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  • October | 2014 | Writing prompts ideas
    be writing an article about control systems So you choose a word like automate as an example Then write down some titles using that word such as Learn how to fully automate your business Then change it a bit by using an action form of that word Instead of automate write a sentence using the word automated You may decide to start with a unique action verb like recharge as an example and add descriptions like Recharge the quality of your business The word you start with doesn t have to be unique A common word like quality can be a good place to start Write down the word and then add to it to make a sentence like Quality products are always in demand That sounds a bit mundane but it s a start Make it more interesting by adding a more powerful phrase or word combination that you usually don t associate with quality like mind blowing Write a sentence or two using that phrase like How to recharge quality for mind blowing sales These are just a few ideas for using writing prompts that can help you get unstuck and get writing There are many other techniques you can explore Oct 31 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on Creative Writing Tips Top 20 Distractions and Excuses That Keep You From Writing Creative Writing Tips Top 20 Distractions and Excuses That Keep You From Writing People often cite the extreme amount of distractions in their lives that keep them from working on their writing creative projects They also like holding fast to excuses that have blocked their creative outlets for years This article of creative writing tips will provide potential solutions to 20 common distractions or excuses That way if you aren t writing you can say I am choosing not to solve these problems as opposed to blaming the problems themselves Acceptance is the first step right 1 My phone keeps ringing with calls or texts Turn it off or be dramatic and take out the battery Believe it or not the world will go on without you being reachable for a little while If you don t believe me test it for ten minutes and see if the Earth is still here If yes try to add to that time little by little If no wow you re really important 2 People keep sending me instant messages Exit out of the offending program or uninstall the dang thing I uninstalled AOL Instant Messenger about two years ago and my life has been much more productive ever since If you are worried that you will miss a specific person s message just tell them you ll be busy for an hour doing something cool 3 My house café basement attic or street is too noisy Write somewhere different It isn t too hard to find a quiet place if you re willing to leave the problematic area Local libraries bookstores or quiet out of the way restaurants work for me when I crave silence If you need to stay in your noisier place ear plugs are a cheap solution and noise cancelling headphones are a bit pricier And lastly a bathroom is always a good last resort 4 I m too jumpy or jittery to write Whoa calm down First read my article about quitting coffee Secondly think for a second instead of just giving up on writing Previously in your life when you ve needed to calm down or relax what have you done Read a book Listened to Frank Sinatra Laid down for a few Try what works for you and then go back to the writing It will probably be much easier to start 5 I keep feeling the need to check my e mail traffic stats football scores etc on the computer Turn it off unplug it or leave the house Challenge yourself to keep it off for as long as you can Without a computer how will you write Go old school and bust out the pad of paper and a pencil 6 My computer is broken too slow or in use See pad of paper suggestion in 5 If you must use a computer ask a friend or search out an Internet Café 7 My favorite TV show or movie is on Turn it off unplug it or leave the house These days nearly every popular TV show will be online the following day Also if you have TiVo or a DVR the problem is solved This is your time to write don t let CBS tell you otherwise If it s your favorite movie find a way to record it or buy the DVD Many of these solutions will involve sacrificing your immediate pleasure for your eventual fulfillment Believe me when I say this TV is less important than you 8 I m too tired to write Get up and go for a walk do some stretching eat an apple and some raw almonds Put on some pump up music and do a little bit of dancing If none of that works write standing up It s tough to fall asleep standing up Just don t pop a pill or drink a Red Bull It will work in the short term and hurt in the long term Also evaluate what time of day you are the strongest Write at that time 9 I m too hungry to write Take your laptop or paper and pencil out of the house and stop by a good writing café If you take the time to prepare a five course meal at home you may lose the drive to write by the time you have finished stuffing yourself Let someone do the work for you and write while they re doing it 10 I have to leave for work in an hour Leave now Get there early and write when you get there Heck if you take public transportation write on the way there Just

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  • October | 2014 | Writing prompts ideas
    who s been taken to the front of a huge toy store only to then be told he can peer in but he s not allowed to go inside Torturous So how can you give this permission again to your creativity so it can rise up and show you all it s capable of How do you give your creative writing the green light for go instead of feeling permanently stuck on red Creative writing prompts are a great way of unlocking your writing ability and giving it a fresh surge of inspiration The way creative writing prompts work is by giving you a short phrase or idea to get you started in a new direction you might not have thought of It s that little push you need to get you flowing again so your creativity can shine once more That 6 year old kid with his nose pressed up against the window of the toy store has now been shown the way in In fact more than that he s also been told You might want to check out the new electronic action figures on the 2nd floor they re not like any you ve seen before and pointed in the right direction So off he rushes Many writers aren t comfortable trying writing prompts because they feel it s like taking a short cut and they should be able to come up with their own ideas Back to the toy store kid again if he didn t have