• How to Start Writing Process

    How to Start Writing Process

    Writing is all about sharing information with other people. Unless you’re writing in a private journal or diary or something like that, but this isn’t private. Lately I’ve been thinking about the best ways to get into the right mood to start writing; you know, how to start the writing process. I have a few things I do when I want to write so I can maximize my output and do more. That’s important today because video media is getting more attention than ever. If you’re writing for other people then you need to write well and these are tips for doing that.

    Becoming better at writing is all about practice. It’s just like anything else. If you want to get better at something then you need to keep doing it until you learn it inside and out, until you’re confident in what you’re doing because you know what you’re doing. As a good exercise, I recommend looking up synonyms for words you already know. When you are writing for other people, you want to provide something without many repeated words. By knowing several different ways to say the same thing, you can keep readers interested in your message.

    It also helps to be interested in what you’re writing. This shouldn’t be too surprising, but writers tend to take a greater interest in those subjects that interest them the most, so they learn more about them and understand them better than most. I’m not saying I’m an expert on too many things, but I do like talking to people, so I’ve learned how to do that well. I’ve also found that writing things out beforehand and practicing speeches has made it easier to deliver those speeches in front of a crowd later. That’s one of the things I’m most grateful for learning from my one speech class.

    It’s not necessary to be interested in a subject to write about it though. If you are willing to take some time to create an outline before you start writing, you can organize your thoughts before you begin writing and make it easier to create the content without stumbling. I’ve found that picking out the points I want to make and then plotting points for them in sentences or paragraphs throughout a piece makes it easier for me to write. I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to say next because I already know what I’m going to say next.

    Once you start the writing process, you need to state your points plainly, so anyone reading can understand the information you are trying to pass along. If you are reporting on a topic, try not to include any bias in what you’re saying. Give people an objective view of the situation you’re trying to tell them about and be honest. If you are trying to argue a particular point, it might be better to make your speech more aggressive. This goes back to writing about things that interest you – people usually make better arguments for things they genuinely understand and really want.

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  • Practical Ways to Become a Better Writer

    Practical Ways to Become a Better Writer

    If you’re looking for practical ways into becoming a better writer, then I’ve got just the post for you. Lately I’ve been thinking about more specific tips about how somebody could write better about any given subject, and a few things have come to mind. There are definitely steps you can take to become a better writer and I’m going to outline some of them here, but one or two of them will probably seem obvious to most readers. That’s ok with me – it means I can still give most people one or two things to think about.

    My first and best tip is also the one that will take the most time and effort to reap rewards from. I recommend you seek out the works of great writers from our past and read through them for yourself. Don’t just limit yourself to one age or country either; read books from all over the world, from authors of many different backgrounds. If you were to focus on American writers alone, you would never discover Franz Kafka. If you were to focus on German writers alone, you would never discover George Orwell. Read, I say! And read a lot. I try to manage a few pages of something every trip to the bathroom.

    Expanding your knowledge base like this will teach you about perspectives from all around the world. It can give you insights into times and places that are long in our past. This is one of the reasons I am a huge history buff, and that’s my next tip, or suggestion really. Study your history. There is a lot that every writer can learn by just looking at the history of the world surrounding them. World history is a broader subject that’s also worth studying, but understanding where you come from is important to understand where you’re going if you ask me.

    Maybe you’re not writing a blog post or educational article or report at all. I know a lot of writing is about entertainment too. If that’s what you’re doing, then you’ll want to write out character bios, scenes, events and interactions beforehand. Plot things out ahead of time. I already mentioned that above, but this is especially important to people writing for entertainment purposes. Your jokes will need to be good and relevant to get laughs from your audience, and that’s just one example of how planning ahead like this can help.

    My last practical way to become a better writer would have to be to accept the fact you can write badly. I write badly all the time. I don’t usually send out first drafts of my work; usually I’ve read over an article several times, made some edits and revisions, changed some words around and rewritten entire sentences before I post something. If you want to become a great writer, accept that you can also be a bad writer, then write and be willing to look over what you’ve written and make the necessary corrections. Regular revisions will make your work better overall as you avoid mistakes in the future.

  • Positive Benefits of Writing

    Positive Benefits of WritingI know that writing has some specific benefits for me, and I don’t want to act like it works the same for everyone who does it, but I also know I can outline some positive benefits of writing without excluding too many people. Some of these are so simple that everyone will understand them: a great example is writing down a recipe for preparing food so you can make the same meal again later. It’s such a commonsense idea that many people don’t think of it when wondering about benefits of writing, but that’s just the first example I have of many.

