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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.

10 books that will make you a better writer (and why)

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. I love borrowing books. But there are some books that a writer really should have in their own personal for-keeps libraries. These are the books that you’ll keep coming back to, over and over, through your career. Here are my top ten writing craft books. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King “You want to draw your readers into the world you’ve created, make them feel a part of it, make them forget where they are. In 2004, when I was eight months pregnant, I won Nanowrimo for the first time.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers is the book that taught me how to be a better writer. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury “I have never listened to anyone who criticized my taste in space travel, sideshows or gorillas. 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.

Kids explain how banned and challenged books helped them and even saved their lives / Boing Boing

Most often, the objections relate to sexual scenes, offensive language, or depictions of drug and alcohol use. Characters. General Writing Tips. Data Mining Novels Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling. Back in 1995, Kurt Vonnegut gave a lecture in which he described his theory about the shapes of stories.

Data Mining Novels Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling

In the process, he plotted several examples on a blackboard. “There is no reason why the simple shapes of stories can’t be fed into computers,” he said. “They are beautiful shapes.” The video is available on YouTube. 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 Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about.

How to Write with Style: Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Keys to the Power of the Written Word

It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way — although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. Kurt Vonnegut: A Complete Rundown on Style. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is a staple when discussing American literature in the previous century.

Kurt Vonnegut: A Complete Rundown on Style

His subversive humor redefined the field of literature in immutable ways. His two greatest works (based on readership, not merit) Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, speak volumes on some common themes, but use interesting stylistic differences to tell what seem like opposing stories. His lesser known works, such as the riotous Breakfast of Champions, the controversial Mother Night, and one his final novels Hocus Pocus help show some of his more subversive and distant stylistic qualities.

Using these novels as a lens, we can see that, while Vonnegut’s oeuvre is vast and varied, he stays true to some syntax snips and an overall tone of indifference, while all relying on a structured canon of his own doing that build into a strongly unreliable narrator that skews his entire collection. Daily Writing Tips. English Adjectives for Describing Physical Appearance - Vocabulary for Talking About How People Look.

Attractive - a person who is very good looking. (men and women). Attractive is a word you might use to describe someone who is very nice to look at, but who is not stunningly beautiful or strikingly handsome. 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.

There's a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary

It consists of a collection of strange and lovely words from different languages through different times. What I like most about this selection of consonants and vowels – little meaning-carrying packages of vibration – is that they all try to point to the unspeakable, the transient or the neglected. That which we forget in the busyness of our daily grind. Words have the power to remind us – and therefore we should choose our words carefully so we are reminded of the things that nourish our souls.

You can find my favourite words below – pick five that resonate most, write them down, yes seriously – go grab a pen -, make sure to learn them by heart, teach them to your inner voice and share them with others to guide our collective attention to what truly matters. Using Evernote. Michel Foucault: “What is an Author?” What is an Author?

Michel Foucault: “What is an Author?”

(1969) To read Michel Foucault, is to feel the grounds of one’s belief systems shift underneath one’s feet. For Foucault, as for Roland Barthes (1916-1980), the notion of the author must come into question. Although Foucault was not a literary theorist, he, like Barthes, was a theorist of history, and “What is an Author?” Echoed many of the thoughts of Barthes on the subject of authorship.

Foucault turned the concept of “author” inside out by examining the text points to the author and not, as is assumed, vice versa. Short stories. Philosopher's Stone. Harry Potter canon: PS | CS | PA | GF | FB | QA | OP | HBP | DH | FW | DP | JKR.COM | TBB | Pm Philosopher's Stone: covers | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 A Reader's Guide to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Chapter One: The Boy Who Lived.

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.

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. Suppose you’re writing a novel that is set in the Deep South in 1955 and your protagonist is an immigrant facing prejudice and roadblocks at every turn. 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.

102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create

Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? 6 Ways to Create Riveting Conflict in Your Story. Who says conflict is a bad thing? Who says world peace is the most important goal of humanity? Who says arguing with your little brother when you’re a kid means you’ll grow up to be an ill-mannered ruffian?

Not a writer, that’s for sure! Arguably, the single most important tenet of fiction can be summed up in the saw “no conflict, no story.” 100 Useful Web Tools for Writers. All kinds of writers, including poets, biographers, journalists, biz tech writers, students, bloggers and technical writers, take a unique approach to their jobs, mixing creativity with sustainability. Whether you’re a freelance writer just scraping by or someone with a solid job and more regular hours, the Internet can provide you with unending support for your practical duties like billing, scheduling appointments, and of course getting paid; as well as for your more creative pursuits, like developing a plot, finding inspiration and playing around with words.

Turn to this list for 100 useful Web tools that will help you with your career, your sanity and your creativity whenever your write. Getting Organized Thanks to the Internet, disorganized writers are no longer a cliche. Keep track of appointments, interviews and deadlines with these handy web-based tools. Odyssey.js. How to Cite Sources & Not Steal People's Content on the Internet. The best content marketers aren't afraid to share. Share content. Share links. Share ideas. Synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English. Amazing — incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary Anger — enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden Angry — mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed.

Make Your Dialogue More Organic. Common Words That You Should Replace in Your Writing. Important Infrequently Used Words To Know. Paul V. 102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create. 6 Ways to Create Riveting Conflict in Your Story.

Globe Genie. World-building. I’ve been busy worldbuilding this week. Always innovative Toronto Public Library lets us check out humans as well as books. In comfy green chairs in front of a massive and sunny window overlooking Bloor Street, several different conversations are taking place between pairings of strangers. World-building. Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers. 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors. A lot of people think they can write or paint or draw or sing or make movies or what-have-you, but having an artistic temperament doth not make one an artist.

Even the great writers of our time have tried and failed and failed some more. Vladimir Nabokov received a harsh rejection letter from Knopf upon submitting Lolita, which would later go on to sell fifty million copies. Sylvia Plath’s first rejection letter for The Bell Jar read, “There certainly isn’t enough genuine talent for us to take notice.” Gertrude Stein received a cruel rejection letter that mocked her style. 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. 1. Stories Have Power Outside the air we breathe and the blood in our bodies, the one thing that connects us modern humans today with the shamans and emperors and serfs and alien astronauts of our past is a heritage — a lineage — of stories.

Stories move the world at the same time they explain our place in it. Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers. Ten rules for writing fiction. 6 Ways to Hook Your Readers. Although I consider myself an avid reader, I must admit I have a short attention span when it comes to getting into books.

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. Top 10 first lines in children's and teen books. 8 Unstoppable Rules For Writing Killer Short Stories.

100 Beautiful and Ugly Words. List of French words and phrases used by English speakers. 500 Storyboard Tutorials & Resources. Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. 21 Writing Prompts for Setting a Scene in Your Novel. English 50 Exercises for Story Writers. Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Characters?

13 ways to create compelling characters. Project Wordsworth. Physical Descriptions - List of Hair Colors. How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life. English 50 Exercises for Story Writers.