a clue where those action figures were or even where the toy store was he could spend forever trying to get there Once he s there he doesn t need any encouragement to go off and explore It s the same with writing prompts They may show you a technique you haven t used before or point you in a direction you ve not thought of exploring in your writing but once you re off there s no stopping you All the writing all the creativity comes from within YOU Try using some creative writing prompts today and you ll give your writing the green light it needs to produce something amazing once again Oct 29 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on Journal Writing Fun for You and Your Child Journal Writing Fun for You and Your Child Do you want a sure fire way to get your child writing and communicating Buy 2 little blank books one for your child and one for you Now you need an interesting subject or thought you can write about Find something that will be interesting or fun for both of you Definitely NOT Write about what you did today Boring Try some of these ideas to spark your interest You will soon be amazed by what you learn about each other and how much closer you feel Look up Dr Seuss quotations on the internet They are jewels and get the creative writing juices flowing Try this one Today you are You that is truer than true There is no one alive who is Youer than You Prompt your young writer and yourself by saying What makes me so special Both of you write about your wonderful traits and then share them Sayings are good for thinking about deeper meanings How about Do not criticize another person until you ve walked a mile in his or her moccasins What does this Native American saying mean Think of someone you don t get along with and pretend you are living their life How does it feel Song lyrics provide good writing ideas What could you write about using this line Into each life some rain must fall When things aren t going smoothly this might be a good writing prompt New vocabulary words stretch our thinking Perhaps your child asks you what a certain word means like integrity You can explain the meaning integrity describes a person who tells the truth and keeps his or her word Now each of you can write about a person you know who has integrity Holidays suggest subjects too Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving What are we thankful for Poetry isn t always easy to understand so reading a poem and talking about it can lead to an interesting journal entry Another idea is to try writing a poem of your own Begin by looking up some of Robert Louis Stevenson s poems or Shel Silverstein Try this writing prompt If I share what I have it will make someone else feel good What could you share with someone today Could it be a smile or a thank you or an act of kindness How do you think it would make another person feel Now each of you write your idea and illustrate it if you want Old proverbs make for interesting writing Two s company three s a crowd Explain that this proverb means two people can get along well together but if a third person joins them there sometimes can be trouble Suggest that this may or may not be true Write about your opinion of this proverb and give some examples from your life Talk about the difference between an opinion and a fact Pick a favorite reading book and write about a different ending to the story Suppose the wolf made friends with the 3 little pigs How would the story have ended differently How would you have felt It s always good to include feelings into your writing Quotations and metaphors along with old proverbs and sayings stimulate a child s deeper level thinking skills Whenever you can find thought provoking questions writing goes deeper and uncovers feelings Share values in life like Finders keepers losers weepers This is an especially interesting saying to write about because it s familiar to children Share your own experiences and respect your child s opinions The child who is just beginning to journal sometimes needs a little help transferring thoughts into words I think or

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  • October | 2014 | Writing prompts ideas
    necessary aspects of creating a successful book Writing software programs may be the answer if you struggle with any of these issues Many writing software programs are on the market today and depending on needs different programs will suit different authors Some programs are designed specifically for the creative writer of fiction and full length novels while other programs help authors generate effective non fiction articles and many provide resources for all genres Here are some of the various features of different writing software programs I ve pulled the list from the features of numerous programs available on the market today Word Processing Brainstorming Features Structure Templates Organization Methods Writing Prompts Character Personality and Archetype Generators Character Name Databases Historical Period Details Databases Word Count Spell Checker Thesaurus Readability Assessment Drag scenes chapters events and ideas to new locations View character relationships in web diagrams View story events in a timeline Visualize layout with a flexible Story Board Keep track of manuscript submissions Checklist reminders for Not starting with exposition Having an opening scene that starts in the middle of the story Beginnings Middles Ends arranging scene order Characters Dialogue and Plotting Drama Tension Suspense Exposition and Background Point of View Setting and Detail Style and Tone That all sounds great doesn t it It s like having your own personal writing tutor in the room with you while you write I m sure something in that list would be helpful to you Now that I ve got you interested you need to consider a few things before you purchase a writing software program First determine what you want the program to do for you Some writers need help brainstorming so character prompts that ask you what the hero s motivation is what the villain s motivation is etc are helpful Other authors want help remembering details so a form to fill out with characters hair color eye color height and age is useful to go back to for easy reference that way Mary won t have green eyes on page 17 and brown eyes on page 98 Once you know what you want the program to do for you you ll be better able to weed out which programs don t have those features Next I recommend you read reviews of the product Visit the individual products websites but also check out reviews at places such as Amazon A great checklist that weighs the pros and cons for ten of the most popular writing software programs today can be found at http creative writing software review toptenreviews com Prices for writing software programs range anywhere from about 28 to 300 Remember that price is not always in relation to quality Some of the less expensive programs may do everything you need and if you re not a really computer savvy person you might want to start out using a simpler program to see whether you feel comfortable with it it really will help your writing or you ll even

