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CALLIHOO Writing Idea Generators: The 37 Dramatic Situations. The Thirty-six (plus one) Dramatic Situations Georges Polti says that all stories boil down to just 36 dramatic situations and takeoffs of those situations. Somebody else out there added #37. If you're stuck for a situation, try this. A situation appears below randomly (in bold print). If you'd like more information, or want to see the subplots for the situation, click on its link below. (Note: In several cases, specific gender in the original descriptions has been replaced with non-specific gender. After all, men aren't the only ones out there having adventures! Your situation: 27. Still stuck for plot ideas? Cosmic Thoughts | Oblique Strategies | Random Science Fiction Story Ideas. General Fiction. Getting Around... Career Essentials Getting Started Queries & Manuscripts Market Research Classes & Conferences Critiquing Crafting Your Work Grammar Guides Research/Interviewing Writing Contests The Writing Business Income & Expenses Selling Reprints Collaboration Pseudonyms Negotiating Contracts Setting Fees/Getting Paid Rights & Copyright Tech Tools The Writing Life The Writing Life Rejection/Writer's Block Health & Safety Time ManagementColumn: Ramblings on the Writing Life Fiction Writing - General General Techniques Characters & Viewpoint Dialogue Setting & DescriptionColumn: Crafting Fabulous Fiction Fiction Writing - Genres Children's Writing Mystery Writing Romance Writing SF, Fantasy & Horror Flash Fiction & More Nonfiction Writing General Freelancing Columns & Syndication Newspapers/Journalism Topical Markets Travel Writing Photography Creative Nonfiction Memoirs/Biography International Freelancing Business/Tech Writing Other Topics Poetry & Greeting Cards Screenwriting.

Wonderbook. Cliche Finder. Have you been searching for just the right cliché to use? Are you searching for a cliché using the word "cat" or "day" but haven't been able to come up with one? Just enter any words in the form below, and this search engine will return any clichés which use that phrase... Over 3,300 clichés indexed! What exactly is a cliche? See my definition Do you know of any clichés not listed here? Add some to the list! This is Morgan, creator of the Cliche Finder. Or, you might like my crazy passion project: Spanish for Nerds: Learning Spanish via Etymologies! Back to cliches... if you would like to see some other Web sites about clichés? © S. Special thanks to Damien LeriAnd to Mike Senter Morgan's Web page. 100 jump-starters to cure your writer’s block - Pro Writing Tips.

Creativity Boost #3 – Dictionary Excursion. Coffitivity - Increase Your Creativity! Poem Starters and Creative Writing Ideas - StumbleUpon. Enter your e-mail to get the e-book for FREE. 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.

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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. Sanction (via French, from Latin sanctio(n-), from sancire ’ratify,’) can mean “give official permission or approval for (an action)” or conversely, “impose a penalty on.” 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. The contronym (also spelled “contranym”) goes by many names, including “auto-antonym,” “antagonym,” “enantiodrome,” “self-antonym,” “antilogy” and “Janus word” (from the Roman god of beginnings and endings, often depicted with two faces looking in opposite directions).

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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. Choose the right verbs from the given ones below before watching the video. You may repeat them. 1. __________ road when possible. 2. 3. __________ around when possible. 4. _____________ to the indicated route. 5. 6. You have reached your destination! II. Answers: 1. join, 2. turn, 3. turn, 4. proceed, 5. take, 6. make II. Harness the Mental, Creative, and Emotional Benefits of Regular Writing. My journal has without a doubt been a transformational tool in my life. Just taking a bit of time to reflect on how the last week has gone and to renew my intentions for the coming week really keeps me on track, and alerts me early to any negative habits I am developing.

