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Character flaws: The seven chief features of ego - Personality & Spirituality

Every one of us has a fundamental flaw, an immaturity of character, a dark side or negative tendency. This character flaw, also known as a ‘Chief …

Psychology

Tale Spinners

This Facebook post is no longer available. It may have been removed or the privacy settings of the post may have changed.<p>Tale Spinners. 6 likes. …

Writing Fiction: The Scott Meredith-Algis Budrys Plot Skeleton

Writing Fiction: The Scott Meredith /Algis Budrys’ Plot Skeleton<p>I’m posting this here as research notes so that anyone can find what I took hours to …

Creative Writing

Inventing Characters

A Character is What She Does, Her Motives, and Her Past<p>Let’s dive right in to character inventing. We’ll be referring a lot to Orson Scott Card’s</i> …

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead at 88

Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like “The Left Hand of Darkness” and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.<p>Her son, Theo Downes-Le …

Literature

Great Advice From 25 Writing Manuals by Famous Authors

There are countless books that purport to teach you how to write. Many of them are good. Some of them are not quite as good. This is the usual way of …

36 Writing Tips to Help You Write Like the Pros

These 10 minutes will help you become a better writer forever<p>As a blogger, writing is no doubt an integral part of your life. Be it fiction, or …

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Self-Editing Basics: 10 Simple Ways to Edit Your Own Book

Writers’ victories are short-lived indeed. For a brief moment after completing a first draft, writers sit back, breathe a sigh of relief, post a …

15+ Perfect Handwriting Examples That’ll Give You An Eyegasm

Humans have a thing for perfection and order, and although most of us are getting worse at it every day, handwriting is no exception. True, it might …

Calligraphy

Get Your Mind Right: An Easy Trick for Nipping Creative Fear in the Bud

The funny and talented <b>Sarah Moore</b> is back today to help us get over our fear of creating. As writers, we have a lot of challenges to face, and this …

Creative Writing

Getting to the Heart of Your Story: The Character Brainstorming Worksheet

Characters are the secret recipe at the heart of every novelEven if you think you're not writing a character driven novel, it still all starts with …

The Blueprint for Writing a Novel from the First Five Pages to the End

I had the privilege of giving a workshop down in Tampa this past weekend, speaking about what genuinely has to go into the first five pages of a …

Five Worldbuilding Mistakes Even Enthusiasts Make

Most worldbuilding mistakes we see over and over again come from lazy storytellers who create worlds as an afterthought. But a few mistakes persist …

Battlestar Galactica

How to Format a Book: 10 Tips Your Editor Wants You To Know

Unless you prefer your friends to be story nerds or those who lean toward obsessive-compulsive tendencies when it comes to grammar, you shouldn’t …

Refly

Refly - Smart editor that helps you write better content, faster. (Productivity, Writing Tools, and Tech) Read the opinion of 109 influencers. …

How to Know If You Are Really a Writer

They say that everyone has at least one good book in them. Does that make you a writer? Or is it more than that? Is it something you decide to be, …

Drums

Plot Outline Creation - 7 Methods

You’ve possibly been told many times to outline your book, but perhaps not <i>how</i> to create a plot outline. These seven ways to write a story outline …

What will help me write a book? 7 steps

If you’ve tried to write a novel and have put it aside, you might ask ‘What will help me write a book?’ It’s crucial, on the one hand, to choose a …

Joss Whedon: The Five Things Your Script Has To Have

Joss Whedon is a screenwriter, director, and producer. He's best-known for creating the television series <i>Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly,</i> …

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Creativity Is a Process, Not an Event

In 1666, one of the most influential scientists in history was strolling through a garden when he was struck with a flash of creative brilliance that …

Nanowrimo Prep: The Index Card Method and Story Structure Grid

THE INDEX CARD METHOD<br>by Alexandra Sokoloff<br>It's just half a month to Nanowrimo. Are you REALLY ready to write?<br>If you're not 100% sure what your story …

The Dreaded Synopsis—How to Get Started & Why We Need One BEFORE Writing the Book

All righty, so last time we talked about the dreaded synopsis and covered why we need them and why they are important. Most writers wait until the …

Finish That Novel by Fixing Fatal Flaws by Janice Hardy

<i>Finish that novel! Janice Hardy can help.</i><p><b>By Janice Hardy</b><p>Fatal flaws can sink a story, but don’t lose hope if you find one in your novel. They require …

Writing

How To Get Rid Of Writers Guilt - Writer's Life.org

Guilt is an emotion commonly felt by writers. If we spend too much of our time writing, we feel guilty. If we don’t spend enough of our time writing, …

The 15 Best Places On The Internet For Book Lovers

It’s lit<p>The internet is great for many things: <i>The OC</i> GIFs, Harambe memes, and literature.<p>Does it seem like one of those things is not like the other? If it feels at all strange to you that the medium which has been credited (along with television, of course) with a national decline in attention …

Books

From Passive Voice To Active Voice - How To Spot It & How To Change It

We live in a country that has 11 official languages. There is a good chance that either the writer or the reader of any given document is a second …

How to Write So Vividly that Readers Fall in Love with Your Ideas - Copyblogger

With a deep sigh, Helen Fields switches on her PC. Another Monday. Another article to write about leadership.<p>Hasn’t everything been written …

New Resources On Teaching Reading & Writing

Here are some new and useful resources related to teaching reading and writing:<p>TEN WAYS TO DITCH THAT READING LOG is from Middle School Minds. I’m …