Creative Writing Prompts, Creative Writing Ideas, Creative Writing Exercises, … — Helping Writers and Poets Get Some Writing Done Five Best Distraction-Free Writing Tools Seems like all five choices are basically the same app with different names. Kind of a disappointing hive five, not that that's Lifehacker's fault. It just means there isn't much variety in this category, I guess. My vote was for LyX, and I'll re-post what I wrote in the original vote: "Fullscreen mode is extremely minimal, and even the normal view keeps things out of the way. I like it because I don't have to make a compromise between features and focus: formatting is separated from content creation, so you can still make presentable documents without having to use a separate app or deal with niggling formatting problems as you write." My second choice would be vim. * Or nano, if you want, or some other console editor; I'm not trying to be a vi snob here.
400 Writing Topics - Prompts and Suggestions for Paragraphs, Essays, and Speeches - Essay Topics If getting started is the hardest part of the writing process, close behind it (and closely related to it) may be the challenge of finding a good topic to write about. Sometimes, of course, an instructor will solve that problem for you by assigning a topic. But at other times you'll have the opportunity to choose a topic on your own. And you really should think of it as an opportunity--a chance to write about something you care about and know well. So relax. To help get you thinking, we've prepared some writing suggestions--more than 400 of them, in fact. We've organized the suggested topics into 11 broad categories, loosely based on some of the common ways of developing paragraphs and essays. Now follow the links to our 400 topic suggestions and see where they take you. Describing People, Places, and Things: 40 Writing TopicsDescriptive writing calls for close attention to details--details of sight and sound, sometimes even of smell, touch, and taste.
5 apps every writer should download immediately - Whether you’re a journalist or a playwright, the writing process is made up of a number of stages. There’s the research process, which might involve trawling through Google searches, Twitter or even physical libraries. Then you have to curate your research and write several drafts. Thankfully, many apps exist to make your process more fluid. 1. I use Pocket as my primary article/document saving app. 2. Like Pocket, I use Flipboard for article and document saving. 3. It’s obviously necessary for a writer to have a primary workspace or single repository for their writing, whether it be physical or digital. 4. I was born just before computers became ubiquitous, so there are still times when I can only really flow if I put pen to paper (or to board). 5. This last choice has been a bit of a challenge, as it seems a funny to describe Twitter as a great app for writers. Comments comments
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. 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. Inspirational blogging – what to write about? “What should I write about on my blog?” and “How do I find great blog post ideas?” are two things every blogger struggles with at some point or another after making a blog. You cannot afford to sit and wait for inspiration to strike. Use the tips from this guide to find blog post ideas and blast away at a new blog post with a sense of purpose. Keep a blog post ideas doc The worst thing that can happen to an idea is to let it slip through your fingers like sand. Be well-organized and keep an ideas document. Keep the document synced between your devices to look it up or use it for on-the-spot note-taking when something new comes to your mind. Google Docs and Simplenote are two of my favorite tools for keeping an ideas doc. Is it time for you to create a new piece of content? Starting from scratch without a reserve supply of ideas, you will get stuck and create a rushed, inadequate job. When it’s time to work on a new post, you simply open your ideas document as a reference. Don’t be afraid.
Song Lyrics Generator Guide for Writers: Latin Phrases It’s a matter of taste and style, but not long ago American writers attempted to demonstrate their credentials to the world by including Latin and French phrases within works. A dash of Latin was expected of the moderately educated throughout the Western world. annus mirabilis - wonderful year arbiter elegantiae - judge of the elegant; one who knows the good things in life bona fides - good faith; credentials carpe diem - sieze the day; enjoy the present casus belli - cause justifying a war caveat emptor - buyer beware cui bono? caeteris paribus - all things being equal de facto - of fact; it is de gustibus non est disputandum - no disputing tastes; there is no accounting for taste Dei gratia - by the grace of God Deo gratias - thanks to God Deo volente - God willing dis aliter visum - it seemed otherwise to the gods Dominus vobiscum - Lord be with you dulce et decorum est pro patria mori - sweet and seemly it is to die for one’s country ecce homo - behold man ex cathedra - with authority
Breaking habits of perception-a skill that changes everything « Metta Refuge Here is another great teaching from Thanissaro Bhikkhu. While looking for some buddhadharma about dealing with guilt about the past, I came across this paragraph, from the end of his article, “Habits of Perception.” It was so helpful, I stopped my search to read the whole article, which I share below. May it be an aid to developing the skillful perceptions that lead to freedom! A frequent image in meditation instructions is that all you have to do is turn on a light and the darkness goes away. Thanissaro Bhikkhu What have you got here in the present moment? Some of the baggage you’re bringing into the present moment consists of issues you’ve picked up in the course of the day: things this person said, that person did, things you yourself said or did. But the issues also go deeper than that. So the Buddha sets out maps, he sets out instructions, for how to cut through those feedback loops and to understand how your perceptions shape things in a way that brings suffering. Like this:
Edward the App 99 Mind Mapping Resources, Tools, and Tips So, there you are staring at that black sheet of paper again. Or perhaps it's a black Word document on your computer screen. Whichever it may be, it's obvious you're about to take notes for that big essay assignment or group project, and you're not too excited about getting started! That's where a different kind of note taking comes in to play, one that is actually fun to do and will also help you to understand your notes better. It's a technique called mind mapping, and is based around a strong visual method of taking notes. Free Software Free Mind - the premier java-based mind mapping software known for its quick, one-click "fold/unfold" and "follow link" operations. Wisemapping - "Visual Thinking Evolution", offering free web based mind maps you can share anywhere on the web. Mindplan - mind mapping and project management combined with Lotus Notes. Mindomo - an online mapping application offering both free and paid premium accounts. Resources Professional Training In the News Books E-Books
50 Ways to Find Inspiration: Create, Explore, Expand “If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda I have always loved that scene in American Beauty when Ricky Fitts shows his video of a plastic bag blowing in the wind. He’s the complete opposite of his neighbor Lester Burnham, who seems to have decided long ago to live life in a comatose state of submission, completely disconnected from authentic joy. Ricky seems inspired by everything that most people simply overlook. “It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. “And that’s the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and… this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Though it can look different for all of us, I suspect this is the feeling we wait for in life: a sense that there’s boundless beauty out there, and we have the capacity to feel, channel, explore, and express it. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
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