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The best prompts are the ones that spark a personal connection between the writer and his or her ideas. Provided here are some generic writing prompts to get you started; you will also find some tips on how to write your own prompts. Such self-written prompts will offer better starting blocks than the generic ones because they spring from the immediacy of your students’ lives.
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60 Rules for Short SF (and Fantasy) A "mainstream" short story can be about anything: a mood, a character, a setting, even a flashy writing style. A genre (SF or fantasy) short story is about an idea. The fictional elements (character, plot, setting, etc) are only there to dramatize the idea. Here are the rules for the SF (or Fantasy) short story: 1.
When novelist Helen Simonson ( Major Pettigrew's Last Stand) was asked to help winnow entries for short story contests and literary journals, it was her turn to switch from seeking approval to giving it out. Sparingly. As she puts it: Having spent many years putting hours of effort and creativity into my own work -- sending off brown envelopes filled with still-warm pages, to various editors and judges -- it is rather horrifying to discover that it takes me about a minute to know that yet another manuscript is about to be "binned" as they say. In a sort of apology, I feel the least I can do is to reveal a few of the instant signs that your writing genius will not be discovered by the judges this time around! What follows is a few of Simonson's deal-killers, from her only somewhat tongue-in-cheek article "Ten ways to get your writing rejected' :
Elmore Leonard : Using adverbs is a mortal sin
Here you'll find a step-by-step guide on how to write a story, including answers to these Frequently Asked Questions : How can I write vivid descriptions? How can I invent characters that feel like real people? How can I create suspense? How can I can I make readers care about my stories?
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.
Daily Writing Prompts 2007
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If you're a fiction writer -- whether you're working on a novel, short story, screenplay, television series, play, web series, webserial, or blog-based fiction -- your characters should come alive for your reader or audience.
Be Your Own Literary Agent and Get Published So you're one of 20 million Americans who want to write a book. If you've already written a manuscript, chances are you're looking for agent representation.
by Judy Cullins Does your chapter sound like a report? Does it go on and on with past tense sentences that tell, rather than show? To spice up your self help, non-fiction or fiction book and even promotional writing, you need to use much more dialogue.
As culled from The Guardian : 1 Write. 2 Put one word after another.
English 50 – Intro to Creative Writing: Exercises for Poets First Lines: The King James Bible has long been recognized for its importance to English literature. Choose a verse from the Bible and write your own poem with the Bible verse as the first line. You can use the blank verse of the Bible as a basis for developing rhythm, the subject matter of the verse to develop theme and metaphor.