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How to write convincing characters Characterisation - the task of building characters - isn't easy. But if you're struggling to build characters with real life and vigour, here is our very own patented technique. If you haven't yet started your book, then work on the exercise below before you start. Oh, and don't feel patronised at being given exercises. Learning to know your characters Strong characterisation is based on knowledge. The Ultimate Character Builder Begin with a blank sheet (or screen). You should aim to cover at least five pages with this exercise. The less central a character is to your book, the less you need to know him/her. And the exercise will work. Checking your work Once you've got a fair way into your writing (say 5 to 10,000 words), then look back at it. Even genre fiction needs swiftly drawn, believable characters. That's the bad news.

The Mysterious Plain of Jars Often referred to as “an Asian version of Stonehenge”, the Plain of Jars is one of the most enigmatic sights on Earth. Shrouded in mystery and myth, this ancient place has fascinated archeologists and scientists ever since its discovery. [Photo Credits] Thousands of giant stone jars scattered around the Xieng Khouang plain, in Laos form one of the most bizarre archeological collections in history. [Photo Credits] More than 400 sites have been discovered around the Plain of Jars, but only three of them have been opened to the public. [Photo Credits] But if you ask the locals, they’ll tell you of an old race of giants who once lived in these lands. [Photo Credits] Though there aren’t many roads leading to the Plain of Jars, and tourist numbers are still at a minimum, man still managed to exert his destructive influence over this place. [Photo Credits] Perhaps one day, people will be able to access this mystic place more easily, and discover the legacy of an ancient civilization.

Positive Psychology Resources, Happiness, Tips and Techniques Active and Constructive Responding Shelly Gable, assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, has examined the different types of responses we give to other people's good news. How do you respond when people share good news with you? The manner in which you respond when others share triumph with you directly builds or undermines your relationships. Research into couples and intimate relationships suggests that supporting partners when good things happen is as important in building a relationship as supporting when bad things happen. You can learn how to build relationships by focusing on good news through a technique called ? The quadrants above utilise four possible ways to respond to someone? Important Note:When giving an active and constructive response you do not need to overdo the praise and positive feedback.

Creative Writing Ideas, Courses Online, Free Classes for Writers The List Blog Since the beginning of time, humanity has been faced with a collection of mysterious and strange events. Many separate examples of unexplained viruses, geological occurrences, crimes, and tragedies have shaped modern history. The field of scientific experimentation and criminology are based around new discoveries and uncovering the truth. As we move into 2011, the world has been plagued with some mysterious occurrences surrounding natural life and climate stability on Earth. This article will be examining ten bizarre mysteries that have been impacting life. Some of the examples look at current events, while others document the past. 10. The Watergate scandal was a 1970s United States political event. The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) was created in 1956 as the result of a series of mergers. Millions of records were on loan to the NPRC at the time of the fire. The exact cause of the fire was never fully determined. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2.

Writing Contest Listing Write a tyburn. (Sorry, I like this format..) A six line poem consisting of 2, 2, 2, 2, 9, 9 syllables. The first four lines rhyme and are all descriptive words. Example #1: Death Blackest Darkest Coldest Oldest Burning in the Blackest, Darkest night There in lives the Coldest, Oldest fright Copyright © 2001 Mike McCann Example #2: -Mindless Love- Loveless Hopeless Darkness Mindless Dead heart feeling Loveless, Hopeless mind, True loves to the Darkness, Mindless find. Copyright © 2004 Peter A. Example #3: Myself Sowing, Hoeing, Growing, Mowing, Planting gardens, sowing, hoeing grounds. Copyright © 2004 Marion Gibson Example #4: Diana Willful wistful playful peaceful she can have a willful wistful day yet she has a peaceful playful way Copyright © 2004 Diana Dalton Example #5: Rhymetender Rhymer Kinder Minor Finer Caretaker of minor kinder rhymes Tender heart of finer rhymer times Copyright © 2004 Yancy Lee DaltonDeadline: Today!

10 Tips for a Better Cover Letter Recently I’ve been reading through dozens of letters from people who are interested in working together, and I want to share some insights regarding what makes for an effective cover letter and what doesn’t. If you consider these tips from the employer’s perspective, I think you’ll agree that most of them can be considered common sense. However, my experience thus far suggests they aren’t commonly applied. Because most people make these avoidable mistakes, I’ve been rejecting about 80% of applicants based on their cover letters alone. Most of the time, the mistakes people make in their cover letters are actively disqualifying them. While these tips are based on my recent personal experiences, I believe they’re general enough to be of value to others. 1. Nothing says loser like a cover letter filled with spelling and/or grammatical errors. What do such mistakes convey to a potential employer? That one minor typo that sneaks through even after proofreading probably isn’t a big deal. 2. 3.

Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment And Symptoms Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. Updated: Jul 25th 2002 This topic center concerns mental and emotional problems people experience in the wake of 'trauma', where trauma is understood to refer to an event involving being a victim of or witness to atrocity, violence, true horror and/or the death of another or near death of ones self. Examples might include rape, murder, torture, accidents, terrorism, etc. All forms of post-trauma response are typically characterized by the presence of three classes of symptoms. Not all trauma victims experience PTSD immediately after exposure to trauma. Post-trauma reactions such as PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder are classified in the DSM as members of the family of Anxiety Disorders. There's lots more to say about trauma reactions, of course, but this will serve as an introduction. You may also wish to check out the wonderful website which is filled with articles by mental health professionals who specialize in treating PTSD syndromes.

Rosenhan experiment Experiment to determine the validity of psychiatric diagnosis Rosenhan's study was done in eight parts. The first part involved the use of healthy associates or "pseudopatients" (three women and five men, including Rosenhan himself) who briefly feigned auditory hallucinations in an attempt to gain admission to 12 psychiatric hospitals in five states in the United States. The second part of his study involved an offended hospital administration challenging Rosenhan to send pseudopatients to its facility, whom its staff would then detect. While listening to a lecture by R. In a 2019 popular book on Rosenhan by author Susannah Cahalan, The Great Pretender, the veracity and validity of the Rosenhan experiment has been questioned. Pseudopatient experiment[edit] Rosenhan himself and seven mentally healthy associates, called "pseudopatients", attempted to gain admission to psychiatric hospitals by calling for an appointment and feigning auditory hallucinations. Impact and controversy[edit]

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