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Funny-chart-synonyms-words-fear-anger.jpg (426×487) Six word stories. A list of books. Books of the decade. Anybody remember how anxious and thrilled we were in those last months of the 20th century?

books of the decade

When we weren't at war and we had a budget surplus and it looked like Al Gore would be president? The prospect of a 21st century filled with new technologies, new art and literature loomed large and bright. But now, as we look back at what was decidedly a shitty decade for an incredible variety of people in an equally incredible variety of ways (evictions/invasions/bombings/etc), it's surprisingly hard to be pessimistic about the books that assessed, satirized, dramatized and distracted us from the events of the past 10 years.

Goethe said that the decline of a nation's literature is the precursor to that nation's fall, and with this look back at the books that defined the decade, we'd like to tell Goethe to suck it. 101 books to read. 30 books before 30. In various ways, these 30 books convey some of the philosophy of how Angel and I live our lives.

30 books before 30

Funny books. It's a dreary day, so I thought I'd indulge myself and come up with a list of my favorite comedies.

funny books

A caveat, however: this is not a fancy English-professor-y list of the finest, most exquisitely crafted, most erudite or intellectually sophisticated works on paper in the language. This is a list of the books that make me laugh until my mascara starts to run. Best 100 openings from books. Full books.

Free e-books. Free online library. Full text archive. Shitload of ebooks. Common themes in literature. How to write fiction - hemingway. Image by Lloyd Arnold via Wikimedia Commons Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write.

how to write fiction - hemingway

His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style is one of the most influential of the 20th century. Hemingway never wrote a treatise on the art of writing fiction. He did, however, leave behind a great many passages in letters, articles and books with opinions and advice on writing. Some of the best of those were assembled in 1984 by Larry W. 1: To get started, write one true sentence. Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer’s block. 22 rules of storytelling by pixar. How to write better. Writing is a muscle.

how to write better

Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about. Procrastination is an alluring siren taunting you to google the country where Balki from Perfect Strangers was from, and to arrange sticky notes on your dog in the shape of hilarious dog shorts. The blank white page. Pixar's 22 rules of storytelling.

These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist.

pixar's 22 rules of storytelling

Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be very different.Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Writing character profiles. Enter your e-mail to get the e-book for FREE.

writing character profiles

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. Character chart. 7 habits of serious writers. Image credit: aless&ro With thanks to Michael Pollock for the article suggestion and title.

7 habits of serious writers

I’ve been writing, on and off, since my early teens – but it’s only in the last three years that I’ve really taken my writing seriously. It’s made a dramatic difference. I write far, far more. I write better. 17th century english literature. Edgar allan poe. Personal tragedy was, unfortunately, a recurring theme throughout Edgar Allan Poe's life.

edgar allan poe

Born in Boston in 1809 to actor parents, he never knew his father David Poe, who left his mother and disappeared soon after Edgar was born, then died in Virginia in 1810. His mother, who suffered from tuberculosis (then called consumption), died in Richmond, Virginia in late 1811, orphaning Edgar, his older brother William Henry, and half-sister Rosalie. Frances Allan of Richmond convinced her wealthy merchant husband John to take the child Edgar into their home. Shakespeare stuff. William bloody shakespeare. Online shakespeare course.

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Kenan Jr. Shakespeare insults.