Guide to New Creative Writers

A lot of creative writers entertain the idea of getting writing awards to take credit of how beautiful and informative their creation is. Aside from the fact that they make money writing different types of stories, getting awards will make them more popular. Isn't it nicer if you will work for your own benefit? You will be your own boss. No deadlines to beat, no stressed days to endure. What is nice about being a writer is that you are given the chance to share your own thoughts and ideas to the world and get remarkable comments from your readers.

If you are a new writer, you have to follow some tips in order for you to make money writing your ideas. With proper perseverance, you will surely gain writing awards in the end. So if you want to attain your goal the fastest possible time, you must carefully improve your skills as a writer so that you can come up with an outstanding work. If you are a newbie, then you must read a lot. Reading different types of work will make you more familiar about different writing styles which will surely help you for the betterment of your own work. You must also take notes of the new words you will be encountering to enrich your vocabulary. A proper word that has been used will add quality to the work. You must make sure that words are being used correctly because not everything synonymous to your desired word gives justice to what you want to imply to your audience. You will have plenty of writing awards if you will follow this step and make money writing about what you think will help your readers a lot.

Your grammar must also be properly checked. If you are not confident about it, you may ask a good friend to read your work for he may see whatever you have missed. You must also take note of different grammar agreements. Read a lot of books for it will also help you improve your grammar or you may check tutorials on how to make an error-free article. A bad grammar will push your readers away from your work since they could surely not comprehend your work well. Another option you may take is by asking your friends to check your works. Whatever you miss may be seen by someone who knows about grammar well so you must make sure that you seek help from the people you know could help you best.

You must be sure that you are really well-informed in writing your chosen topic especially if you like to inform your readers about it. You must make sure that everything is supported by facts and not just by your thoughts about the said topic. It is crucial to write such genre since you need to have a good background about the said topic so as to guide your readers about it not mislead them into an idea or thought which is not real.

Sharing your thoughts and ideas is a very noble thing to do since you will be changing other people's perspective if you know how to execute your movements well. Writing is indeed a good thing to do for you will gain a lot of writing awards and make money writing what you think is correct. If you have such goal and if you have the talent, you must totally continue reaching for it. Write with your heart and you will surely get what you want.

How to Write Children's Books

For some writing is the most difficult operation in the whole wide world. There are many spirited people with such delightful stories to tell, but feel that putting pen to paper is the most tedious and most challenging duty of all. Well, here are some tips that will wake up a new you.

Tip One: First of all, do some immediate self-talk and tell yourself that you are going to get much, much better and that you are going to try to make a concerted effort in following the rules set down here.

Tip Two: Whenever you get the chance, try to find out your preferred learning style. It will help make your writing chores a little easier. For example, are you a morning person or a night person. Do you work better in mixed company, or are you a person that must have complete and utter quiet. You know you have to be in a morgue to function well.

Tip Three: Get these tools, a recording or electronic device that will record your voice and messages. Borrow one, or purchase one and once this operation is over return it for a refund. This is only if your expenses are horribly low.

Tip Four: Make sure you have access to a computer to type your report. If you do not have one, make sure you can get hold of one. This is purely up to you, you do not need to have one.

Tip Five: If you know your story, then record it right away on the recorder. If you do not and need help in locating a story idea, then read on.

Tip Six: If you need to get a story idea, surround yourself with kids. Hopefully, you know young people. Relatives are great. Listen to their day activities. They are loaded with them. Ask how they are doing at school. Ask them if they have any stories to tell. You can either record them, or try to remember what they say. I frequently get ideas from my 6 year old and eight year old children. It doesn't take much. All you want is the idea. Just try to get a beginning, middle and an end. The rest is just coloring in. Sometimes, you can do it in one day. Sometimes, you may need to develop it over days, weeks or even months. Doing this will enable you to have many story ideas.

Tip Seven: Have fun telling your stories to kids and make them laugh. The crazier the story the better. Get their developed opinions of what is going on. Ask them if they can help you develop the story. I have written many books where I have given co authorship to my children or wife. You can always mention their efforts in the acknowledgement if you do not want to give them author credit.

If it is children's books that you wish to write, then you must read children's books, watch children's movies and plays. This is a world that demands your attention and consideration. They, the children, are a blast and chuck full of delicious ideas, words and attitudes. Do not let them down.

