Damsel In Distress

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Prompt :

Damsel in Distress …..

Write a poem, short story or even start a novel based on this idea…

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Read Faster !!!!

Want to read all those books you saw on Goodreads and you even have them but can’t seem to get past it ?!?!?

Help is here …….!!!

 

1. Eliminate vocalization or sub-vocalization as you read (sounding out the words either out loud or in your head). Vocalization will dramatically reduce your reading speed as your lips need time to sound out each word. Remember that eliminating vocalization will increase your speed, but most likely decrease your comprehension.

2. Instead of reading word by word, read in chunks of words, or even full sentences. The longer you spend on each word the slower you will read, so it is important to read phrases of multiple words so as to increase your speed. Slow readers often take long pauses between words, thus slowing them down. Try practicing on a newspaper with columns that are 4 or 5 words wide so as to get a better sense of reading in chunks of text.

3. Don’t reread text that you have already read. Doing so will only disrupt your brain’s flow and will slow you down.

4. Try to lightly skim the text either before or after reading it. Read only a few words per line and try to glean a general meaning out of the text. Skimming before reading will help introduce you to the topic and the author’s purpose and will help you read faster. Skimming after reading will allow you to draw key points out of particularly dense or hard to read material.

5. Use one of the methods below to help start you reading faster. As you get better at them, try moving your placeholder faster and see if your eyes can keep up and remember to try to keep both your eyes and your placeholder moving in one constant motion.

The Hand Method
Move your hand down the page as you read in a slow, constant motion.
Your hand should set the pace for your eyes as you read each line.
Use whichever hand you are comfortable with, as long as it helps you keep the pace.
The Index Card Method

Use an index card (or folded piece of paper) to cover the whole width of the page and put it under the line you are reading.
As you read, move the card down the page always “underlining” the line that your are reading.
This is especially helpful for people who reread sections as it helps keep them focused on one line at a time.

The Sweep Method
Sweep your hand across each line as you read it, moving it under each word as you read it.
Move your whole forearm and not simply your wrist as you will be able to cover the whole line and focus better.
Keep your fingers together so your hand moves as a unit and is less of a distraction to your eyes.
This will help reduce unnecessary pauses in between words and improve your flow when reading.

The Hopping Method
Using a similar side to side motion as the Sweep Method, bounce your hand across the page 2 or 3 times per line in even, controlled movements.
Only read the words that are near your hand as you “bounce” around the text.
This will help you keep an even pace as you read as your eyes will follow your hand.
This technique is particularly useful for skimming text as you will only read a couple of words per bounce.

Tips
Try all of the different methods to see what works best for you or what works best in your given situation.
Keep in mind the focus of the given text and what the author is trying to achieve as it will often help keep your mind on track.
For many, faster reading will result in a loss of at least some comprehension, so it is important to balance speed and comprehension so as to maximize reading efficiency.
Don’t pause for periods and commas, just read all the way through.

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(Article Source : WikiHow)

 

6 Tips for Writing an Epistolary Novel by Tracy Marchini

Does anyone know about an Epistolary Novel ?

It is  novel written in the form of letters.

Here are a few tips…..

6 Tips for Writing an Epistolary Novel

“From Samuel Richardson’s Pamela to Jerry Spinelli’s Love, Stargirl, the epistolary format continues to be popular in literature.

Having just finished reading Spinelli’s novel, I thought that I might share six tips for successfully writing an epistolary novel:

1.) It’s not necessary to start every entry with “Dear xx.”
In Spinelli’s Love, Stargirl, Stargirl writes to Leo consistently and lets the reader know that she does not intend to send him these letters. Though each entry is dated, we do not start and end each entry with “Dear Leo” or “Love, Stargirl”. This makes for much smoother reading, and also a cleaner format.

 

2.) Remember that your main character is writing to one specific person.
When writing the novel, keep in mind that what has happened during that day and what your main character would tell the person that she’s writing to may be completely different. Perhaps your main character would censor certain portions of the day, depending on which secondary characters she’s writing to. For example, when Stargirl is talking to her ex-boyfriend Leo about Perry, a boy who she thinks she might like, she is hesitant to share too many details. She also prefaces many of her thoughts with a warning or a disclaimer, to protect Leo’s feelings.

