I've been intrigued by Bullet Journaling since I first heard about it last August. The person who conceived of the system, Ryder Carroll, explains it very well on the web site, so I won't try to give a full run down here. Essentially Bullet Journaling is a system for keeping track of your daily tasks and notes using a pen and notebook.
Markdown has arrived on WordPress.com! Some of you may respond with "Finally!" Others might be asking, "what's that?" Markdown is a quick way to add formatted text without writing out any HTML.
Let's take a closer look. Here is an example of how Markdown looks while editing a post:
This is how that same example looks in the Reddle theme after it's converted to HTML:
Fear is the most important tool in any writer's toolbox. Fear is the beating heart of conflict, no matter the genre. Fear of death. Fear of losing love, not finding love, not recognizing love. Fear of change. Fear of remaining the same. In Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novella The Road, the story was less about a fear of death and more about the fear of survival…
Cursive is an art. It's woven into the very fabric of the US constitution. Yet, everywhere we look, it's literally being written out of existence. Like a sandcastle built at the edge of the sea, with each crashing wave, the strokes of cursive are slowly fading away.
Once at the very heart of public school education, cursive is aggressively being replaced by computer classes.
The individual scene is the cell in the body of your story. But your overall story structure is the life's blood of your scenes. Where many writers lose momentum -- myself included -- is finding the synergy between the cell and the blood, between the scene and the structure.
In September 1813 Jane Austen was staying with her brother Henry at his Henrietta Street address in Covent Garden, along with their brother Edward, his daughter Fanny and two of Fanny’s younger sisters. On the 16th Jane wrote to her sister Cassandra, ‘We are now all four of us young Ladies sitting around the Circular Table in the inner room writing our Letters, while the two Brothers are having a comfortable coze in the room adjoining.’
1. Paint It Black by Janet Fitch
This was one of those books I read as I entered my 20’s and have the tendency to re-read at least once a year. It follows a young woman whose boyfriend commits suicide and the weird path she goes down trying to piece it all together. Fitch is a fantastic writer who likes to use California as a backdrop to women figuring themselves out.
Writers can use these 12 Archetypes to create characters
The 12 Common Archetypes by Carl Golden
The twelve archetypes are divided into ego types, self types, and soul types.
1) The Four Ego Types
1. The Innocent
Motto: Free to be you and me
Core desire: to get to paradise
Goal: to be happy
Greatest fear: to be punished for doing something bad or wrong…
Here’s a fun way to start your novel — collaging. I explain the process in this post:
Free write elements for your collage
Free writing is simple to do – I like to think of it as free form brainstorming.
Here’s how to free write. Set a timer for five minutes, and start writing. It doesn’t matter much what you write. The results of a particular free writing session aren’t important.
Collaging is a wonderful way to start your book. You’ll find that it also helps to keep you inspired, and on track. My students love this process; I hope you do, too.
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