Archive For The “Inspiration” Category

Getting inspiration from science

Getting inspiration from science

Getting inspiration from science Science Science is one of the cornerstones of our existence. So are your characters scientific? Do they f’ing love science? And even if they don’t, it can still inform what they say and do. Discoveries First of all, there is an enormous amount of inherent drama in trying to discover a…

Complex evil characters

Complex evil characters

Complex evil characters For complex evil characters to work, you’ve got to give them some screen time, as it were. Because a paragraph or two simply will not cut it. Backstory Since evil characters are a certain type of character, it pays to give them a backstory as deep and rich and meaningful as the…

Getting inspiration from aging

Getting inspiration from aging

Getting inspiration from aging Aging happens to all of us, even if we die young. And much like children experience various developmental stages, our aging has some stages, too. However, in order to avoid repeating myself, let’s throw out a caveat here and only look at age forty and up. Forties For most people in…

Ideas Jar for Writing

Ideas Jar for Writing

Ideas jar Do you have an ideas jar? Origin I first heard of this idea when I read Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of¬†Writing. However, I suspect this methodology may not have been his invention. However, either way, it is a fantastic concept and it can help you in two very separate ways when…

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¬†New 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…

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…

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