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W R I T E W O R L D. WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™ - Home of The Bookshelf MuseWRITERS HELPING WRITERS™ 25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer. Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers. Image by the USO, via Flickr Commons In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line.

Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers

“There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” “But there’s one thing” he’s sure about: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck. Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers. How to become a Wiccan or Witch.

How to Become a Wiccan or Witch Being a Wiccan or Witch is generally not something you are born as or just wake up one morning and decide to become. More often than not, you come across it by accident unless you were raised that way. Many find the philosophies of how Wicca and Witchcraft view nature are the same as the one's they currently hold. They just didn't know there was a specific belief system that shared the same views. Ancient Pagan History of the Goddess Worshipers. Well, no one knows what actually happened in the beginning or what our ancient ancestors believed, exactly.

Ancient Pagan History of the Goddess Worshipers

All we can honestly do is reconstruct a lineage using similarities in art, what writing remains, and archeological artifacts. What we can surmise is that at some point we, as humans, stopped being total savages and started paying attention to our divine inner Being. This is the point where the law of the jungle is transcended by rudimentary justice--that which seeks to keep the strong from getting over on the weak every time, though we still have a long way to go on that score. A very interesting book on that subject is The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

Welcome to Faeries and Enchantment. The Sabbats of Wicca. Learn Wicca / Wicca 101 / Faerie Tradition Because witches honor nature, they have eight festivals, or Sabbats, that mark the year as it turns through its seasons.

The Sabbats of Wicca

The following is basic information about these Sabbats, and includes both standard Wiccan information as well as my personal Sabbat lore and experiences, in other words, what I perceive the Sabbats to be. Samhain happens near Halloween and is when the Wiccan year begins. My altar cloth is black, because we are in the time of year that is dark. On my altar is the harvest, our "dead Lord" whose life is in the crops and "sacrificed" when the crops are killed to become our food. Yule or winter solstice happens near December 21, which is the longest darkest night of the year. Witch. By Doreen Valiente Hear now the words of the witches, The secrets we hid in the night, When dark was our destiny’s pathway, That now we bring forth into the light.

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Mysterious water and fire, The earth and the wide-ranging air. Blog » The Best Web Resources for Authors (Part 2) 50 of the Best Websites for Writers - StumbleUpon. The 10 Types of Writers’ Block (and How to Overcome Them) Beginner Novel Writer's Tips. A Writer’s Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure. A Simple Novel Outline – 9 questions for 25 chapters « H.E. Roulo. Just as every tree is different but still recognizably a tree, every story is different but contains elements that make it a story.

A Simple Novel Outline – 9 questions for 25 chapters « H.E. Roulo

By defining those before you begin you clarify the scope of your work, identify your themes, and create the story you meant to write. At Norwescon 2011 I sat in on a session called Outline Your Novel in 90-minutes led by Mark Teppo. I’ll give you the brief, readable, synthesized version. Answer 9 questions and create 25 chapter titles and you’re there. Here are the 9 questions to create a novel: 1.) 2.) 3.) How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel. What if you have so many ideas for your novel that the idea of an outline completely overwhelms you?

How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel

It’s good writing practice to keep a notebook or paper close by so that you can jot down ideas for your story as they arise—but when the result is a growing pile of mismatched odds and ends, how do you organize those ideas into some sort of coherent outline that will guide your writing? Or, conversely, what if you have a central idea for your story, but are unsure of where to go from there? Believe it or not, I’ve found the key to getting started from both of these situations can lie in the same simple method of creating scene cards. Say you’re in the first camp, the overwhelmed-by-random-ideas one.

To begin with the scene card method, you’ll start by taking out that notebook or file folder filled with little scraps of paper. Sounds simple enough, right? So, I began asking myself these questions and writing possible answers on scene cards. Writing Fiction: How to Structure a Killer Novel Ending. There are more than a few writers and teachers out there, many of them orders of magnitude more famous than I am (not hard to do), who don’t like to compartmentalize or even attempt to define the sequential parts and essential milestones of a story’s plot structure.

Writing Fiction: How to Structure a Killer Novel Ending

Too formulaic, they say. Takes the fun and creativity out of it, they claim. A write-by-the-numbers strategy for hacks, a vocal few plead. When they do talk about how to write a book and, more specifically, story structure, they tend to dress it up with descriptions that are less engineering-speak in nature—“the hero’s journey” … “the inciting incident” … “the turn”—and are more appropriate to a lit class at Oxford. Makes them sound—or more accurately, feel—more writerly. What’s interesting is that the stories these writers create, especially if they’re published, and especially the stories they use as examples in their teaching, follow pretty much the same structural paradigm.

WRITING TOOLS. Character Pyramid Tool (PDF) Visualize your character’s FLAWS & associated behaviors (for a deeper understanding of this tool, please reference The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws) Character Target Tool (PDF) Organize and group your character’s POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES by category: moral, achievement, interactive or identity (for a greater understanding of this tool, please reference The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes)

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750 Words - Write every day. Cure writer's block with writing prompts, exercises, generators & gizmos. Dos and Don'ts For Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writers. Dos and Don'ts For Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writers Fantasy Specific Writing good, well thought-out fantasy can be a challenging process, especially when featuring a setting or race completely different from that which is familiar to the author.

