Sara Aras

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Writing Fiction: Creating Friction With Clashing Personalities

Shares 499<p>OLD POST ALERT! This is an older post and although you might find some useful tips, any technical or publishing information is likely to be …

Exercise and Writing

<b>By Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig</b><p>I’ve never been a fan of exercising, although I’m trying to do better. I’ve read a slew of articles lately …

How Thinking Like Johnny Depp Can Help Your Writing

Johnny Depp — aside from having looks that cause heart palpitations in women across the world — has a unique approach to his career: he doesn’t watch …

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Writer? Answer This Question to Find Out ... - Copyblogger

Let’s say this:<p>You’ve been a graphic designer since high school, went to college, and got a degree in computer science. During that time you’ve …

Before You Can Write a Good Plot, You Need to Write a Good Place

Author Linn Ulmann makes the case for the importance of here in "Something happened here."<p>Linn Ulmann spent her childhood trailing her famous parents as they traveled the world. As the daughter of director Ingmar Bergman and the actress Liv Ullmann, two legends of 20th-century cinema, her “home” …

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

How Can I Best Absorb Information While Reading?

<i>Reading a good book can be a rewarding experience, but it can be frustrating when the information just floats through your head without sticking in</i> …

22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer

In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it. He writes, "I can't lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers."<p>Don't want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King's …

Creative Writing

3 Steps to Taking Your Character Further and Deeper With...Anger?

We all know how hard it is to write emotion: understanding what a character is feeling exactly, and to what degree, and then showing it to readers. …

Anne R. Allen's Blog: How Not to Start a Novel: Four Things to Avoid on Page One

The first page of your manuscript is critical for more than just grabbing an agent's or editor’s attention. Readers often read the first page or two …

350 Character Traits - A Fabulous Resource for Writers

I have compiled these lists to help you select the character traits you need for your novel. Traits are formed by a person’s behaviour and attitude …

Writing an Action Scene? 5 Ways to Add More Punch to Your Novel

When I began writing my first crime novel, I knew it would be a challenge. But there was one aspect of writing that I was sure would be much easier …

Creative Writing

Is a Quirk Just What Your Character Needs?

Larry Brooks says that quirks don’t add characterization. <b>I don’t agree.</b> His three dimensions of characterization (existence, inner landscape, and …

3 TED Talks That Uncover the Secrets of Storytelling

When I decided to write an article on brand storytelling inspired by TED talks, I went about it all wrong.<p>Scouring YouTube for tactics, elements, and …

8 Ways to Reignite Your Passion for Writing and Write [Even If You Don't Feel Like It]

In a brilliant interview in The Paris Review, E. B. White said, “A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting …

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Live Write Thrive

July 30, 2018 in Uncategorized with 7 Comments<p><i>Today’s guest post is by Barbara Linn Probs</i><b>t</b><p><i></i><i>So what’s your book about?</i><p>We’ve all had that question put …

This column will change your life: how to think about writing

What's the secret to writing well? As I've said previously here, an awful lot of people seem to think they know, yet their "rules for writers" are almost always (pardon the technical linguistics jargon) bullshit. For example, "Show, don't tell" is frequently bad advice. In the right context, the …