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From 'Avatar' to 'Jurassic Park,' 'Beowulf' to 'Jaws,' All Stories Are the Same. From 'Avatar' to 'Jurassic Park,' 'Beowulf' to 'Jaws,' All Stories Are the Same. A Beginner's Guide to Different Types of Poems. The art of losing isn’t hard to master;so many things seem filled with the intentto be lost that their loss is no disaster.

A Beginner's Guide to Different Types of Poems

Lose something every day. Accept the flusterof lost door keys, the hour badly spent.The art of losing isn’t hard to master. Then practice losing farther, losing faster:places, and names, and where it was you meantto travel. Storied Adventures. 7 Ways Kurt Vonnegut Poisoned Readers’ Minds with Humanity. Kurt Vonnegut once said he wanted his novels to “catch people before they become generals and Senators and Presidents,” to “poison their minds with humanity.

7 Ways Kurt Vonnegut Poisoned Readers’ Minds with Humanity

Encourage them to make a better world.” Here are seven ways he lived up to those aspirations. In an obituary for writer Kurt Vonnegut published in the Los Angeles Times, Elaine Woo called Vonnegut “an American original, often compared to Mark Twain for a vision that combined social criticism, wildly black humor and a call to basic human decency.” She quotes Jay McInerney, who considered Vonnegut “a satirist with a heart, a moralist with a whoopee cushion.”

The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones, in its eighth and final season, is as big as television gets these days.

The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones

More than 17 million people watched the season’s opening. Judging by the fan and critic reaction though, it seems that a substantial portion of those millions are loathing the season. Indeed, most of the reviews and fan discussions seem to be pondering where the acclaimed series went wrong, with many theories on exactly why it went downhill. Fascinating Chart Details The History of the Alphabet. Most of us use the letters of the alphabet everyday, but did you ever stop to wonder how their shapes came to be? The history of the alphabet is fascinating, and each of the 26 letters has its own unique story. Matt Baker (of UsefulCharts) has designed a handy poster that documents the evolution of our familiar alphabet from its ancient Egyptian Proto-Sinaitic roots (c. 1750 BCE) up to present day Latin script. The limited edition Evolution of the Alphabet chart shows how early shapes and symbols eventually morphed to become the ABCs we know today. While some letters are recognizable quite early on, others have little resemblance at all.

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Le Guin: Art, Information, Theft, and Confusion, Part 2. E Welty on Writing etc 2 clicks. To be human is to unfold in time but remain discontinuous.

E Welty on Writing etc 2 clicks

We are living non sequiturs seeking artificial cohesion through the revisions our memory, that capricious seamstress, performs in threading the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. It is, after all, nothing but a supreme feat of storytelling to draw a continuous thread between one’s childhood self and one’s present-day self, since hardly anything makes these two entities “the same person” — not their height, not their social stature, not their beliefs, not their circle of friends, not even the very cells in their bodies.

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think - TeachThought. Contributed by Lisa Chesser.

50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think - TeachThought

A-helpful-chart-of-facial-expressions. Paris Review - Grace Paley, The Art of Fiction No. 131. Eight Lessons Kazuo Ishiguro, This Year’s Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Can Teach Us… The Six Main Stories, As Identified by a Computer - The Atlantic. “My prettiest contribution to my culture,” the writer Kurt Vonnegut mused in his 1981 autobiography Palm Sunday, “was a master’s thesis in anthropology which was rejected by the University of Chicago a long time ago.”

The Six Main Stories, As Identified by a Computer - The Atlantic

By then, he said, the thesis had long since vanished. (“It was rejected because it was so simple and looked like too much fun,” Vonnegut explained.) 11 Fascinating Facts About ‘Goodnight Moon’ Goodnight Moon, a deceptively simple children’s book that falls somewhere between a going-to-sleep narrative and a lullaby, will turn 68 later this year—and yet it remains one of the most universal cultural references even all these decades later.

11 Fascinating Facts About ‘Goodnight Moon’

Here are a few things you might not have known about Margaret Wise Brown's sparse classic. 1. Goodnight Moon's style reflects real childhood semantics. Writing for Visual Thinkers: Narrative Structures. Voyage to the Otherworld: A New Eulogy for Ray Bradbury. 6 Easy Steps to Unforgettable Characters. By Laurence MacNaughton, @LMacNaughton Part of the How They Do It Series (Contributing Author) Readers will pick up your book because of the concept, but they’ll keep reading because of the characters.