    One of the greatest benefits of writing for me has always been creating physical records of events that I can use to look stuff up later. I’m talking about accounting for one – keeping track of the money I make and how I make it, the money I spend and how I spend it. It’s a great way to look at wasteful things I’m dumping money into and cut them out, as well as look at the things I’m doing that are making me the most money so I can keep doing them. I think everyone should write out their finances in some way, maybe in a spreadsheet or text document if words work better for you.

    There are other benefits to writing too. It’s not something I tell too many of my friends about, but I like to write up character evaluations of the people I meet. Those used to be very popular in China during the late Han period, around 190 AD. I find they are very useful for pointing out the good and bad things I see in people before I get to know them too well and my judgments get muddied up by friendship. I hate to admit it, but I’m human too, and knowing people for a long time makes me tend to side with them.

    I’ve found that writing often helps one to be a better writer, just like practicing anything else tends to make a person better at doing that thing. But unlike most activities, being a better writer also makes a person better at communicating verbally with people. A better understanding of words, proper speech and the language being spoken makes it much easier for a writer to speak the language well. This benefit may take some time to become apparent for those just learning a new language, but writing the words will absolutely help you speak the words better.

    To be honest, much of the writing I’ve done has been to express gratitude to people. To interviewers for seeing me about a job I wanted, or employers for finally picking me to fill those jobs. I’ve thanked many people in my life for the good things they’ve done for me, and I’ve found that one great benefit of writing is that I can thank those people in an effective way. If you want to tell someone you appreciate what they’ve done for you, don’t just buy a card from a store. You can make a powerful, personal statement with your own words.

  • 14-Day Creative Writing Plan That Surely Works

    Writing something worth publishing doesn’t come easy. There are days when you can chunk out a book in a day but there are more days when you simply can’t start to write. This is one of the most common frustrations that many writers surely face. I, too, have found myself caught in this situation.

    Most of the time, you just have to restart your engine to produce some great pieces. I’ve done many ways to counter this writer’s block and one of the best exercises is this 14-day plan of simple writing exercises. Give this plan a try and you’ll be amazed at how it can help keep your creativity up without needing too much time.

    Go read this plan and you’ll be impressed at what you can actually do in just as short as half a month. If you’re even lucky, you can even write something that prominent publishing houses will die to have.

    Day 1: Write 10 book titles that randomly come to your mind. Don’t think of any genre.

    Day 2: Imagine a character with the personal attributes of someone close to you, but the physical description of someone you don’t really know of.

    Day 3: Create a setting that is derived from the best place or the first out-of-the-country you’ve ever been to.

    Day 4: Experience something that you’ve never tried as a kid but really wanted to try. I’ve tried trampolining and even looked for the best trampolines for adults.

    Day 5: Compose a letter to an agent that tells her how great you are.

    Day 6: Select three books in your bookshelf. Pick one chapter from each of the books. Take the first line of the first book, the second line of the next, and the last line of the last book. Create a short story out of these combined lines. The story should not be more than 1000 words.

    Day 7: Write a letter addressed to your old self telling him what he needs to be in the next five years.

    Day 8: Rewrite a folk tale that you knew by heart or have heard as a kid; but this time from the perspective of the bad guys.

    Day 9: Watch the TV. Write the first sentence that you hear and compose an essay or story based on it.

    Day 10: Turn a memorable experience in your life into a short poetry.

    Day 11: Go to the park or a coffee shop and eavesdrop on a conversation. Write a love story out of the details that you’ve heard.

    Day 12: Try any active endeavor and write about the amazing physical experience. Again, here I’ve written about my first time using the trampolines that I’ve read about at http://trampolinify.com/.

    Day 13: Write the people whom you would like to thank should you ever publish a book or get awarded with a literary award.

    Day 14: Gather all that you’ve written throughout this half-month writing plan. Choose your favorite. Edit and polish it. You can post it in your blog or write a book. You might even have the publisher go and check your work.

    Finally always be proud of your work!

  • Top 5 US States to Visit

    Since the US is so massive, it is really easy to find somewhere in the US that you like. If you’re not a cold weather person, go to the West Coast and get some sun in California! Tired of the heat? Head over to the Midwest or Northeast, or try Alaska! But there are 5 states that stand out above the rest that you need to visit for SURE. Here we go!

