Archive For February 27, 2017

Getting inspiration from the physical world

Getting inspiration from the physical world

Getting inspiration from the physical world The physical world The physical world can inspire, whether it’s the Appalachian Trail, or your bedroom, or the Himalayas. And while not everyone can live in Paris or visit Yosemite National Park, we can all be inspired by our own personal universes. Moreover, if your world can inspire you,…

Writing Better Accents

Writing Better Accents

Writing Better Accents Accents can be tough to write. However, not to worry. Because┬áNew York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward has some wonderful advice amidst the humor. Distinguishing Each Accent So, can you tell the difference between someone from the Bronx and someone from Brooklyn? And what about Chicago versus Detroit? Or Swedish versus Norwegian?…

Getting inspiration from names

Getting inspiration from names

Getting inspiration from names Names While names have meanings, you can even get inspiration simply from how they sound. What’s Gertrude like? How about Lakeisha? Or maybe Stefan or Juan? Popularity The popularity of what people call their children changes over time. This can depend upon movie stars, politicians, or even religious figures. When I…

Writer Giveaways

Writer Giveaways

Giveaways So giveaways can be helpful when you are first starting out. Because people do not know your writing, they might not be inclined to spend too much on your work. Rather than pricing down to nothing, do one better: give your book away as a prize. Amazon, in particular, makes it easy. And on…

Getting inspiration from films

Getting inspiration from films

Getting inspiration from films Films can be rather obvious sources of inspiration. However, as always, take care not to get into copyright infringement issues. Hence you will need to tread lightly. And you should pretty much assume any movie you see is not in the public domain. Because the vast majority of them are not….

Writing Better Dialogue

Writing Better Dialogue

Writing Better Dialogue Better dialogue can elevate any piece. And it can even help to salvage a bad or otherwise forgettable piece of writing. Consider, for example, the works of Aaron Sorkin or Robert Altman. While these are examples from television and film, they should give an idea. Sorkin is known for excellent dialogue, from…

Getting inspiration from marriage

Getting inspiration from marriage

Getting inspiration from marriage Marriage is more than weddings. And when you consider the entire experience, it can spawn any number of plot bunnies. Courtship So, how did you two meet? It’s a standard question and can be a terrific ice breaker. Furthermore, dating rituals differ through time, so adjust what you write accordingly. In…

Pocket conflicts

Pocket conflicts

Pocket conflicts So, Pocket Conflicts are the kinds of conflicts which are tiny. They aren’t wars and they don’t lead to divorce or a firing. Instead, they are more about the speed of “who moved my cheese?” Hence they are kind of trivial, yet they can add a lot of annoyance into anyone’s life. And…

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