Many of us have surnames passed down to us from ancestors in England. Last names weren’t widely used until after the Norman conquest in 1066, but as the country’s population grew, people found it necessary to be more specific when they were talking about somebody else. Thus arose descriptions like Thomas the Baker, Norman son… Read more
Charles Fischer's insight:
These 7 types could certainly help writers with ideas for naming characters. Of course, these are just the English naming traditions, but certainly an interesting place to start.
Let’s face it, we all want to become better writers. Don’t we? I know I do. I strive to become a better writer every day, and in order to improve I’ve discovered the secret is in having awesome resources at your disposal.
“Failure is not an option.” We hear it all the time. People have even made T-shirts with that motto. And by saying it’s not an option, we associate failure as a negative thing. But what if it were an option?
Telegraph.co.uk JK Rowling's 'little story about wizards' makes it hard for authors, says ... Telegraph.co.uk "Teaching creative writing is one of the big new sources of income for authors, but of course not everyone can teach," she said.
The odds are if you write in public you want people to read your work. Seems like a reasonable assumption. I mean, if we don’t care if anyone’s reading our work, then we should stick to personal journals that we keep hidden under our pillows.
I’ve recently had an ah-ha moment about teaching writing at all levels using anchor papers. Anchor papers are basically a set of papers that each represent the characteristics of a particular grade range.
In The Color of Money, the only movie for which Paul Newman ever won a Best Actor Oscar, there’s a scene near the end where he’s playing against the once infamous real-life pool player Steve “The Miz” Mizerack, and after Steve loses to Paul, Steve...
The Oxford Dictionary defines cadence as “a modulation or inflection of the voice, a rhythmical effect in written text, a fall in pitch of the voice at the end of a phrase or sentence” or simply as “rhythm”.
It goes beyond mere writer’s block. It doesn’t care about deadlines, and can stopper your writing voice for months at a time. It’s deep, it’s baffling and it’s not often talked about in writing circles.
TEST What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That? 10 New Ideas For Learning by Terry Heick Lately I’ve found myself squinting a bit at some of the practices and structures in teaching and learning.
Charles Fischer's insight:
Some of these ideas would be great for creative writing. The "blends" could make really interesting writing prompts for poetry and fiction.
A few weeks ago I was at a graduation party when a friend of my sister-in-law, came up to talk to us. She'd been a high school English teacher for years and now that she's retired from that position, she's teaching English and ...
photo by Leo Reynolds Today’s guest is author Abdi Nazemian. Abdi is the screenwriter of The Quiet, Celeste in the City, Beautiful Girl, and the short film Revolution, which he also directed. He is an alumnus of the Sundance Writer’s Lab, a mentor...
When we talk about writing, there is so much discussion about "This" versus "That." Today I wanted to get a discussion started about how faulty and how limiting that kind of thought is. Art is self-expression.