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  • October | 2014 | Writing prompts ideas
    write should come completely from within our own imagination not with the help of writing exercises or prompts This purist attitude on the surface is both understandable and honourable Of course we want to write our own work we want to express ourselves through writing in our own unique way But this is where some of the misunderstandings about using them begin to arise A creative writing exercise is not a substitute for your own words You don t simply take the words and ideas in the exercise and claim them as your own then that s it all over If you were simply copying someone else s words then trying to claim them as your own then of course you d be a photocopier machine at best and at worst a thief and plagiarist And of course you don t want to be either What writing exercises do is allow you to experiment with YOUR OWN WORDS in a few different ways you might not have tried before They suggest some different approaches or techniques that you can use as an outline or framework for your own creative writing Where you go after you begin writing is completely up to you It s your writing your ideas your words your choice to write however you want to An additional bonus of using writing prompts regularly to experiment with your writing is that the more you use them the easier it becomes to come up with more ideas yourself You actually train yourself to have more ideas and to be more experimental as opposed to writing that same kinds of words sentences and pieces of writing over and over The more you use creative writing exercises the bigger the range of techniques you have at your disposal and the more diverse rich and enjoyable your writing becomes Start experimenting with some of these exercises today and unlock some of that amazing writing potential within you that s just dying to be invited out to play Oct 29 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on How to Use Numerical Values to Write Essays How to Use Numerical Values to Write Essays Using numerical values to identify and apply expository writing structure has proved an effective tool in identifying expository text structure and helping writers organize essays The numerical values eliminate the writing jargon that varies from teacher to teacher and curriculum to curriculum Instead writers simply apply the implicit hierarchy of the number system to that of reading and writing Writers just seem to intuitively get the idea of a number system applied to their expository writing in essays One such writing program uses following number system 1 for the introductory strategies of an essay introduction for example a definition or a preview of the topic sentences 2 for the thesis statement that talks about the introduction strategies 3 for the topic sentences that talk about the thesis statement 4 for the major details that talk about the topic sentence 5 for the

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    t reschedule it try to delegate If you can t do either put it off for an hour or two and start writing Your writing is important The sooner you start conveying that to the people who request your time perhaps you ll find that more writing time happens naturally 15 I am too overcome by sadness grief rage or some other powerful emotion to write Perfect Use it Being overwhelmed with emotion is a great situation to be in as a writer There is a lot of raw power you can draw from and draw from it you will Try to convince yourself that putting this emotion down on the page will be great for your writing If that seems impossible find a friend that will understand your desire to channel your feelings into the written word We ll call this friend a writing buddy I was the writing buddy for my friend Adam during a tough break up He was devastated He couldn t eat or sleep but I forced him to write The result was a one man show that is currently being adapted into a full length film Putting true feeling into your work can carry you far Some obstacles aren t obstacles at all 16 I want to write I just don t feel like I m any good Prove it Prove to me that you aren t a good writer I can show you proof of the chinks in my armor I received a C in a poetry class a fiction teacher told me I shouldn t write fiction and I was mentioned in a newspaper review as saying I had co written a lemon of a script And yet I pressed on Why How I have yet to make my grand contribution I can feel that there is still something I can write that will mean something or last Maybe it s this website and maybe it s not I just know I m getting closer because I still want to write If you want to write then you should write If you don t feel like you have any talent but you still want to write then there must be some reason If you do not write you will never find that reason out If you have yet to test the waters you might as well jump in Talent and perceived talent are only a small part of the pie So I say dig in write and see what happens You know before I make another metaphor 17 I don t know how to write Take your favorite book or play and open to your most earmarked passage or scene Write something in the style of that scene With the same characters or your own creations When you ve finished read it out loud and chance anything that sounds weird Now repeat the same process with another scene Keep doing that until you feel comfortable starting from scratch If interested in non fiction do the same with a similar non fiction work And then you are a writer Start putting it on your business cards 18 I work so much There just aren t enough hours in the day 2 options Option 1 Change one of your jobs into something that will allow you to write Working in a library or as a receptionist at a less than busy office can make this possible Also finding something more passive like a website or some kind of investment can free up some time to write