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The Postcard Dilemma

resize_400x400_seniI love postcards. I’m a fan in general of souvenirs but nine times out of ten or even 99/100 if I buy anything at all, it’s postcards. When I travel, I tend to get postcards everywhere then spend my time in the evenings at local bars or coffee shops (or on trains or busses) writing them out and sending them from my next stop.  Continue reading

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The death of reading is threatening the soul – The Washington Post

So there was this article a few weeks back in The Washington Post: The death of reading is threatening the soul. Pretty heady stuff. Their subhead is Commitment to reading is an ongoing battle.

And I read it at a most opportune time.  Continue reading

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The Shape of Stories

I use the Vonnegut clip which ends this piece all the time in writing classes. It’s fascinating in that we absolutely canmap the arc, but it’s the details where it all gets interesting.

Plus, they use a Čiurlionis image in the header, which is just cool!

Source: The Six Main Stories, As Identified by a Computer – The Atlantic

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ZEN PENCILS » 207. STEPHEN KING: The desk

officeGavin at Zen Pencils does some really amazing work. I’ve shared his stuff before and I’m sure I will again. This time it’s about writing and its importance in the life of the writer.

Source: ZEN PENCILS » 207. STEPHEN KING: The desk

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Police Sketches of 5 Literary Characters Based on Their Book Descriptions | Mental Floss

Here’s what your favorite book characters would look like in real life. Something to think about when writing physical descriptions.

Source: Police Sketches of 5 Literary Characters Based on Their Book Descriptions | Mental Floss

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ZEN PENCILS » 193. JACK KIRBY: Hero worship

Always a big fan of Zen Pencils, and this time he’s taken on the words of Jack “King” Kirby  (there’s a great YouTube documentary about him which starts here).

It’s a great place to get inspiration on a Sunday morning.

Source: ZEN PENCILS » 193. JACK KIRBY: Hero worship

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BBC – Culture – The language rules we know – but don’t know we know

Mark Forsyth tasted internet fame this week when a passage from a book he wrote went viral. He explains more language secrets that native speakers know without knowing.

Source: BBC – Culture – The language rules we know – but don’t know we know

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Must remember this…

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And here’s Dan Harmon’s much longer way of saying the same thing.

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Periodic Table of Storytelling

I love learning about writing. I love how there’s “theory” for creative processes. Makes me laugh when it all gets winnowed down to a base formula. That said, the TV Trope website is great for looking up things which have been done to death as well as learning new phrases for old ideas.

Here, a designer named James Harris uses the TV Tropes site and ideas to give us the basic building blocks with his Periodic Table of Storytelling. If you need inspiration for a new piece of fiction, all you have to do is combine elements like a chemist and add your own spin to things. It’s like alchemy when it works. 

Of course, when it doesn’t, no harm no foul, right? You learned something in the process. And hopefully, you had fun doing it. 

 

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