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Block "A Block By Any Other Name..."By Kristi Holl A Rose is a Rose is a Rose... If you've been writing any length of time at all, you've experienced writer's block. You may have read articles about it, following different authors' recommendations to blast through your block. Did the solution you tried do the trick? Aspirin Or Band-Aid? If you go to a physician, he doesn't doctor you with a one-medicine-fits-all or one-treatment-fits-all solution. A Multitude of Sources Reading an article on writer's block might help you if you happen to stumble across a suggestion that truly corresponds to your problem. If you can't identify the origin of your block, treating it is impossible. Take time to get to know your own blocks. Possible Causes Of Writer's Block 1. 2. Your past may have produced defense mechanisms that can also cause you to block. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. A Tailor-Made Solution Different blocks require different solutions. So take the time to get to know yourself.

60 Awesome Search Engines for Serious Writers June 20th, 2010 Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Both writers still in college and those on their way to professional success will appreciate this list of useful search applications that are great from making writing a little easier and more efficient. Professional Find other writers, publishers and ways to market your work through these searchable databases and search engines. Writing These helpful tools will help you along in the writing process. Research Try out these tools to get your writing research done in a snap. Google Scholar: With this specialized search engine from Google, you’ll only get reliable, academic results for your searches.WorldCat: If you need a book from the library, try out this tool. Reference Need to look up a quote or a fact? Niche Writers

How Creative Flow is Like Sex "Writing is like making love. Don't worry about the orgasm , just concentrate on the process." That useful advice, credited to author Isabel Allende , seems like a good introduction to the idea that how you make love has commonalities with your journey toward creative expression. Consider... "When I write, I feel out of control in a lovely way," a writer told me. "The analogy that comes to mind is sex : a heightening of senses, a rush, no concept of time, a dimming of the external world, an altered state in which creation is the unconscious though central intent." A popular novelist ( Carolyn See ) said it this way: "When I create, I'm not thinking. Creative blocks can be compared to sexual dysfunctions in at least one way: the earlier in the process the difficulty kicks in, the more challenging the problem, and possibly the more negative the prognosis. Methods of entering flow are as idiosyncratic as how you become sexually aroused. The pattern is. . . A male poet: A female poet:

Editing Your First Novel: 7 Things You Must Know I had written and completed numerous shorter works over the years, but The Conscience of Abe’s Turn: Season 1 Episodes 1-4 is the first full novel-length work I had ever written and edited to completion. The experience taught me a whole new set of lessons. Some of these lessons I learned from my own editing experience. Others are classic truths of which I was merely reminded, and with which I know other writers wrestle regularly. Be prepared with these 7 lessons learned from editing a first novel: It will take 5 times as long as you think it will. Maybe it’s just my imagination, but the editing phase of the writing process seems to get the short end of the stick. Keep writing! About J. I'm the eldest of three siblings, a stay-at-home father of two daughters, the husband of a wonderful wife, and an indie author of life-expanding character fiction.

WriteWords - Writing Community - jobs, directory, forums, articles for writers Wizards of the Coast: Idea Submissions Game Submissions We do not review unsolicited game or card submissions, return submissions, or make comments on submissions we haven't reviewed. If you have an idea for a game, we recommend that you: • Contact an agent, broker, or other experienced game industry professional. They can assist you further in your effort to get a game idea published or submitted. • From time-to-time, Wizards of the Coast will run design competitions such as The Great Designer Search to offer potential developers a chance to showcase their talents. • Regularly check our Careers Page for opportunities to become part of the Wizards of the Coast Team. • Become an active participant in our Online Community, where players are often sharing and exchanging development ideas for our brands. Artwork Submissions Wizards of the Coast makes books and games that span the limitless realms of fantasy, science fiction, and adventure-and artwork plays an important part in everything we do. Book Publishing

