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Writing References. 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.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.)

Now, with those 9 questions answered to your satisfaction, try to fill in a 25 chapter, 75,000 word outline. Chapters 7-18 are the middle of your book. Chapters 19-25 depict the heroic act to victory. Wasn’t that easy? Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2015. Today I have the honor of announcing the Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2015!

Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2015

It’s hard to believe an entire year has passed and yet, here we are with a new list of awesome blogs, and we’ve expanded it from the Top 25 to the Top 50. How cool is that? The best-of-the-best are chosen for: 1} quality of content, 2} how routinely they are updated, 3} the amount of reader engagement (comments and social media shares, etc.), and 4} how long the blogs kept me glued to them. Compiling the Top 50 Writing Blogs has allowed me to discover so many quality blogs I might have never found otherwise and for that I am beyond grateful.

Find the Right ONLINE CRITIQUE GROUP For You! Every writer needs honest, constructive feedback.


With increasing frequency, writers turn to online critique groups for that support. These virtual fraternities come in all flavors and sizes, from those specializing in science fiction, horror or children’s books, to communities of general interest. List of 101 Common Book Themes (Subjects and Motifs) By Grace Fleming Updated July 26, 2014.

List of 101 Common Book Themes (Subjects and Motifs)

The theme of a book is a universal idea or message that stretches through an entire story. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing. The Review Marina.  The Creativity Post. 16 Best Plugins to Improve WordPress Comments System. Comments are an integral part of many WordPress blogs as an effective way to engage users and build community.

16 Best Plugins to Improve WordPress Comments System

The default WordPress commenting system is good but it is quite plain and basic. However, you can extend the this basic commenting system into a powerful user engagement platform for your website. In this article, we will show the best plugins to improve WordPress comments and take them to the next level. 1. De:comments De:comments is an all in one plugin to totally transform your WordPress commenting system.

Joseph Campbell. Creative Commons. 25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing. I read this cool article last week — “30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself” — and I thought, hey, heeeey, that’s interesting.

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing

Writers might could use their own version of that. So, I started to cobble one together. And, of course, as most of these writing-related posts become, it ended up that for the most part I’m sitting here in the blog yelling at myself first and foremost. John Berger: ‘Writing is an off-shoot of something deeper’ I have been writing for about 80 years.

John Berger: ‘Writing is an off-shoot of something deeper’

First letters then poems and speeches, later stories and articles and books, now notes. The activity of writing has been a vital one for me; it helps me to make sense and continue. Seventh Sanctum. Writing Challenge Generator. Challenges The story is set during a holiday ceremony.

Writing Challenge Generator

The story takes place ten years into the future. During the story, there is a mysterious death. The story is set during a rainstorm. A Simple Novel Outline – 9 questions for 25 chapters « H.E. Roulo. Writing Craft. Fiction. "No Ordinary Place: Writers and Writing in Occupied Palestine," Rima Najjar Merriman. Like all Palestinians who have lived in historic Palestine since its fragmentation in 1948, Palestinian writers face enormous day-to-day challenges.

"No Ordinary Place: Writers and Writing in Occupied Palestine," Rima Najjar Merriman

Four contemporary Palestinian writers living in the occupied West Bank—Mahmoud Shukair, Suad Amiri, Sahar Khalifa, and Raja Shehadeh—are meeting these challenges, each with a unique and powerful voice. In Palestinian writing, the historical, the political and the literary are inextricably entwined. The Arabic novel in general has had a history of transgression against the repressive regimes whose demise the world has recently witnessed. Writers have often used allegory and an odd mixture of fact and fiction to bypass censorship, as in, for example, several of Naguib Mahfouz’s novels. Daily Word Count Output of My Favorite Writers - Algonquin Redux. I’ve noticed a lot of writers posting their daily word output on social media.

Daily Word Count Output of My Favorite Writers - Algonquin Redux

The single common denominator of these posts, unfortunately, has been word counts that exceed my own. In hope of feeling better, I compiled some data on the typical daily productivity of writers I admire. What follows is a selection that provides a representative sample. Bear in mind that no heed is given to the relative merits of such numbers, and, as Mark Twain said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” The 50 Best First Sentences in Fiction. CBA-Past-Winners-2015-Version. Thirteen Writing Prompts. [Originally published May 4, 2006.] Write a scene showing a man and a woman arguing over the man’s friendship with a former girlfriend.

