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Writing Gay Characters. Epithets: Fandom's Designated Hitters. NOTESPart of the "Variety Is the Spice of Life, and I Need Some Tums" set of essays.

Epithets: Fandom's Designated Hitters

Said Is Not a Four-Letter Word. NOTESPart of the "Variety Is the Spice of Life, and I Need Some Tums" set of essays.

Said Is Not a Four-Letter Word

For the others, see:Purple Fanfic's (total lack of) Majesty | Epithets: Fandom's Designated Hitters written December 2004 "Said" Is Not a Four-Letter Word. Cartographers' Guild - The Front Page. Science and Technical References for Writers - books, journals, software programs. A Note About Recommendations Access to Science and Technical References * updated! A Note About the Recommendations It is easy to find layman's information, coffee-table books, and popular references that are useful for school projects--bookstores and local libraries are full of them. In general, recommendations for those types of books are not listed here.

The recommendations listed here are for the technical reader or for the writer who wants to understand a particular science or aspect of that science in order to get the details correct in his or her literary work. You do not have to have a university degree in the discipline in order to understand the material in most of the recommended references, but you should have at least a general science education. It is important to remember that science is not static--our body of knowledge changes on a daily basis as technology and time provide us with more and more opportunities to examine and revamp our ideas, theories, and "facts.

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Write A Novel Using Snowflake Method

Writing a good novel is hard. How to Write a Story: Creative Story Ideas, Tips to Help You Write Your Own Book. Get creative story ideas, write your own book!

How to Write a Story: Creative Story Ideas, Tips to Help You Write Your Own Book

Where Should a Second Chapter Start? On October 12th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill and last modified on October 12, 2010 We’ve all read advice about the first chapter—how and where to begin a story; what makes for strong openings, depending on the genre; what not to include in the first paragraph or page of chapter one; what to include in a novel’s opening.

Where Should a Second Chapter Start?

We understand that a good opening chapter sets the tone and introduces lead characters and gets the plot rolling. We know almost as much about the final chapter, the final paragraph, and the final words. Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers (Kennedy and Jerz) (Dennis G. Jerz, Seton Hill University) The 7 worst ways to start your novel - Pro Writing Tips. Aspiring novelists are always intimidated by the classics, especially when it comes to writing the opening of the novel.

The 7 worst ways to start your novel - Pro Writing Tips

How to Write a Good Story Beginning. On August 11th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill and last modified on April 11, 2012.

How to Write a Good Story Beginning

How to Hook Your Readers. On June 14th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill and last modified on November 8, 2010 Remember the musical number from Gypsy, “Gotta Get a Gimmick”?

How to Hook Your Readers

The strippers advised Gypsy Rose Lee that to be successful, she’d need a gimmick, something eye-catching that would grab the attention of audience members. Writers likewise need attention-attracting elements to steer the focus of their readers to the story in their hands (and keep it there). Books compete with TV, computers, movies, hand-held devices and who-knows-what-else for attention. How do you keep your readers reading? - Pro Writing Tips. Mar 2nd, 2009 | By John Roach | Category: Big Picture I’m going to fail you today.

How do you keep your readers reading? - Pro Writing Tips

I don’t have the answers. I’ve got some ideas. I’ve got techniques for making sure your readers make it all the way to your last sentence, but not the end-all, be-all. I’m hoping you can fill in the blanks. Expanded Power Revision Checklist. Show, Don't (Just) Tell (Dennis G. Jerz, Seton Hill University) Understanding Narrative Mode - Pro Writing Tips. Good storytelling deals as much with how a story is told as it does with what a story is.

Understanding Narrative Mode - Pro Writing Tips

The dramatic moments and insight into the characters and their conflicts all come from information gathered about those characters. One of the easiest ways to build that drama is through an understanding of narrative voice. Each narrative mode has its own strengths and weaknesses, and thus each will benefit different types of stories. First Person Though the First Person narrative mode has been used throughout the literary ages, the particular style has recently come back into vogue, perhaps spurred by the rise of two particular genres—blogs and memoirs.

How to Make Readers Feel Emotion. On January 30th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill and last modified on February 8, 2011 I wrote an article on the importance of creating emotions in readers, but I’ve noticed that writers are looking for specifics on how to accomplish that. So, this article complements that first one, presents practical tips on how to stir the reader’s emotions. The Novelist: Word Wizarding. Character meme fun! The 100 Most Important Things To Know About Your Character (revised) Quote from original Author(Beth):This list came about when, one day while struggling to develop a character for an upcoming Hunter game, my lovely roommate Nikki looked at me and said something like, "Wouldn't it be cool to have a list of questions you could go through and answer while you were making characters, so you'd make sure to consider all sorts of different elements in their personality?

" I agreed, and that very evening we sat down over hot chocolate and ramen noodles to whip up a list of 100 appearance-, history-, and personality-related questions (which seemed like a nice even number) to answer as a relatively easy yet still in-depth character building exercise. Later on, we went through the list again, took out the questions that sucked (because there were a lot of them) and replaced them with better ones.

What you see before you is the result of that second revision. How to Flesh out a Country or Region in Your Fantasy RPG World. Edit Article. The Domesday Book - Medieval Demographics Made Easy. *Chaotic Shiny - RPG-Related Generators.