www.canscaip.org Of interest to Canadian writers and performers.
www.underdown.org For all aspiring children's authors.
www.critiquecircle.com The best online writing community I know; also has a children's writing group.
www.rhymezone.com Quick and easy online rhyming dictionary and somewhat limited thesaurus.
www.robinfriedman.com Worth a look.
www.dorichaconas.com/Icing the Cake page.htm
A must read!
www.cherylklein.com Excellent article on voice.
National Novel Writing Month (NanoWrimo)--Can you write a novel in a month?
NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program Novel Writing for Children & Teens
www.lorislesynski.com/ A super-fun author, and a super-fun site!
www.gordonkorman.com Amazing author, ok site--lots of stuff here!
www.kennethoppel.ca/home.htm Bats and airships and all sorts of good stuff here.
www.kathrynlasky.com/kk/Home.html Guardians of Ga'Hoole and more
www.louissachar.com Author of "Holes", the "Wayside School" books and the "Marvin Redpost" series
www.jkrowling.com Creator of Harry
www.juliebertagna.com An author we should be hearing more about!
www.eoincolfer.com Creator of Artemis Fowl and more
www.dickkingsmith.net Sheep pigs and other fun animal stories
www.bettybirney.com Humphrey the hamster changes the world
What to Do When the Writing Doesn't Flow
Whether you are writing a school report, a thank you letter or an epic novel, there may be times when you draw a blank. Here are a few suggestions that might help you get writing again.
- Go for a walk along with a recordable MP#, Ipod or similar and use it to record any ideas you get as you walk
- Try using different tools: you can write on paper, type into a computer, use a typewriter, or dictate to a recording device
- Try brainstorming--write down any words or ideas that come to you, no matter how disconnected they may seem; after you have a full page, search through your list for any gems you can use
- Take a break and do something active for a while then come back and write
- Do an internet or library search on the topic or on a related topic and see if you can come at it from a different angle or point of view
- Try writing about the topic using a different format to see if that generates more ideas: write it as a newspaper article, obituary, comic strip, letter, poem, song lyric, advertisement, toddler's storybook, etc.
- Try doing some word association with a friend with words related to your topic, setting or character
- Or try using the writing prompts below for inspiration.
If you want or need to write, but are lacking inspiration, try looking through random photos for inspiration, or, with your eyes closed, open a random book in a random place and point a finger somewhere in the middle of the page. Use that word or sentence as your starting point. Try telling a story from an unusual point of view.
Sometimes people watching can be a source of inspiration. Choose a stranger and try and write their biography from your own imagination.
You can also use one of my writing prompts below. Change the wording, add names etc. to make it work for you. You don't necessarily need to use the sentence in your piece, just find something that sets your writing gears in motion and go with it.
- The box was heavier than he/she expected. As he/she lifted it from the shelf it slipped through his/her hands and crashed to the ground.
- As she tore her way blindly through the undergrowth, she fought off the feeling that she was no longer alone.
- School was always the same, worksheets, projects, tests and homework. Only the teacher's face changed from year to year. Then ______came to (school name) and everything changed.
- As the siren wailed loudly, _______ tried to think of a plan.
- Secrets are tricky things, but ____ was no stranger to them.
- When he/she awakened, he/she didn't know where he/she was. In fact, there was little ____ could remember.
- _______ held the phone in his/her hand, searching for the right words to say. There was only one chance to get this right, and there was no way he/she was going to mess it up.
- To say ________ was an ordinary dog would be nothing short of an outright lie.
- He/she felt the cold darkness press in around him/her, and fought to move on.
- "Maybe it's time I renewed my glasses prescription," thought _____ as he/she poke his/her fork into the grayish lump on the plate.
- Eight years of intensive training and self sacrifice, and it all came down to these few precious minutes.
- The dog pushed through the bushes along side him/her, not yet showing itself. At least, he/she thought it was a dog…
- I've tried pinching myself when dreaming, but that's just a myth. When the dreams take you in, you are at their mercy.
- We wished for rain, we prayed for it and dreamed of it and thought of nothing else. And then it came.
- "Where do you go, you know, after school?" I tried to sound casual, but the crack in my voice must have betrayed me because…
- People see us on television and the movies and they get a sort of idea of who we are. But few people truly know about our real lives, who we really are. They wouldn't be able to handle the truth.
- "Uh oh."
- It wasn't a loud, high-pitched scream, more like a raspy gurgle.
- He/she could not for the life of him/her figure out where the white light was coming from.
- _______ would have missed his/her "Eureka!" moment if ______ hadn't pointed it out.
- As the wind tore the sheet from his/her hand, an overwhelming lump of dread settled in his/her throat.
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