10 Photography Rules that Can Transform Your Writing

Rules of one art can often be applied to others. All it takes is looking at it from a new perspective. Photography, for instance, can teach writers how to operate effectively (and creatively) within the limits of their wordy...

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3 Writing Exercises From Life

Real life experience and observation are fuel for creativity. People-watching is an entertaining method for collecting material for writing, but raw material has to be processed. Just seeing and commenting on strange behaviors, spotting bizarre individuals, or asking questions...

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4 People-Watching Games for Writers

There are few things more ridiculous than other people. We can be inspiring, idiotic, brilliant, confusing, hurtful, artful, silly, or express any of a million other traits to be proud of or humiliated by. This an endless source of...

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World-building Basics

World Building Basics | Chase Webb Writing a novel is probably one of the most self-empowering things a human being can do. During the development stages you channel into your inner god and literally create a world. This is especially...

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Roles and Writing Relationships

Relationships between characters, just like relationships with real people, are formed to meet the needs of the individuals involved. Roles define who is responsible to fill different needs. Defining and assigning these roles is an often unspoken process in...

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Write Better Characters Using the Love Languages

Forms of love are one thing, but how do they look in action? Without action on the part of the characters, there is no story. Many people seek self-help books for improvement in their personal lives, but the same...

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Psychology’s Love Types

While the four classical love words are effective in general cases, the field of psychology has expanded the list in some interesting ways. Studies conducted of human relationships have been boiled down to a few more specific love words....

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Classical Love Types

February and its love-rich holiday, Valentine’s Day, is a time to observe what love means. Here’s the thing: the English language epic fails at defining love! Yes, it’s a romantic notion to say “I love you”, but this means...

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Make the Impossible Real

Making a big impression on readers of fantasy and science fiction can be pretty difficult. Impossible things, new worlds, and strange events abound, and some simply don't have the impact their creators hoped they would. Thankfully, honing a few...

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Writing to Create an Emotional Impact

A story's power lies in how words evoke emotional responses in its audience. Creating an emotional impact requires a basic concept of how emotion works, and adapting basic writing skills to achieve the desired effect. The tools discussed here...

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