Because she didn’t intend to send the letters, she also occasionally has a Q&A session with herself, taking on the role of Leo and Stargirl. Spinelli gives us a way to hear what Leo would think, through what Stargirl believes Leo would think. This is an interesting way to show us another side of the recipient of the letters, since Leo can not actually respond.

 

3.) Don’t forget that these are letters, not diary entries.
Similarly, your main character should address the person they are writing to directly in their letters. Consider phrases like, “I know what you’re thinking” or “Don’t be mad, but…” that may help remind the reader that there is a second person involved in this exchange.

 

4.) Time gaps are important.
There are times where your character is going to be so busy that they’re not going to have time to write. In Love, Stargirl, when we reach the climax (which I won’t share to avoid spoilers), Stargirl doesn’t write to Leo to tell him about it until three days later. Gaps in time tell a story too, as well as lend realism to your novel.

 

5.) Remember that each letter has to adhere to a narrative arc.
An epistolary novel still needs to have a narrative arc, and like a chapter, each letter must advance the plot in some way. Don’t be tempted to write “filler letters!” It is okay for your character not to write any letters for a week if nothing happened in that week that pushes the plot forward.

 

6.) Don’t write a bad epistolary novel if you could be writing an excellent novel.
Formats should always be chosen to best compliment the story you want to tell. In this case, Stargirl has moved to a new state and is missing her exboyfriend. Writing to him is a way for her to keep him alive in her mind, even though she knows that there shouldn’t be any contact between the two of them. The style works because we understand Stargirl’s desire to reach out to Leo, but also realize why she couldn’t just call him to chat.

Keep in mind, if you’re writing a contemporary novel, there are even more ways to keep in touch. Your character isn’t going to send physical letters as often as she might email. And she’d probably text and call as well. But if you’re half-way through your manuscript and you realize that the format is becoming more of a limitation than a useful device, it might be time to think about alternative ways to tell the story. Interesting formats are great to experiment with, but above all editors and agents are still looking for good stories.”

 

Anyone writing a epistolary ? 

Stupid Sunday Scribbles

What  is this : I give a Prompt.

I write the beginning. (a few sentences)

You Continue.

Cheers !!

 

Today’s Prompt: Running.

“Running. It’s like as if you are made of air. Soft and strong at the same time. Fragile if you let go, determined if you don’t. But it’s not for you to decide if you’ll reach your destination.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to reach mine.

The forest grew darker by the minute making the moon the only source of light. It didn’t help much. I kept banging onto shrubs and thorns. I didn’t feel the pain anymore. I just kept running despite of my tired limbs thirsty throat. There was no sign of survival here. I was going to die.  They were going to catch me. Hunt me down till they capture my last breath…………………………..”

Dark Pasts…

Okay so if the title has not given you the idea, this post is about writing Historical Fiction. I have always loved immersing myself into stories and legends of the past. they are of great inspiration to me and my writing. Historical Fiction does not only give a (partially) ready-made idea but also lets you alter it according to your needs and wants.

I always feel that there is something that we are missing out. Something that remains to be found- buried secrets, lies, even truth. such kind of thing fascinates me. What happened in the past? Is everything what we read in the history books true, or just some conspiracy that is being repeated for centuries to keep out the real information?

Are you bored going over the facts of history textbooks ?? Wonder-What else happened when the French Revolution was breaking out? Was there thievery? Murder? Conspiracies ? Scandals? Or even a vampire plague ?!?!? Why did Elizabeth Bathory- the blood countess kill 600 virgins ?!? Was she just crazy or she became trapped in someone else’s scheme? were your ancestors witch hunters in the Salem Trials or ……witches themselves?!?

Think! Let your mind explore the idea of the past! Research a legend or make up your own. Alter a known myth or fairy tale. Write a journal of someone living in the the 12th century in Europe during the black plague !!! Play between the truth and the lies !!

WRITE !!

xoxo

31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing By Leo Babauta

Blogs. This is one of my favorites, of course. Aside from this blog, there are dozens of great blogs on writing and every topic under the sun. I like to read about what works for others — it inspires me to action!