Option 2 Sleep less I started option two about a year ago and option one a couple of months ago They both have their positive and negative traits Option two has been more effective personally and both work best only if you have strong goals to support them I know that sacrificing sleep is negative for your health but I do plan on improving this aspect of my life in the future Making time for your writing often requires a sacrifice What is it gonna be 19 I don t have any ideas There are tons of free creative writing prompts out there on the Internet Several are at my website if you happen to go there 20 I have so much to say I can t get it all out at once Start small Just write a paragraph Or write an outline Don t let your wealth of ideas stop you You have the best kind of problem Just know that any work takes time But if you absolutely need to get it all out take a day off of work go to a café and bring a lot of paper I once wrote a screenplay in one day because it felt like it needed to come out of my head Why fight it Start writing In Conclusion Please please please write Don t let anything get in your way If you get stuck check back here and I ll try to get you through it Happy writing Oct 31 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on How to Use Writing Prompts How to Use Writing Prompts No matter how much or how often you write ideas can sometimes be hard to come by Turning to writing prompts can help Writing prompts will help you find writing ideas and get the writing process started There are several ways they can be used Here are some examples Whether you are writing an article or a story advertising copy or creating a slogan you can get ideas by doing some initial brainstorming Use a list of words and phrases for writing prompts Read the list and when you are attracted to a word or a phrase for whatever reason jot down a few sentences using it Keep doing this until you hit on something that has the right ring to it and pursue this line of thinking further by writing a few more sentences Then develop those sentences into a paragraph

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    create and write in whichever way it takes you That initial prompt gives the little boost you need to get the creative writing ideas flowing once more 2 Start small and keep it short Often we expect to be able to write 3 new chapters of our novel a day when the reality is we re struggling to string more than a couple of words together This expectation is only making the block more painful Instead put all major projects to one side pick something small different and experimental and see where it leads After building confidence with a few of these short projects work up to larger more ambitious ones again 3 Start an ideas journal The easiest way to keep creative ideas flowing to you like Niagara Falls is to capture them as soon as they come Use an ideas journal to write down ideas when they appear The more ideas you write down and capture the more will appear Your ideas journal will soon be overflowing with a diverse collection of new writing ideas you can t wait to explore 4 Detach from the outcome When you re focused on the end product of what you re writing and trying to come up with something perfect it s easy to lose sight of the enjoyment of writing Pick a new project and have no expectation of how it will turn out Simple write freely whatever comes to you You ll come up with some gems of ideas as well as reconnecting with the pure enjoyment and adventure of writing freely and easily 5 Take a few creative field trips Visit places you ve always wanted to or places full of inspiration that stimulate your senses Whether this for you is a walk into the depths of a forest or a trip to an art gallery or bookshop you ll be surrounded with ideas and new possible directions in which to write Take your ideas journal see tip 3 to record all your ideas for future development These are 5 top tips to help rejuvenate your creative writing starting today Which one are you going to start using first Oct 29 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on One Writer s Writing Journal One Writer s Writing Journal The words writer s journal can mean something different to every writer Some of us use one to jot down ideas and characters Others use theirs to keep a detailed account of their days Still others well you get the picture There are many books and articles on the subject each one giving you the details for keeping one But what kind I ve read many books and articles on the subject Keep a writing journal they tell me it ll help improve your writing So I would try to keep one I d go and buy a new blank journal And I d promise myself that this time I would write in it faithfully every day Maybe I d make it

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    are your weapons Being aware of why it s happening will help you take counter measures The counter measure must always be some writing It doesn t matter what you write as long as you write something You ve got to tip the scales in favor of writing So don t wait till you can write something good Just write 3 Don t believe the voice of doom The voice of doom which you can hear inside your mind whenever you try to write is part of the sabotage I call it the voice of doom because it makes your chances of becoming the writer you want to be sound ominous Learning to recognize the voice of doom and remembering that it s only there to test you can be enormously powerful With this knowledge you can keep writing whenever the voice arrives on the scene Keep writing because you must make it to the other side Imagine yourself on a perilous rickety footbridge above a huge chasm with a dragon belching flames at your feet On the other side of the chasm is paradise Fix your eyes on creative paradise and keep writing 4 Give yourself permission to be less than scintillating If you haven t been writing very much lately you can t expect yourself to be a Hemingway as soon as you sit down to write something Hemingway and other masters like him become good through practicing the craft Any master will tell you that a good writer has many ugly first drafts under his belt Loosen up and just write Everything can be fixed in the rewrites A first draft should be born of passion and love for your story not the harsh taskmaster of perfection 5 Can t write it Write next to it Writers who sit almost bleeding anxiety as they stare at the screen and wonder how to begin could do one thing differently and change their entire experience