New Year’s Writing Resolutions!

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It’s a new year which means it is the perfect time to both take a look back and reflect on the last year and plan out the year ahead. Ask yourself if you accomplished everything you hoped to this past year. Hopefully the answer is “no.” Not because I want you to do badly, I’m not usually that mean. Rather I believe that writers should have so many plans and dreams that it would be impossible to have everything.

Either way, get out your pen and paper (or computer for you younglings) and prepare to start this year off right by writing down what you hope to get out of your writing career in the months to come. Here are some of the resolutions off my list, feel free to post your own in the comments. Good Luck and Happy New Year!

  • Finish at least three books, including one novel.
  • Stick to my schedule of writing at least five days a week, regularly.
  • Practice making ebook covers.
  • Work on editing my manuscripts in a timely manner (I usually despise editing).
  • Go to six new places or events (writing fodder).
  • Win a writing competition.
  • Get published in a print or online magazine.
  • Learn at least five new skills (more writing fodder).
  • Win Nanowrimo.
  • Finish my first screenplay.
  • Work on branding and marketing myself.
  • Make at least one good book trailer.

Tips For Writing A Memoir

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  1. Make it interesting – Just because it happened doesn’t mean it must be told. Remember that your memories will always mean more to you than to other people.
  2. Write your memoir in the first person – It’s about you after all. Using I, my, me, etc. is acceptable.
  3. Tell the bad – A perfect life is impossible. It is our faults and failings that bring us together and make life interesting.
  4. Be yourself – Try to stay as true to your own voice as possible.
  5. Distance yourself – This can help when writing about a traumatic experience, as well as helping you to see different perspectives of the event.
  6. Use fiction writing techniques – Show, don’t tell, build suspense, learn to write good dialogue, make your setting a character, etc. This will help keep your readers entertained and help to make them more invested in a story.

Writing Prompts pt. 101

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  • Brainstorm a list of romantic things your significant other could do for you that would impress you.

 

  • Your character lives by a set of railroad tracks. One night there is a crash and something strange lands in his backyard.

 

  • Write a story about a character experiencing a new and strange holiday.

 

  • Try your hand at creating a new language.

Ways To End The World

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There are few things as morbidly fun to ponder as how the world might end or, for us writers, how we might end the worlds we create. To end October, here is a list of ways the world could end. Enjoy!

  • Asteroid/meteor impact
  • Robot Apocalypse
  • Pandemic (natural or man made)
  • Reversal of Earth’s magnetic field
  • Nuclear war
  • Alien invasion
  • Genetically engineered species/mutant
  • Earth is knocked out of orbit
  • Earth comes in contact with a black hole
  • Super Volcano
  • Earth is knocked significantly off its axis
  • Gamma ray burst
  • Ozone or atmosphere disappears
  • Giant solar flare
  • Global warming
  • Nanotechnology runs wild
  • Divine intervention
  • All atoms suddenly cease to exist at the same time (theoretically possible, although highly improbable)
  • Strangelets, antimatter, and other deadly particles
  • Deconstructed by a self-replicating machine (think Star Gate)

Helpful Herbs

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Not every character is running around a world with convenient chemically created pills and drug stores on every corner. Before popping pills became common, and even now in many fantasy worlds, the best medicine for whatever may ail you came from the forests and fields. Here are some common herbs used in literature and real life. This list is for reference purposes only.

Chamomile – The flower heads can be used to help relieve indigestion, colic, anxiety, and skin inflammations.

Feverfew – The flowers and leaves of this plant can help with headaches and migraines, arthritis, and some skin conditions. Has also been used to treat tooth aches, insect bites, stomach aches and more.

Sage – This plant can be used to help with mouth and throat inflammations.

Comfrey – Treats bruises and sprains.

Yarrow – Helps reduce inflammation.

Barberry – Used to treat scurvy, skin and gastro-intestinal ailments.

Bilberry – This plant has been used at various times to prevent night blindness, treat stomach cramps, diabetes, and diarrhea, as well as varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and bruising.

Burdock – Used to treat liver problems, urinary tract infections, ulcers, eczema, to boost energy, and to boost the immune system.

Catnip – This herb isn’t just used to make cats tweak out, but also for coughs, bruises, restlessness, upset stomach, colic, colds, fever allergies, and sometimes as a mild sedative (at least for people).

For a more complete list check out these links:

wikipedia

Herbs List

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