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Storybird - Artful Storytelling. Good Writing Advice. Inkling. Scrivener. “The biggest software advance for writers since the word processor.”


—Michael Marshall Smith. Recursive outlining and writing. I am in the middle of writing my dissertation, and I’m constantly experimenting with my writing process flow and set-up.

Recursive outlining and writing

I have two monitors, a 19 and a 22-inch one. The overall writing process appears to be a recursive process of alternating between outlining and writing (though the two are not always clearly separable). My actual writing started once I got to a point that I had so many outlines in different outliners that the only way out of that morass was to start writing them up. Let’s call that condition obsessive-compulsive outlining behaviour (OCOB), and the cure “writing.” The reason for the many outlines is that I use outliners as part of a distillation process, for extracting and abstracting information by translating ideas from one outliner into another.

Things I’ve quit doing at my desk. Diigo - Better reading and research with annotation, highlighter, sticky notes, archiving, bookmarking & more. Famous Writers' Small Writing Sheds and Off-the-Grid Huts. Previous image Next image Roald Dahl's writing hut, The Gipsy House When I hear the phrase "writing hut" or "backyard shed" my imagination practically squeals with delight.

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

A small, intimate space furnished with the essentials. Low impact, high inspiration. Roald Dahl. Plagiarism Checker. Advertisement To use this plagiarism checker, please copy and paste your content in the box below, and then click on the big green button that says “Check Plagiarism!”

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Then sit back and watch as your article is scanned for duplicated content. Diigo - Better reading and research with annotation, highlighter, sticky notes, archiving, bookmarking & more. Online Voice Recorder - Record Sound from Microphone. Inkle » inklewriter. Creating Characters. Physical Descriptions - List of Hair Colors. Hair Color List (Note: an updated and expanded version of this list appears in my 15K-word book How to Describe Hair and Skin.

Physical Descriptions - List of Hair Colors

See below.) [First, my profound apologies to the vast majority of readers who don't steal content, but I have to state the following. This article and all content on this website belongs to Val Kovalin, copyright ©, except where noted. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without written permission from Val Kovalin is strictly prohibited. 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. Character Archetypes. A List of Character Traits. Character Qualities. Medieval Names - List of Medieval Names.

Writing Tools. Teaching Graphic Novels. Nature senarios. Unique Plots. The Writers Helpers. Using Psychology in writing. Plotting. Brainstorming. Character. The Creative Penn. Character Profile Templates. Enter your e-mail to get the e-book for FREE.

Character Profile Templates

We'll also keep you informed about interesting website news. "I have searched the web and used different worksheets, but none have come close to your worksheets and descriptions of (what to do and what not to do). Both courses I have taken have with Creative Writing Now have been amazing. Each time I have learned something new. The one thing I love, you take everything apart and give examples. " - Katlen Skye "As usual - I already love the course on Irresistible Fiction, rewriting a lot and improving greatly even after the first lesson. “Essentials of Fiction proved that I could indeed write and I wrote every day, much to my boyfriend's dismay (waa sniff).” - Jill Gardner "I am loving the course and the peer interaction on the blog is fantastic!!! " "I'm enjoying the weekly email course, Essentials of Poetry Writing.

"Thank you for all the material in this course. "Thanks very much for this course. "I'm learning so much. Literary Addicts - A Community for Book Lovers. Writing. Questionnaires for Writing Character Profiles. Become a Better Writer with These Important Reading Skills First. Finding your voice - making your writing sound like YOU. Smarter online research - annotate, organize & collaborate on web pages. Word Count Tool - Free Tool to Count Number of Words. Word counter!

25 Things You Should Know About Word Choice. 1.

25 Things You Should Know About Word Choice

A Series Of Word Choices Here’s why this matters: because both writing and storytelling comprise, at the most basic level, a series of word choices. Words are the building blocks of what we do. They are the atoms of our elements. They are the eggs in our omelets. 2. Words are like LEGO bricks: the more we add, the more we define the reality of our playset. 3. You know that game — “Oh, you’re cold, colder, colder — oh! 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.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Damn Empty Modifiers

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? It's any word whose only role is to intensify the word it's modifying. Writer's Diet. The 14 best blogging and publishing platforms on the Internet today. Which one is for you?

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The 14 best blogging and publishing platforms on the Internet today. Which one is for you?

Read our 2015 guide to The 18 best blogging and publishing platforms on the internet today. Updated June 2014 Reading the signs a couple of years ago it was easy to assume that the art of blogging was set to die a painful death at the hands of social networks like Facebook and Twitter and others. While social has changed how we communicate online, blogging remains a core part of things. In fact, the truth is that there’s never been a better time to blog. So, whether you’re a blogger returning from a break, seeking a new home or are looking to write online for the first time, here’s our guide to what blogging platforms are out there. Update: Post is now paginated to make reading it easier, though you can click here to read on a single page, or use the links below to jump to:

Organize and write your novel in the cloud. Dystopian Writing Prompts. Writer’s Digest - Writing Prompts. After weeks of secret detective work, partners Barbara and Nolan are on the verge of cracking the case. They’ve been posing as employees at a high-profile financial firm named MoneyMakers LLC., trying to prove that the CEO named (fill in the blank) has been ripping customers off. After hearing him say incriminating things into... You’ve been an extreme coupon cutter for years, to the point where you have gained national recognition for it.

80 Journal Writing Prompts. Creative Writing Exercises: Make a Book Journal and Fill it with Discoveries! 50 of the Best Websites for Writers. Exercises for Fiction Writers. 80 Journal Writing Prompts. Creative Writing Prompts. Putting the 'Prod' in Productivity. Prompts and Writing Starters. Creative Writing Exercises: Make a Book Journal and Fill it with Discoveries!

Ten Great Websites For Writers. I love this site, found at Self Publishing - Is it For You? Writing a book can be easy. You will have to spend some time writing down your thoughts and connecting them to develop a captivating subject. The hardest part is publishing your book. Contrary to popular belief, publishing a book involves many complex phases.

Proof reading to correct grammatical mistakes, editing the sentence structure, typing the entire book into a printable format - all these have to be done in order to get your book published. A publisher will do all the work for you, but a huge chunk of the profits will be handed over to the publisher. Self publishing has always formed a small fraction of the publishing industry. It isn't just new, unrecognized authors that self publish either. 80 Journal Writing Prompts. BookBuzzr-Free Online Book Marketing Technology for Authors. Writing :) BookBuzzr-Free Online Book Marketing Technology for Authors. Marsha Carmichael (EverEvolvingSoul) - Canada (1,031 books)