Tip Eight: Record all dreams. In fact, before falling off to sleep, ask yourself to have dreams that you can bring to the little people. I have found that by saying the next four statements help me much in my exploration into great ideas. Those statements are: I love You, I am sorry, Please forgive me and thank you. Try these on for a moment just before bed, upon awaking and whenever you feel the urge to reach for the stars and seek out another source according to your faith and being.

Tip Nine: If you are having writer's block, then you must get hold of a few short and thrilling and stimulating children's books and copy them in long hand. Do not type them. Make each word your own and savor each word, sentence and phrase.

Tip Ten: Listen to children's audio books. Listen to a handsome number in order to get the whole children's theme into you.

Tip Eleven: Do not forget to watch those Saturday morning cartoons. Try to watch them with kids.

Following anyone of these tips will help you get started. Remember your childhood. What was it like? Did you enjoy it? Why or Why not? Develop that ear for listening to other people. The greatest tip is to write and write and write some more. There is nothing like the exercise of getting something down on paper. Good Luck and enjoy.

How to Find Writing Inspiration

Everyone who has gone through life's tough experiences and come out the other end has wisdom to share. We're all experts at life's lessons and we all have the knowledge to fill many self-help books. But, where to start? What words to use?

One of my friends who has gone through breast cancer, broken bones, and loss of a parent at a young age, has learned methods of coping, plus inspiration to help others as well. So, she's starting to write. You may have a story to tell as well, and it's cathartic (which can be good) to get your words out.

But where does the inspiration to write come from? From the chakra standpoint, the Third Eye chakra. This is the chakra that opens you to your spirit guides or higher self or higher knowing, whatever terminology you choose to use. You can access the "muse," your inner guidance, and messages from the Infinite, all when in the alpha state, when opening your Third Eye.

You're also in the alpha state when you're near sleep. Don't you wake up in the middle of the night and wish you had a pencil and paper to jot down your great ideas? Another time you empty your "monkey mind" is when exercising. When I go for a run, just the right words for a headline, slogan, or retort to a criticism will pop into my mind. While a nap or a run might not fit into your work day, meditation can easily fit into 10-minute breaks when you're up against the wall of writer's block.


Meditation is a daily practice that has numerous health benefits, because it reduces the stress response on all of the body's organs and systems, sharpening the mind and enhancing calm and clear thinking.

Research studies continue to report on the power and benefits of meditation. A new study from the University of North Carolina shows that people who meditated for 20 minutes a day performed 10 times better than ones who didn't meditate.

Not just 100% better, but 10 times or 1000% better, an amazing shift.

If you're writing your next article or book, imagine how that would affect your productivity and creativity. In fact, meditation could be a great way to overcome writer's block.

Some might say meditation is one of the fastest ways of coming up with new ideas. But how can you fit it in?

1) Find a regular place in your home, office or garden where you can sit quietly for 10 minutes without disturbance.

2) Choose the style of meditation that feels right to you:
- A guided visualization you can listen to on your iPod,
- A traditional meditation where you focus on your breath or a mantra,
- A more active meditation where you relax through a few deep breaths, focus on a specific question or topic, and wait for answers/inspiration to come in.

So, calm your mind with meditation and open it to creativity.

Too Busy To Write, or Do Anything: Thoughts On My Publisher Life

How many of you are just like me? You are constantly attempting to catch up all the time. You have a list of things to do that you wish you did not have to do, a list of things you know you have to do--some of which are good and some bad, a list of things you've always wanted to do, and things you know you like but rarely, if ever, get to. Not to mention, you feel tired, are drinking coffee to stay alert and when you hear someone say they're bored you nearly have a heart attack.

What we busily become is not necessarily who we really are. My confession is that I am a creative writer, who rarely, rarely, rarely, barely ever writes. I could probably be a radio show host, a comedy improv actor with enough work, but what do I do? I help writers. I help promote writers. I think about writing a fair amount and sometimes scribble out a paragraph that I think I'll someday turn into a book. I also listen to those I'm enabling to be writers frequently tell me they need me to do more, it's not easy to listen to.

One of the hardest things to do as a publisher, who was once (and still wishes to be) an author is listen to authors whine, complain, and get in their own ways as authors. To steal another line, I ask, "Where it written that your publisher is going to be a miracle worker?" I'm only as good as my authors. My biggest fear is choosing an author's book and then having them do nothing to help sell their book.

