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Taking Note: An Introduction to the Value of Notes & Note-Taking. Notes are everywhere.

Taking Note: An Introduction to the Value of Notes & Note-Taking

They surround us at pivotal moments in all phases of our work, from research to inspiration. They come in many forms: addresses, appointments, confirmations, epiphanies, equations, ideas, quotes, lists, transactions, and visual diagrams. They are transferred across all manner of media. They fill up scraps of papers, they’re jotted down on Post-it Notes, etched along the margins of published books, scrawled into beautiful leather bound notebooks, captured with audio recordings, and jotted into laptops and mobile devices. Introducing the Writing Drafts Podcast — National Novel Writing Month.

Introducing the Writing Drafts Podcast A show about getting the story down on paper at the speed of NaNoWriMo.

Introducing the Writing Drafts Podcast — National Novel Writing Month

This is a project I’ve put together with Bart Warshaw for Narativ, the company I joined a month ago. Narativ is launching a bunch of podcasts in 2016, and while that’s just around the corner, we wanted to be engaging in the space now — moving fast and experimenting. Doing a podcast around NaNoWriMo — a month long frenzy in which thousands upon thousands of writers move fast and experiment — made perfect sense. So throughout the month of November we’ll be joining the National Novel Writing Month community — showcasing podcast interviews with writers, publishing professionals and inspiring people from the community-at-large seeking insights and ideas to help along the writing process.

How Neil Gaiman Writes With Evernote — Inspired to Write. How Neil Gaiman Writes With Evernote This article is part of a series that explores how authors have used Evernote for writing.

How Neil Gaiman Writes With Evernote — Inspired to Write

Evernote is proud to be an official sponsor for the 2014 NaNoWriMo competition. It’s tough work to consistently make the ideas and words flow. The biggest challenge for any writer is stringing words together to solidify story lines. How Amy Stewart Brought History to Life With Evernote — Inspired to Write. How Amy Stewart Brought History to Life With Evernote This article is part of a series that explores how authors use Evernote for writing.

How Amy Stewart Brought History to Life With Evernote — Inspired to Write

Sometimes, truth is more compelling than fiction. Take the story of a hardened gin smuggler and a pistol-packing spinster whose paths collided in an accident on the streets of Victorian-era New York. Amy Stewart, a best-selling author, discovered that story and saved it from the dustbin of history. She came across the intriguing headline, “Girl Waits With Gun” in a 1915 issue of the New York Times while researching her book, The Drunken Botanist. That headline is now the title of her latest book, an historical novel based on the real-life Constance Kopp, who goes to extreme lengths to protect her sisters. Home - Writing Unblocked. Story Unbound. NaNoWriMo 2015. What to Do When You Feel Stuck in the Dreaded Middle of Your Novel — National Novel Writing Month. What to Do When You Feel Stuck in the Dreaded Middle of Your Novel by Tom Farr Originally published at, a blog for writers, creators, and storytellers, on October 21, 2015.

What to Do When You Feel Stuck in the Dreaded Middle of Your Novel — National Novel Writing Month

When you’re writing a story, there are moments when it seems like the words just flow from your mind, and then there are moments when trying to get any words feels like you’re trying to draw blood from yourself. I teach high school English Language Arts to 12th graders, and they are no strangers to the two experiences above, but what I won’t let them fall back on is the concept of “writer’s block.” The Myth of Writer’s Block Though I teach ELA as my day job, my side hustle is freelance writing, and if writer’s block were a real thing, I’d be in real trouble.

Developing Your Story Premise for NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. Developing Your Story Premise for NaNoWriMo Originally published at The Whisper Project.

Developing Your Story Premise for NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month

As thousands of writers are gearing up for NaNoWriMo in November, there are many writers who realize their best chance of success is developing a plan before diving into the writing of their story on November 1. A helpful way to plan your story and the least that you should have ready when writing time begins is your story’s premise line. 12 Thoughts On NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. 12 Thoughts On NaNoWriMo Why you should or should NOT participate in National Novel Writing Month.

12 Thoughts On NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Are you thinking about it? Do you know what NaNoWriMo even is? Here are 12 reasons you should or should not participate in National Novel Writing Month. National Novel Writing Month. Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice.

There’s no denying it — the English language can be mighty tricky.

Be a better writer in 15 minutes: 4 TED-Ed lessons on grammar and word choice

When writing a paper, a novel or even an e-mail, you might look at a sentence you just wrote and think, “Is that comma supposed to be there?” Or “Is that really the best word to use?” Creative Thinking Skills - The Rules of Brainstorming. It’s great to post the rules of brainstorming on the wall when you have a group assembled to use their collective creative thinking skills to come up with new ideas.