Dos and Don'ts For Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writers

There are a myriad of places within a story where a writer can falter and insert details which are not well enough developed, uncharacteristic, confusing, or which simply don't make sense in the context of the setting. Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers. 117 Most beautiful words in the English language. 24 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Write More. Cure writer's block with writing prompts, exercises, generators & gizmos. Writing Guides. 33 Unbelievable Places To Visit Before You Die. I Can't Believe These Actually Exist On Earth... So many other-worldly places exist right on our planet, and we never even knew about it.

33 Unbelievable Places To Visit Before You Die. I Can't Believe These Actually Exist On Earth...

Here are 33 landmarks that look like paintings and scenes from science fiction movies. earthporm.com During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world's largest mirror. The Salar was born when several prehistoric lakes joined into one. Online Books, Poems, Short Stories - Read Print Library. Read book online: Literature books,novels,short stories,fiction,non-fiction, poems,essays,plays,Pulitzer prize, Nobel prize.

Naming Your Novel. Note: How careful you have to be naming your novel depends heavily on if you are planning to sell it, and how you are planning to sell it. If you are an unknown who is self-publishing and you want a lot of people to read and buy your novel, you need to do extensive research on the market. This article only covers a few tips, and I am in no way a publishing expert. Write a Plot Outline: Infographic.

Learning how to write a plot outline is an essential skill if you want to become a prolific author. Whether you find the distant target of reaching a substantial word length or the creation of a satisfying, forward-moving plot daunting, if you write a plot outline for your novel in advance you will have a blueprint that you can alter if necessary as you go.

Our previous post on the subject suggested 7 ways you can outline your novel. Dos and Don'ts For Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writers. Backstory: The More You Know, The Less I Have To. Just in from teaching in Seattle and have NO VOICE. Hubby is a little more thrilled than he should probably show O_o. Anyway, the wonderful Piper Bayard is here for some more writing tips for those who want to NaNo. Even if you don’t? A Writer’s Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure. Damn it Neil, the name is Nuwanda. The Subplot - Not Second Place, but Side by Side. How To Create An Intriguing Inciting Incident. Every single element between the first page and the very last page of a screenplay is arguably the most important, salable thing about it.

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes. Creating Bitchy Characters: How to Write a Mean Character. How could one play a manipulative character? Kurt Vonnegut's 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story. These Maps Show You How to Live, Not Just Where. GeogSpace. World Factbook. The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate. However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us. Contact Information Submit questions or comments online. 3 Ways to Develop a Character for a Story.

Character Archetypes. Words to Describe Skin Color. Picture Prompts. Daily Writing Prompts. As always, The Teacher's Corner is looking for ways to make your life easier. We hope that our newest addition, “Daily Writing Prompts,” does just that. On as many days as possible, we have selected an event from our monthly event calendars to be the focus of the writing prompt. These writing prompts can be used in a number of ways: The Writer's Workshop Series. Sample Write a Paragraph about This Picture.pdf. Photo Prompts. [write.pls] A curated list of articles to help you write better and publish online. Writing - Author Central. Naming Your Novel. Fictional Culture.

The way I build worlds is by collecting cool stuff from the history, myth and people around me. Things Writers Forget When Writing Fight Scenes. Dos and Don'ts For Fantasy/Sci-Fi Writers. Backstory: The More You Know, The Less I Have To. 3 Types of Character Arcs: Choose the Best for Your Novel. Write a Plot Outline: Infographic. How to Rock Your Story's Tension. How to Write a Synopsis of Your Novel. Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature. When to Discard the Three-Act Story Structure. Why "Start With the Action" Messes Up So Many Writers. How to Organize and Develop Ideas for Your Novel. 10 hints for index cards. The Five Beats of Successful Storytelling & How They Can Help You Land Your Next Job. The 15 Beats of Storytelling : Spaceballs3.

Writing 10 Steps. How to Use Index Cards to Write a Novel Outline. The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them) How to turn a high concept idea into an actual story. How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life. Creatures. Conflict in Literature through the Ages. 5 situations where it's better to tell than show in your fiction. The Write Practice — The Online Writing Workbook. Common Themes in Literture. I Keep a Writer's Notebook alongside my Students. Do you?

911 Writers Block. The Fantasy Shed. Fractal World Generator. Place Name Generator - Generate Fantasy City, Country and Town Names! KateMonk. 50 of the Best Websites for Writers. Brainstorming. Writing in your Journal. How to Make a Fantasy World Map. 10 Journal Keeping Ideas that Will Enhance Your Life. Writing Fantasy. How to Write Fight Scenes (with Sample Fight Scenes. SCI-FI Writing. Writing Historical. Writer's Block.

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