Writing an amazing screenplay about fictional events can be challenging. By basing your screenplay on a true story, you can use the basic structure of true events as a framework to hold the rest of your narrative. It can also be a lucrative way to convert existing non-fiction writing into potentially valuable Hollywood property. Watching movies based on true stories is a good way to hone your screenwriting skills.Watch these movies to become a better screenwriter. Click To Tweet
Writing inspiration is all around us, everywhere we look. That guy at the next table at the coffee shop who’s alone and reading a book instead of playing with his phone. That little girl at the park sitting on the grass staring at a tree. That sparrow who is pecking at the crumbs of your cheesecake.
Books. Blog posts. TV shows. And, yes, movies.
Even if these materials aren’t specifically about writing, we can still glean inspiration from them. Today, I’m sharing watching material for movie buffs – or even the casual movie watcher. I’ve seen some of these movies, while the others are on my watch list. [Read more…]
If you thought that a freelance writing career meant you were destined to write about totally uninteresting topics, think again. Freelance writers can write about virtually anything—and get paid for it!
It’s important to keep in mind that freelance gigs are not always a one-time-only gig! You might get hired for a full-time or part-time freelance writing job, or even a seasonal gig, depending on the topic you’re covering. Many freelance writing jobs are remote-friendly, meaning you can work from anywhere, but some do have a location requirement and might want you to report to an office. [Read more…]
While Wednesday is traditionally a low day for workers – who wants to be stuck in the middle? – it doesn’t really have much of an effect on many freelancers, does it? For some, however, weekends are sacred. It is time for family. It is “me time”.
For the latter group, then, Hump Day certainly exists. Since I try to keep the weekends free for things I don’t get to do during the week, I usually experience the blues on Wednesday (even though I end up doing some work on the weekends).
Words don’t come easily. My fingers are so uncoordinated I can’t type without making a mistake every 30 seconds. My mind wanders as if it were a leaf being blown by the wind. [Read more…]
Writing for the web requires a keen understanding of social media. If an article or blog post is going to gain traction, it needs to have a highly sharable angle. But beyond going viral, the best writers create content that is rewarding and informative.
This doesn’t mean every piece you write has to be a scholarly dissertation. In fact, readers often find a simple, direct style to be the most appealing. But there’s a hitch: achieving a simple style is harder than it might initially seem. [Read more…]
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In keeping with the Halloween spirit, let’s have a bit of scary fun.
Let’s take a look at some horror writing prompts, which will bring out your dark side.
Whether you are a horror writer, or you just want to flex your creative juices, these prompts ought to send chills down your spine – which may or may not be a good thing. [Read more…]
We’ve all read romance novels at some point in our lives. Now, as writers, perhaps some of you want to enter the romance novel scene. Whether as a ghostwriter, using your own name, or using a pen name, there will be times when you face a roadblock in your writing.
There are solutions for that. You can wait till your muse comes to visit. You can force your way through the block. Or you can coax those juices with some writing prompts.
Here are some creative writing prompts for romance novels.
1. What is your favorite romantic comedy movie and why? What would change about the movie if you were inserted into one of the main or supporting roles? Talk about these changes and go into extreme details.
2. They were at the altar, about to say their vows. Suddenly, she imagined them as a couple facing issues of divorce. What happens next?
3. You’ve been in love with a high school friend for as long as you can remember but the feeling was never reciprocated – until your paths cross again decades later. Create a scene where chemistry develops between the two of you.
4. Write a romance that is developing when the main character is dealing with intense suicidal thoughts. In some ways, the romance helps her and doesn’t help her. What happens next?
5. Two strangers meeting at an addiction recovery group meeting and how they connect because of one party sharing his/her story. Write about that person’s story.
6. Write a story about two best friends who are fed up trying to find love on their own. They consider trying to start a relationship with each other since they both find each other attractive and know they are great people. However, there is no romance or chemistry between them.
7. Who is your favorite television or movie couple of all time? What is it that made them such a fantastic couple? What can you learn from them in your own life and relationships?
8. Write a romance which starts with the line “I was struck by the horrible stink that seemingly came out of her every pore”.
9. Write a scene starting with the words “He was the kind of person, despite what he thought, who never really knew what love was.”
10. “It all began when her car hit me at full speed while I was crossing the street…”
11. Write about two people meeting at an old abandoned house, getting stuck there overnight, and how they fell in love.
12. Write about two seemingly ordinary people get married only to find out later that one is a murderer.
13. Start a scene with “Dining alone, I ordered the most expensive bottle of wine they had on the menu. Little did I know that would change my life.”
14. I woke up in a surreal world without any idea where I was, and then this shadowy figure came out of nowhere…
15. Even though Jake the last of the pancakes, Leonard couldn’t find it in himself to get worked up about it.
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“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” ― C.S. Lewis
I may be biased since C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors, but when it comes to children’s books, no truer words have been spoken. I believe that if there is one thing children’s books authors should always remember, it is this quote.
While the children’s book market is shifting, with sales numbers going up and down, the market is still strong. Factors such as reading an eBook instead of a paperback, parents choosing a personalised children’s book instead of a mass-published one, and preferring hardcovers bought in brick-and-mortar bookstores all come together to continue boosting the children’s book industry. [Read more…]
The “how do I motivate myself” question has probably been asked – and answered – a trillion times.
Why do we still hear it? Why do we still ask it?
It’s because there are always going to be periods in which we need all the help we can get to climb out of that well of demotivation.
I’m an expert – at experiencing low periods, that is. As for motivating myself…that’s a whole different story. I’ve learned quite a few things, though, so I’m going to share them with you today.
They’ve worked for me (at different times), and I hope they work for you, too.
How to motivate yourself
Use the carrot on a stick principle.
You all know the story about the donkey and the carrot dangling in front of him. Do the same with yourself when you’re feeling demotivated.
What can you use as a carrot?
Anything you know you’ll look forward to:
- getting paid
- soaking in the tub after you finish X articles
- taking a day off once you finish a project.
Set smaller goals.
If you’ve got a huge project, you might be demotivated because there is so much to do that you feel overwhelmed. If this is the case, break things down.
Instead of always thinking of finishing the entire project (and the deadline), make smaller goals for each day. This way, you can focus on each task better, get things done faster, and feel a sense of achievement every day.
Take advantage of (de)motivational posters.
Motivational posters and funny (de)motivational ones can do you a lot of good. If you prefer serious, then get posters with quotes that will encourage you.
If a dose of humor does it for you, then look for posters like these.
Get a bunch of them, so you can hang up different types on your wall whenever you feel like it. Alternatively, use them as desktop wallpapers.
“Waste” time reading things like…
I wrote “waste” because it isn’t really wasting time when you read articles like “Top 10 Famous Motivational Speeches“.
Other kinds of articles I recommend are those that “restore faith in humanity”. It’s an overused phrase, but it does work to uplift one’s spirits.
What do you do to motivate yourself?
So those are the things I do when I am demotivated. Most of the time they work. Sometimes I need to simply get out of the house. (Read: Why It’s Good to Occasionally Work Outside)
What about you? What would you recommend?
Freelance writing has lately been turning into writing to improve a company’s SEO. Although this may not be your specialty or your ultimate goal as a writer, it’s a good way to make ends meet in the meantime, and it’s where you’ll find a lot of freelancing gigs. This means that understanding and breaking into the SEO industry might help you land these types of jobs.
Although SEO is a fairly new concept when it comes to writing content, it’s something that many writers today are having to scramble to understand; especially if they were trained in other areas. Writers need to ask themselves a few questions: Do I want to learn SEO, why do I want to learn it, and how do I even begin?