Chris Dunmire's Creativity Portal / Explore and Express Your Creativity! / Creativity-Portal.com Writability: On Writing Memorable (Minor) Characters Everyone is the center of their own universe. Really, think about that for a moment. Each of us have our own lives, families, friends, memories, dreams and fears. And your characters are no different, or at least, they shouldn't be. It seems like a no-brainer, especially when we're writing our main characters— most of are aware that we need to know their fears and dreams and all the little intricacies that bring them to life. But what about our less important characters? But even our least important characters have their own personality, experiences and lives and if you aren't utilizing it, you're missing out on a huge opportunity. Writing less important characters doesn't have to be boring— in fact if it is boring, you probably have a flat character on your hands that needs some revising. Bartender A is named Greg. It could work. Bartender B is named Rachel. Bartender C is named Holland. Then she leaves Sara her number. Who are your favorite minor characters?
The Best Ever You Network - Blog There are “tried-and–true” networking techniques that are so simplistic they seem that they cannot be really effective. Many times, we try to re-evaluate, improve upon and complicate them. An experience I had once while on vacation reminds me of how we try to make some things harder than they really are. I was in Hawaii enjoying the surf when, unbeknownst to me, the water became thick with Portuguese Man O’War jellyfish. I ran up to the first hotel employee I saw, a cabana boy, who was serving drinks to a sunning couple just off the pool deck and urgently exclaimed, “I think I’ve just been hit in the chest by a Man O’War jellyfish! “Are you feeling any pressure in your chest?” “No, none at all,” I replied anxiously. “Okay, okay, here’s what you need to do. Well, I must say that I was less than impressed with this bizarre advice. He said, “Are you feeling any pressure in your chest?” “No, I’m not feeling any pressure in my chest,” I reluctantly responded. There is nothing like experience.
Introductions - The Writing Center What this handout is about This handout will explain the functions of introductions, offer strategies for creating effective introductions, and provide some examples of less effective introductions to avoid. The role of introductions Introductions and conclusions can be the most difficult parts of papers to write. Usually when you sit down to respond to an assignment, you have at least some sense of what you want to say in the body of your paper. You might have chosen a few examples you want to use or have an idea that will help you answer the main question of your assignment; these sections, therefore, may not be as hard to write. Your introduction and conclusion act as bridges that transport your readers from their own lives into the “place” of your analysis. Note that what constitutes a good introduction may vary widely based on the kind of paper you are writing and the academic discipline in which you are writing it. Why bother writing a good introduction? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Writing the Essay Intro and Conclusion Your essay lacks only two paragraphs now: the introduction and the conclusion. These paragraphs will give the reader a point of entry to and a point of exit from your essay. Introduction The introduction should be designed to attract the reader's attention and give her an idea of the essay's focus. Begin with an attention grabber. The attention grabber you use is up to you, but here are some ideas:Startling information This information must be true and verifiable, and it doesn't need to be totally new to your readers. Conclusion The conclusion brings closure to the reader, summing up your points or providing a final perspective on your topic. All the conclusion needs is three or four strong sentences which do not need to follow any set formula.
How to Write Faster, Better, and Easier If you are a writer, you’ve probably wished that you could write faster, better, and easier. I have too. I’ve been writing for many years now and I’ve found some tricks that help. They just may help you too! This system is about being organized and prepared. 1. 2. 3. 4. Planning: Before you go to Google or other sources, write out in bullet points the questions you need to answer.Clipping: When you find information you need “clip it” which means to collect it somehow. 5. If you normally write on the computer, give longhand a try for your first draft. If you are tired, just type your outline assuming you have it in longhand. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. These steps may seem longer when you read through them, but they truly will make your writing better, and your ideas will flow faster and easier. What are your tips for writing? Written for Pick the Brain by K.
