Four Ways to Cut Your Novel's Draft (and Make Your Story Stronger) Image from Flickr by adrperez Is your novel looking a little bloated? Do you have a sneaking feeling you’ve repeated yourself a few times? Are some of your scenes really just unnecessary padding between episodes of action? Believe me, I’ve been there. It made for a much stronger novel, and I’m hugely grateful to my editor Lorna Fergusson for her invaluable help in deciding what to cut. Now, I’m hoping your novel won’t require quite such drastic pruning as mine. How can you tell if you need to do away with some of your hard-won words? Most writers over-write. So, you’ve got work ahead. (I’ll assume that the basic building blocks of your story need to stay; you’re not about to cut out a whole character or a massive chunk of your plot at this stage.) Step #1: Cut Whole Scenes “A novelist must have the intestinal fortitude to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesn’t advance the story.” Start with the biggest, chunkiest pieces of story: scenes. (Why? Step #3: Cut Sentences
The Beginning Writer: Layering Your Story Line Using Braiding I’ve recently made it to the middle of a story I’m writing and it didn’t take long for me to realize that I didn’t know how to handle keeping the story going. So I looked to one of my favorite authors on writing for guidance. Heather Sellers wrote two of my favorite books on writing, “Page After Page” and “Chapter After Chapter.” Introducing Layers In Your Story Through Braiding Ms. “Braided books (or articles or stories) are made up of three or four strands. Happy Accidents She goes on to say: “You need more than one thing going on at a time. This is really good for me to hear because I don’t really know how my story is going to end. The Best Way To Write A Book Ms. “The book teaches me what it is about as I write it. “If you are concerned about organization, try dividing your book into three substories, or three subthemes. “Good writing has layers. What do you think about braiding? I hope everyone has a wonderful day! -Kelly
Creative Writing Prompts and Poem Starters Here, you'll find HUNDREDS of creative writing prompts for your poetry. The prompts and ideas on this website intentionally open-ended. Each prompt can be approached in many different ways. The open-ended design of these prompts also means that you can return to the same prompt again and again, producing a different poem each time. Ready to write some poems? Creative Writing Prompts 1) Write a poem about one or all of the four seasons. 2) Write a poem using three of the following words: expensive, lampshade, bruise, convincing. 3) Write a poem about something that happened to someone you know. 4) Write a poem about your shadow. 5) Write a poem using all of the following words: smooth, soothe, work, dark. 6) Write a poem based on a dream you had. 7) Write a poem based on your belief about life after death... or about what you WISH you believed. 8) Write a poem using all of the following words: snake, honey, thaw. 9) Write a poem from the perspective of a character in a fairy tale.
Top Ten Powerful Law of Attraction Tips: Simple Secrets to Attract What You Want I have gathered some of the most potent tips to create your reality that I know of. The Secret and the Law of Attraction teach us to visualize and feel our goals. This is a start, but if we really want to manifest more of our desires, more wealth, better and more conscious relationships, and all the goals in our heart that make us want to celebrate life, we need to relinquish EVERYTHING which does not serve us and step into a realm of true magic where our attraction power is natural and effortless. I’ve gathered ten of the best tips I know to support this inner power. Let’s explore them now: 1. Change comes with flow and contentment. Your only job is to be in the Flow of Life by consciously experiencing your joy and your clarity about your deepest mission and Higher Vision. This will activate the Law of Attraction and Universal Flow, and it will improve the circumstances of your life immensely. 2. Try this: Make an intention right now to do something very simple and easy. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Literature Project - Free eBooks Online Character Chart FAVORITES Color: Music: Food: Literature: Expressions: Book: Quote: Expletive(s) (swears): Mode of transportation: HABITS Smokes: What? How often? Drinks: What? How often? Worst bad habit? SELF-PERCEPTION One word character would use to describe self: One paragraph description of how character would describe self: What does character consider best physical characteristic? Immediate goal(s): Long range goal(s): How does character plan to accomplish goal(s)? How character react in a crisis (calm/panic/etc.)? Jewelry? Owns a computer? © (c ) copyright 1990-2011 Rebecca Sinclair ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Authors Note: I worked hard on this.
