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Archives for April 2011
7 Easy Ways To Increase Your Productivity As a Writer and Reader
by Justin C. Key • 11 comments
There's a lot of downtime, procrastination, and tomfoolery in the day. Here are a few quick and easy tips on how to make the most of it.
1. Write on your mobile device. I have My Writing Spot on my iPhone. It's a handy little app that lets you write with minimal formatting and also syncs with your online account. Most of my Scribophile...
Sensual Writing and Why I Love the Smell of Smoke
by Nina Munteanu • 10 comments
When writing sensually, to not connect a described sense to a memory or emotion is to miss a very important opportunity as a storyteller.
A while ago, as I was driving along a winding country road on my way to Bridgewater from Lunenburg, I ran across the smoke of a small fire. They were obviously doing some roadside clearing. Without t...
Making ‘Sense’ of Writing
by Dan Tricarico • 9 comments
Using our five senses can create a stronger sense of realism for our readers.
Everything we know about this world, we learn through our five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Consequently, if fiction writers want to recreate the experience of the real world for...
Changing Direction in Mid-Story
by Laura Preble • 9 comments
Taking a story in the wrong direction can be painful, but the result of fixing it can lead to wonderful destinations.
Have you ever driven to somewhere unfamiliar to you, taken a wrong direction, and had to turn back? I have. Actually, I do it pretty frequently, in life and in writing. One of the most painful writi...
Do Your Research
by Nina Munteanu • 14 comments
Doing research for your story can be daunting and even intimidating. It's important for reasons you may not think of.
Research is something many writers dislike and find daunting or even intimidating. Research for your book or short story will take on many forms from subtle to obvious and from non-directed (opportuni...
David Sedaris, 99 Words, and Why I Write
by Dan Tricarico • 8 comments
Fine writing can inspire, but it can also paralyze.
DAVID SEDARIS Not long ago, after an especially busy period in my life, I finally forced myself to sit down and read an entire book--Me Talk Pretty One Day, a collection of essays by humorist David S...
Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down
by Laura Preble • 8 comments
Finding that special someone can be fraught with pain, betrayal, and confusing contract language.
A few years back, I met someone. I felt a special spark, the kind that told me this was meant to be. After a good deal of pursuit on my part, I was successful in snagging this person of my dreams, and...
The Stages of Professional Writing
by Justin C. Key • 8 comments
Learn to love them all...or, at least, tolerate them.
At my job we do this thing called The 5 Dynamics for every new employee. You answer a series of questions and you get a chart telling you where you are most and least comfortable in the different stag...
Using the Subtext of Body Language in Storytelling
by Nina Munteanu • 12 comments
When body language contradicts verbal expression, tension and interesting scenarios increase. This is a great opportunity for writers.
Kinesics is the study of “body language”, which explores how movements and gestures project a person’s hidden thoughts. Blushing is an obvious reaction. But more subtle ones can be used. When body lan...
The Poor Man’s Writer’s Retreat
by Dan Tricarico • 32 comments
Treat yourself to a Writer's Retreat without leaving the neighborhood.
MacDowell. Yaddo. LaMuse. These are not the names of hobbits in a J.R.R. Tolkien novel or Ewoks in George Lucas' latest Space Opera. In fact, they are some of the most prestigious writer's retreats...