Writing Better Accents

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Writing Better Accents Accents can be tough to write. However, not to worry. Because New York Times bestselling author Dayton Ward has some wonderful advice amidst the humor. Distinguishing Each Accent So, can you tell the difference between someone from the Bronx and someone from Brooklyn? And what about Chicago versus Detroit? Or Swedish versus Norwegian? […]

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Getting inspiration from TV shows

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from TV shows TV shows can be a great source of inspiration. And they can go beyond TV Tropes and even into something (almost, let’s not kid ourselves, folks) profound. So, what do I mean? TV Shows For the most part, we see three kinds of television programs: Comedy Drama Nonfiction And then […]

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Getting inspiration from names

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from names Names While names have meanings, you can even get inspiration simply from how they sound. What’s Gertrude like? How about Lakeisha? Or maybe Stefan or Juan? Popularity The popularity of what people call their children changes over time. This can depend upon movie stars, politicians, or even religious figures. When I […]

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Speculating about the future

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Speculating about the future Speculating is fun. However, future predictions can be notoriously inaccurate. I’m still waiting for my flying car, for example. However, some predictions have been eerily on the nose, such as cell phones, which are a lot like Star Trek’s communicators. So here’s a few idea on how to essentially build your […]

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Getting inspiration from life events

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from life events Life events Life events can be extremely inspiring for writers. They can range from baby showers to quinceañeras. Or they might be religious commitment ceremonies like confirmations. Weddings and Marriages are a special case I’ll cover weddings and marriages at a later date. They generally entail much greater pageantry. Intimacy versus Spectacle […]

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Writing Various Ages

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Writing Various Ages Ages change if we write about more than a year in a character’s life. And we can also find we are writing a clash of them, as parents and their offspring collide, or teachers and students collide. Infants and Toddlers The very young can change in rather rapid and surprising ways. Fortunately, […]

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Getting inspiration from films

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from films Films can be rather obvious sources of inspiration. However, as always, take care not to get into copyright infringement issues. Hence you will need to tread lightly. And you should pretty much assume any movie you see is not in the public domain. Because the vast majority of them are not. […]

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Getting inspiration from marriage

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Marriage is more than weddings. And when you consider the entire experience, it can spawn any number of plot bunnies. Courtship So, how did you two meet? It’s a standard question and can be a terrific ice breaker. Getting inspiration from marriage Furthermore, dating rituals differ through time, so adjust what you write accordingly. In […]

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Gender Swap in Writing

June 24, 2018 No Comments

What’s all this fuss about a gender swap? When we gender swap characters, what really happens? And will audiences accept the changes? This was most recently shown in the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot. You’re Ruining My Childhood So when the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot was first announced, I recall any number of fans complaining that it would […]

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Getting inspiration from religion

June 24, 2018 No Comments

Getting inspiration from religion Religion Oh religion. It is one of those topics which nearly everyone tells you not to talk about. However, it can be a great source of inspiration for writing. No Faith? No Problem! First of all, I am not suggesting anyone run out and convert. If you do not believe in […]

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