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undefined My Helpful PagesExercises I Find HelpfulAdvice On PlottingInterviewing Your CharacterTo the character charts! Delve into the world of psychology to make your characters really come alive...The Enneagram (9 types)The Myers-Briggs Theory Actual Books That are HelpfulCreative Novel Writing - Roselle AngwinCreating Character Emotions - Ann HoodGet That Novel Written! - Donna Levin My Writing Role ModelsLaurell K. My Favourite Helpful Sites For WritersAlica RasleyHolly LisleLaurell K. Writing AdviceInspired 2 Write - Shitloads of information! Show, Don't TellShirley Jump - Show Not Tell: What the Heck is That Anyway? Various ArticlesWriters & DepressionArticle on Characterisation - Easy to read and quite informative.Article on Point Of View and the mistakes authors can make with it. - Easy to read and quite illuminating.Sara Douglass: Creating The Modern Romance Epic - Talks about why the market for fantasy is expanding, and the highs and lows of being a fantasy author.

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6 Ways to Hook Your Readers Although I consider myself an avid reader, I must admit I have a short attention span when it comes to getting into books. If you fail to grab my attention in the first few lines, I start spacing out. Most readers are like me. The Top 10 Relationship Words That Aren't Translatable Into English Here are my top ten words, compiled from online collections, to describe love, desire and relationships that have no real English translation, but that capture subtle realities that even we English speakers have felt once or twice. As I came across these words I’d have the occasional epiphany: “Oh yeah! That’s what I was feeling...” 911 Writers Block ^ Back to top We use cookies, just to track visits to our website, we store no personal details. ACCEPT COOKIES What are cookies?

clarity is important “Everything that can be thought at all can be thought clearly. Everything that can be put into words can be put clearly.” - Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Ten rules for writing fiction Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin 1 Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look­ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry Lopez, who has more ways than an Eskimo to describe ice and snow in his book Arctic Dreams, you can do all the weather reporting you want. 30 Days of WorldBuilding By popular demand, you can now download the Magical WorldBuilder Guide in three easy-to-carry (non-DRM) formats: PDF for printing out at home or reading on a computerePub for use with many fine ereader devicesMOBI for use with Kindles and MobiPocket software.As of 2007, The world-builder exercises are licensed under a Creative Commons license to help you in deciding whether you can translate (yes, with credit back), distribute to your writing group (yes, with credit), sell (not without permission), reprint (yes, for non-commercial purposes), or mirror (yes, with credit back) this useful guide! In October, 2004, I posted 30 days of world-building exercises to the NaNoWriMo discussion forums. These are short, 15-minute exercises that can help you make crucial decisions about your world, and what you want your story to say about it. These exercises have been edited for general use and re-posted here. So, give yourself 7 and a half hours this month-- 15 minutes a day-- to build a world.

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7 Commonly Misused Words You Need To Stop Mixing Up I’m saving the flowery lead-in chit-chat for another post. We both know why you’re here. Open my post on parts of speech in another tab, and let’s do this. I can insure you that this zombie repellent works. This bat will assure that we can decapitate the undead. I can’t ensure my house against zombie uprisings, because they’re not considered an act of God. 25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling 1. Stories Have Power Outside the air we breathe and the blood in our bodies, the one thing that connects us modern humans today with the shamans and emperors and serfs and alien astronauts of our past is a heritage — a lineage — of stories. Creative Uses of Magic in Your Fantasy Story by Philip Martin How can you create an interesting form of magic for your fantasy story? Will magic, in your fiction, be like a tool? A technique? A language? An art?