CALLIHOO Writing Helps--Feelings Table Character Feelings You can describe your character's feelings in more exact terms than just "happy" or "sad." Check these lists for the exact nuance to describe your character's intensity of feelings. SF Characters | SF Items | SF Descriptors | SF Places | SF EventsSF Jobs/Occupations | Random Emotions | Emotions List | Intensity of Feelings 5 Ways Not to Write a Novel Writing a novel? There's first-draft flow, and there's editing flow. And then there comes a time when you think you might be done, yet the manuscript is still not quite "there." To sell your work to an agent, and then to a publisher, and finally to a great many readers, put thoughts of flow aside now, and consider the following advice. , such as "Danielle was a woman of medium height with brown hair and brown eyes." , such as: "He shaved, and then he wiped off the shaving cream," "She walked to the corner, and she looked both ways," or "We opened the door, and we found the mail on the porch." . such as the following: the difficult task, both share, blend together, on account of, considering the fact that, report back. [Better: Add some tension, impending tension, or trouble to every page. * Did you miss my post about the sometimes unpolished writing of Stephen King ? * Or the one about best writers' resolutions ? Copyright (c) Susan K.

ACT Test Prep : Writing Test Description English | Math | Reading | Science | Writing The Writing Test is a 30-minute essay test that measures your writing skills—specifically those writing skills emphasized in high school English classes and in entry-level college composition courses. The test consists of one writing prompt that will define an issue and describe two points of view on that issue. You are asked to respond to a question about your position on the issue described in the writing prompt. In doing so, you may adopt one or the other of the perspectives described in the prompt, or you may present a different point of view on the issue. See sample questions or read Writing Test tips

Beyond Your Blog: Freelancing, Getting Paid to Write, and Writing for Free If you’d like, jump to a section within this post: Many of you are growing as writers and seek opportunities beyond your blog. To continue this conversation, let’s talk about freelancing and getting paid to write, and the flip side of this: writing for free and exposure. Julie Schwietert Collazo, a bilingual writer/editor who has written for publications such as National Geographic Traveler and Scientific American, blogs at Cuaderno Inedito.Caitlin Kelly, a National Magazine Award winner and frequent contributor to the New York Times, blogs at Broadside.Kristen Hansen Brakeman, a writer who has contributed to the Washington Post and the New York Times‘ Motherlode, blogs at Lee Luskin, an award-winning novelist and radio commentator, blogs at Live to Write — Write to Live: a collaborative blog for the New Hampshire Writers’ Network. Give us a breakdown of your typical day. I get to exercise control over the shape and form of my days. Caitlin: A few thoughts:

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction Image by Lloyd Arnold via Wikimedia Commons Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write. His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style is one of the most influential of the 20th century. Hemingway never wrote a treatise on the art of writing fiction. He did, however, leave behind a great many passages in letters, articles and books with opinions and advice on writing. 1: To get started, write one true sentence. Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer's block. Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. 2: Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next. There is a difference between stopping and foundering. 5: Don't describe an emotion--make it.

9 (Arbitrary) Ways to Get Your Writing Rejected When novelist Helen Simonson ( Major Pettigrew's Last Stand) was asked to help winnow entries for short story contests and literary journals, it was her turn to switch from seeking approval to giving it out. Sparingly. As she puts it: Having spent many years putting hours of effort and creativity into my own work -- sending off brown envelopes filled with still-warm pages, to various editors and judges -- it is rather horrifying to discover that it takes me about a minute to know that yet another manuscript is about to be "binned" as they say. In a sort of apology, I feel the least I can do is to reveal a few of the instant signs that your writing genius will not be discovered by the judges this time around! What follows is a few of Simonson's deal-killers, from her only somewhat tongue-in-cheek article "Ten ways to get your writing rejected' : And here are a few of my own additions to the "get rejected fast" list: Copyright (c) 2010 by Susan K.

Vocabulary Games and Resources How To Become a Professional Blogger First of all, What is a pro blogger? Good question. For the purpose of this tutorial, we’ll describe a professional blogger as someone who makes their living by blogging. Of course, there are lots of ways to make money blogging, but that is another topic. For many, it is a dream job. Because it can take a while for a new blog to get established, many bloggers look for paid blogging jobs. 7 Steps to Being a Professional Blogger: 1. Your niche is important. What if you are already blogging? 2. This goes without saying. Many full time bloggers run 2, 3 or more blogs. Ready to start your blog? 3. Like every professional, a pro blogger should take the time to improve their skills. Here are three top bloggers who write about running a successful blog. And while it’s good to learn about blogging, there are other skills you’ll need. 4. If you are interested in contract blogging, take the time to search out the right opportunities. This list of paid blogging jobs is a great place to start. 5. 6. 7.