Beginners' four faults As an editor, I know when I am reading someone's first novel. I have nicknames for the four give-away faults beginners make: (1) Walk and Chew Gum (2) Furry Dice (3) Tea, Vicar? (4) Styrofoam. (1) Walk and Chew GumThe writer has not integrated action and dialogue, internal monologue and action, or internal monologue with dialogue. "If you think you're going to town you'd better thing again," said Ralph. Not integrating action and dialogue makes for jerky, lifeless prose. "If you think you're going to town you'd better think again," Ralph snapped, putting down his can of beer. This might not be award-winning prose, but it reflects the reality of the action and feelings better by having action, thought and dialogue knitted together. (2) Furry DiceAdjectives, adverbs and prepositions are furry dice hanging from a car's mirror. She picked up the gun and aimed it straight at him. This would be better without the modifiers, and with the tighter language you'll have to write to replace them:
Seven Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Interest in Writing If your child or teen has a burgeoning interest in being a writer, there are many ways to encourage this newfound interest. Here are seven suggestions for supporting the literary urge in young members of your family. 1: Offer your child fun writing tools Your young poet or novelist will appreciate a field trip together to choose special writing tools. Depending on his or her personality, your child might prefer to write in a lined journal, in a blank art sketchbook, on monogrammed stationery, or even on neon-colored legal pads. He or she might like a set of colored gel pens, a set of fine-tipped Sharpie markers, or a fresh set of sharpened #2 pencils. Some older kids or teens might prefer a digital environment for writing. Children of all ages will enjoy seeing their finished poems or stories in print. 2: Bring back bedtime reading by enjoying a nightly poem together For younger children, you can incorporate poetry into your existing nighttime routine of reading before bed.
Gnostics, Gnostic Gospels, & Gnosticism A one-sentence description of Gnosticism: a religion that differentiates the evil god of this world (who is identified with the god of the Old Testament) from a higher more abstract God revealed by Jesus Christ, a religion that regards this world as the creation of a series of evil archons/powers who wish to keep the human soul trapped in an evil physical body, a religion that preaches a hidden wisdom or knowledge only to a select group as necessary for salvation or escape from this world. The term "gnostic" derives from "gnosis," which means "knowledge" in Greek. The Gnostics believed that they were privy to a secret knowledge about the divine, hence the name. (Huxley coined "agnosticism" on the basis that all knowledge must be based on reason. There are numerous references to the Gnostics in second century proto-orthodox literature. Besides Marcion, other important Gnostics were Basilides and Valentinus. Here are some books about Gnostics and Gnosticism.
Law of Attraction – Take Control of Your Life Warning: This article will sound like complete bullshit to the conservative mind. If you can go into the reading with an open mind and are willing to try the methods described with the intention of attracting good things to your life, please proceed. However, if you are already swaying towards skepticism, please save this article for a time when you are dying for a change or confident that this method could work for you. This might be the most important and eye-opening article you will read in your entire life so plan accordingly. Thank you Introduction to The Law Of Attraction: Many of you have probably heard of the Law of Attraction, The Secret, visualization, or some of the other popular manifestations of this technique, but most likely do not fully know what it is. Basics: Manifesting your ideal is not as hard as it sounds. 1. Other Tips: - Positive things come to positive people, so practice a good demeanor about life. 1. The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. 2. 3.
The Character Workshop — Designing A Life I’ve designed this little workshop to help you sneak up on character development. Answer the questions in order, and take your time. Allow yourself as much space as you need to answer each one — some only require one-word answers, but some require a fair amount of page space to be answered completely. A word of warning — this isn’t a complete character checklist; it’s a workshop designed to break through stubborn preconceptions you might have had about characters you write and character design. Because of that, you will not have a complete character if you only answer the questions I’ve given you. Choose a gender. And that’s it.
hero's journey "A Practical Guide to Joseph Cambell’s The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Christopher Vogler © 1985 “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” In the long run, one of the most influential books of the 20th century may turn out to be Joseph Campbell’s THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES. The book and the ideas in it are having a major impact on writing and story-telling, but above all on movie-making. Filmmakers like John Boorman, George Miller, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Coppola owe their successes in part to the ageless patterns that Joseph Campbell identifies in the book. The ideas Campbell presents in this and other books are an excellent set of analytical tools. With them you can almost always determine what’s wrong with a story that’s floundering; and you can find a better solution almost any story problem by examining the pattern laid out in the book. There’s nothing new in the book.
Creative Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet Rewriting and editing helps to tighten up your work. But it can be difficult – what to chop and when to stop may not be clear, and you may change your mind more than once during the process. Ask yourself whether you need to take out: Unnecessary information and explanation. Passages of dialogue that go on too long. You may need to add or expand: Something you know but have forgotten to tell the reader; perhaps the age of the main character. You may need to move: Dramatic sections to make a stronger opening. In your final edit: Check for grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes.