Creating great art isn’t something that can be taught. It’s more of an experience that bubbles up from the unconscious, sometimes effortlessly. But what state of mind are great writers in when they do their best work? How is it that they can create such remarkable works that captivate their audiences?
by Saqib Aslam Academic writing is a very important skill to have at any stage in your career as a student. That said, not everyone feels confident and comfortable with this type of writing. If you’re a student who is concerned about your academic writing abilities, you don’t need to assume this will be […]
If you’re a writer, you know that pain of writer’s block. Sometimes you know what you want to write about, but the right words won’t come. On other occasions, you have no idea where to start. If you need some inspiration, there are lots of fun ways to get your imagination going. See […]
Storytellers have been following the same themes for centuries. Here are five steps that will give you an insight into the methods that have kept audiences coming back for more, generation after generation.
When you first start writing you’re going to suck, and so it’s kind of good to keep it to yourself until maybe you don’t suck as much.
You might think that writing your first novel is as easy as sitting down at your desk and simply getting on with it. While that is largely true, you will also find that you will need some other important items to help you get through all that work.
You will really benefit from investing in a few handy items and some useful equipment that can make the whole writing process a lot easier for you. We’ve compiled this handy list to help you out. If you are an aspiring author, you could really do with the following items.
14. Why must you tell THIS story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it.
15. If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations.
16. What are the stakes? Give us reason to root for the character. What happens…
As I write this I am recovering from my 5th surgery, which I just had yesterday, though by the time you read this, it’ll be months after the fact. For some surgeries, while you may be in pain and may not be eating much, if at all, you could still be capable of doing writerly things. Other surgeries have harder recoveries, and you may not have the mindpower to write as you did before the operation. If you’re going to undergo an operation in the future and worry you won’t be able to do writerly things, I have some tips for you.
A helpful framework for counteracting the most common brainstorming pitfalls is called the four pillars of brainstorming. The concept of using the four pillars when brainstorming creative ideas was developed by Alex F. Osborn, an advertiser who coined the term “brainstorm” in the 1940s. His formula suggests going for quality, withholding criticism, welcoming wild ideas, and combining and improving ideas. These tactics can be used to create a brainstorming environment that all types of employees will excel in time and time again.