The varied prompts include key words, questions to consider, ideas for writing, possible opening lines, suggestions for research, and more.
The book even comes with a CD so that you have the option of displaying the activities with an overhead projector.
Good for its writing style, its voice, its rhythm and ability to pull you along to the end. And bad magazines, while perhaps not the best models for writing, can still be inspirations for ideas for good blog posts.
These magazines, as they don’t draw readers with great writing, find interesting story angles to attract an audience.5. Sometimes, while watching a movie, a character will say something so interesting that I’ll say, “That would make a great blog post! ” Sometimes screenwriters can write beautiful dialog.
There is no writer more deserving of our study and more inspirational to other writers.25.
A set of colourful and detailed images to be used as stimuli for descriptive writing.I don’t do this much, but sometimes I’ll browse through these links to find examples of great writing by others. Through its beauty and flow and style and use of rhythm and play on words. While his writing can be difficult for those not used to the language of his time, a study of even one of his plays pays off immensely. I’ll just search for the topic I’m writing about and find tons of great resources.26. One of the best ways to get unstuck if you’re uninspired. While you shouldn’t steal these ideas, you can often adapt them to your particular blog topic, or use the ideas to spark new ones of your own.23. The Bard wrote beautifully, used the largest vocabulary of any English writer, invented his own words, made up interesting phrases that are used to this day, had more puns and twists of words than any writer I know. My favorites include Benjamin Franklin, Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Leonardo da Vinci, and other greats.15. Whether it be halfway around the world, or a day trip to the next town or national park, getting out of your usual area and discovering new places and people and customs can be one of the best inspirations for writing.Use these new places to open up new ways of seeing.16. I have six kids, and they are my favorite people in the world (my wife and siblings and parents being right up there too).I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite ways of finding inspiration — some of them obvious, some of them less so. Aside from this blog, there are dozens of great blogs on writing and every topic under the sun. If you happen to overhear a snippet of interesting dialog, jot it down in your writing journal as soon as possible.But it’s always good to have reminders, and if you haven’t used a few of these sources of inspiration in awhile (or ever), give them a go.1. I like to read about what works for others — it inspires me to action! It can serve as a model or inspiration for later writing.4. Good magazines aren’t always filled with great writing, but you can usually find one good piece of either fiction or non-fiction.However, if you know how to look, you can find human-interest stories that are inspiring. I’m not very good at this, but at times in my life I’ve tried keeping a dream journal by my bedside and writing down what I can remember when I wake up. It doesn’t have to be fancy, or something you write in every day. You’ll end up with a lot of garbage, probably, but it’ll help you get out of your rut and you might just write some really good stuff among all that garbage.27. Similar to freewriting, but instead of writing prose you’re writing ideas. Just browse through to find some wonderful inspiration.29. Get out of your rut to see things from a new perspective. Stories about people who have triumphed over adversity. Not because I think it’ll tell me something about myself or my future or past, but because dreams are so interesting in their complete disregard for the rules of reality, for their otherworldness and plot twists.21. Just a plain notebook will do, although a nice journal can be motivating. If you usually take one route to work, try a couple others. When I was training for my first marathon, for example, I read all kinds of success stories of people who had run their first marathon. There are success stories for writing, or anything else you’d like to do, that will inspire your brains out. Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. If I’m anywhere public, whether it be at a park or a mall or my workplace, sometimes I’ll eavesdrop on people.And sometimes, it can come from the unlikeliest sources. I read writers I love (read about my current loves) and then I steal from them, analyze their writing, get inspired by their greatness. If you normally read just a couple of your favorite authors, try branching out into something different. Not in a gross way or anything, but I’ll just keep quiet, and listen. Sometimes it doesn’t happen on purpose — you can’t help but overhear people sometimes.