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Schizophrenia - Tall Guy Investigates. Mind-Manual - Figuring Out Life Together. Harold Bloom Creates a Massive List of Works in The "Western Canon": Read Many of the Books Free Online. I have little desire to rehash the politics, but the facts are plain: by the time I arrived in college as an undergraduate English major in the mid-90s, the idea of the “Western Canon” as a container of—in the words of a famous hymn—“all that’s good, and great, and true” was seriously on the wane, to put it mildly.

Harold Bloom Creates a Massive List of Works in The "Western Canon": Read Many of the Books Free Online

And in many quarters of academia, mention of the name of Yale literary critic Harold Bloom provoked, at the very least, a raised eyebrow and pointed silence. Bloom’s reputation perhaps unfairly fell victim to the so-called “Canon Wars,” likely at times because of a misidentification with political philosopher Allan Bloom. That Bloom was himself no ideologue, writes Jim Sleeper; he was a close friend of Saul Bellow and “an eccentric interpreter of Enlightenment thought who led an Epicurean, quietly gay life.” Nonetheless, his fiery attack on changing academic values, The Closing of the American Mind, became a textbook of the neoconservative right. Writers resources arts. 21 Writing Prompts for Setting a Scene in Your Novel. When you’re writing (or rewriting) a scene, do you ever get the feeling you just don’t have enough to say?

21 Writing Prompts for Setting a Scene in Your Novel

Sure, there’s the action–but what about all the extra bits meant to flesh out your story? While I don’t encourage overwriting for the sake of word count, meaningful details can help you establish setting and atmosphere. Last week, I sat down with John Banville’s Booker Prize winning novel, The Sea–a book that features prose I admire–and took careful notes about how the author managed to effectively set certain scenes. Character Flaw Index.

To make characters realistic and relatable they are given flaws, because if there is anything a writer can be sure of it is that no one in their audience will be perfect.

Character Flaw Index

Flaws are character traits that have a negative impact in the narrative, unless they are simply informed. They can also be exploited. See Good Flaws, Bad Flaws for a scale of flaw acceptability. Fantasy Name Generator. By Samuel Stoddard - Version 1.5 One of the perks of creating fantasy stories -- whether by writing a story or game or by role-playing -- is you get to make up the names.

Fantasy Name Generator

Some people relish the task while others are frustrated by it. 16 Observations About Real Dialogue. Famous Writers' Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts. Previous image Next image Roald Dahl's writing hut, The Gipsy House.

Famous Writers' Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts

8 Tips for Awesome Dialogue. Dialogue is one of the most important and also one of the most difficult aspects of a story.

8 Tips for Awesome Dialogue

That is because dialogue is such a common occurrence in readers’ lives. City and Town Name Generator for RPGs and Writers. Setting: Using Scene To Enrich Your Writing. In both fiction and nonfiction, the setting is the general background against which your story takes place—the physical location and time period, both of which influence your characters and plot.

Setting: Using Scene To Enrich Your Writing

So how can a creative writer use setting and scenery to further offset, augment, or reflect the action of the plot? Although we’re going to be exploring this issue in terms of fiction, these techniques work for nonfiction as well. These craft techniques work in all genres: poetry, stories, personal essays, memoir, and books. How to Make Your Book Play Out Like a Movie. By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund Recently I received a reader email that said this: "My friend gave me one of your books and I devoured it in two days . . .

How to Make Your Book Play Out Like a Movie

The scenes play out like a movie in my head, and I felt the characters were all real people!” The scenes play out like a movie. The comment was interesting and pushed me to analyze some of the techniques that I utilize to bring the book to the big screen of the reader’s mind. Dramatica - The Next Chapter in Story Development. Active Voice Versus Passive Voice. Today's topic is active voice versus passive voice.

Active Voice Versus Passive Voice

Here's a question from Brian in Iowa. He writes, “It drives me crazy when people write in passive voice. How can I teach people how to tell the difference between passive and active voice and to stay away from passive voice?” Well, Brian is right, the first step is to help people understand the difference between active and passive voice, because many people believe they should avoid the passive voice, but fewer people can define it or recognize it. What Is Active Voice? 1,000,000+ Free Books, World's Largest Online eBook Library. Full text books free to read online in the full text archive.

31 Quotes That Will Give You Chills. "shuck" on Visuwords. Things I’ve quit doing at my desk. How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method. Writing a novel is easy.

How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method

Writing a good novel is hard. 5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Damn Empty Modifiers. I discussed the need to get rid of empty emphatics when I gave you 8 words to seek and destroy in your writing, but just saying that you should get rid of a thing doesn't say much about the right way to do so. Today I'm going to show you a few of my favorite ways to get rid of your empty modifiers.

What exactly is an empty modifier? Writing Empathetically vs. Sympathetically and Sentimentally. Several weeks ago, I read a story that had a passage like this: "My parents never really cared about me," Allie said. "All my life they saw me as a disappointment, a waste of space. The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Hemingway. Nuts and Bolts: “Thought” Verbs.

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