But I digress. We are all so busy, we all want to see our words, or books, our thoughts become part of a larger audience and in some ways we are all our own worst enemies because we are convinced that all of this can, and should, happen and rather quickly so we race on to Facebook, Tumbler, Twitter, our webpages, create pages as if lightning bolts planting free electricity. It reminds me of when people used to get a business card printed and suddenly thought they were "official."

If we would all slow down and focus on the few essential things we really want and focus on slowing our minds slow down (myself included) we would be happier. I once wrote, "life is too short to go fast" I still agree. Think of your written words as dreams you want to come true. Think of your publisher as someone who will try their best to help your dreams come true, but only with your help. Over time we'll get it all right.

The Final Battle

They were circling each other under the moonlight. Those vicious eyes fixed on each other. The trees surrounded them, there was almost no way out. The moon was high in the sky, giving scarce light in a forest of darkness. Everything seemed prepared for the fight, a fight that rarely happened in these lands. It was a fight, of wolves.

The two wolves moved step by step, cautiously, concentrating on the other's moves. Their red eyes were like daggers, focusing on each other, knowing that only one would come out alive.

One of them let out a howl. His black fur was scattered around his body, He was very hairy. He looked horrid; his crooked legs were thin, but sturdy. An ear was torn apart, it wasn't his first fight. His teeth were vicious, letting out his deep growl; his bloody teeth were strong and sharp. His incisors were sabers. His eyes were bloody red.

His legs stopped, he turned facing his white furred opponent, taking a stance. The white wolf looked rather pleasant, his fur was whiter than the moon itself, they were rather groomed and soft.

His muscled legs took a stop, his furry tail stopping to place. Nothing moved, but his long white incisors which were emerging from his mouth. He let out a deep growl, telling his black enemy that he was determined to win.

Both in their attack stance, nothing moved, the wind howled, and the trees stopped swaying with it though, as if they were seated to watch the spectacle. The black wolf suddenly let out a howl, shaking the trees, an owl flew, and the wind carried the sound. The whole forest was struck by that horrid screech of deep voice. He leaped into a run.

The white wolf saw it coming, and assumed his position. As the black wolf's sprint came to an end he sprung his feet, soaring, claws stretched out, onto the white wolf. The white wolf flicked his paw into an attack, as they made contact. The black wolf was sprung away. He landed as his paws made impact grinding him on the ground, throwing him off balance for a second.

That gave the white wolf more than enough time to attack. He leaped at him, digging his teeth deep into his skin. A screeching yelp emanated from the black wolf's mouth. He struggled to release himself, but the white wolf's grasp was too strong for him. He then threw himself on the ground, releasing himself, blood dripping from his back.

Full of fury, the black wolf bit the white wolf's neck, the white wolf let out a howl. He kept his teeth still, and kept on slashing at him with his claws. The white wolf wouldn't give up, but the teeth were biting too hard, his vision was fading away. With every struggle, more pain came, until everything was black.

There was a loud beeping sound, it was fast. It seemed to be speeding up, until it was a continuous sound.

The white wolf was entering the void. The determination to win, it was still too strong, but, he already knew it was over. It seemed as if every time he admitted defeat he went farther into the void. He was on the edge of oblivion. It was then that he felt it, the urge of another chance, and the confidence of winning. He wasn't sure if it was too late anymore.

Energy was bursting through his body, everywhere until the tip of his nose. He seemed to be glowing. He opened his eyes and saw the black wolf leave, he stood on his four feet, and howled a howl, that shook the forest, and got the trees to sway, it was his final chance.

The black wolf turned and looked in surprise as he saw the white wolf leaping on him. He yelped a yelp of surprise, and took his final breath as the white wolf's claws impacted on his body. The white wolf let out a victory howl, as he felt the black wolf's pulse stop.

The continuous sound was still sounding. Then it was quiet. Tears swarmed down Kate's mother as she realized, it was the end. She let out a loud sob. as the doctor looked at Kate, he Knew she was dead.

A beep was heard. The beep started to sound again. Kate opened her eyes slowly, her vision returning. She had witnessed a battle, a battle that would keep her confident all her life. The winner was evident. Life was victorious! Kate let out a smile to show her mother that she was okay. Her mother ran towards her and gave her a hug squishing Kate with her arms.

It was incredible that she witnessed that fight, the fight between life and death. It was a battle that happened rarely in your life, maybe once. It was a battle many wouldn't survive; it was a battle of a lifetime. Kate knew this wasn't the end; in fact it was the beginning. She felt a chill in her bones as she remembered that someday, death's son would return, for vengeance, maybe even stronger than his father.

