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Tag Archive: creativity

Ray Bradbury Quotes – On Ideas

Ray Bradbury asks Where do you get your ideas

Ray Bradbury Quotes –  Finding Ideas Ray Bradbury quotes are precise, stimulating, and full of vitality. They encapsulate the man and his writing. It is hard not to read any of his work and not be inspired. Some of my favorite quotes come his famous book on writing: Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays…

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Writing Ambitions

Big ambitions lead to big results for writers

Writing ambitions lead to big results Do you dare to dream big? Are you a writer full of writing ambitions? If you are, I say kudos to you. I’m a firm believer in setting big goals in order to obtain big results. The great thing about setting goals that may seem outlandish or out of…

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Writing to Music Helps Words Flow

How to write to music

How writing to music affects the writing process Writing to music is an effective writer’s tool. Many writers not only enjoy the rhythm of words but the beat of music. When the two are combined, those writers often find themselves in an altered state. So many embrace writing to music. The words come fast, the…

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PiBoIdMo 2014 offers 30 days of non-stop fun (Picture Book Idea Month)

PiBoIdMo Picture Book Idea Month for children's writers begins in November.
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthPiBoIdMo 2014 begins November 01, 2014 Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoMoId 2014) is in its sixth year and begins in one week. That means you still have plenty of time to sign up for a rollicking good time with hundreds of other…

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Popplet for picture book writers

Popplett picture book writers-2
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthWays to use Popplet for picture book writing Popplet is a new visual organizing and mindmapping tool that picture book writers will find useful in many ways. To illustrate I decided to use Popplet to create my first popplet called, of course,…

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Picture book ideas – Where are they?

PIck up the trail of picture book ideas often found in fairy tales.
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthIn search of picture book ideas November is a month swarming with picture book ideas. Why? Well, it’s Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) and there are hundreds of children’s book writers focused on the single task of coming up with ideas for…

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Picture book ideas populate November

Picture book writing includes Picture book month and picture book idea month.
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea Month

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Picture Book Idea MonthPicture book ideas – Competing with NaNoWriMo? Picture book ideas gain prominence in November at a time when many writers have their sights set on the big writing marathon known as NaNoWriMo. While the Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is a growing…

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Julia Cameron’s artist’s dates smash writer’s block

Artist Way’s author Julia Cameron prescribes Artist’s Dates We all know we have to show up at the keyboard if we want to get the work done but when is it okay to play? Do you ever have a passing thought that maybe “you need to work on your creativity?” We all know that creativity…

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Let dialogue lead you to story

This entry is part 40 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 40 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints Hear the story, set the scene Using visual prompts is a great writing exercise to warm up those creative muscles. Many writers like to add the extra A calm, even playful scene can often cast a benign overlay over darker undercurrents. This week’s…

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5 reasons to do the 3-day Novel Contest

Don’t think. Write. 3-Day Novel Contest begins September 1st The International 3-Day Novel Writing is a great way to get a book idea out of your head and onto the page. Don’t let the idea of a 72-hour writing marathon scare you. It can be done. Don’t think you are expected to generate a 600…

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Weekend Writing Finds – Eric Maisel, Written Kitten, Snagit, Pixel Ruler, creativity and deep writing

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsTips and tools for writers This week’s tools, apps, and books for writers are fun, creative, and productive. Nanowrimo is approaching and some of you might be ready to try a little warm up or clear the web from the deep creative recesses…

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Weekend Writing Finds – Jane Smiley on novel writing, 750 Words, Penzu, and Ommwriter

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsThings that make writers productive Writers tools, apps, and gadgets have a way of capturing a writer’s attention. Where once the IBM Selectric (that’s the stellar electronic typewriter for all you young folk) held sway, today’s crop of tools, activities, gadgets and apps…

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Find the action, find the story

This entry is part 33 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 33 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints  Try a fast writing exercise Can’t get the creative juices flowing? Story inspiration can be found anywhere even in a work of art like a painting. Don’t wait for the muse to come to you, find a source of creative inspiration and start writing….

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Top Ten Tuesday: Blogs that aren’t about books

Tuesday’s topic of the day is all about blogs but not about books. Yes Virginia, there are blogs out there that don’t have anything to do with books or book reviews. In the spirit of the task, I am also staying away from writing and publishing focused blogs. Now, I’m a fairly bookish sort so…

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What happens next?

This entry is part 7 of 43 in the series Friday Sprints

This entry is part 7 of 43 in the series Friday SprintsTime to get the creativity pumping. Here’s a visual prompt. Ask and answer questions. Who is this child? Where does he live? Is that his family in the background? Use the photo to write a story with a beginning, middle and end. What led…

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