Creating a Character Bio Sheet

Character bio sheets are not only a simple way to create characters, they are a great way to keep track of the characters you develop. When you write a longer work, such as a novel or screenplay, it is easy to forget minor character details. If you aren’t careful, the blue eyes you described on page five can turn to brown eyes by the end of page eighty. Using a character bio sheet, you can record all of the essential details for your characters and keep them in a single place so that you can check those details whenever necessary. … Continue reading Creating a Character Bio Sheet

How to Create an Article or Blog Idea Log

By John Hewitt Some writers know exactly what they want to say. They merely have to start typing and passion flows from them. This doesn’t necessarily mean they write well, but they don’t sit around wondering what to write about. Most writers, however, need a little prodding. Sometimes they have great ideas, and sometimes they stare at their computer screen waiting for something to come to them. If you fall into the second category, you can reduce your time spent staring at the screen by creating a log of your good ideas when they come to you. You can also … Continue reading How to Create an Article or Blog Idea Log

How I Accidentally Raised My Klout

This is a story about Klout and clout. Klout is a service that measures your social media influence. In other words, it measures how much clout you have on Twitter (and now Facebook). Klout measures your influence on a scale of 1 to 100 using a variety of factors. When I recently wrote about my disenchantment with Twitter, my Kclout score was a steady 24. It had been a 24 for weeks if not months. Over the past three weeks though it has jumped. At first it jumped to 39, then to 49 before an “Algorithm improvement” knocked me down … Continue reading How I Accidentally Raised My Klout

What Podcasts do you Listen to?

My search for a good podcast about writing continues. I’ve mentioned before that I listen to a lot of podcasts, but I’ve had trouble finding any good regular podcasts about writing. Some of the podcasts I listen to relate to the creative process or to the business behind writing, but I have yet to find a good weekly blog in the writing space. Either I’m not looking hard enough, or there is a big void out there waiting to be filled. Here are a few podcasts I do listen to: Marketing Over Coffee / The Beancast These are two podcasts … Continue reading What Podcasts do you Listen to?

Poetry Prompts

Here are poetry Prompts from four years worth of 30 Poems in 30 Days. See More Writing Exercises and Prompts Use the word Pattern in the first line and/or the last line of your poem. Write a poem that begins with you waking up. Write a poem that begins with a proclamation. If you need a phrase to get your juices going, try “I will”. Write the final line to your poem first, and then write the poem to get to that ending. I am choosing to end my poem with “His hallucinations make him giggle” which others are welcome … Continue reading Poetry Prompts

Good Reasons to Write Fiction and Poetry

Because you enjoy writing The reason I write is because I love to write. I don’t always love to write. There are times when I don’t enjoy it at all. Usually, when that happens, i just stop writing for a while. Sooner or later the love comes back. I enjoy putting words together. I enjoy the feeling of being creative. Writing is my creative outlet and it makes me happy. Because you want to create something Some people write because they want the result. They may not love the act of writing, but they love the act of creating something … Continue reading Good Reasons to Write Fiction and Poetry