Sunday, February 28, 2016

“Any man may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as a writer.” — Ray Bradbury

Friday, February 26, 2016

“Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.” —Salvador Dali

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Weak words you should take out of Creative writing

"So" and "That" are often weak words that can often be omitted in sentences. 
Mother shouted for me to come downstairs.  When I came down, she told me that my brother, Jim, was going to camp with us.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Great site for Writers  great site if you need writing advice or critique. You post your appropriate question and you will receive an answer straight to your email.  Your questions will also be rated on how could of a question it is, keeping in mind that you researched a possible answer before you asked the question.

“A classic is something everybody talks about and nobody has read.” — Mark Twain

Using -Ing words in writing

If you're concerned that you're using too many, then after you're done your first draft, go back and search for any -ing words. Replace them at least half the time. So:
I couldn’t help thinking to myself, who is this woman on the phone? And if it’s not Burns’ mother then why does she want to speak with Burns? Monica’s purse rattled again and I walked back out to the living room to find her sitting down. She took out what I believed was a handheld tape recorder. “Oops,” she said, and placed the item back in her purse.
Your -ing verbs are continuous action; your -ed verbs are completed actions. Consider where you can finish an action and change those.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“I am faced with a stark choice between being a bad correspondent and being a good novelist.” — Neal Stephenson

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Humorous Authors

Friday, February 5, 2016

“It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.” — Isaac Asimov

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Party Line Phones in Early Decades

I came across a research site, I'm using for Party line Phones

How to describe sounds

I came across a site that helps writers describe sound.

Audra Wolowiec’s beautiful blog Lineforms.
bang, bark, beep, bellow, blare, blast, bleat, bong, boom, bray, buzz, cackle, cheep, chime, clack, clank, clap, clatter, clink, cluck, clunk, crack, crackle, crash, creak, dingdong, drop, drumming, fizz, glug, gnashing, gobble, grating, growl, grumble, gurgle, hiss, hoot, howl, hum, jingle, jangle, kachink, knock, mew, moan, mod, murmur, neigh, patter, peal, peep, pop, power, pounding, pulsing, purr, put-put, rap, rat-a-tat, rattle, ring, rippling, roar, rumble, rushing, rustle, scream, scrunch, shriek, sizzle, slam, snap, snarl, snort, splash, sputter, squawk, squeal, squish, stamp, swish, swoosh, tap, tattoo, tearing, throb, thud, thump, thunder, tick, tick-tock, tinkle, toot, trill, twang, twitter, wail, wheeze, whine, whir, whisper, yap, yelp, zap

“A writer's natural voice comes from practice, from writing a lot, and trusting that you have something to say.” — Harriet Rubin, former Doubleday editor


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