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Continuation of 'Start Writing' 1, 2 and 3.

Realistic Fiction. Thinking Through Our Fingers. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Thinking Through Our Fingers

We’re all familiar with that idiom. As writers, our goal is to use way fewer than a thousand words to paint that perfect picture. We want those pictures to come alive for our readers. But here’s the thing, if you only paint a pretty picture, you risk leaving your readers on the outside looking in when what you really want is to lure them in. How do you lure them in? I know, you’ve been holding tight to the “show, don’t tell” rule. Instead of white sand, sand like iridescent crushed pearls.Curly hair can become corkscrew curls that a character has the sudden urge to tug and watch them bounce back. Now put yourself in the scene. Think about the last movie or TV program you watched. When writing, you’re transforming those sounds into words. The raspy pain of a character’s cough.The rev of a motor in the far distance.The jangle of keys deep in someone’s pocket. Then there’s the unexpected. Don’t stop with the obvious. Your characters will be doing the same.

Breaking the Rules of Writing. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy This week's Refresher Friday takes another look at breaking the rules of writing.

Breaking the Rules of Writing

Enjoy! There are a lot of rules in writing. Some we need to follow to be understood, others are more like guidelines, and then there are those that have gotten lost in translation. 150 Amazing Writing prompts Pictures. Writing Roulette: All the Generators You'd Ever Want, Part 1. Note to readers:I've gone through all the links and have fixed all the broken ones.

Writing Roulette: All the Generators You'd Ever Want, Part 1

If you're found some good generators that I don't have, leave a note in the comments and I'll be sure to add that in (and credit you for your efforts!). And if you find broken links, please let me know. Thank you so much! While I'm still getting back on my feet, this week I'll post a couple of my most popular posts. The generators in this post and the following one are some of the most-searched for through Google. Continuing the series of resources from the NaNoWriMo forums, I discovered all kinds of threads with links to generators for writers. A Cheat’s Guide to Writing a Synopsis – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® Does the word “Synopsis” make you want to put a screwdriver into your ear?

A Cheat’s Guide to Writing a Synopsis – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

You aren’t alone. Luckily for all of us, we have Sarah Juckes of Agent Hunter here with us, and she’s got a neat how-to system for writing synopses to share! 100 Best Writing Websites: 2017 Edition. Writing Prompts. English Book Club. Uk.pinterest. Creative writing. Finding a Successful Story Premise: 6 Sources. Every bestselling or critically acclaimed book began as a story premise.

Finding a Successful Story Premise: 6 Sources

First came the idea the author wouldn’t let go. How do you find a compelling premise, one that gives you enough intrigue, direction and potential development to build a book out of its concentrated creative material? 1: Ask ‘What would happen if…’ questions A great story premise requires curiosity. 21 February - Anaïs Nin. Anaïs Nin was born 21 February 1903, and died 14 January 1977 Anaïs Nin: Top 15 Quotes I write emotional algebra.The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.The final lesson a writer learns is that everything can nourish the writer.

21 February - Anaïs Nin

The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter, a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned.Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Anaïs Nin was a French-Cuban author, based at first in France and later in the United States.

13 Vital Reminders for Writers. 7 Tactics for Creative Writers to Generate New Story Ideas by Gloria Kopp. Story ideas to me come in the middle of a drive to work or when I’m asleep.

7 Tactics for Creative Writers to Generate New Story Ideas by Gloria Kopp

Gloria Kopp gives us a few ideas on how to generate some new ideas, rather than trying to remember your story idea til morning. =) Story ideas can be generated in an endless number of ways, inspired by even the most seemingly insignificant thing. There’s no absolutely definitive ‘to do’ list for being able to create story ideas, and each writer will have their own triggers to spark their creativity. But, there are a few tactics that can work to help get those ideas flowing. Take a look around you Inspiration for new story ideas is everywhere, walking past you on the street, sitting beside you on the bus, behind you in line at the bank.

Ink - Quotes about writing by writers presented by The Fontayne Group. Writing "I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.

Ink - Quotes about writing by writers presented by The Fontayne Group

" Henry David Thoreau "Writing is an adventure. " Winston Churchill "Know something, sugar? Stories only happen to people who can tell them. " Allan Gurganus "... only he is an emancipated thinker who is not afraid to write foolish things. " Words of Wisdom: 101 Tips from the World's Most Famous Authors. If you've ever wanted to sit down with your favorite writer and ask advice, then you should take a look at these tips from some of the most famous authors in the world.