    1. Nevada

    Nevada is an odd state. For most part it is barren desert, then Las Vegas is smack in the middle of all the boringness. But there are a few interesting destinations in Nevada that are NOT Vegas! For example, you have Zion National Park. This is a region of the US untouched by development, left only for animals and occasional hikers to visit. It’s stunning, and should be a part of everyone’s US journey.

    1. Florida

    There is so much to do in Florida, it’s hard to know where to start. First let’s get the obvious out of the way: the beaches. There are all kinds of places in Florida to go to the beach, from the massive beaches of Miami to the smaller ones in the panhandle. If you like the party scene, try out some of the bigger beaches! If you’re more of a private person, consider going to a smaller, more intimate one! If you want to go to Disneyworld or Universal Studios or Harry Potter World, you’re in luck! Just visit the Orlando Area and you’re set to go!

    1. Maine

    The fall scenery IS all it’s cracked up to be. The maple trees and beautiful scenery is worth the trip to Maine, and believe me it IS a long trip. It’s as far in the Northeast as you can get in the US. But the trip is fully worth it if you can afford the time! Because at most times of the year the accommodations aren’t too expensive. It’s the perfect place to walk your dog too, so be sure to stock up on toys from Dogs Rant!

    1. New York

    New York has all kinds of beautiful buildings and sights to see, and Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum are both amazing no matter what time of year it is. There are also all kinds of businesses there; I was able to take my dog and get a high-quality, very informative dog DNA test done for my mixed breed dog. Also be sure and see the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center!

    1. California

    And here we are: best state in the US. Do you like beaches? You’re covered. Do you like ethnic food from all over the world? Covered. Disneyland? Covered. Cali has something for everyone! It’s also one of the best places in the US for Hispanic heritage, so try some authentic Latin American food! If you can only visit one state in the US, visit Cali. You will NOT regret it; you’ll have an amazing time!

  • Looking For Books To Read This Winter? Here Are My 3 Winter Must-Reads

    Winter is not always the best time of the year, at least for me (and others) who finds much inspiration from the sun and warm weather.

    Although some people look forward to this season, I find winter days to be sluggish and boring. The days seem longer and the nights lonelier. While others prepare for the cold season by picking the best ski brands and booking trips to the best ski resorts, I scour bookstores and look for the best books to read for the most tranquil time of the year.

    The cold weather offers a perfect excuse to stay inside and catch up on all the great reads that you have had no chance to read in the past months. It’s the time of the year when you just want to stay in and wait for sun to be back. Like a bear hibernating and waiting to wake up for spring.

    Here are some great titles to read this wintertime:

    1. The Goldfinch by Donna Tarrt

    This 2014 Pultizer Prize book retells the story of Theo, who tragically loses his mother in the opening chapters of the novel. This coming of age novel is a story of hard kept secrets and art theft. It weaves the themes of love, friendship and loss into one impeccable literature. The novel is seamlessly written with great quotes to ponder upon.

    It’s set in New York during the frigid months, although there are some events take place in warm Las Vegas.

    1. The Castle by Franz Kafka

    This classic is arguably Kafka’s best and most emotional piece. Metamorphoses and The Trial have their own depth and complicated sadness, but not as poignant as this unfathomable novel. Set in a mysterious castle in a snowy environ, the novel revolves around K who is a Land Surveyor. He is sent to the castle by someone unknown for some unknown purposes. As he tries to complete his work, K always ended up with frustrations – over and over again. The novel presents you with questions and pushes you to confront yourself.

    1. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

    Winter is the best time to read this heart-breaking memoir that retells the life of a young doctor from a promising neurosurgeon to a terminal cancer patient. Dr. Paul Kalanithi, 36, is suddenly forced to adjust his role from being a healer into a patient after being diagnosed with an inoperable lung cancer. The memoir is inherently sad, perfect for the dark winter season.

    I can’t wait to curl up and start reading each of these books! Reading these books is just as great as gliding down the frozen mountain slopes while using the one of the ski brands reviewed on this site!

    There are still a many novels and books on my bucket list that I would surely read this winter season. For sure, it will be another exciting winter reading season for me.

    How about you? What’s on your winter must-read list?

