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Getting inspiration from literature

Getting inspiration from literature

Getting inspiration from literature Literature What is it about literature? From the classic to the lowbrow, it permeates our lives. As writers, we might appreciate it more than others do. Reading to write First of all, whenever people ask about how to best develop their writing chops, inevitably they are told two things. One of…

Descriptions

Descriptions

Descriptions All about descriptions Descriptions are a must. You need themĀ for any type of writing beyond the barest drabbles. InvolveĀ the reader in the piece. And that means pulling descriptive prose out of your head. You must commit it to paper or pixels. Scenes Scene setting is covered elsewhere in this blog. However, that’s closely related…

Getting inspiration from childhood

Getting inspiration from childhood

Getting inspiration from childhood Childhood Ah, childhood. What is it about our younger years that gives us such feelings of nostalgia? Is it because things were so much newer then? Or were they simpler? We had fewer responsibilities. Yet plenty of people don’t have lives like that. For those who lost a parent, or were…

Libraries

Libraries

Libraries Getting into Libraries Libraries are the unsung heroes of the American (and other countries’) educational system. They are where people look for jobs, listen to lectures, or teach themselves all sorts of things. They are also a marvelous home for your newly-published book. Connections First of all, you probably can’t just write to or…

Getting inspiration from friendship

Getting inspiration from friendship

Getting inspiration from friendship Friendship Friendship is as inspiring as the memory of old love affairs. Our friends can help us write. Sometimes it’s because of something we did together. And sometimes it’s because we want to honor them. Names For stories which need a lot of names, why not ask your friends whether they…

Scene Setting

Scene Setting

Scene Setting Scene Setting Basic scene setting is a fundamental skill which every writer needs to perfect. Let’s look at some ways to do it. All the old familiar places When your story takes place during the present day, you’re in luck! You can get away without going over basic information. Present-day Moscow has cars….

Getting inspiration from music

Getting inspiration from music

Getting inspiration from music Inspiration from music Music is a rather common pairing with writing. Some people cannot write without it. Others are inspired by it. Still others are haunted by it. Lyrics Sometimes, it’s the lyrics. For me, personally, I pay a lot of attention to lyrics. As a result, I have a lot…

Bechdel test

Bechdel test

Bechdel test What is the Bechdel test? The Bechdel test is best defined by the Bechdel site: … sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other,…

Getting inspiration from education

Getting inspiration from education

Getting inspiration from education Education Education is of course something anyone in a wealthier country, who is over than the age of five, has in common with everyone else. But what does it have to do with writing? The Process Consider the process you go through, and even the rituals which accompanying schooling. You get…

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