Words of Wisdom: 101 Tips from the World's Most Famous Authors

These valuable bits of information provide guidance on strengthening your writing skills, becoming a better fiction writer or poet, learning to tap into your creativity, advice on education and school, and even a few suggestions on success and living a meaningful life. Of course, another excellent way of improving your writing is through traditional or online master’s degrees in creative writing. Eight rules for writing fiction: 1.

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. 2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for. 3. Why Do Readers Stop Reading? – WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® Happy Saturday, everyone! I’m a little swamped right now, so instead of our usual thesaurus entry, I’m reposting an old favorite. It’s the first in a series of posts that explore different reasons why I stopped reading certain books. This is really helpful information for us to know as authors so we don’t make the same mistakes in our own books. 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. Resource Library - Ink and Quills. Best Book Writing Software: The 6 Documents You Always Need Open as a Writer - The Write Practice.

If you’ve been around The Write Practice long, you’ll have noticed we’ve recently talked a lot about which book writing software you should use. While I’m a strong believer in “use whatever works for you,” I’m also a strong believer in Scrivener. So today, instead of giving you more reasons why I think you should use Scrivener (because there have already been plenty…) I’m going to tell you which tabs/notes you’ll want to create and have open while you’re writing. Side note, if you don’t use Scrivener, you’ll want to have these as separate documents or pages on Word or Google Docs (or whichever book writing software you use). Revision Workshop: Day Twenty-Seven: Strengthen or Eliminate Any Weak Words. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy Welcome to Day Twenty-Seven of Fiction University’s Month-Long Revision Workshop.

Over the last month we’ve been working on the larger revision issues and ignoring the specifics of the text (in most cases). Our stories are now solid, our structure and various story arcs are sound, and our scenes flow smoothly from one idea to the next. The novel is “done,” and we feel comfortable that it’s good and well-written.

Now it’s time to polish our literary jewels until they shine, so roll up those sleeves and let’s get into the nitty gritty of the individual word choices. How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life. Editing Tips: Top 3 Story Issues — Guest: Naomi Hughes. Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I share lots of writing-related links (in addition to fun stuff like geeky movie trailers and cute animals, of course *smile*). Writing Indoor Scenes by Rayne Hall. Planting the Clues and Hints in Your Story. By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy. Choosing What to Put in Your Outline (and Your Plot)

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy. Crafting a Powerful Set-Up. Becca Puglisi As authors, we all know the importance of engaging our audience within a book’s first few pages. Top 10 Tips for Writers in 2016. Every week (well, most weeks), I share a tip with writers, a trick that makes a big difference in the rhythm and feel of a novel. You Asked: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Genre’s. Welcome to another, You Asked, the Experts Answer, segment. This week ‘s question is: What are the major literary genre’s? 10 of My Favorite Writing Craft Sites. The writing journey is all about discovering what works best of for each of us as individual, and very unique, writers. Learning from others is valuable in helping us glean tips and fit together the puzzle pieces that will form our own writing processes.

4 Lessons Learned in Writing and Revision. By Millie Ho This past weekend, I finished revising the novel I started this April. The New Story has been sent to beta readers, and I’ll do more revision once I get their feedback, but for now, the hardest part is over. Writing. Finding Your Way Into Your Story - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS® A2 Creative Writing. Writing. The Emotion Roller Coaster: Why Characters Resist Change - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS. How Not to Write a Novel: 7 Things That Will Doom Your Novel. Narrative Editors. Writing prompts. And the Pace is On: Understanding and Controlling Your Pacing. NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. How to Weave Story Elements and Avoid Info Dumps. Self-Care for Writers. 10 Elementary Tips For Writers From Sherlock Holmes.

Writing Generators. Y3 HowtoBreakintoBookBusiness. Pixar's 22 rules to phenomenal storytelling. Classic Poems. Glossary of Poetic Terms. Free iTunes U Courses for Writers & Readers. Creative Writing - Audio - Free Podcast by The Open University. How to Make Yourself Work When You Just Don’t Want To. Ten rules for writing fiction. Ten rules for writing fiction(part two) Read These Seven Books, and You’ll be a Better Writer. Learning to Share Her Voice. ‘Based on a true story’: the fine line between fact and fiction. Plays.

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