Do not mention the girlfriend, the man, the woman, or the argument. Write a short scene set at a lake, with trees and shit. Throw some birds in there, too. Writing. Social Media Just for Writers. 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. How to Write a Great Novel: Junot Diaz, Anne Rice, Margaret Atwood and Other Authors Tell. "Composing collaborative fiction with a hypermedia authoring tool: A q" by Brien James Dick.

Brien James Dick, Purdue University Abstract This study attempted to understand the dynamic processes of students using hypermedia for written composition from a sociocognitive perspective. The research was guided by three questions; (1) Do children limit the organization of hypermedia to a manageable level when they are aware of the possible ways to connect information? Using mind maps novel writing. Writing with Mind Maps. Tools/resources for writers. Insights, inspiration, and practical advice for writers. 8 Unstoppable Rules For Writing Killer Short Stories.

5 Interactive Fiction Authoring Tools. EmailEmail If you want to get into writing Interactive Fiction (IF) it can be hard to know where to get started. So here is a list of five IF authoring tools so you can pick the approach that’s best for you. Fifteen Fascinating Fathers in Fiction. Last year, we celebrated Father's Day with a post on The Top 12 Literary Quotes About Fathers This year, I decided to list 15 of the most interesting fathers from the books I've read. I hope some of them inspire you to create memorable fathers in the books you write. Please add your choices in the comments section below. Blogs & Other Writing Resources. Mind Mapping Software, Brainstorming, GTD and Knowledgebase Software. 10 hints for index cards.

Top 10 first lines in children's and teen books. The boy and the old man arrived at the port at night. That's the first line in my debut novel, Close to the Wind, and I'm rather proud of it. The line doesn't shout out at you, but it does a lot of work establishing the tone of the book and giving you the setting and characters without any fuss. Creative Idea Generator.

Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language. Translate emotions into written body language We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it's easier said than written. The%20Story%20Spine.pdf. Short Story Ideas - Scenarios. How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act. Words to live by. 21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors. 02 Know How to Write a Short Story. How To Make Sure You Finish The First Draft Of Your Novel - Write Publish Now.

Images as Writing Prompts. Editting. Amazing Places You Have To See. Writing Tools. The Best 100 Closing Lines From Books. On Writing — Point of View. SFWRITER.COM > How to Write > On Writing: Two Heads . . . Great Opening Sentences From Science Fiction Novels. Writers Storyline and Plot Idea Generator - create a concept for the next bestseller. 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. Welcome to! Where the Writers Go to Write - Writing.Com. The Writer - Advice and inspiration for today's writer. The First Creative Writing School on the Internet.

A Writer's Resource - 16 Types of Governments. BBC Academy - Fast Train North: storylining and creating characters. This is a report from Fast Train North, the free training event for freelancers from the BBC Academy and Creative Skillset. Story Engine « Aesop.

Creatavist. Create beautiful photo narratives - Exposure. Free Software for Writers. Storehouse Storytelling App Gets Embeds And Improved Community Building Tools. Online journal & private diary. Hemingway Editor. 12 Useful Websites to Improve Your Writing. A Writer’s Room - T Magazine. How I get things done. SoYouWantTo/Write A Story. Blog Prompts. Writing stuff. Lessons learned in a writing journey. Characteristics of a ‘good story’ Organize and write your novel in the cloud. Short Story Ideas - Scenarios. Writing: Resources. Writing prompts. 25 Contemporary British Novels You Should Read Right Now.

The Great Tradition : Leavis. F. R. NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books. Short Fiction Factor - Short Fiction Writing Tips for Short Fiction Writers. 50 of the Best Websites for Writers. Monomyth. Writers tools. 11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description. American Book Review.

Advice to writers. Writers and Authors. 100+ Contemporary British and Irish Writers. Lorem Ipsum: Nifty new hypertext/Interactive Fiction authoring system. Writing Competitions.