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50 Books That Will Make You a Better Writer

50 Books That Will Make You a Better Writer
Literary genius — or at least competence — never blossoms in a vacuum. As much as many creative types like to pose as a mysterious lone wolves skulking through the fringes of society without ever becoming a cog in the machine, man, even their works have been shaped by their external experiences up to that point. Even a whole rejection of society still involves relation to it, albeit one defined by absence than presence. So despite what that "free spirit" in composition class claims, reaching out to fellow writers can still prove beneficial to those hoping to pursue the art as either a career or a hobby. Soaking up advice through any reads available opens up new worlds and ideas and can help mold a work from just OK to just plain awesome. Obviously, one must not take this article’s title too literally. Classics The Elements of Style by William F. Composition and Rhetoric The Office of Assertion by Scott F. Genre and Medium Literary Criticism, Reading and Analysis Notable Writers

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do. Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of your words as reps, your paragraphs as sets, your pages as daily workouts. Think of your laptop as a machine like the one at the gym where you open and close your inner thighs in front of everyone, exposing both your insecurities and your genitals. Because that is what writing is all about. Procrastination is an alluring siren taunting you to google the country where Balki from Perfect Strangers was from, and to arrange sticky notes on your dog in the shape of hilarious dog shorts. The blank white page. Mark Twain once said, “Show, don’t tell.” Finding a really good muse these days isn’t easy, so plan on going through quite a few before landing on a winner. There are two things more difficult than writing. It’s no secret that great writers are great readers, and that if you can’t read, your writing will often suffer.

How To Greet Death Using Real Psychology in Your Writing Using Real Psychology in Your Writing Using Archetypes in Your Stories Writing Better Romantic Relationships This series looks at the Anima/Animus archetype, which is most often seen in romantic relationships, and how to use it to create more compelling romantic relationships, regardless of genre. Looks at what the anima and animus are, how they're formed, and why fiction writers need to understand them. Creating Better Antagonists Three-Dimensional Villains: Finding Your Character’s Shadow - Using Jungian archetypes and hands-on exercises, this article teaches fiction writers to tap their own dark sides to create realistic villains who will really challenge the hero/es and keep tension high. - by Carolyn Kaufman, PsyD The Other in Fiction: Creating Wonderfully Wicked Villains - The kinds of villains that keep us riveted to a story tap the darkest aspects of the human heart; learn about what those aspects are and how to use them in your fiction. - by Carolyn Kaufman, PsyD

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10 Ways To Stop Worrying And Start Writing by Dara Girard Many people claim that they want to write. Most won't because of a giant monster called FEAR. 1) Handwrite. 2) Send yourself an email. 3) Commit before you're ready. 4) Write out the fears. 5) Pretend to be someone else. 6) Find a postcard. 7) Come up with a mantra that allows bad writing. 8) Remember you're reading the finished product. 9) Fear means you care. 10) Procrastinate. About the Author: Dara Girard is an award-winning author of romance and nonfiction who provides support and information for beginning and experienced writers, to help them keep going when things get tough, or when nothing seems to be happening.

10 OMG moments in classical music 1. The top C in Allegri's Miserere There you are, just chilling out with a bit of 17th century choral music like any self-respecting person would do, and then all of a sudden, BAM! High C! Emotional overload! 2. Everyone sing along! 3. Few pieces are so iconic that they can be defined by a few chords alone, and few musicians are so iconic that they can be defined by one piece. Watch the performance here . 4. How can one chord redefine the way we think about music? 5. Much of Mozart's Don Giovanni is actually quite humorous, with amorous japes and farce aplenty, but things take an incredibly sinister turn right at the end when the Don himself (think of him as a folkloric version of Russell Brand with comparable dress-sense) is finally forced to atone for his sins. Watch the whole scene here . 6. Spem In Alium is a choral classic given a new audience thanks to a certain E.L. 7. You know how it is. 8. Imagine being so maddened and confused by a piece of music that you start a riot. 9. 10.

Excel for Writer’s – organizing a novel with a spreadsheet | 3Rs Excel for Writer’s – organizing a novel with a spreadsheet Writing is a creative process but it’s hard to let your muse roam freely when you can’t remember if your main character’s husband’s name is Fred or Frank. That’s one reason I use a spreadsheet. I open the spreadsheet every time I work on a novel, using it for every detail of organization, from plot and character development to tracking word counts. I have separate tabs (pages) in the spreadsheet for: Scenes: This is how I outline. Minor Characters: a list of names and identifying detail – so I don’t get it mixed up if the character shows up multiple times.Other Details: for all the minutia, like the name of that restaurant they go to twice.Timeline: To keep track of seasons and important dates. Like this: Like Loading... About jill barville To me, 3Rs= wRiting, Running and Reading.

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