Books. Maybe my favorite overall. I read writers I love (read about my current loves) and then I steal from them, analyze their writing, get inspired by their greatness. Fiction is my favorite, but I’ll devour anything. If you normally read just a couple of your favorite authors, try branching out into something different. You just might find new inspiration.
Overheard dialog. If I’m anywhere public, whether it be at a park or a mall or my workplace, sometimes I’ll eavesdrop on people. Not in a gross way or anything, but I’ll just keep quiet, and listen. I love hearing other people have conversations. Sometimes it doesn’t happen on purpose — you can’t help but overhear people sometimes. If you happen to overhear a snippet of interesting dialog, jot it down in your writing journal as soon as possible. It can serve as a model or inspiration for later writing.

Magazines. Good magazines aren’t always filled with great writing, but you can usually find one good piece of either fiction or non-fiction. Good for its writing style, its voice, its rhythm and ability to pull you along to the end. These pieces inspire me. And bad magazines, while perhaps not the best models for writing, can still be inspirations for ideas for good blog posts. These magazines, as they don’t draw readers with great writing, find interesting story angles to attract an audience.

Movies. Sometimes, while watching a movie, a character will say something so interesting that I’ll say, “That would make a great blog post!” or “I have to write that in my writing journal!” Sometimes screenwriters can write beautiful dialog. Other times I get inspired by the incredible camera work, the way that a face is framed by the camera, the beauty of the landscape captured on film.

Forums. When people write on forums, they rarely do so for style or beauty (there are exceptions, of course, but they’re rare). Forumers are writing to convey information and ideas. Still, those ideas can be beautiful and inspiring in and of themselves. They can inspire more ideas in you. I’m not saying you have to read a wide array of forums every day, but if you’re looking for information, trawling some good forums isn’t a bad idea.

Art. For the writer aspiring to greater heights, there is no better inspiration that great art, in my experience. While it doesn’t compare to the experience of seeing the art in person, I like to find inspiring works of art and put it on my computer desktop for contemplation (Michelangelo’s Pieta is there right now). It doesn’t have to be classical works, though — I’ve found inspiration in Japanese anime, in stuff I’ve found on deviantart.com, in local artists in my area.

Music. Along the same lines, it can be inspiring to download and play great music, from Mozart to Beethoven to the Beatles to Radiohead. Play it in the background as you write, and allow it to lift you up and move you.

Friends. Conversations with my friends, in real life, on the phone or via IM, have inspired some of my best posts. They stir up my ideas, contribute ideas of their own, and they fuse into something even more brilliant than either of us could have created.

Writing groups. Whether online or in your community, writing groups are great ways to get energy and motivation for your writing. My best short stories were done in a writing group in my local college (a great place to look for such groups, btw), as we read out our work to the group, critiqued them and made suggestions. The work of the other writers inspired me todo better.

The Pocket Muse. A book full of writing inspirations. Can’t beat that!

Quotes. I don’t know why it’s so, but great quotes help inspire me. I like to go to various quote sites to find ideas to spark my writing, turns of phrase that show what can be done with the language, motivation for self-improvement. Try these for a start:Writing Quotes and Quotes for Writers.

Nature. Stuck for ideas? Go for a walk or a jog. Get away from sidewalks and into grass and trees and fields and hills. Appreciate the beauty around you, and let the inspiration flow through you. Sunsets and sunrises, of course, are two of my favorite uplifting scenes of nature, and anything involving water is also awesome (oceans, rivers, lakes, rain, rivulets, even puddles).

History. It can be unexpected, but great people in history can inspire you to greatness. My favorites include Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Leonardo da Vinci, and other greats.

Travel. Whether it be halfway around the world, or a day trip to the next town or national park, getting out of your usual area and discovering new places and people and customs can be one of the best inspirations for writing. Use these new places to open up new ways of seeing.

Children. I have six kids, and they are my favorite people in the world (my wife and siblings and parents being right up there too). I love to spend quiet time with them, taking walks or reading. I love to have fun with them, playing board games or having pillow fights. And during these times I spend with them, I’m often reflective, about life, about humanity, about love. I suggest that children, with their fresh outlook on the world, can change the way you view things.

