Twenty rules for writing detective stories (1928) by S.S. Van Dine THE DETECTIVE story is a kind of intellectual game. It is more — it is a sporting event. And for the writing of detective stories there are very definite laws — unwritten, perhaps, but none the less binding; and every respectable and self-respecting concocter of literary mysteries lives up to them. Herewith, then, is a sort Credo, based partly on the practice of all the great writers of detective stories, and partly on the promptings of the honest author's inner conscience. To wit: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.
Bookphile Opines: Adults reading Young Adult Literature. | Writing is Joy Creative Mind Mapping for Novelists Brainstorming ideas seems to be one of the hardest stages in the writing process for many novelists. As I discussed in a previous post, this storm of ideas that flash and thunder in our brains often appears unruly and difficult to harness. I introduced the practice of mind mapping, which is used across many disciplines—such as in classrooms for essay writing and in business meetings to problem-solve. Mind mapping can be used in just about any situation when ideas need to be reeled in and transformed into practical application. Mind Map on the Macro and Micro Levels I’ve never seen anyone specifically focus on novel structure or fiction plotting via mind mapping, so I’m going to show you ways I feel mind mapping can be useful for the novelist. Going deeper, you can merge mind maps, which I’ll explain in a later post. Brainstorming Characters and Theme Together I’m a character-driven novelist, so I always first start with character ideas along with theme. Focusing on Theme in Your Mind Map
Free iTunes U Courses for Writers & Readers | GalleyCat Earlier this year, Apple unveiled iTunes U, a vast collection of free courses to download for Apple devices. Here’s more about the massive collection: “Learn a new language. Study Shakespeare. Discover the cosmos. It’s all possible on iTunes U, home to more than 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects. We’ve been exploring the courses over the last few weeks, uncovering ten free courses for writers and readers can download right now. 10 Free iTunes U Courses for Writers & Readers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
25 Things Writers Should Know About Creating Mystery 1. Your Story Must Be An Incomplete Equation A complete equation is 4 + 5 = 9. It’s simple. Clean. 2. This isn’t a list about murder mysteries. 3. A news story is upfront. 4. Put differently, have you heard the one about Betty Crocker and the Egg? 5. Not every mystery is a worthy one. 6. A good ol’ big-ass mystery is a meteor that punches a hole in that once-complete equation we were talking about. 7. Instead of one big mystery, consider instead (or in addition) a series of smaller mysteries: little mini-arcs that rise on the question mark and fall toward the answer. 8. A tiny point, but one worth mentioning: sometimes creating mystery is not an act of asking a question but the deed of providing a clearly incorrect answer. 9. To create suspense and invoke tension, offer the audience a mystery. 10. A mystery must have stakes — we must know why it exists, and what it means for it to go unanswered. 11. Exposition is the mystery-killer. 12. 13. 14. 15. Conflict and mystery go hand in hand.
102 Resources for Fiction Writing « Here to Create UPDATE 1/10: Dead links removed, new links added, as well as Revision and Tools and Software sections. Are you still stuck for ideas for National Novel Writing Month? Or are you working on a novel at a more leisurely pace? Here are 102 resources on Character, Point of View, Dialogue, Plot, Conflict, Structure, Outlining, Setting, and World Building, plus some links to generate Ideas and Inspiration. 10 Days of Character Building Name Generators Name Playground The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test Priming the idea pump (A character checklist shamlessly lifted from acting) How to Create a Character Seven Common Character Types Handling a Cast of Thousands – Part I: Getting to Know Your Characters It’s Not What They Say . . . Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid “Stepping Out of Character” How to Start Writing in the Third Person Web Resources for Developing Characters What are the Sixteen Master Archetypes? Building Fictional Characters Fiction Writer’s Character Chart Speaking of Dialogue
How to write a book - Now Novel 12 sites that will teach you coding for free There was a time when knowing how to program was for the geekiest of geeks. That’s not exactly the case today. As most entrepreneurs, freelancers and marketers will tell you, learning how to program can help you succeed. Over the past year, I've been learning to code. You don’t even need to shell out a ton of money or put yourself in debt to learn how to code, either. 1. One of the most popular free places to learn coding is CodeAcademy. Related: Want to Take Your Business to the Next Level? 2. Founded in 2012, Coursera has grown into a major for-profit educational-technology company that has offered more than 1,000 courses from 119 institutions. 3. edX EdX is another leading online-learning platform that is open source instead of for-profit. 4. Founded in 2010, Udemy is an online learning platform that can be used as a way to improve or learn job skills. 5. aGupieWare While you won’t actually receive credit, it’s a perfect introductory program for prospective computer programmers. 6. 7.
25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing I read this cool article last week — “30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself” — and I thought, hey, heeeey, that’s interesting. Writers might could use their own version of that. So, I started to cobble one together. That is, then, how you should read this: me, yelling at me. Then go forth and kick your writing year in the teeth. Onto the list. 1. Right here is your story. 2. Momentum is everything. 3. You have a voice. 4. Worry is some useless shit. 5. The rise of self-publishing has seen a comparative surge forward in quantity. 6. I said “stop hurrying,” not “stand still and fall asleep.” 7. It’s not going to get any easier, and why should it? 8. You don’t get to be a proper storyteller by putting it so far down your list it’s nestled between “Complete the Iditarod (but with squirrels instead of dogs)” and “Two words: Merkin, Macrame.” 9. The mind is the writer’s best weapon. 10. 11. 12. Writers are often ashamed at who they are and what they do. 13. Yeah, yeah, yeah. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.
Life in Fantasyland 23 Fiction Writing Ideas That Will Revitalize Your Story Posted by Melissa Donovan on September 29, 2015 · Refresh your story with these fiction writing ideas. Sometimes our fiction writing projects dry up. The characters turn out to be flat, the plot becomes formulaic, and the story suddenly seems lackluster. This is when a lot of writers give up and file their half-finished manuscripts into a bottom drawer never to be seen again. Before giving up on a project, why not try to resurrect it? Fiction Writing Ideas Today’s writing ideas will help you enhance stories that are suffering from a variety of maladies ranging from boring plots to unrealistic characters. Give your characters more than a goal. Got Any Fiction Writing Ideas? Got any tips or ideas to add? About Melissa DonovanMelissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter.
16 Best Plugins to Improve WordPress Comments System Comments are an integral part of many WordPress blogs as an effective way to engage users and build community. The default WordPress commenting system is good but it is quite plain and basic. However, you can extend the this basic commenting system into a powerful user engagement platform for your website. In this article, we will show the best plugins to improve WordPress comments and take them to the next level. Video Tutorial If you don’t like the video or need more instructions, then continue reading. 1. De:comments is an all in one plugin to totally transform your WordPress commenting system. 2. Yoast Comment Hacks is a suite of tools that helps make comment management easier. 3. This plugin simply adds quicktag buttons in WordPress comment form’s textarea. 4. Comments are a powerful way to build communities. 5. Sometimes when a user submits a comment, they immediately realize they have made a spelling mistake or some other error. 6. 7. oEmbed in Comments 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.
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