One of the many fascinating features of our language is how often words with pleasant associations are also quite pleasing on the tongue and even to the eye, and how many words, by contrast, acoustically and visually corroborate their disagreeable na...
2. The episodes of a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help develop it.
Certain words and phrases are time-tested to boost response and conversion rates almost across the board. Here are 30 you should be using:
1. Use simple language and simple sentences. Consider the opening lines of A Farewell to Arms: "In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and th...
To help you avoid using the same word too repetitively, redundantly, recurrently, incessantly, etc., etc.
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On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she's received working for the animation studio over the years.
Short fiction is the "garage band" of science fiction, claims Tor Books editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden, so it's time to step on that fuzzbox and thrash as hard as you can without knocking over your mom's weed-trimmer.
The are collected by the . After you come up with your own system for generating ideas, the next step is to put them in some recognizable story form (the basic plot idea), build your central conflict (the story premise sheet), then build your chara...
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.
by on 8 May 2006
Calling all English speakers! These words are so cool they deserve to be reinstated to everyday use.
It may be old but its worth a post. All the text on your screen will look incredibly sharp after closing this. Appologies for the image quality, it looks like it has been printed, re scanned, cropped, zoomed many many times.
When I get to the end of an edit, I generally make a list of the author's "favorite" words and phrases—words he or she used over and over without realizing it. It's quite instructive.
Just as every tree is different but still recognizably a tree, every story is different but contains elements that make it a story. By defining those before you begin you clarify the scope of your work, identify your themes, and create the story you ...
Oh, apoplexy, my favorite word! You are a true sesquipedalian. Now please excuse me while I meander through the hazmatic haze of philology.
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