Exercise. I get my best ideas most often while running. There’s something about the quietness, combined with the increased flow of blood through your brain, combined with being out in the fresh air with nature, that really stimulates the mind.

Religion. Many of you aren’t religious (and many are) but it doesn’t matter much — the great religions in the world have ideas in them that are beautiful and inspiring. I’ve studied some of the writings of not only Christianity and Judaism but Islam, Bahai’i, Buddhism, Taoism, and many cultures with multiple nature gods. I can’t say I’m an expert at any of these religions, but I can say that any time I’ve spent reading the ideas of religion have paid off for me in inspiration.

Newspapers. I used to be a newspaper reporter and editor, and I’ve become jaded to newspapers. The news seems like an endless cycle of the same thing, happening over and over again. However, if you know how to look, you can find human-interest stories that are inspiring. Stories about people who have triumphed over adversity. (Edit: I had “diversity” instead of “adversity” here and have now corrected … thanks for the catch, Bill!)

Dreams. I’m not very good at this, but at times in my life I’ve tried keeping a dream journal by my bedside and writing down what I can remember when I wake up. Not because I think it’ll tell me something about myself or my future or past, but because dreams are so interesting in their complete disregard for the rules of reality, for their otherworldness and plot twists.

Writing journal. I highly recommend this for any writer. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or something you write in every day. Just a plain notebook will do, although a nice journal can be motivating. Write down thoughts and inspirations and quotes and snippets of good writing you find and pieces of dialog and plot ideas and new characters. Then go back to this journal when you need ideas or inspiration.

Del.icio.us. This popular bookmarking site is a treasure trove of great articles and blog posts and resources. I don’t do this much, but sometimes I’ll browse through these links to find examples of great writing by others. While you shouldn’t steal these ideas, you can often adapt them to your particular blog topic, or use the ideas to spark new ones of your own.

Poetry. How can poetry inspire prose? Through its beauty and flow and style and use of rhythm and play on words. Through its use of language and music.

Shakespeare. He’s not the only playwright, of course, but he’s undoubtedly the greatest, and the greatest master of the English language as well. While his writing can be difficult for those not used to the language of his time, a study of even one of his plays pays off immensely. The Bard wrote beautifully, used the largest vocabulary of any English writer, invented his own words, made up interesting phrases that are used to this day, had more puns and twists of words than any writer I know. There is no writer more deserving of our study and more inspirational to other writers.

Google. Stuck for ideas? The old standby, Google, has often helped me out. I’ll just search for the topic I’m writing about and find tons of great resources.

Freewriting. One of the best ways to get unstuck if you’re uninspired. Just start writing. Anything. It doesn’t matter. Don’t edit, don’t pause, don’t think. Just write and let it flow. You’ll end up with a lot of garbage, probably, but it’ll help you get out of your rut and you might just write some really good stuff among all that garbage.

Brainstorms. Similar to freewriting, but instead of writing prose you’re writing ideas. Just let them flow. Speed and quantity is more important than quality. Within this brainstorm of ideas, you’ll most likely find a few nuggets of greatness. One of my favorite ways to get ideas.

Flickr. If fine paintings and sculpture inspire you to greater heights, photography of some of the most talented people in the world can show what everyday humans can do if they try. I like Flickr.com, a real wealthy of amazing photography. Just browse through to find some wonderful inspiration.

Breaking your routines. Get out of your rut to see things from a new perspective. If you usually take one route to work, try a couple others. If you usually get up, get ready for work, and leave, try exercising in the morning or watching the sunrise. If you usually watch TV at the end of the day, try reading or writing instead. Shake things up.

Success stories. Another of my favorites. When I was training for my first marathon, for example, I read all kinds of success stories of people who had run their first marathon. It inspired me to keep going. There are success stories for writing, or anything else you’d like to do, that will inspire your brains out. 🙂

People watching. This is an interesting activity for any writer. Go to a busy public place and just sit and watch people. They’ll amuse you, inspire you, fascinate you. There’s nothing more inspiring than humanity.