Tag Archives: ideas

Writing Exercise: Active Idea Search

We hear it over and over, editors are searching for unique ideas and stories they haven’t read before. That’s the tough part, because it seems that most all stories have been told already. Or have they? Finding a new idea … Continue reading

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Fearing the Blank Page

  Starting something new is hard.  It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be trying painting with water colors, snorkeling, or crossing a rope bridge.  There always has to be that first stroke, that first plunge, that first step. … Continue reading

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Cheese Influenced Dreaming

Some of us pull our ideas from personal experience, some from movies or music, some from the air, and some visit us in the dark hours of the night. Dreaming has never been a reliable way of conjuring up new … Continue reading

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Plot Flowcharts

There are probably hundreds of different ways to organize a plot line but when I saw this I knew I had to share it.  The creative minds at XKCD have created a movie narrative chart that is as useful as … Continue reading

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Snack Time Ideas for Writers

No writer I know can eat everything in sight and still keep up a girlish (boyish?) figure.  Heck,  it’s a rare day when I can find pants that fit, I’d hate to “grow” out of them. The sad fact is … Continue reading

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Weather? Or Not?

Last night, lightning boomed across the sky in a summer storm.  It made me start thinking about the use of weather in writing.   One of the unofficial rules of “good” writing is to talk about the weather sparingly, and never … Continue reading

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Did you know?

Technology and writing go hand and hand.  We can see it in the way we acquire new information and how we transfer the ideas from our heads to our readers hands.   Nowadays if we need to know something we … Continue reading

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Resource: KQED’s “The Writer’s Block”

The first thing I did when I got my iTouch was look for podcasts to listen to while driving.  I stumbled across The Writer’s Block, a weekly program featuring writers reading their latest work, including short fiction, chapter excerpts, and … Continue reading

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Intellectual Stimuli

I have harped about getting out in the world and experiencing the “new”.  New places, new ideas, new foods, the list goes on.   From a writer’s perspective seeking new ways to see, feel, and taste, are vital to inject color … Continue reading

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