonizio

I remove my jewelry and set it on the nightstand, I unhook my ribs, spread my lungs flat on a chair. I dissolve like a remedy in water, in wine. I spill without staining, and leave without stirring the air. In My Craft or Sullen Art - Dylan Thomas In my... - Lumpy pudding. SEPTEMBER 1, 1939 W.H. Auden. I sit in one of the dives On Fifty-second Street Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear Circulate over the bright And darkened lands of the earth, Obsessing our private lives; The unmentionable odour of death Offends the September night.

SEPTEMBER 1, 1939 W.H. Auden

Accurate scholarship can Unearth the whole offence From Luther until now That has driven a culture mad, Find what occurred at Linz, What huge imago made A psychopathic god: I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return. Exiled Thucydides knew All that a speech can say About Democracy, And what dictators do, The elderly rubbish they talk To an apathetic grave; Analysed all in his book, The enlightenment driven away, The habit-forming pain, Mismanagement and grief: We must suffer them all again.

A Summer Garden by Louise Glück. Several weeks ago I discovered a photograph of my mother sitting in the sun, her face flushed as with achievement or triumph.

A Summer Garden by Louise Glück

The sun was shining. The dogs. A new way of choosing what to read next. 30 Books To Read Before You’re 30… « Perfectly Prompted! August 8, 2011 ChaseK8 Tips Advice, books, Inspiration, reading, Tips, Writing I first saw this list a few months back on Marc and Angel Hack Life, (A great site full of useful information, if you have not already checked it out I highly suggest you do!)

30 Books To Read Before You’re 30… « Perfectly Prompted!

And I thought it would be fitting to share it here. Advice. WriteWorld. Writer’s Block A picture says a thousand words.


Write them. Mission: Write a story, a description, a poem, a metaphor, a commentary, or a critique about this picture. Write something about this picture. Be sure to tag writeworld in your block! Writing. Write to Done. Arouse your creativity Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body.

Write to Done

A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. It is the gong of the orgasm. ~ Anais Nin. The Idea Swap. Archetype: The Fiction Writer's Guide to Psychology. Get Scribbling! The beginning of your novel is super important and it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Get Scribbling!

Planning out the first few chapters of your novel can be difficult, so I’ve come up with a list of things you should try to avoid. For the most part, pulling from this list will weaken your story. I know there are always exceptions, but I can almost guarantee you many publishers and agents are tired of seeing the same plot devices used over and over again.So, here are a few ways to automatically weaken your story from the first few sentences:Start with a long description of your character.Sure, it helps your readers to have an image of your main character in their minds, BUT you don’t need to put the full description in the first paragraph.

There might be a few things you want to mention, but try not to go beyond that until the opportunity presents itself. Writing prompts. I’ve been asked this question or some variation of it more than a few times in the last few weeks. I’ll make you a deal and tell you a quick story. Here’s the quick story … I’d love to keep updating this site, but I’m really, really busy. Write here. write now. Plot Scenario Generator. Writing Exercises Meredith Sue Willis Author and Teacher. More Free Writing Exercises below and here : Exercises 1- 20 Exercises 21- 40 Exercises 41 - 60 Exercises 61-80 Exercises 81-100 Exercises 101 - 120 Exercises 121 - 140 Exercises 141 - 160 Exercises 161 - 180 Exercises 181 - 200 Exercises 201 - 240 Exercises 241 - 260 Point-of-View Characters Whose Gender Is Not Yours We had a discussion in my Advanced Novel Writing Class at NYU about the difficulty of capturing a character who is of a different gender from yourself.

Writing about people unlike yourself– by race, ethnic group, age, and certainly gender or sexual preference– is always a big challenge, but also of great interest to a creative writer. One class member spoke of an excellent contemporary novel written by a woman and narrated by a man. The class member said he admired the book but that it was only about 98% believable as a male narrator. For my fellow writers (blog list) Every Photo Tells a Story/writing prompts/writers block.