Jeffrey Gaba

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All Stories Are the Same

From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception.<p>A ship lands on an alien shore and a young man, desperate to prove himself, is tasked with befriending the inhabitants and extracting their secrets. …

Creating a Protagonist Readers Will LOVE - Kristen Lamb

I assume that most of you reading this aspire to be great novelists, even those who are preparing to take the NaNoWriMo Challenge in November. Novels …

Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Hemingway, Didion, Baldwin, Fitzgerald, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Morrison, Orwell, and other literary icons.<p>By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of …

Character-Driven Fiction Writing Prompts

Creative writing prompts for creating characters.<p>Most authors agree that fiction is primarily driven by characters. Successful authors talk about …

Creative Writing

75 Books Every Writer Should Read

Whether you want to make writing your career or just want to know how to improve your writing so that you can pass your college courses, there is …

22 Rules of Storytelling by a Pixar Storyboard Artist

Former Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats tweeted a number of valuable storytelling rules during her time at the animation studio.<p>You admire a …

Animation

Setting up the Tension in Your Novel

<b>By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy</b><p>The world around our characters does more than just provide nice scenery. It can be a great opportunity to create mood …

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity

Susan Sontag argued that lists confer value and guarantee our existence. Umberto Eco saw in them “the origin of culture.” But lists, it turns out, might be a remarkably potent tool for jostling the muse into manifesting — a powerful trigger for that stage of unconscious processing so central to the …

The Tips to Maximize Conflict in Your Novel - Kristen Lamb

Whenever I blog about craft, I’m coming from the perspective of a long-time editor. I do understand that the creation process is vastly different …

10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written

If there’s one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it’s writing itself. A good thing too, especially …

How to build a fictional world - Kate Messner

10 Rejection Letters Sent to Very Successful People

We’ve all heard that the road to success is paved with failure. But that doesn’t make rejection any easier to swallow. What <i>does</i> help? Knowing that …

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

On July 16, 2001, <b>Elmore Leonard</b> (October 11, 1925–August 20, 2013) made his timeless contribution to the meta-literary canon in a short piece for <i>The New York Times</i>, outlining his ten rules of writing. The essay, which inspired the <i>Guardian</i> series that gave us similar lists of writing rules by Zadie …

John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for the Aspiring Writer and His Nobel Prize Speech

Today is the 110th birthday of writer John Steinbeck, whose great novel of the 1930s, <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i>, gives an eloquent and sympathetic voice to …

The Shape of A Story: Writing Tips from Kurt Vonnegut

A few years ago, Open Culture readers listed <i>Slaughterhouse Five</i> as one of your top life-changing books. But Kurt Vonnegut was not only a great …

Ray Bradbury Gives 12 Pieces of Writing Advice to Young Authors (2001)

Like fellow genre icon Stephen King, Ray Bradbury has reached far beyond his established audience by offering writing advice to anyone who puts pen …

10 authors who are brilliant at Twitter

You'd think it natural that writers would be good at Twitter – after all, words are their bread and butter. However, some authors have found themselves host to extremely boring feeds, or have misread the medium altogether, never quite understanding what a "mention" is, or a bit.ly link. It's a sad …

Character building: how to write believable people

If you doubt your characters, your readers will doubt them too, so it is important to understand characters’ motivation and make their behaviour and …

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” …

A Tangled Plot Structure

I am on the road today and have had a slight change in today's post. I will be posting about villains next time.<p>If you've not seen Disney's newest …

Beautiful Color Photographs of Russia in the 1950s

Semyon Fridlan was a Russian photographer that worked at the state owned magazine, <i>OGONYOK</i>. He was a photographer who had the chance to travel to …

Why grammar lessons should be renamed ‘understanding language’

Some of the country’s most eminent linguists came together for English Grammar Day, presented by UCL and Oxford University in association with the British Library, last week. With talks from grammarians including David Crystal and Dick Hudson, the event served as a crash course in the history, …

7 Techniques for Turning Ordinary Subjects into Interesting Photos

There are times when it seems like the objects around you will not allow you to capture an interesting photo. In these situations, there are some …

Landscape Photography

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

<b>10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking</b><p>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><p>One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little …

Teaching

iStick: World’s First USB Flash Drive with Lightning Connector for iPad and iPhone

<b>iStick</b> is an upcoming iPad and iPhone accessory that looks like it may be a big hit. It’s the first USB Flash drive with a lightning connector that works to share documents and data between iPads and iPhones and Mac and Windows PCs.<p>It’s a Kickstarter project that has more than doubled its funding …

iPad Mini

Apex Rechargeable Stylus: The Missing Link for iPad?

You know you are pretty geeky when you get excited about receiving a stylus in the post. However, this is a fairly regular occurrence for me and I’m not quite, but almost a stylus junkie. One of the main reasons I love the iPad is that, used with apps which suit your style of working, you can do …

Rechargeable Batteries

Top 10 ways to use technology to promote reading - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

I am updating my workshop on how technology can be used to promote Voluntary Free Reading - the only undebatably fool-proof means of both improving …

True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

Add to this the findings (from Bowen, Chingos and McPherson's <i>Crossing the Finish Line</i>) that high school grades have a more predictive value of …

Self-improvement