It made it painfully clear to me why my NY Resolutions failed in the past. I simply didnt keep thinking about them. For me personally, having headings according to all the parts i want to keep in check (family, physical health, mental health, etc) works really well because it keeps me focussed on a balanced life. When you get hooked into something its easy to forget that other areas of your life exist. Thats just how the mind seems to go. Having a checklist of areas you want to reflect on means that you dont just focus on the latest loudest thing. I keep it weekly because thats a very useful timescale for goals. Finally what works for me is handwritten. Introducing SmallWorld's WordSmithery. 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. I often teach this class at our support group's weekly enrichment classes, and I love most of all getting students in my class who come with this caveat from mom: "He hates writing. He doesn't want to be in this class. " The assignments will be given each week, and for the first few weeks, it's probably best to follow in order. So here we go with Assignment #1: Buy a writing journal for each person. That's it! Got something to share? 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.

They aspire to the rewards of writing but not to the travail. " -- James A. Michener I sent the first story I ever wrote for paid publication to Asimov's Science Fiction. For those outside the speculative fiction genre, Asimov's is one of the Big Four -- the "pro" magazines with the largest readership, the biggest-name authors, the best pay rates. The ones with the glossy color covers you see on all the newsstands. I had a lot to learn. My story was rejected, of course. Be Humble I know this is a hard concept for a beginning fiction writer to grasp, because I was once a beginning fiction writer, and I thought my stories were just as good as the ones I read in the pro magazines, too. Fundamentals of Fiction: Avoid Those Beginners' Blunders. 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 You've written a great story, sent it out again and again, but it keeps being rejected.

Why? What are some of the writing blunders you may be committing that set red "amateur" flags waving for agents and publishers -- and invariably earn your story a rejection slip? They're Only Empty Words Blonde bombshell, guns blazing, go the extra mile, passed with flying colors, under cover of darkness. Cliches like these pepper our everyday speech, but in a story, they're a red flag. Like cliches, empty modifiers like adjectives and adverbs are the sign of weak writing, produced by a writer without the imagination or the skill needed to create evocative descriptions that add depth to the story.

Used in place of more vivid language, adverbs and adjectives are just as commonplace as cliches. Tell Me No More! Don't. Head-hopping Sounds pretty good, huh. Timeline Generator. One Sentence - True stories, told in one sentence. The Depressed Writer: An Interview with Julie Fast, Author of Get It Done When You’re Depressed. 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. As you’ll see, Julie does a pretty good job of interviewing me, too! Can you tell me a little bit about your career? Oh, yes. And you know what? 5 situations where it's better to tell than show in your fiction.

Good stuff; thanks for the article, and I agree with most of it. I think I disagree, though, at least partly, with your point near the end about the emotional/psychological stuff; I think that a lot of the time that's exactly what "show, don't tell" is meant to be all about. For example, if your character is tired, you can say "She was tired. " Or you can indicate indirectly, through her actions and her dialogue and other people's reactions to her, that she's tired. The latter is often a lot more effective in conveying the idea that she's tired.

Of course, sometimes writers don't show well, and readers are left puzzled. Anyway. @elysdir: Yeah, I think the emotional, psychological stuff is definitely a place where telling can very easily get more heavy-handed. 6-letter first names - - - the playground of first names. Every Photo Tells a Story/writing prompts/writers block. Writing. Writing. 6 Writers Who Broke the Rules and Got Away with It. Have you ever read a book and noticed the author has broken what we writers often hear of as “the rules”?

My initial reaction is usually indignation: “Why can she get away with that, and I can’t??” The more I study the craft of writing, the more rules I hear about, and most of these are guidelines based on making a book reader-friendly. As much as I believe it’s good practice to avoid the common pitfalls of beginning writers, there are always exceptions to every rule. Here are six commonly heard rules for writers, and six authors who’ve gotten away with breaking them. (By ‘gotten away with’, I mean being published, selling tons of copies, and in some cases, winning awards): Rule: Don’t write in First Person, Present Tense Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife: Niffenegger’s popular title is told by dual narrators from the first person point of view, in the present tense. Rule: Keep your novel under 100,000 words Rule: Limit the use of adverbs. Rule: Don’t begin a story with dialogue.

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