Creative Thinking Skills - The Rules of Brainstorming

Doing this is helpful as a reference point just in case anyone is unsure about encouraging wild ideas, the importance of not judging ideas right away, or the creative hazards of thinking too narrowly about possibilities group members might suggest. And if you’re going to put up the rules of brainstorming, you might as well go big! This installation, “Rules of Brainstorming,” is featured in an Innovation Lab at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management on the campus of the University of Missouri Kansas City. It is a gift from Steelcase, Scott Rice, BNIM, and Moore, Ruble, Yudell Architects and Designers. Applying Creative Thinking Skills from Across the Nation. The Science Of Brainstorming. Where do great ideas come from, and how can you generate more of them?

The Science Of Brainstorming

You’ve tried all the recommendations, from waking up early to writing by hand. Maybe your company has even hired a consultant to help employees generate new ideas, all in pursuit of that elusive eureka moment, the light bulb, the bolt of inspiration that leads to the next big thing. But research continues to show that our hunt for the eureka moment may be in vain. The most recent example comes from Joel Chan and Christian Schunn of the University of Pittsburgh, who sought to understand how "thought A led to thought B that led to breakthrough C. " They analyzed transcripts from the brainstorming sessions of a professional design team tasked with designing a hand-held printer for kids. Aerogramme Writers' StudioResearch Tools Every Writer Needs. In this guest post historical fiction author Kelly Gardiner shares some of the wonderful free resources that writers can use to make the most out of their research time.

Tempesta di Idee: facciamo ordine con le Mappe Mentali! Small Distractions Are Making You A Terrible Writer, Says Science. A new study finds what we've suspected all along: Interruptions are terrible for your writing. Consider this incentive to close your tabs. Researchers, led by Cyrus Foroughi, a PhD candidate at George Mason University, designed a simple writing experiment to test the assumption that even small interruptions can quantitatively hinder the creative process.

Introduction: Getting Things Written ? The Writer?s Room ? Medium. A few years ago, I was asked to teach a graduate seminar on non-fiction writing at NYU’s Journalism School. At this point in my life, I had published a half-dozen books, and probably taught more than a dozen seminars over the years—classes on technology, media theory, popular culture, and literature.

But I had never taught a class about writing itself. I was a writer, but somehow I had never managed to teach a class that actually focused on what I did for a living. I took on the assignment with real enthusiasm. Five tips: la scelta del titolo. Love Can Be Simple. Love Can Be Simple What a group of teenagers taught me about writing a love story. Quanto è importante il titolo? The no-bullshit guide to better town maps for your D&D campaign or fantasy novel. If you're interested in writing fiction in certain genres, or play tabletop role-playing games, there will come a time in your life where you're going to have to draw a map. Jonathan Roberts, who illustrated The Lands of Ice and Fire (A Game of Thrones): Maps from King's Landing to Across the Narrow Sea, has written a great beginning guide to doing just that. The first thing to remember is that towns aren't just built, they are planned in areas that give them certain advantages.

So you can't start with the layout, you have to start with understanding why the town was built there. Theunnovelist: The gap between what we thought... How to Develop a Story Outline - The Whisper Project. NaNoPrep: The Case for Outlining Your Story — National Novel Writing Month. How To Outline During National Plot Your Novel Month. 3 Ways to NOT Fail at NaNoWriMo. It’s almost time for that annual, month-long festival for writers: NaNoWriMo. Are you going to subject yourself to the excitement and stress of writing a book at least 50,000 words long in a single month? 6 Ways to Rock NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWordSprints sur Twitter : "If that prompt doesn't work for you, add a surprise critter.

Wrimos Around the World: Of Bestselling Series, Nurturing Creativity, and Grim Reapers. Darynda Jones is author of the Charley Davidson series (the latest installment comes out this October!) Dove cercare nuove storie da raccontare. I due punti e il punto e virgola. Da quella parte della mia teoria del piacere dove si mostra come degli oggetti veduti per metà, o con certi impedimenti ci destino idee indefinite, si spiega perché piaccia la luce del sole o della luna, veduta in luogo dov’essi non si vedano e non si scopra la sorgente della luce.Giacomo Leopardi, Zibaldone.

Il rapporto tra l'autore e il personaggio. Come descrivere un adolescente. 7 consigli per scrivere un romanzo di fantascienza. 15 Travel Journals You Need for Your Next Adventure. A5 Notebook - Cats and words - Plain paper - DoodleCats. 5 app per scrivere il vostro primo libro. Hopscotch sur Twitter : "The worst enemy to creativity... #MondayMotivation... Scribacchiolando #10 - Ingabbiarsi in un genere. Chinua Achebe on the Meaning of Life and the Writer’s Responsibility in Society. When the Story Goes Digital — On telling a story. Infecting An Audience: Why Great Stories Spread. Why Everyone Needs to Read (More) Science Fiction. “Every Time Technology Changes, It Changes What People in the Plot Can Do.” An Interview With Margaret Atwood.