WRITING TOOLS Character Pyramid Tool (PDF) Visualize your character’s FLAWS & associated behaviors (for a deeper understanding of this tool, please reference The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Flaws) Character Target Tool (PDF) Organize and group your character’s POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES by category: moral, achievement, interactive or identity (for a greater understanding of this tool, please reference The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Attributes) Character Profile Questionnaire (PDF)
Creative Mind Mapping for Novelists Brainstorming ideas seems to be one of the hardest stages in the writing process for many novelists. As I discussed in a previous post, this storm of ideas that flash and thunder in our brains often appears unruly and difficult to harness. I introduced the practice of mind mapping, which is used across many disciplines—such as in classrooms for essay writing and in business meetings to problem-solve. Mind mapping can be used in just about any situation when ideas need to be reeled in and transformed into practical application. Mind Map on the Macro and Micro Levels A 12-Day Plan of Simple Writing Exercises It’s the perfect time to restart your engine and get back into writing. Here, I offer up a 12-day plan of simple writing exercises to help you keep your creative juices flowing without eating up too much of your time. Follow this plan and in less than half a month, you’ll not only be impressed with what you’ve accomplished, but you may also have something worth publishing.
Teaching KIds to Write with Vivid Vocabulary “Descriptive writing is an art form. It’s painting a word picture so that the reader ‘sees’ exactly what you are describing.” ~Brenda Covert This post contains affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy. Evernote, OneNote, and Beyond: The 12 Best Note-Taking Apps Ever feel like you’re struggling to remember everything? You're not the only one—and that's why it's so important to take notes. As author Tim Ferriss says, “I trust the weakest pen more than the strongest memory.” Write something down, and you're certain to remember it. There are plenty of ways to take notes. You could carry a notebook and pen in your pocket, or scribble thoughts on a napkin at lunch. 10 Great Tools for Creating eBooks July 10, 2013 by Ronda Bowen Today, eBooks are popular tools for content marketers who want to get their message across to a wider audience. Not only can offering a free eBook be helpful for building a mailing list of prospective customers and clients, but a well-crafted eBook can also demonstrate that you have the knowledge, resources, and skills your customer needs. There are a number of tools available to help individuals design professional-looking eBooks. We even have a guide here on Rock the Deadline with tips for creating an eBook in Microsoft Word.
Story Starters, Creative Writing Ideas for Fiction Looking for story starters and creative writing ideas? You've just struck gold. Here you'll find an endless supply of inspiration. Bye-bye, Writer's Block. Take a moment to bookmark this page so that you can find it again whenever you need new ideas. Learning Markdown: Write For The Web, Faster Table Of Contents §1–What is Markdown? §2–How Markdown Works §3–Learn Markdown In 20 Minutes or Less §4–Exporting and Printing Markdown Documents Imagine Easy Scholar – Imagine Easy Solutions Telling the Math Story: Math in Literature The short story “Charles” by Shirley Jackson, has satisfying twist that most readers never see coming. It is a great example if the use of inference, a challenging concept for students to grasp. Have students read the story, paying close attention to the details.
How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method Writing a novel is easy. Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. If it were easy, we’d all be writing best-selling, prize-winning fiction. Frankly, there are a thousand different people out there who can tell you how to write a novel. There are a thousand different methods. Creative Writing Exercises - set your imagination free. Creative writing exercises are a great way to get started. Whether you are a beginner, or are an experienced writer these exercises will stimulate your mind and get your ideas flowing. I will be straight with you and tell you that very few people just start writing and straight away produce great results. We’ve all heard the stories about writers who find immediate success, however they are rare and that’s why those stories make headlines.
An Unofficial Guide to Goodreads for Readers and Writers Sortable: This customizes an order in your bookshelf. This can be useful for your favorites shelf (organized it from most-beloved to least), a ‘tearjerker’ shelf (from ‘drowning’ to ‘drizzle’) or whatever you come up with. First select the sortable option and then return to that book shelves page. You will notice new white boxes to the left of your book covers. These adjustable numbers are your new display order. 64 Online Writing Tools For Writers, Bloggers & Authors — The Writing Cooperative 64 Online Writing Tools For Writers, Bloggers & Authors Download a PDF of these online writing tools for your next writing project. Word Processing (More than just Word and Pages) AutoCrit: Manuscript editing software for fiction writers ($5-$12 per month)BlankPage: Geared towards novelists, it focuses on distraction-free writing, with motivators, prompts, outline help and moreByWord: Simple and efficient text editing for Mac, iPhone and iPad ($11.99)Calmly Writer: Distraction-free writing ($2.99)Focus Writer: Distraction-free writing with a hide-away interface. Donation-basedHaven: Writing app for Mac, with extra features for creatives like character trackers, writing goals, prompts and different “scenes” for writingHemingway App: Helps with readability and syntax (Free and $9.99)Ilys: Promotes a writing flow. Mind Mapping & Brainstorming
Writepop - Science fiction stories, humor, and writing about writing A thousand lifetimes in space – Living on a generation ship 1,000 human beings are selected to board a spaceship headed for the stars. The trip is so long that they will die in space, but their descendants will reach a new planet. To save room on the generation ship, the original population of the ship is all women, with children to be produced by artificial insemination.