Writing

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Optimizing Your Writing Environment

    Optimizing Your Writing Environment

    Everybody has a certain way they like things. Drivers like their mirrors adjusted to a certain angle, music lovers like their headphones set to a certain volume, and I enjoy having things just right when I’m getting ready to write something. Optimizing your writing environment is as easy as thinking about what makes you comfortable and puts you in a good mood, and then making that a part of the place where you go to do your writing. Now, I know, some people have deadlines and they have to pump stuff out in the middle of nowhere on mobile devices… but that’s not usually how writing works.

    I don’t know about you, but I like having access to cold stuff to drink. That could be water, soda, or maybe something harder like beer, wine or even liquor. I find I’ve done some of my best writing after I’ve had a bit of alcohol and loosened up some. But it’s important not to drink too much as well. If you go and get drunk, you can’t share your message with your readers, and then your writing is a failure. Whatever you like to drink, make sure it is within reach before you start writing so you don’t have to leave the room to get it.

    I also enjoy a quiet place when I’m trying to think hard about a subject and write something. I don’t want interruptions, so I turn my phone off. Not silent so it vibrates, but off completely, so I don’t hear a thing if somebody calls. I understand this isn’t going to be viable for everyone reading this, but most people will be able to turn off their phone and get rid of a major annoyance when trying to write. Fewer distractions leave your mind free to focus on the task at hand.

    For me, a nice, bright room has always been a good thing. I can write during the day just fine unless there’s rain or things are overcast. But if that happens, or if we’re talking about later in the day, then it’s time to turn on the lights. I happen to use LED light bars because I can stick them on the walls and ceiling of my room and they don’t take up valuable desk space. You can read more about those at Light Bar Report. It has been an economical solution for me for a long time now, so I can’t help but recommend these lights.

    One of the worst distractions I’ve had to deal with is also one of the most common ones. It seems that right when I’m in the middle of writing, like I’ve gotten into my rhythm and everything is going great, suddenly I need to use the toilet. I don’t know what that’s about, but it happens to me sometimes. To stop that from being a problem, I like to hit the bathroom before I sit down to do any heavy writing. Then it doesn’t throw me off when I’ve hit my stride and I’m writing like crazy.

  • 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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  • 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.

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