25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer When George Plimpton asked Ernest Hemingway what the best training for an aspiring writer would be in a 1954 interview, Hem replied, “Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.” Today, writing well is more important than ever.
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Surviving 30 days of noveling Setting out to write a novel is a daunting task: you have to come up with characters, plots, settings, themes. And then there’s the ultimate obstacle of actually sitting down and writing it. Yet for the last several years, come every November 1st, thousands of people have not only given it a shot, they've tried to do it in a single month.
Paper Writing Guidelines 1. A quick primer of some concrete guidelines for composition return to top Layout of a Good Paper The most important thing is to pick a thesis and stick to it. Make sure every sentence in every paragraph you write is relevant to your thesis.
The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them) SExpand Writer's Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?
Evolution is chaotic (Image: Yehrin Tong) 2 more images Forget finding the laws of evolution. The history of life is just one damn thing after another IN 1856, geologist Charles Lyell wrote to Charles Darwin with a question about fossils. Puzzled by types of mollusc that abruptly disappeared from the British fossil record, apparently in response to a glaciation, only to reappear 2 million years later completely unchanged, he asked of Darwin: "Be so good as to explain all this in your next letter." The chaos theory of evolution - life - 18 October 2010
100 Most Inspirational Quotes Of All Time Courtesy of My-Inspirational-Quotes.com 1. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines.
You've heard of freewriting, certainly. At its most basic, it's about forcing your internal editor to stay away while you splash your most raw and unusual thoughts onto the page. In Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insights, and Content (2nd edition, revised & updated), Mark Levy tells how he uses freewriting, not only to loosen up his writing muscles, but to solve business problems of all kinds. Levy, author, writing teacher, and marketing strategist, shares a few "secrets" for making freewriting an indispensible tool: 5 Freewriting Secrets for Being a "Genius"
The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is a compendium of invented words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language—to give a name to emotions we all might experience but don’t yet have a word for. The author's mission is to capture the aches, demons, vibes, joys and urges that roam the wilderness of the psychological interior. Each sorrow is bagged, tagged and tranquilized, then released gently back into the subconscious. ▸ visit the facebook page to hear the backstory behind each word The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
- DRB SF epic release - Link - by Avi Abrams Click here to launch in a new window: "The Ultimate Guide to Modern Writers of Science Fiction & Fantasy: 1990-Now" -> Making sense out of the current boom in fantastic literature NOTE:Only MODERN AND NEW writers are included! (writers who started in 1990 or were active in the field and writing since 1990) The rest are covered in detail in our classic SF Writer's Directory at DRB SF Site The Ultimate Guide to Modern Writers of Science Fiction and Fantasy
An alternate title for this post might be, “Things I Think About Writing,” which is to say, these are random snidbits (snippets + tidbits) of beliefs I hold about what it takes to be a writer. I hesitate to say that any of this is exactly Zen (oh how often we as a culture misuse the term “Zen” — like, “Whoa, that tapestry is so cool, it’s really Zen“), but it certainly favors a sharper, shorter style than the blathering wordsplosions I tend to rely on in my day-to-day writing posts. Anyway. Peruse these. Absorb them into your body. 25 Things Every Writer Should Know
Why Fiction is So Hard to Write I’ve been blogging for a little over three years. I’ve been writing fiction since … well, pretty much since I could write. My blog posts are read by thousands of people. Only 1% of the fiction I’ve ever written has been published.
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The Character: Sherlock Holmes is probably best described as "Sherlock motherfucking Holmes," a man capable of making incredible deductions from the smallest of details with the power of logic alone. Also, he's an expert with all sorts of weapons; from guns and swords, to singlestick cane fighting, to beating your ass with a riding crop. If for some reason none of those things are around, Holmes is a formidable boxer and a proficient student of Bartitsu, a martial art which he used to simultaneously kill his arch nemesis Moriarty and save himself from death. Hold on: incredible powers of deduction, badass fighting abilities, general unkillability--where have we heard this before? 5 Authors More Badass Than The Badass Character They Created
6 Writers Who Accidentally Crapped Out Masterpieces So what does it feel like to write something that will inspire audiences for generations? Apparently it feels like another day at the office, as it turns out some of the greatest works of all time weren't intended to be classics... and often were just dashed off for the hell of it. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas It changed a generation.
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