6 Easy Steps to Unforgettable Characters

No matter what genre you write in, interesting characters are absolutely essential to a well-told story. Literature Needs Angry Female Heroes – Electric Literature. The Craft of Character Development. Aimie K.

The Craft of Character Development

Runyan As an author of historical fiction, my work must—almost by definition—begin with a concept. Am I going to write a gritty saga about the women who flew as combat pilots for Russia in the Second World War (I did and it was great fun)? Iraqi Refugee Empowers Youth To Share Their Stories With 'Narratio' When Ahmed Badr was 8 years old, his family fled Baghdad in the midst of the Iraq War.

Iraqi Refugee Empowers Youth To Share Their Stories With 'Narratio'

Writing helped him process his experience, so he started the website Narratio to give other young people the same opportunity. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing. 10 books that will make you a better writer (and why) Last week, I wrote about 25 habits that will make you a better writer. This week, I thought — let’s dive into books. After twenty-plus years writing, I’ve collected some resources that I absolutely couldn’t do with out. Writing Fiction: 8 Wily Tips for Setting – The Writing Cooperative. Kids explain how banned and challenged books helped them and even saved their lives / Boing Boing. By Joan Bertin and Millie Davis Banned Books Week has come and gone but we can be sure of one thing: the coming year will be marked by challenges to the same kinds of books that were controversial this year, and in years past. report this ad Controversies over what books are taught in class or shelved in the school library typically start when an adult—usually a parent or community member—feels that a book selected by teachers and librarians is inappropriate, offensive or objectionable.

Most often, the objections relate to sexual scenes, offensive language, or depictions of drug and alcohol use. Concerned adults worry that the book promotes ideas that conflict with their personal values and beliefs, or that children will imitate fictional characters and engage in undesirable behavior. Ironically, some of the most frequently challenged books are the very books that young readers say are especially important and meaningful to them. General Writing Tips. Data Mining Novels Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling. Common Mistakes and Confusing Words in English. How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word. Find a Subject You Care About. Kurt Vonnegut: A Complete Rundown on Style. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is a staple when discussing American literature in the previous century. Daily Writing Tips. English Adjectives for Describing Physical Appearance - Vocabulary for Talking About How People Look.

There's a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary. Recently I came across this amazing little Tumblr named ‘OtherWordly‘ – itself a play on words. Using Evernote. Michel Foucault: “What is an Author?” Short stories. Philosopher's Stone. 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. 102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create. UPDATE 1/10: Dead links removed, new links added, as well as Revision and Tools and Software sections.

Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? 6 Ways to Create Riveting Conflict in Your Story. 100 Useful Web Tools for Writers. Odyssey.js. How to Cite Sources & Not Steal People's Content on the Internet. Synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English. Make Your Dialogue More Organic. Common Words That You Should Replace in Your Writing. Important Infrequently Used Words To Know. 102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create.

6 Ways to Create Riveting Conflict in Your Story. Globe Genie. World-building. Always innovative Toronto Public Library lets us check out humans as well as books. World-building. Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers. 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors. Top 10 first lines in children's and teen books. Joseph Campbell. Alan Rickman on stories. Hedonometer. How To Make An Audience Care About Your Characters by John Truby. The #1 Most Important Element In Developing Character by John Truby. 25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling. Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers. Ten rules for writing fiction.

6 Ways to Hook Your Readers. TEN SIMPLE KEYS TO PLOT STRUCTURE. Cliches: Avoid Them Like the Plague. How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method. Links for Aspiring Writers. 6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain.

Synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English. Dictionaries. How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known. What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler. 117 Most beautiful words in the English language. Important Infrequently Used Words To Know. List of French words and phrases used by English speakers. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story. The power of a great introduction - Carolyn Mohr. Three anti-social skills to improve your writing - Nadia Kalman. The Idiom Connection. Color Words.

The Phrontistery: Obscure Words and Vocabulary Resources. 11 Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures. 100 Exquisite Adjectives. 100 Mostly Small But Expressive Interjections. 45 ways to avoid using the word 'very' Short Story Ideas and Creative Writing Prompts. 10 top writing tips and the psychology behind them. Book genres A-Z. The Top 10 Elements of Setting In a Story. 101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I. 6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain.

Connecting Your Characters to Settings in Your Novel. Creating memorable fictional characters UWA Extension. Get Me Writing » 5 Interactive Fiction Authoring Tools. The Best 100 Closing Lines From Books. Great Opening Sentences From Science Fiction Novels.