Monthly Archives: October 2013

Random Trails: Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Characters | Writing Forward

Well, all my freelance assignments are done and I’m back to the blog.

Here is something to inspire you and help you as you create your fictional characters:

Fiction Writing Exercises for Creating Characters.

Actually, I think this is a great exercise for all writers, whether you write fiction, poetry or nonfiction. It will help you stretch yourself.


Random Trails: How to Harvest Creative Writing Ideas from the News | Writing Forward

I’ve been quiet for the last few weeks because I’m in the middle of three freelance assignments. But, I thought I would share this with you. It might help spark some writing ideas for you.

How to Harvest Creative Writing Ideas from the News.

Friday Fun Facts: Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Parrot”?

Edgar Allan Poe originally wanted to use a parrot in his poem. But, he realized that a parrot didn’t work with the melancholy tone of the poem. So, he chose a raven to repeat “nevermore” in his poem that became “The Raven.” It was originally published in 1845.

Friday Fun Facts: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jurassic Park

In addition to his Sherlock Holmes novels, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also wrote historical novels and science fiction. In 1912, he wrote The Lost World. This book inspired Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park. Steven Spielberg named the film’s sequel “The Lost World” as an homage to Doyle.

Friday Fun Facts: Edward L. Stratemeyer

Edward L. Stratemeyer was born on this day in 1862. You may not know his name but you know the many series of books that his syndicate of writers produced, which included: The Bobbsey Twins, The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and Tom Swift. They used 50 pen names and wrote over 800 books.

PLEASE COMMENT: What is your favorite memory of these books?

I’ll start. When I was in third grade, my teacher, Miss Paulicki, read one chapter of a Bobbsey Twins book every morning. We were all engrossed in the story and couldn’t wait until the next morning when she would read the next chapter.

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