A Guide to InspirationDo you ever sit at your computer, staring at a blank screen? You want to add a chapter to your novel, add another verse to your poem, or draw a beautiful landscape, but you can't get yourself to do it. Your hand won't sweep that pencil over the paper. The words won't flow from your keyboard to your computer screen. It happens to everyone.A Guide to Inspiration9 months ago in Other More Like This
But fear not! I will share the many ways to gain inspiration and battle artists/writers block.
Music is good for the soul, and therefore one of the key ingredients to gaining inspiration. Whether it be Mozart or Lincoln Park, your favorite music can send you to different worlds if you let it.
But don't be boring and just listen to songs you've already heard! Experiment! Take a look at the suggested videos on Youtube (but be careful). Maybe listen to a song you've never heard, but that was written/performed by a favorite band of yours. Chances are, you'll run into a song you adore.
Once you've done that, just listen to i
Writing Tips - DialogueWriting Tips - Dialogue5 years ago in Writing More Like This
If youre writing fiction, the dialogue is arguably one of the most important parts. And its the bit thats the easiest to mess up, if were strictly honest. And why not? Theres so much going on in that single sentence that any number of them can go wrong; voice, character, tone, point of view, punctuation. Well start with punctuation, because Ive already written that bit.
Go here. I was originally going to copy and paste that part of the lesson into this lesson, but then the thing wound up being ten pages long. So, read that, and then come back to this if you feel you might need help with the mechanical bits.
When to use Dialogue
Right. So, youve got a story all set up in your head (or on a piece of paper if youre inclined to pre-write), and its great. Your hero is blasting through space with a whole heap of misfits, and you
Writers BlockSo alot of people have been suffering from writers block, so I thought I would put together a list to help.Writers Block6 months ago in Writing More Like This
Writers Block flow chart: http://madwomanintheforest.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/tumblr_mr2uw3RUqv1rb04t1o1_500.png
Interactive help: http://www.webook.com/911writersblock/
23 tips: http://www.writingforward.com/writing-tips/got-writers-block-23-writing-tips-that-dont-involve-writing
50+ ways: http://www.authormedia.com/50-things-to-blog-about-when-you-have-writers-block/
Mix some relaxing noises: http://soundrown.com/
coffee shop noises: http://coffitivity.com/
Forest sounds: http://www.forestmood.com/
Summer sounds: http://augustambience.com/
This awesome playlist: http://8tracks.com/malfoymannor/epic-songs-to-write-to
seventh sanctum: http://www.seventhsanctum.com/index-writ.php
Some Prompts: http://creativewritingprompts.com/
Title generator: http://mdbenoit.com/rtg.htm
Writing Forum: http://www.writingforums.org/
25+ wariting prompt: http://www.writingfo
A Tutori-scussion DraftsFirst drafts are fun. Don't look at me like that, they are. Just putting your words down on paper, letting the story escape from your brain and actually exist on paper? That's brilliant. Now, if you get hit by a car or fall into a coma or something, the words are still there. The story didn't die with you.A Tutori-scussion Drafts11 months ago in Other More Like This
Of course, that's just as long as you know what's going to happen. The second you reach a scene that you just can't figure out, everything goes downhill. When you hit that glass wall in your brain where suddenly nothing wants to make sense anymore, or that technical detail you've been putting off dealing with because you'll figure it out when you get to it (oh wow you got to it time to figure it out), it gets a lot less fun.
And that's the hard part about first drafts. There's nothing more terrifying than a blank page when you have no idea what to put on it. I imagine that this is particularly difficult for writers who have already been published and have contracts