She pushed the thought out of her head, she was going to enjoy her life, she was almost certain. She emptied her head and tried to enjoy her mother's hug, while she still could.

Celebrating National Kite Flying Month: Giving You 8 Reasons to Write This Month

Have you ever flown a kite? Have you ever attended a kite festival? What goes through your mind as you watch a kite dance with the wind? Kites have been and continue to be a whimsical, fascinating outdoor activity that requires the mechanical skill of maneuvering the strings that control these lightweight, dazzling and colorful flying wonders in the sky.

Traditional kite festivals and events unite kite flyers and those who love to watch kite performances around the world. It gives kite pilots the opportunity to display their unique, artistic, aerodynamic pieces of artwork demonstrated through the skillful techniques of their navigational performances. This aerobatic ballet in the sky started as a scientific tool used for such purposes as meteorology, wireless communications, aerial photography and aeronautics.

As we celebrate National Kite Flying Month, this is an opportune moment to allow this art form to inspire you to write. Here are 8 ways to get inspired and compose some amazing pieces of work to celebrate the art of kites this month:

1. Write about what kite designs and shapes are representative of certain countries and cultures.
2. Write a review about kites or a book written about kites.
3. Write about the types of materials kites are made from.
4. Write a poem or short story about your experience flying a kite.
5. Write about local, national or international kite flying clubs.
6. Write about why people are so fascinated by kites.
7. Write about the history and evolution of kites.
8. Write a blog or article about the photos you have taken of kites in flight.

"Go fly a kite" is an idiom used to tell annoying people to go away and leave you alone. However, as we redefine this expression during National Kite Flying Month, let this theme release your inner writing creativity and revive the love of a skilled hobby in a new and innovative way. By the way, the third Sunday in April is dubbed "Go Fly a Kite Day!"

Writing A Comedy Script

In theory, writing a comedy script is easy; as a matter, of fact, we can apply that to writing a script of any kind, too. Writing anything is easy, period. However, when you start to apply qualifiers such as "funny" in front of the words "comedy script," then the difficulty level obviously increases to the point that it can be very hard. Don't believe that? Well, in that case, then just look at all of the bad "comedy" films that have ever been made throughout the history of film! Each and every one of those transgressors first started out with an awful comedy script. With all of this in mind, let's take a quick glance at just what should be included in writing comedy, and, no, you need not be so-called comedy writers to succeed.

First, you should use reversals. What are reversals? A reversal is basically something that is contrary to what is expected. For instance, remember that scene from 2009's The Hangover that included plans by Stu to wed his girlfriend? It turned out that Stu would actually marry a stripper-that's a reversal. In fact, as those experienced in writing comedy will tell you, humour is founded on reversals.

Next, you should never underestimate the power of a big build-up. A big build-up relates to something happening in a movie that everybody expects, but to really capitalise on this occurrence, you should make any characters in your script expect the total opposite of what is really going to occur next. This has the effect of increasing the schism between the characters' and the audience's expectations and what really occurs. As a result, the bigger the schism is between expectation and reality, the bigger the laughs will be, too.

Believe it or not, location is not just important to the story of a movie, but also to writing comedy as part of your comedy script. If you select locations in a wise manner, even though you are writing a comedy, the funny ideas will just have a tendency to flow effortlessly. It will be useful to think of some locations that are not just interesting in a visual sense, but also chock full of curious items that your characters can interact with in humorous manners. For instance, The Hangover made great use of this principle of scriptwriting. Remember that the setting of the movie was Las Vegas, which obviously is chock full of interesting people and things that the Hangover characters could interact with, thereby producing really funny moments!

Searching for the less obvious joke is another thing to keep in mind when writing your comedy script. You see, in comedy, the less obvious is sometimes funnier than something that's been done to death a hundred times over! Here is a tip on how to locate a less obvious funny joke: It is probably going to be the 5th or even the 20th scene that you can come up with and not the first one that you concoct. So be patient as you go about trying to find the less obvious joke in the material that you come up with.

Irony is rarely something that is practised properly, but when it is, it is usually comedy gold, maybe even comedy platinum. Irony is nothing more than creating either a disparity or an incongruity between the intention and the expression or even between the intention and the results. Remember this simple-but-effective definition of irony when crafting your comedy scenes. Irony is very versatile, which means that you can incorporate it right into your comedy on both the macro as well as the micro levels.

