Oct 24th, 2008 | By Jennifer Roach | Category: Big Picture
Here are lots of poem starters that you can use for your own poetry writing. (If you're looking for story starters instead, click here) .
Inside the topsy-turvy world of contronyms This article originally appeared on The Week . Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.” Does that mean, “Because the agency oversaw the company’s behavior, they imposed a penalty for some transgression” or does it mean, “Because the agency was inattentive, they overlooked the misbehavior and gave it their approval by default”? We’ve stumbled into the looking-glass world of “contronyms” — words that are their own antonyms. 1.
Fantasy & SciFi
The Ghost Writer: Giving Directions - Imperative Forms This movie is amazing. I love Roman Polanski's films and this one is no exception. This scene is great because of the clear instructions given by the car's GPS. I. Read the instruction the driver received from his GPS while driving to his destination.
Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where thousands of people challenge themselves to write a 50,000 word, 175-page novel before the end of November. It's a huge task for even seasoned writers, but writing that much does more than just hone your writing skills.
Welcome to SmallWorld's WordSmithery! I've mentioned before that creative writing is one of those areas in which parents struggle teaching. I love teaching creative writing. Introducing SmallWorld's WordSmithery
When Fear Gets in the Way
Fundamentals of Fiction: Being Realistic by Marg Gilks "I am always interested in why young people become writers, and from talking with many I have concluded that most do not want to be writers working eight and ten hours a day and accomplishing little; they want to have been writers, garnering the rewards of having completed a best-seller.
by Marg Gilks "Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." -- Gene Fowler Fundamentals of Fiction: Avoid Those Beginners' Blunders
I’m on vacation this week, so I’m running an oldie-but-goodie that seemed to resonate with a lot of writers. Enjoy! Julie Fast is the author of several books and e-books, including the traditionally-published book Get It Done When You’re Depressed . Julie has bipolar disorder and uses the techniques in her book to be one of the most productive and creative writers I’ve ever met. And you don’t need to be clinically depressed to get a lot out of her advice — it works even if you’re just someone who has down days, suffers from that nagging “I’m not good enough” inner voice, or has trouble getting started on writing projects for any reason. I love this interview because I suffer from SAD and anxiety myself, and have arranged my work life around these issues — and as someone with these problems, I recognize them in a lot of other writers as well. The Depressed Writer: An Interview with Julie Fast, Author of Get It Done When You’re Depressed | The Renegade Writer
5 situations where it's better to tell than show in your fiction Hypotheticals aren't always good examples, even when there's some detail to them, as Anders tried to spin out here.
6-letter first names - - NamePlayground.com - the playground of first names
6 Writers Who Broke the Rules and Got Away with It H ave you ever read a book and noticed the author has broken what we writers often hear of as “the rules”?