Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#Writing Wednesday - February 24th 2016

Happy World Read Aloud Day!

Read aloud to someone, or even to yourself if you don't have a willing audience... Or an unwilling one... And enjoy some oral storytelling.

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I've always thought that roleplaying was a good option for writers, since it encourages creative thinking, and also gives you the oppertunity to really put yourself in the shoes of another character for a time, while getting feedback from others as to how people would generally respond to interaction with that sort of character. Apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so, since I recently read an article on how video games can transform your writing, which talks about the benifits for writers of the roleplaying aspect of some video games.

The author of the above article is talking about a slightly different version of roleplaying than I play, since she means the roleplaying aspect of video games, where as I mean actual roleplaying games like Dungeons And Dragons, Call Of Cthulhu, and that sort of thing. But the principle is the same.

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When you're writing, it's important to add in little details to bring your story to life, but it's also important to get the facts right. After all, even fantasy stories need to contain some facts that help the story to feel realistic to the reader. For example, here's a post on what writers need to know about archery if you have characters in your story using bows and arrows, the fantasy writer's guide to horses in case your story contains horses, and 10 things writers don't know about the woods in case your story takes place at least partially in the woods. After all, adding in those extra little facts and details is the secret to vivid writing.

Foreshadowing can be important too... Especially - though not exclusively - for mysteries. So, here are the 8 laws of foreshadowing you'll need to bear in mind when writing your story.

Getting the pacing right can also increase the reader's enjoyment of your story. So, here are 7 tools - or tips, if you prefer - for pacing a novel. Pacing is especially important during your exciting climax, so don't let this sloppy technique ruin the climax of your story.

Always remember though: while it's a good idea to know the "rules" when it comes to writing, what matters most is that you write like you; let your own voice shine through in your writing.

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Need some prompts to get your creative juices flowing? Or simply need some inspiration on blog topics to post about? Well, whichever is the case, here are 500 prompts for narative and personal writing. OK, officially they're prompts for use by teenagers - very obviously in some cases, since many have a huge focus on school. However, a lot of them can easily be used by adults too, so I figured I'd go ahead and share them.

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Interested in attending writing events like confeences and festivals? It can often help with marketing, if you're in a position to attend.

Here's a list of 10 must attend writing events for those of you in the UK, or who are able to make it across the pond.

I don't have a similar list for other countries, but I dare say a few moments with Google - or your prefered search engine - would produce one.

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Don't forget...

Zeena the faerie dragon from my "Zeena Dragon Fae" series is still answering questions on this thread, though questions can be asked on this post too.

If you have a question for Zeena, and haven't asked your question yet, now's the time to do it.

4 comments:

Jeanie said...

I love reading aloud. When Rick and I do long road trips we sometimes will bring along a good book -- often essays or something you can put down and com back to a day or two later. I'll read aloud while he drives! We both get something accomplished!

Thanks for the good links and happy week!

Victoria Zigler said...

Jeanie:
Sounds like a fun thing to do together.

Glad you enjoyed the links. :)

Intense Guy said...

I suspect just about anything that gets the creative juices going is good stuff for an author!

Smiles.

Victoria Zigler said...

Iggy:
Absolutely! :)