It is beyond clear that hardly everyone can be a legitimate comedy writer. In fact, some writers of comedy probably shouldn't be in the business at all, but, for some weird reason, still are! No matter how you look at things, though, comedy is a science more than an art form because there are things that are simply funny to the human mind, period. So to save you from being just another of the many bad comedy writers out there, do keep the above tips in mind when composing your comedy masterpiece. That way, you'll actually succeed at humor.

How To Come Up With a Good Story for Your Graphic Novel

A graphic novel is pretty much like a paperback novel except that it is told with pictures or graphics (hand-drawn images). The script of course is an integral part of the whole thing, besides, you wouldn't understand whatever is going on, on the pages, save maybe for the action scenes in some panels. All in all the core of your graphic novel should be the whole plot and how you tell the story, the graphics are just a supplementary element that enhances the story. In fact they serve the purpose of literally visualizing the character as there are times when words are not enough to describe someone or something.


With millions of stories that have been told over thousands of years in many different languages, it is almost a rare thing when someone is able to come up with something new. But you can still write a new story rich with surprises and twists as long as you do not compare your story with someone else's work. Originality is a critical aspect in creating a graphic novel. It may also be best not start your idea by thinking in what genre' you will write it on, because it gets cramped up in your head thinking about a plot of action, adventure, thriller, horror, drama etc. Instead start your story by picturing the moments of it in your mind. You can think about a vampire story where it starts with a mysterious murder case, then insert a climax where hundreds of vampires chases the protagonist and ending it with a bang - a battle between the champion of the story and the evil villain vampire in a lopsided fight that favors the villain, until that one instant when the good guy exploits his vulnerability and wins the fight by virtue of pure chance. You can then put your story in the corresponding genre' that it belongs.


This part of your work will take a lot longer than creating the story and plot, especially if you're an inexperienced beginner in drawing. Basically what you would need to do is learn to draw, there are a lot of online course on this subject. You can also buy a tutorial book or CD's and learn to draw comic book characters and background in a matter of months. Learn some digital graphics tools like photoshop and corel draw because they can lighten up the load in completing your work at least 30% faster, especially in coloring and clean up. As much as possible come up with original characters (i.e. looks, costumes, clothing, hair and eye color, facial structure etc.) and make your panels more dramatic to enhance the emotions of the readers with each scene.

Out of Body Dreams: What Do They Mean?

When you dream, your mind creates a sort of story, based on different elements lying within your subconscious. Sometimes the dream contains memories from your day - people you interacted with or places you visited. In other cases the dream pertains to a memory that recently resurfaced. Other dreams present you with a glimpse of the future. Often times, a dream is an amalgamation of all of these elements. Out of body dreams are less common.

It's normal to have dreams on a nightly basis. In fact, you dream each and every night, regardless of whether you remember those dreams or not. Even if the characters and events within your dreams seem to come out of left field, they do have meaning. Your dreams can help you understand your own inner desires, your thoughts, feelings, and all of the things that happen to you. So what does it mean when you have an out of body dream? This is a higher level of dreaming, whereby you enhance your connection to your subconscious mind.

Essentially, an out of body dream is an exploration of the non-physical realm. In this realm, you stand to gain knowledge pertaining to your own nature, in addition to the nature of others and the universe. This form of spiritual travel can be truly illuminating and intellectually gratifying. When your spirit leaves your body within the confines of the dream, you are no longer attached to your material existence. In this new realm, you are uninhibited; you can experience the many benefits of metaphysical travel.

If you're having out of body dreams on a regular basis, this is your spirit trying to tell you something. Perhaps you have some residual grief that your spirit would like to release. Perhaps your spirit is seeking extra nourishment. Perhaps you need to shine light on the past or understand and prepare for your future. The out of body dreams you have can help you to understand exactly what you need to move forward with your life. As such, you should be careful not to dismiss them prior to considering what they mean.

Out of dreams occur spontaneously, but believe it or not you can also train yourself to have them. For instance, if you would like to understand yourself better, or gain new insights into your future, or even if you would like to experience release from your physical existence, you can train yourself to have out of body dreams. Instead of waiting for your body to tell you what it needs, you can access your ability to have an out of body dream in order to grow. The best part about out of body dreams is that you can choose what you would like to see in this other, subconscious world. All that you could possibly want to know about your life is placed at your fingertips, where all you have to do is step outside of your body to access it.


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