  • 3 Essential Benefits of Traveling for Writers

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    Travel has long been considered a visceral and direct way of feeding the mind and the soul. Moving around, experiencing new things and seeing unfamiliar places impact not only ones perspective but the entire way one sees the world. It lets you see the world in an entirely different lens.

    As writers, we can benefit from traveling every now and then. This I experienced firsthand when I once joined my cousin on a cross-border trip in Europe. He works for an ltl shipping company which allows him to travel across different countries.

    We spent a month travelling on large cargo truck – where I gained a lot of new experiences. Throughout the trip, I was working on a piece. The entire travel benefited me in several ways that include:

    1. Travel helps improve the plot, characters and the entire literary piece.

    When you travel, you meet different people from all walks of life. You interact with them in the most natural way, allowing you to see the genuine human character – his frailties and strengths. These experiences allow you to give insight and depth into the characters of your literary piece.

    Creating characters that are genuine and reflect the real world is a great plus for your literary pieces.  Having said that, it’s essential to directly lift these elements of humanity and put it into your compositions. By travelling, you get to see how people live their lives.

    Immersing into new cultures also allows you to get a glimpse of these people’s fears, hopes, and interests that you can use when writing the entire piece. These experiences are crucial and can never be replaced with mere creativity and imagination.

    1. Travel helps calm your stress.

    3-essential-benefits-of-traveling-for-writers-1You might think that my experience travelling on a full truck load transport would be stressful. Think again. On the contrary, I find the entire experience stress-relieving. When you are in a new place, you can completely forget about your worries and stressors. You feel comforted being free from all the complexities that your everyday life brings on you. You can clear your mind and see life in a more relaxed way.

    For writers, untangling your mind from all of these worries can have a profound impact. It can open up your creativity and find new inspirations that you would hardly think of. Not to mention, managing these stressors is also helpful in improving your health.

    1. Travel gives you new inspirations.

    Perhaps, the best benefit of traveling for writers is that this experience can give you fresh inspiration for your literary pieces. There are a lot of amazing things to experience around the world. The people, cultures, sceneries and lots more can provide an abundant source of insights that you can write about. You can even start writing about your travel experience – who knows you might be inspired to write a travelogue.

    I’ve always considered travelling as a great way to refresh from the mundane life. It’s a therapy that every writer should take regularly. If you’ve run out of a good creative input, traveling can save the day!

  • 9 Things Enormously Successful Writers Never Do

    Some of you may wonder why some writers are more successful than many? Is there such a secret formula to success in our industry?

    Over the recent years, I’ve had the chance to work with some outstanding people in the field of writing – bloggers, authors, copywriters, etc. Each one has proven their worth and has charted their own name in this rather crowded profession. And I’ve learnt several interesting things.

    One thing that is common among these great writers is that they see to it that everything gets done despite their hectic schedule. And this is possible because they have developed good practices and habits that they diligently follow every single day.

    Their good habits include being disciplined about not doing some things.

    Here are some things I’ve learned from highly productive writers that you can start doing today:

    1. Never pursue perfection. While it is true that most of us attempt to achieve perfection, the reality is that being fixated with perfection is a complete waste of time. There is no such thing as perfect in this world – everything comes with uncertainties and complexities. Instead of focusing so much on perfection, learn to accept some errors and you’ll achieve more.
    2. Never end the day with a disorganized work space. Unless you are someone who embraces disarray or anarchy, which is rather unusual, keeping your work space always neat and clean can help free up your mind, ready for the next day’s work. Having a box or pallet collar like the ones you can read about at Kronus collars, can help make cleaning a lot easier. You can easily toss up unnecessary stuff in a large box in the office.
    3. Never get distracted. In our age where there is a whole world of distraction, it’s easy to get out of focus. Train your mind to concentrate on things that move you toward your goal or purpose. If an action, thought or thing hinders you towards that goal, stop it. Some of the best writers I know have laser focus.
    4. Never let negativity win. Negative people always abound. These nasty people are all around you. And their negativity is contagious. The most successful writers are those who are very stubborn to all these negativity. They never let negative people pull them off track.
    5. Never be limited by what others say. Highly successful writers do not depend on the decision, opinion or views of other people. They decide the course of their career and responsible for whatever the consequences. It is their personal values and convictions that they follow.
    6. Never let past failures define them. Acceptance of our mistakes is critical if you want to advance your career. It’s useless to cry over spilled milk. Learn from your failures, overcome them, and be better as you soldier on. Turn your mistakes into steppingstones toward your goal.
    7. Never stop learning, growing and innovating. When you stop learning, that’s the time you fail. Find a time in your day for study time or personal growth. Invest on reading and staying abreast with the new trends in the field of writing. Enormously successful writers are those who are committed to their craft and its advancement. Always stay open to new ideas, innovations, opinions and opportunities. What you learn will forever be part of who you are as an individual.

