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Creative Writing 101

<b>Natashaon May 14, 2017 2:57 pm</b><p>I, am also myself, working on a novel, that will most likely be more than one book; I, am posting as saw Dawn’s tips, …

Creative Writing

On "Slut Shelves" and Eating Our Own In Fiction

Slut: a woman who has many sexual encounters.<p>Slut: a word that has grown exponentially in use over the last few decades.<p>Growth in the use of “slut” …

How To Use Wattpad As An Author With Ashleigh Gardner

Shares 740<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 …

15 Words That Don't Mean What They Used To

Want to make conversations more fun? Consider the former meaning of these everyday words.<p>1. Ejaculate<p><b>Used to mean:</b> To utter suddenly and …

Literature

Your Character's Flaw is His Greatest Strength

Last weekend I attended the Washington Romance Writers annual retreat and, in addition to having a fulfilling and inspiring experience, I actually …

3 Habits That Separate Good Writers From Tragic Wannabes

Shares 2K<p>You want to become a good, maybe even a great, writer.<p>You study books on writing. You follow blogs on writing. Hell, you’ve even thought …

15 tips to make the writing process less hellish

Not everyone who writes for a living always enjoys writing.<p>Writing can be a tedious and frustrating task: Staring at a blank screen, knowing what you …

Creative Writing

3 Common Mistakes In Writing & How You Can Avoid Making Them

Finding one’s voice in freelance content writing often involves sacrificing perfect sentence structure. It’s sad but true. Yet, this does not mean …

Miss Literati Is Closed | Miss Literati

After several years of writing our story, the final chapter of Miss Literati is upon us. The site accepted its last story and shut down on Tuesday, …

10 Ways to Launch Strong Scenes | Writer's Digest

Any story or novel is, in essence, a series of scenes strung together like beads on a wire, with narrative summary adding texture and color between. …

Writers' Rituals and Why They Work | Robin Storey

<b>We writers are a weird bunch</b>…<p>For a start, anyone who spends a lot of their time hanging out with imaginary people has to be just a wee bit crazy. And …

Creative Writing

1 Simple Trick For Writing Diverse Characters

John McClane is an enduring character across the decades but we need new blood nowWe hear a lot about so-called representation on screen and how it’s …

Die Hard

Taking part in #THE100DAYPROJECT with #artjournaling. I loved every second of last year's project, and doing it again was a given. This first spread blends two activities: wisdom cards and journaling. The page on the right is from wisdom cards I did almost a year ago, and the page on the left is journaling my reaction to the page now, 12 months separated from the artwork. The question I answered: how can I cultivate creativity in myself and others? My life looked completely different back then, and I was reckoning with what it would look like to take a step back and breathe for a spell. Now, I'm dipping my toes in again. Creativity. It's experienced in seasons. In the inhale and the exhale. Materials used: gesso, Papermate flair pen, watercolor, found text, word prompt and clippings from #smszine.

6 Monsters Killing Your Writing Ability

When was the last time you sat down to write, and all you could generate was the flashing cursor on your screen? Has it ever happened to you? Recently, I was writing a post for my site and encountered a severe case of "what am I supposed to write next?" I identified these six monsters and took …

Writing

Insight: Conglomerate controlled by Iran's supreme leader a winner from nuclear deal | Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The historic nuclear deal reached between Iran and major world powers has yet to be implemented, but one clear winner has emerged: Iran’s highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.<p>A military truck carrying a Raad missile drives past a picture of Iran's …

South Asia

ISIS Executes Three Civilian Captives by Tying Them to Columns and Blowing Them Up

The Islamic State tied three of its captives to Roman-era columns in Palmyra, Syria and killed them by blowing up the structures with explosives, …

People living in ISIS territory are terrified that the group will start forcing teenagers to fight

But the militant group still might be considering forcing military conscription within its territory.<p>ISIS authorities in Raqqa, Syria, are allegedly forcing males over the age of 14 to register with the militant-run government. That's according to Abu Ibrahim al-Raqqawi, an activist with the group …

Islamic Fundamentalism

Isis video showing Libyan 'spy' dragged to death behind a speeding truck betrays disturbing new trend

The Isis militant group has released an execution video showing a man being dragged to death behind a truck, in what experts say could be the start …

Trends

ISIS graduates its first class of junior jihadists in shocking photos

New photos released by the Islamic State this week has underlined a scary fact: that the terrorist group is churning out scores of junior jihadists thanks to intensive training camps.<p>The images uncovered by Vocative reportedly show the extremist group’s first graduating class of soldiers at its …

Afghanistan

U.S. Soldier Killed Freeing ISIS Captives in Iraq

An American-Kurdish mission against the self-proclaimed Islamic State freed scores of Kurdish hostages this week. The raid also led to the first …

Elite Delta Force Solder Killed Freeing Hostages from ISIS Was 'Peaceful, Gentle' With His Family

Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, who was the first American service member to be killed in action while fighting ISIS, was a peaceful, gentle man who …

50 ton-question: Who got US ammo intended for anti-ISIS Arabs?

Arab rebels in northern Syria say they have received none of the ammunition air-dropped by the US. The supplies appear to have ended up with Kurdish …

HOLY CRAP!! HELMET-CAM VIDEO of the U.S. raid on ISIS that took one soldier’s life!!

This is just gripping video:<p>NBC News explains where it got the exclusive footage:<p>A new video purports to show Thursday’s raid in Iraq in which dozens …

ISIS Fleeing Syria: Will the “Moderate Syrian Rebels” Move to Miami, America’s Terrorist Haven? | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>There are reports that ISIS has been on the run since Russia began its military operations against the U.S. backed terrorist organization. The</i> …

9 ISIS Weapons That Will Shock You

Soviet-era T-72 Tanks ISIS captured many tanks from the Iraqi army, including the relatively modern Soviet T-72, of which it may have ...

Video Surfaces Showing Daring Special Ops ISIS Raid that Killed American Commando

A week after a daring raid against ISIS that freed 70 Kurdish hostages and left an American special forces operator dead, NBC News has obtained what …

Anxious Search Underway for Wisconsin Army Veteran Bruce Windorski Who Battled ISIS

Windorski (right) is an avid outdoors man. He, his wife Courtney (left), and their family enjoy hunting and fishing. Courtney Windorski<p>Courtney Windorski, at first, was worried about putting her and her family’s desperate search for her husband, Bruce, online.<p>“Because of what Bruce did overseas, we …

Veterans

Trump Says He's OK With Russia Bombing ISIS

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Monday that he supports Russia bombing Islamic State targets in Syria.<p>Trump sat down with NBC's "Today" anchor Matt Lauer for a town hall-style discussion in New Hampshire. When asked about his strategy to defeat the Islamic State, Trump said he …

Donald Trump

Bangladesh police arrest 4 over killing of Italian man

<b>New Delhi (CNN) —</b> Police in Bangladesh say they have arrested four men in connection with the deadly shooting of an Italian aid worker on the streets of the country's capital.<p>ISIS claimed responsibility for killing Cesare Tavella last month, but the city's Police Commissioner, Muntashirul Islam, …

Extremism