STANDARD OUTLINE FOR RESEARCH P Not only will this outline help you write, it will help you skim college-level reading. Note: In a group project, each individual’s paper—like chapters-- may follow IV-VII. Later, write I, II, III &, VII-VIII to frame all of the individual sections coherently. I. II. III. IV. V. Exploratory: Differences exist between Mt. Argument: Because of the implications of Mt. VI. · compare/contrast (cultures, genders, nations, ethnicities, etc. produce multiple viewpts. to compare) · cause/effect (or correlation) · problem/solution VII. VIII. IX. · It is hard to do all this credibly in less than 10 pages + References + Abstract + Title Page. · You may choose to use subtitles for your sections. · Remember: if what you are saying is complex and would be more easily understood in a graph or other visual, include one!!! · Be very careful with your tone and analyze tone in others' writing. · Sound confident, like you know your stuff. ABSTRACT: first, read Lester 143-144.
7 Ways to Write Better (That Have Nothing to Do With Writing) | Emerging Writers Studio When it comes to unleashing our best, most potent writing, it’s not only about the hours we have, it’s the quality of mind and body we bring to those hours. There’s the skill of writing and then there’s our physiological, mental and emotional state. Ultimately, you can’t separate them. Here are some ways to improve your writing that have nothing to do with writing. 1. Commit to Joy At some point on our road to adulthood, we buy into this idea that fun and pleasure is frivolous, non-productive, even fiscally irresponsible. But in my experience, joy is not a mere luxury. Joy fuels our creative momentum. Robert Holden, author of Shift Happens , believes when it comes to our quest for success, we have it all backwards. The myth of the tortured artist is just that, a myth. So, what lights you up? Make a list right now. I guarantee that if you make joy one of the top priorities in your life, you’ll write better. 2. Our creative output is only as good as our input. 4. Here’s what works for me: 5.
How to Write a Blog Article Writing a good blog article is a fairly simple thing. If properly constructed, a well-written post will invite traffic from search engines and promote commentary. It may seem strange that people who can write a novel of 100,000 words can struggle so much over a mere 750 word post. In truth, it is no more surprising than discovering a decent sprinter might beat a champion marathon runner in a 100 yard dash. Writing a good blog article requires a different skill-set than writing a good novel. Let’s cover some of the basic considerations in crafting an effective blog article: form, focus, and strategy. FORM A blog article has the same general anatomy as any short-form essay: title, introduction, body, and conclusion. The title should clearly state what the article is about. If your article is a how-to article or a tutorial, the title should include those words. The introduction is the first paragraph or two of the article. Use the introduction to state the subject and scope of the article.
How to Write 50,000 Words in a Month | Blake Boles Have you ever tried to write a novel? Yes? Then you know what soul-crushing despair looks like: you, sitting by yourself, in front of a blinking cursor. Now imagine trying to write a novel as a teenager. Could you motivate yourself to finish an entire book at that age? But in 2009, as part of the first Unschool Adventures Writing Retreat, we brought 15 teenagers to a beach house in Oregon for a month and watched each of them write 50,000 words of original fiction. We ran it again in Colorado with 20 teens. What was the trick? We did none of these things. The secret to the success of the Writing Retreat, I believe, was that we created a place for our writers to work alone, together. Here's a little slice of life at the Writing Retreat. But let's say you don't. Or maybe you don't. At the Writing Retreat, no matter where you go, some form of writing is happening. But self-directed learning isn't about doing everything by yourself. -Michael F. Humans are pack creatures.
Finding Your Genius: 3 Places to Get Creatively Inspired Today, I don’t know what I should write about. This doesn’t happen too often as I keep a repository of ideas for this very purpose. But today, nothing feels right. So what do I do? I thought I just might share my process for where I turn to when I run out of ideas — and why creativity never happens in a vacuum. We all get stuck sometimes. The answer to this feeling of “stuckness” is a complicated one. What do you do? This, I believe, is the place where some of the best creativity happens — when you feel absolutely stuck and aren’t quite sure where to turn. Creativity is not an isolated incident Over the years, psychologists have changed the way they think about creativity. Now, researchers understand the science of creativity to be a little more complex than that. Genius, according to the research, has little to do with inborn characteristics. As famous psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (which is fun to say and even more fun to try to spell) said: How to get unstuck Copy someone else.