    What bad habits do you have as a writer? Refuse these habits now and start creating productive ones today!

  • Four of the Best Martial Arts Novel Writers: Be Sure to Read Their Works!

    A friend of mine, who is an oriental martial arts instructor, asked me to write a biography of his life. He was thinking of something to gift himself for his twentieth year as a martial arts instructor. Already tired of getting martial arts paraphernalia, combat suits like those you can see at http://goodbye.ninja/, being the most common, he really wanted something unique and he can be truly proud of.

    The idea of having a book written about his adventures (and misadventures) is actually his wife’s. He wanted it too. And being a close friend, who knew much about his life, he thought of having me write a book. With much delight, I accepted it as a challenge!

    He wanted to novelize his life as a martial artist. It’s a challenging genre that I have never actually treaded before. So, I had to find some of the best writers and novelists in the martial arts fiction genre. Here are the top five martial arts novel authors I’ve found:

    1. Kylie Chan

    It’s quite peculiar for a woman to write about martial arts. But Kylie Chan proved it can be done. Under this author’s name is a long list of martial arts novel books, many of which have landed the bestsellers section of local and international bookstores. Some of her popular novels include Heaven to Wudang, Hell to Heaven, White Tiger and The Longshot. Her novels have some of the most riveting plots I’ve ever read. The action scenes are perfectly captured in words.

    1. John J. Donohue

    Deshi, Kage: The Shadow: A Connor Burke Martial Arts Thriller, Sensei, and Tengu: The Mountain Goblin are just a few books that bear John Donohue’s name. A karateka and kendoka, Donohue is considered a big wig in the martial arts circle.

    His over three decades of martial arts experience coupled with academic life enables him to produce martial arts literary works both in fiction and non-fiction formats. His works include the Connor Burke series: Sensei, Deshi, Tengu, and Kage.

    1. Erika Krouse

    A self-professed “awful poet,” Erika Krouse transitioned from poetry to fiction. She has earned accolades for her work, Come Up and See Me Sometime. But it was her novel, Contenders, that is actually in the martial arts field. She does a fantastic job, depicting vividly what’s happening in the story.

    1. Eric Van Lustbader

    Eric Van Lustbader has published over twenty-five novels (bestsellers at that!). Most iconic of which is The Ninja which introduces Nicholas Linnear – one of the modern fiction’s enduring and most beloved heroes. The novel was turned into major motion pictures. But his more popular works include the new Jason Bourne Series. A teacher by profession, it’s amazing how he can conceptualize exhilarating tales of martial arts adventure.

    Before I worked on my friend’s biography, I made sure to read the works of these great writers. I’ve found them very helpful especially on how to make the story enticing for readers.

  • A Writer’s Guide in Writing a Classical Music Concert Review

    Writing a review about a concert is not uncommon especially to music lovers.

    These reviews are helpful not just for the writer to express his thoughts and feelings about a concert; it also gives other people a chance to experience (at least in their imagination) the vibe of the concert. Some concert review sites even go further giving helpful information about upcoming concerts.

    Apart from writing your experience and thoughts about the event, it is also important to pay attention to the manner of writing. This is a critical element that makes a review more interesting to the readers.

    In reviewing classical music, a number of literary pointers must not be bypassed. However, reviewing such genre should not be intimidating and must be relatable to anyone, even those who have limited background in music. Keep in mind that reviewing a concert is just like a sharing of experience.

    Here are some tips to write a classical music concert review:

    1. Describe the setting.

    Give all details you remember so that the reader can somehow visualize the actual setting in concert. State the date, venue, ambiance of the place, stage and audience area design, size and type of audience etc. This way you make your reader feel as if present in the live concert.

    1. Be transparent.

    Before you start elaborating on your insights, clarify where you are coming from.

