Five Card Flickr generates five random images from Flickr or it lets you to choose your five pictures and then asks you to write a story about these five pictures by putting them together. When you choose your pictures, you can start writing your story by making a connection among the five pictures. When you are done, you can tweet or mail your story. You can also get an embed code to use it on your blog.
You stare and stare at the page, but you just can’t get yourself motivated to write. Nothing you write feels right, anyway. In fact, nothing about this process seems to feel right. You’re bored and uninspired, and the whole writing process is feeling stale. It’s not writer’s block—you’re stuck in a creative rut. 5 Ways to Get
Creating characters’ backstories before you start writing is crucial because you’ll want to determine each one’s past experiences and the repercussions these experiences will have on your story before you begin. Here's a close look at the different ways you can introduce backstory. by Rachel Ballon
Startle and Illuminate, compiled by Shields’s daughter and grandson, is not merely instruction, but a gift
Via Fred Stenson
Sharon Bakar's insight:
Writing wisdom from Carol Shields:
“A story is about moving from one state to another, a movement that, in more interesting fiction, is psychological, involving a growth of awareness, a gathering of insight about what it means to be human.”
“All writers know about the magic of opening sentences, the golden door that takes you into the story, pushes at the future and nudges your expectations, setting the tone and carrying you over that threshold into the fictional world. These sentences work best when they carry on their back an implied question.” “Everyone says the first sentence is the most important, but the truth is the second one is.”
“Going from one place to another is hard. Don’t use “meanwhile.’” “Say your dialogue out loud so that it sounds natural.” On finding time to write: “There may not be a perfect time, and there may not be as much of it as we would like, but if we can find some bits of it, and organize them in a way that makes sense, then we may be able to turn those scraps and moments into something enduring – a poem, a story, a memoir, a novel. The days cannot be stretched, but they can be shaped.”
“Don’t write yourself out; write to the point of exhaustion, not past it. Save something to prime the pump the next day.” “After writing, ask yourself, “Is this what I really mean?’”
It’s there in front of you - the blank space with the blinking cursor or the empty page in a notebook. Your fingers grasp the pencil or the pen; your hands hover over the keyboard. There’s so much to say but how to start and, once started, how to keep going? That’s the challenge. You and only you can do it, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Here, Roddy Doyle gives some timely advice on how to write
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