Perfecting Your First Page: 3 Tasks or Exercises Delacroix, Faust Trying to Seduce Margarete (detail) Over the weekend, I was a speaker at the Missouri Writers Guild conference (a terrific group of people and an impeccably run event). One of my sessions focused on evaluating the first page of your novel or memoir manuscript. Here are 3 of the best exercises or tasks you might undertake when thinking about your first page and how you can improve it before sending it to agents or editors. What is the absolute latest moment in the manuscript you can begin your story, and still not leave out anything that’s critical to the story problem? Bonus tip: Highlight every adjective, adverb, and modifying phrase. If you enjoyed this advice, you can check out my basic slide presentation on evaluating your first page.
An anti-hero of one’s own - Tim Adams The spice of a story, the element that makes it more than simply heroes and villains, lies within the character of the antihero. is an article about antiheroes in mainstream science fiction movies: ...and one about the 50 Greatest Movie antiheroes: Northrop "Norrie" Frye, (July 14, 1912 – January 23, 1991) was a Canadian literary critic and literary theorist, considered one of the most influential of the 20th century. The Educated Imagination is a website dedicated to Northrop Frye. Gamifica y aprende Con los años, las diferentes leyes educativas y los distintos usos educativos reflejan la falta de motivación de los contenidos que se “aprenden” en la escuela y con ello el más absoluto empujón al fracaso escolar. Al mismo tiempo, todos los padres y maestros nos envolvemos en una encarnizada lucha contra todo tipo de máquinas, consolas y videojuegos en pro de evitar una adicción tecnológica, de evitar la falta de estudio de materias escolares y un sin fin de excusas para seguir con la tradicional manera de aprender. ¡Esto tiene que acabar! Algunos padres y maestros somos hijos de la generación del Atari, los primeros Spectrum, Philips, Gameboys y en su día a nadie le amargó el dulce. Pero todo ello merece una explicación adecuada. El autor analiza la importancia de los videojuegos en el aprendizaje de nuestros niños a través de varias experiencias prácticas con diferentes juegos. Pongamos como ejemplo el hecho de acudir a clase. (Pincha en la siguiente página) Me gusta:
How to Stay Inspired (for Writers and Artists): 12 steps (with pictures) Edited by AJ Knight, Krystle, Amanda, Brendan and 11 others Creative inspiration is magical when you have it and frustrating when you don't. For anyone who has had writer's block, who struggles with agent rejections, or who has thrown in the paintbrush, here are some fresh perspectives on what creativity really means. Art is a passion that has many forms of expression. Ad Steps 1Go to writing or art critique groups. 12And the most important words to inspire you are: Just do it. Tips Re-think your eating habits.
What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler The Hero Archetype in Literature, Religion, and Popular Culture: (along with a useful PowerPoint presentation teachers can download at this URL: )Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction (users embark on their own hero's journey): American Masters Lesson from PBS for Teachers on George Lucas, the Power of Myth, and the Hero's Journey: an interactive approach to the Hero's Journey: of course, information about Joseph Campbell's works on the subject, on the Joseph Campbell Foundation site:The Hero With A Thousand Faces Hero's Journey (semi-biographical film):
The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling When an English archaeologist named George Smith was 31 years old, he became enchanted with an ancient tablet in the British Museum. Years earlier, in 1845, when Smith was only a five-year-old boy, Austen Henry Layard, Henry Rawlinson, and Hormuzd Rassam began excavations across what is now Syria and Iraq. In the subsequent years they discovered thousands of stone fragments, which they later discovered made up 12 ancient tablets. But even after the tablet fragments had been pieced together, little had been translated. An alphabet, not a language, cuneiform is incredibly difficult to translate, especially when it is on tablets that have been hidden in Middle Eastern sands for three millennia. Even so, Smith decided he would be the man to crack the code. In 1872, after the tablets had been sitting in the British Museum’s storage for nearly two decades, Smith had a breakthrough: The complex symbols were describing a story. Stories can also inform people’s emotional lives.
25 Creative Writing Prompts | Creative Writing Prompts Posted by Melissa Donovan on October 21, 2014 · 25 creative writing prompts to inspire and motivate you. Don’t you just hate writer’s block? Some say it’s a disease that only creative workers succumb to. For me, the most bizarre thing about writer’s block is that it strikes randomly. Luckily, I have several books and other writing resources that are packed with writing exercises and creative writing prompts. Creative Writing Prompts Today I’d like to share a mash-up of creative writing prompts. Now It’s Your Turn If none of these creative writing prompts inspired you, don’t despair. Keep writing! About Melissa DonovanMelissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter.
How To Lead A Creative Life [Infographic] | Fast Company [Close Window] By Jason Feifer Our complete guide to making your inner genius your greatest on-the-job asset. Back to article >> Infographic by Pop Chart Lab “No Hay Huevos” y otros Clásicos de la Gamificación : Gamificación: ¡Que empiece el juego! ¡A todos nos gusta jugar! Lo tengo claro, es algo que tenemos en común aquí y en Pekín. Puede que pienses que ese momento de tu vida ya ha pasado, que los juegos son para niños pequeños, pero te equivocas. Ya desde la trona tu madre te decía “que viene el avioncito” y no, no era el avioncito sino una cuchara hasta arriba de cosas verdes que odiabas, aun así te lo comías a gusto porque “con la comida no se juega”… a no ser que sea con el avioncito. Más adelante, cuando empezabas a ver películas de Disney, te ponían Mery Poppins y tu cantabas las canciones sin darte cuenta de que la niñera ya te dio la clave para disfrutar de las tareas del día a día aunque fuesen duras: “Con un poco de azúcar esa píldora que os dan, la píldora que os dan… pasará mejor” ¿Qué me dices de la bonita época del colegio? En esta línea podemos encontrar otras famosas tentaciones que empiezan por “Hidalgo, hidalgo…” o “Que te apuestas a que…” Las hemos usado inconscientemente, con fe ciega en su efectividad, pero…
English 50 Exercises for Story Writers English 50 – Intro to Creative Writing: Exercises for Story Writers Basic Theory: What is a short story? As soon as someone delivers a definition, some good writer will write a story that proves the theory wrong. Short stories have a narrator; that is, someone tells the story; have at least one character in them; have some action occur (or perhaps fails to occur); take place somewhere; that is, there is a setting for the action; and someone either learns something or fails to learn something (theme).With these five characteristics in mind, we can create an almost endless supply of exercises to help sharpen our techniques of story telling. Narrative Voice Twenty or so years ago, voice was the "rite of passage" into a successful writing career. Nevertheless, a narrative voice that sounds like it could be anyone's voice or is bland and boring, or riddled with pointless clichés will fail to capture and hold the reader's attention. If you've written a story in third person, try it in first.
Top 10 Sentence Slip-Ups Good writing comes down to two totally different factors: solid prose and “it.” The latter is that special something that brings stories to life, infuses vibrancy into characters and themes, and just basically makes stories work. But an author who has been blessed with all the “it” in the world still won’t make it if he isn’t also able to convey the essence of his genius in well-ordered, properly structured sentences and paragraphs. Creating correct sentences is a technical process that offers set guidelines for getting the structure right. Within those guidelines, we have the opportunity to flex our creative muscles in all kinds of unique ways (and even to occasionally burst the bounds of those guidelines if we have good reason for doing so). But in discovering how and where to flex in order to tap our prose potential without inappropriately bursting those bounds, we should first learn to spot the most prevalent sentence slips-ups and know when to eliminate them from our stories. 1.