    1. For someone who does not have a formal background in classical music, this means uttering a disclaimer that all comments that will be mentioned come from an outsider. Do not talk about technicalities in music that you are not well-knowledgeable of. It is advisable for beginners to focus on the overall emotional impact of the music played by the performers.
    2. For usual concert-goers, comparing bands or orchestras may be acceptable especially for those who have previously watched other groups’ performance. Doing so helps you distinguish the difference between two separate groups of performers. Comparing two different performance from one group is also good. Changes in style, composition or instruments used may be observed.
    3. For professional musicians, reviews may probably be more technical compare to the previous ones. You can concentrate on the minute details that may not be obvious to the general public. But remember to write in such a way that is easily understandable to everyone. Make use of words that are familiar to them. Name the instruments used by the orchestra whether they are wind, percussion or string instruments. You can also point to other websites to give your readers a view of what the instrument looks like. For instance, http://windplays.com/ has several useful reviews of different wind musical instruments. Treat the review as a way of educating other people about music.
    1. Mean what you say.

    It is okay to have your own opinion, be confident and stand by it. Reading reviews with definite remarks is a lot more convincing compared to those unsure comments. Other people will always have their own opinions, so might as well make yours.

    1. Catch your reader’s attention.

    To keep your reader’s attention on your review, be ready to put apply your sense of humor on your way of writing. Not only in reviews, is keeping the attention of the readers every writer’s goal. Try your best to entertain your reader.

    Finally, make sure to provide your readers a good ending for the review. Conclude whether or not the concert is worth watching. Wrap it up with a recommendation.

  • Some Of The Best Kept Secrets for Writing About Music

    It is easy to understand that music junkies are all over the globe. Music has continuously evolved and improved to new genres. Other people subscribe to music magazines for years trying to keep themselves updated about the music industry. Internet and social media also became another platform for musicians and other artists to promote their music to the public besides the traditional television and radio stations.

    Print media however is still alive and effective in publicizing music and its artists. Each of the countries has their own magazines that are specifically dedicated to music. Some of the most famous and internationally acclaimed magazines as Q, Uncut and Mojo. These three are known for featuring old school jam and rock bands. Bands that arose during the 1960s and hippie era compose most of their headlines.

    These magazines deliver a good job in disseminating the love for music yet hold a lot of areas for improvement that will catch the attention of this new generation of music lovers. Listed below are helpful tips in writing music blogs:

    1. Always use a scratch pad. Bring a scratch paper where initial thoughts and ideas can be jot in. It is highly recommended to note ideas while they are still fresh to avoid forgetting about them completely. Putting them into right words can be done later.
    2. Do not concentrate on one genre. It is not unusual to have a favorite genre but listening to various types of music is a learning experience. Knowing about the what-abouts of other genres widens musical knowledge. Moving away from one’s comfort zone is such a challenge but being exposed to other genres is an advantage in writing about music.
    3. Learn how to play a musical instrument. Actually learning how to play a musical instrument may be challenging at first, but doing so offers a lot of benefits. It stimulates the inner musician of a person and prompts the passion for music all the more. The final result of trying an instrument is a sure success. There is a very wide range of instruments to choose from. Piano, flute, saxophone, guitar – these instruments are easier to learn. But you can also take a different track. For instance, you can learn how to hit the drums – that’s a wholly different experience. You can start with starter drum sets that can be found at http://barkingdrum.com/.
    4. Read about music. Listening to music along is not enough. Knowledge regarding music should be backed up with practical information as well. Newspapers, history books, biographies, reference books, websites and even blogs dedicated to music and artists are haven of music accounts. More often than not, reading helps the audience realizes why certain artists came up with their particular kind of music.
    5. Attend musical concerts. Having the opportunity to attend a live concert is one of a kind experience. Experiencing live music is absolutely different from just listening to downloaded audios from YouTube. Moreover, witnessing live performance from an artist or a band leaves a different impact compared to just watching online music videos. Concerts are also a chance to meet people of the similar interests. Having a firsthand concert experience is such a writing inspiration.
    6. Be up for challenges! Staying on one’s comfort zone will not result growth. Writing about one’s least liked type of music. In this way, one may be able to lay concrete reasons for not liking such type of music as much or may overcome those reasons and eventually appreciate this music.
  • Add Some Flair in Your Novel’s Fight Scene: This Is A Must Read

    Add Some Flair in Your Novel’s Fight Scene: This Is A Must ReadAction story books have always been the readers’ favorite through the years. In all action stories or movies, the fight scene is the most awaited part. However, lack of knowledge about the weapons used may compromise the whole quality of the story. J. Daniel Sawyer is one of the authors who write very realistic action scenes because of his wide knowledge about guns.

