ilys Love writing. Have fun again. Writing can be so much fun when our creative juices are flowing. This beautiful and delicious state of being is sometimes called a peak experience -- something rare and hard to find. We've discovered that this state of flow can be had easily and effortlessly by training ourselves to let go of our inner-editor while our creative-genius is given the freedom to run wild with unbounded expression. Cultivating this flow within you is why ilys exists. 29 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier There are so many wonderful websites around, and it is difficult to know each and every one of them. The below list provides some of those websites that I find particularly helpful, even though they are not as famous or as prevalent as some of the big names out there. 1. BugMeNot
How To Get Your Creativity All Hot & Bothered Arouse your creativity Electric flesh-arrows … traversing the body. A rainbow of color strikes the eyelids. A foam of music falls over the ears. 8 Awesome Husband and Wife Love Notes The loving husband who listed all the reasons he loves his wife who is battling depression Tim Murphy, a Los Angeles-based engineer, surprised his new wife Molly with a beautiful love note. Molly, who suffers from depression, had just returned from a trip to San Francisco and was feeling particularly blue. When she flopped down on her bed, she noticed Tim has written a 15 point love note, “Reasons I Love My Wife" on their bedroom mirror:
How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life By the end of this post you will have a nagging urge to use an excel spreadsheet. Don’t make that face—I know you’re a writer and not a data analyst. Or if you are a data analyst—I get that you’re on this blog to get away from your day job. But guess what? At the suggestion of Randy Ingermason—the creator of the Snowflake Method—I listed all of the scenes in my novel in a nice little Google spreadsheet. It changed my novel-writing life, and doing the same will change yours too. 15 Online Tools to Help Get You Through NaNoWriMo You’re two weeks into NaNoWriMo and you’re feeling the strain. Perhaps the ten minutes you allotted to Facebook turned into an hour, or half the day flew by while you brainstormed a new name for your character. Yes, the clock is ticking and you have a goal to reach, but with the right tools you can still cross that finish line with time to spare.
100+ Alternative Search Engines You Should Know Google is the most powerful search engine available, but when it comes to searching for something specific, Google may churn out general results for some. For instance, a search for a song in Google may return the singer, the lyrics and even fan sites – depending on the keywords you entered. This is when niche-specific search engines comes into the picture. These search engines allows you to search for the things you’re looking for, and because they are more focused, their results tend to be more accurate. E-books & PDF files, audio & music, videos, etc. are probably the most commonly searched items everyday and with this list, you’ll be able to locate them easily from now on. Enjoy!
How To Insult Like a Fancypants Shakespeare Insult Kit Since 1996, the origin of this kit was listed as anonymous. It came to me on a piece of paper in the 90's with no attribution, and I thought it would make a cool web page. Frida Kahlo Cartoon Will Remind You That You're Awesome Frida Kahlo is the poster child for unibrows, and illustrator Gavin Aung Than perfectly captured why her refusal to give in to society’s norms about beauty is so important. The freelance cartoonist “takes inspirational quotes from famous people and adapts them into cartoons.” In his Strange Like Me strip, he uses Kahlo’s words as inspiration to tell the story of a young girl coming to terms with her bushy eyebrows (little did she know she’s probably going to grow up to be Cara Delevingne status). Check out the adorbs comic below:
8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. You’re doing a presentation, so you start with the facts you want to get across. Wrong! The Complete Novel Writing Software Guide Let's start with the boring stuff: I do not claim to have tested all of the novel writing software listed below (I couldn't afford to do that even if I had the time). Sure, I have road-tested the ones that really caught my eye - with a view to possibly using them for my own writing. But my more general aim in this section is simply to collect all the facts and figures in one convenient location to save you the trouble of doing all the research yourself. I have tracked down and appraised all of the software for writers out there (and there's a lot of it!) I have weighed up the various features and taken note of any customer feedback. And I have listed the best software below.
Drawing Nature and Landscapes : How to Draw Nature Outdoors with Drawing Lessons Step by Step Techniques for Cartoons How to Begin Your Sketch In doing this sketch, doubtless great difficulty will be experienced in getting the drawing at all correct. Much assistance to this end can be obtained from a slight knowledge of Perspective This will form the subject of the next chapter.