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15 examples of hyperbole that will rock your world, blow your mind (etc. etc.)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

In a desperate bid to get us to click on articles or posts on the web, writers are creating headlines making ever-bolder promises and claims. Here are a few I spotted this morning. Apparently if you read or look at...

A no-cost way to boost your creativity (wake me in 20)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Do you feel that your creativity is being held hostage by the 24/7 demands affecting many people these days? Here's a no-cost remedy: take a nap. We know it's good for kids. One study found increased levels of anxiety and...

Do you have defining moments like this in your script or novel?

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

When you think back to your favorite novel or film, what moments in the story stick in your mind? Often there is one scene that reveals something new or even something very familiar about life and stays with us. In...

How to make a story about a table (or anything else) interesting

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

This is a link to a short video about the design of a table the top of which looks like its full of water with a couple of goldfish floating in it. As you'll see, no goldfish were harmed in...

The case of the fake screenwriting teacher (non-fiction!)

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Author and TV producer Lee Goldberg wrote on his blog recently about one James Strauss (AKA James Robert Straus), who has been going around to writing conferences as an expert on writing for TV. Some of these gigs have involved...

Write it right: Sea change or sea of change?

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

In a news story today I saw this quote: "“It is very unusual, even over a period of 40 years, to see such a sea of change in public attitudes." Actually the phrase, courtesy of Shakespeare, is sea change (without...

The all-important first sentences of your novel

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's probably not fair that people judge whether or not to buy a novel based on the cover, the back cover, and the first sentence, but that's how it works much of the time. Now that more people are buying...

Awhile or a while? Write it right.

4 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I spotted this sentence in an article in US Today: "And because his presence 'inspires people' and makes them forget about their problems for awhile." That got me thinking about the difference between awhile and a while. According to Dictionary.com:...

If you can do this, you don't need to be a great writer

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Crime novelist Denise Mina told Writing Magazine, "I really think if you are taking a reader to somewhere they've never been before you have to make the reader think about things in a new way. You have to have a...

Ahh, the modern journalist (and the parrot)

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A story in today's London Evening Standard is headlined, "Heroic parrot rescues female owner from attack in park." It was a bit of a let-down to read what the parrot's "heroic" action was: "But the attacker was stopped in his...

If you write for teens (or have one) this study may interest you

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A recent study conducted at ten high schools with high-performing students suggests that being assigned a lot of homework results in stress and even physical health problems. The students reported having to do an average of three hours homework per...

I vote FOR the Oxford comma. How about you?

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Yes, I know that in the UK the Oxford comma is not too popular but I'm for it. How about you? Here's a short (3 minute) animation about it...OK, we may be overthinking this, but...

A delightful animated history of film in just over one minute

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Designer Pier Paolo has created a delightful little animated history of film. See how many of the movies and characters you recognize: Cinematics from Pier Paolo on Vimeo.

A new web site format - take a peek

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

The folks at Webpgr.com have developed a new format that puts an entire book on one "interactive" web page. The first one they've made available in this format is old favorite Alice in Wonderland. You can see it here. The...

Why we'll never figure it out...but we have to move forward anyway

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

"There is this illusion that somehow you can get to a stable place, figure it all out." In a recent article in Fast Company magazine, Pixar President Ed Catmull points out, "The underlying technology continues to change, successful people are...

How to get better at writing description

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Being a scriptwriter allowed me to get by without going into a lot of description but now that I'm also writing prose I need to get better at it. Here's a method I'm finding helpful: 1. Figure out which of...

What to do when you're drowning in good advice

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

Thanks to the internet there's no shortage of good advice flooding into your life. In fact, sometimes there are so many articles about "Ten ways to..." or "What you can learn about something or other from..." that it's overwhelming. It...

Write it write: convene or commune?

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

A USA Today article written by Hilary Billings included this sentence: "Whether it's hiking in Red Rock Canyon or dirt biking through the desert, you're most likely to find Eric [Trump] convening with nature." Convening: to come together or assemble,...

Writers' (and others') success factors: 2 - stop procrastinating

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

We all do it, right--procrastinate? I'm writing this blog post when probably I should be working on my tax return right now. I tell myself that at least I'm doing something useful in place of the most important thing, that's...

Writers' (and others') success factors: 1 - take responsibility

5 months agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

I was impressed by a blog post at Lifehack.org called 13 Reasons Why You Will Not be Successful. I understand that it was phrased that way to capture attention but I prefer to turn them around to the positive and...

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