Instead of writing what you should be writing even if it s the novel you ve always dreamed of starting and today is the deadline for when you said you d sit down and start try writing something you feel less committed to first There are many writing prompts available in books and on the Internet Take a writing prompt and just let yourself write It doesn t have to be good It just has to be written The more you write using writing prompts where you won t feel a huge commitment to it like you do with your novel the more you ll loosen up Using writing prompts also means you don t have to think of what to write The prompt will provide you with the idea The key to overcoming self doubt as a writer is to write more than you ve ever written before This is the road to confidence as a writer and this is also the way to improve as a writer Improving takes practice And improving will help boost your confidence Use the 5 steps given above to create a positive upward spiral And remember that a little bit can go a long way added up over time Let yourself take baby steps Often Oct 29 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on Creative Writing Prompts How to Get Into the Habit of Daily Writing Creative Writing Prompts How to Get Into the Habit of Daily Writing The main job of the writer is to write A more popular notion is of course that the writer just lounges around all day drinking coffee at quaint cafes and attending parties in the evenings and while many writers wish it were so it is actually not Because to be successful as a writer you need to write and write daily In other words if you want to succeed as a writer you need to get into the habit of daily writing because it is only in this way that you will get enough writing practice to be able to write well and get published But how can one start writing daily True enough inspiration is not something that comes in abundance but there are many tricks to fix that problem I am of course talking about doing creative writing exercises There are many books out there full of exercises in many forms to help you get your writing into shape These normally deal with all the important areas of creative writing such as setting characterization plot point of view and more These sort of creative writing exercises are perfect for when you want to hone your skills at all these separate parts of a fiction piece of writing but perhaps not so useful when you just want to write something anything And the perfect way to achieve this is through the so called creative writing prompts Creative writing prompts can be in the form of random words random phrases or so called story starter sentences The main idea behind this form of creative writing exercises is that you are given a set of words or phrases or a whole sentence and you are supposed to use them all to write a story or a poem It is as simple as that Perhaps you are thinking that it can t be so simple that there is no way that a few random words or a sentence can possibly help you get over your writer s block and get the words to flow freely Well all I can say to that is Try it and you will see So if you want to get your writing into shape get over that writer s block or you simply want to have some fun writing I strongly suggest you give creative writing prompts a try You will thank me later Oct 29 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on Writing Every Day Why It s Important Writing Every Day Why It s Important Writing every day is so important Not only is it a great way

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    this item Start off with It started off as An exercise like this requires you to do a little research as well as examining your own motives and feelings Use the following words caressed pressed recessed stressed and messed Start with While I was surfing the web Fiction writing exercises are everywhere your own imagination is your only limit Have fun be creative and start writing Oct 29 2014 Uncategorized Comments Off on More Writing Exercises More Writing Exercises Teachers give various writing exercises to develop the writing skills of students More than this writing teachers find unique ways of enhancing writing prompts Students have to be open to challenges to contribute fresh ideas to the class Anyone to write needs profound thoughts and interesting intellectual reactions Critics though and philosophers are more on word play These areas are writing related but require another arm of discipline The writer on the other hand must write He she must write and weave words to make a good sentence and amazing painful hammering of the brain Editing checking should come after finishing the draft Sir Tony Perez a noted playwright shared to us his students many creative writing exercises In his class every Friday there was an exciting surprise for everyone We d all giggle with what came to the class Many writing exercises highlighted past lives like figuring out childhood memories and those that described the writer s personalities Of course we needed to have some writing rituals Writers have different rituals These prompts squeeze creative juices The teacher was more of the dramatic aspect of writing because our class involved drama and dialogues There was never a boring moment with Sir Tony Perez He was efficient and very responsible Despite what other students think about some of those exercises I believed it was for harnessing the writer s creative ideas The teacher told us I deem responsibility to my students He was truly adorable just like a second parent Check this out 1 Know the value of colors What works for you in different aspects of time and situations 2 Learn different defense mechanisms in this way you can relate to the mind This exercise relates to the field of Psychology 3 What s your favorite song Sing in front of the class even if you have a squeaking voice This is close to acting roles 4 What fairy tales can you remember The class had a long list and burst of argumentations 5 The car exercise What kind of car are you This one also directs to ESL classrooms and Basic English classes Adjectives and comparisons will be used carefully Most writers have profound thoughts and when each classmate described each one there was a feeling of a strong common bond in the class positive negative adjectives In the end we all played and studied well The experience in that class and those writing exercises are forever etched in me I could call it truly one writing workshop because

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