Your Scene Needs a Problem By Ken Hughes, @TheKenHughes Part of the How They Do It Series Conflict is a must in every scene, but problems come in a myriad of shapes and sizes. The tricky part is knowing what the right problem for your scene is. Random Word Generator - Creative online tool to generating words for brainstorming. This is an online brainstorming tool I made that generates random words. This word randomizer should help spark your creative imagination if you're looking to think up a domain name, a band name, a project name or whatever. Right now it generates 6 random words by default but you can change that to generate anywhere from two to ten words.
Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language Translate emotions into written body language We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it's easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character's state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. Daily Word Count Output of My Favorite Writers - Algonquin Redux I’ve noticed a lot of writers posting their daily word output on social media. The single common denominator of these posts, unfortunately, has been word counts that exceed my own. In hope of feeling better, I compiled some data on the typical daily productivity of writers I admire. What follows is a selection that provides a representative sample.
How to Start a Novel Time to confess: I’m a closet novelist. For the last six years, I’ve been sitting on a great plot, but I find the idea of writing a novel daunting. A few days ago, my best friend said to me, “You should write your novel this year. You know, the one where the young woman is in a bus in Rio de Janeiro, and she suddenly hears…” See How Easily You Can Track Your Character's Emotional Arc in a Scene Most authors try to understand what a character is feeling at a particular moment: He’s angry here. He’s happy there. Many authors also consider how the character’s emotional arc changes over the course of the entire story: He begins insecure. He ends confident. Daily Writing Prompts Writing Prompt 365 The End Write about new beginnings in your life that you eagerly anticipate. These writing prompts were an experiment in cultivating a habit and maintaining it for 365 days straight. Now, at the end of the year, I am concluding this portion of my journey and hope that you enjoyed it with me. With over 900 followers with just over 365 posts, I’m glad that this blog reached out to so many.
How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act Next to the positive change arc, the flat character arc is the most popular storyline. Also called the “testing arc,” the flat arc is about a character who does not change. He already has the Truth figured out in the beginning of the story, and he uses that Truth to help him overcome various external tests. The flat-arc protagonist will be confronted with tremendous opposition. "Composing collaborative fiction with a hypermedia authoring tool: A q" by Brien James Dick Brien James Dick, Purdue University Abstract This study attempted to understand the dynamic processes of students using hypermedia for written composition from a sociocognitive perspective.
60 Historical Photos Worth 1000 Words The American newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane said that “a picture is worth a thousand words” in 1911. Over 100 years later, this still rings true. Each photograph tells a story, a special event or moment, and helps us witness the past. From historical landmarks and well-known people to the basic daily routines of the past, these 60 pictures have lessons for us, and portray the past in a way that we can empathize with and understand it more intimately. 1. Titanic, 1912 Carly Watters, Literary Agent This is the social media elephant in the room. You don’t query in a vacuum. If you write a query letter and an agent is intrigued (congratulations!) the next thing an agent does is Google you or click on the links in your signature to see where it takes us. A writer’s virtual footprint is their resume at that point. Here are my ‘online guidelines’ for writers:
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