    To come up with a more realistic fight scene, listed below are several advices from J. Daniel Sawyer:

    1. First-hand experience gun-handling is highly recommended. Writing about guns and how to use it became easy for Dan since his father worked for the military. Dan was taught about guns and all safety measures regarding it at a very young age.
    2. Revolver and pistol are entirely different types of guns. A revolver is has a revolving cylinder wherein bullets are loaded while a pistol has a removable magazine wherein bullets are loaded. The only similarity is that pistols and revolvers are both handguns. To know more about guns and rifles, be sure to visit http://riflejudge.com/.
    3. Choose the weapon that best suits the character. Make sure to take into account how the personality and background of the character was built in the story. Military men and civilians own different kinds of weapons. Select the gun that works for the character. Checkout guns at Riflejudge.com.
    4. Know the effects that a weapon may produce. Bullets have the capacity of go through objects and travel a long way. Using a piece of wood for defense against a bullet shot will not be effective. A bullet can either bring two types of damage – hydrostatic shock wave or a puncture wound. A puncture wound does not bleed as much, except if a main blood vessel is damaged. It may seem to heal quickly because of its appearance but may cause not enough blood flow to fight bacteria and infection. A hydrostatic shock wave is the gruesome damage usually shown in movies. It drives all the blood out of the wound and floods neighboring organs.
    5. Know how a shooter behaves when handling a gun. Blood supply at the nervous systems decreases once the adrenalin rush increases. This explains losing control of motor when a person feels nervous. Men’s adrenalin rush react faster than women do. This whole process is the reason for training gun men under pressure and with additional environmental stressors. Automatic system should be trained to respond faster and accurately regardless of the situation. Vision is all the more substantial since shooting at the wrong target may create lethal injury.
    6. Identify things that can by the book and what can only be learned through real experience. Although having an actual experience of using a gun is the best, referring to a bookabout particular information may be sufficient. These are the following; terminologies with regards to weaponry, history of guns, precautionary practices, different strategies of handling guns, laws and regulations about gun use and gun owning, weapon manual and maintenance, and a lot more.
  • Learning Writing From the Master

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    There is no doubt that Stephen King is one of the best writers of our generation. King has over 50 bestselling books, over 20 movies BASED on his books, a whole host of TV shows and miniseries based on his work. Stephen King is also the author of one of the best books on the writing craft: “On Writing,” by Stephen King.

    This book is partially a memoir of his life; he simply tells the story of how he got to where he is today. He tells how he was able to go from writing dime-store thrillers all the way to writing complicated plots like “The Stand” or “The Dark Tower” that play with the audience’s emotions like a piano from Digital Piano Judge. Wouldn’t you like to learn from someone that has that kind of power with words? “On Writing” offers a look into Stephen King’s mind, and allows you a chance to learn from the most prolific authors alive today.

    One of the most valuable lessons from the book is King’s discussion on inspiration. King almost never has writer’s block, and the only times in his life when he had serious writer’s block was when he was undergoing severe drug and alcohol addiction. How is King able to avoid writer’s block? His answer is twofold: he reads, and he lives life. Doesn’t that sound simple? Let’s explore that idea a bit.

    King believes that if you don’t read, you can’t write. If you’re not introducing yourself to new ideas constantly, you will never be successful and have original ideas of your own. His secret to success is constant reading. You will not grow as a writer unless you are constantly exposing yourself to amazing literature!

    The second part of King’s answer is to live life. If you do nothing but stay at your desk all day and wait for ideas to come to you, you will never come up with a single good idea. Some of King’s best works have come from simple encounters in his life; an encounter with a clown gave him the idea for “IT,” and “The Shining” was inspired by a hotel King stayed in when he was travelling. Get out of your house and live – there are plenty of interesting events that awaits you!

    King’s one most important tips is the one I’ve saved for last: Practice! If you don’t practice writing you will always suffer as a subpar writer. King recommends writing NO LESS than 2000 words a day; that way you will always be learning and improving your writing skills. Just like a concert pianist spends countless hours honing his or her craft, you need to be learning through writing, reading, and just living in the world. If you follow these steps, it is almost impossible to NOT become an amazing writer. All you need is drive and the willingness to put in the work. Some people want to make writing more complicated than that, but take it from Stephen King himself: becoming a great writer IS doable! You just have to be willing to work!

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