I Am a Zombie Filled With Love - by Isaac Marion
The best science fiction and fantasy books aren't just about amazing ideas, or huge vistas — they're about people. So part of the key to a really successful SF/fantasy book is to describe people in a memorable, cool fashion. A good description of a c...
Fiction Writers Character Chart to help authors to get a better grip on building characters for their novels.
Pixar story artist Emma Coats has tweeted a series of "story basics" over the ...
Myth #1 - Introverts don't like to talk. This is not true. Introverts just don't talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won't shut up for days.
Anybody who uses the Internet should read E.M. Forster's . It is a chilling, short story masterpiece about the role of technology in our lives. Written in 1909, it's as relevant today as the day it was published. Forster has several prescient notion...
Oh, apoplexy, my favorite word! You are a true sesquipedalian. Now please excuse me while I meander through the hazmatic haze of philology.
It's that time of the month again, time to give a round-up of all the helpful writing sites and blog posts I've come across in the past month. Continue reading →
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Today, we're heading to the dictionary for a creativity boost. Here's what I want you to do:
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Chocolate companies invest millions of dollars into tools and machinery to turn bitter cacao beans into delicious chocolate bars. With a little elbow grease, however, you can turn your kitchen into a miniature chocolate factory. To make...
VICTORIAN EUPHEMISMS FOR PROSTITUTES: Poule-de-luxe Nymph of the pavement Judy Nemmer Unchaste woman Dollymop Great horizontal Dancer Actress Entert
A simple, step-by-step guide to writing your own episode of "House," including key plot points like: "To cure the patient, House does something rude, shocking, or illegal. The staff ...
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A Comprehensive and Totally Universal Listing of Every Problem a Story Has Ever Had.
This rant is personal—as in, based on those things that I've found to work for me, along with some other peoples' tips on the subject that I think are useful. I don't get into specifics like, "Write this kind of sex this way…" It's very general. And ...
dreaming out loud is an experiment in graphic poetry; a marriage of photography & words in the vein of such previous photo-comics as 'a softer world' and 'sinister bedfellows'.
Security cameras are everywhere, it seems, but what are they looking at? How much of our comings and goings do they capture? If you have ever been curious about it, we will show you not only how to see through the eyes of Big Brother, but...
Blog post at The Story Ideas Virtuoso : I'm always on the lookout for story idea generators. Some of these I've found are merely lists of categories or types of non-fiction stories[..]
It's a lot of fun to take your shots and experiment with them. Have you ever seen photos in magazines or on the web and wondered how they achieved that look.
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Mark Laita photographed some sea creatures and the result is absolutely...
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An idler's miscellany of compendious amusements
Do you believe that the thin transparent touch phone could make accurate weather predictions and change its screen backgrounds to reflect real-time climate conditions? Incredibly miraculous, the display seems crystal in sunny days, foggy in rainy day...
1. I left a comment on your blog. Rather than using my real name, I used my handle and linked to my own blog. You would have had to click on my ...
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A part of Teresa's lecture on how to fake a plot if you can't make one.
The Beat Generation : Writers from the Beat Era of American Literature
Seize the Day - Saul Bellow (a big book in a few pages) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch - Alexsander Solzhenitsyn (a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down) The Outsider - Albe...
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Last week, I launched a new site I'd been working on for several months, dedicated to technology and the writing life. Since I've been eating, drinking, breathing, and sleeping "writing" all week, it seemed natural to pull together some of the tools,...
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Caro Clarke: writer, explains the realities of submitting your novel
"It's my intention to work into each lecture … one lie" One of my favorite college professors was a self-confessed liar. His teaching technique was evil genius...
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Some tips I learned on writing effective fight scenes
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The official site for Nebula Award nominated science fiction writer William Shunn. Contains stories, essays, games, and deconstructions of Mormon theology.
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Character Trait Chartand Personality Components
Caro Clarke: writer, explains the common faults of beginner writers
DH: A list recently published in The New York Times by a noted restaurateur gave 100 rules for what service staff should not do. I thought a list of 50 things that writers shouldn't do would give us all a chance to vent. I'm contributing 10 items. So...