The first article that will be the begining of a series focused on writing, specifically for stories for a novel. This artcle is focusing on how to keep your characters organized.
Constant Content is one of the best content sites to write for. Learn how to apply, how the platform works, and how you can earn a supplemental income.
Author and longtime English teacher J. J. Murray defines irony, describes the seven main types, and gives literary and modern life examples.
So you are a fiction or poetry writer on HubPages and want to do something about your less than stellar page views. Here are four ways I have found helpful to increase my overall page views.
The popular writing series approaches three years of questions and answers. Are you a member of the Mailbag Club? If not, why not?
If your writing ideas have dried up, stop staring at a blank page and try this game. You can play it on your own or in a writer’s group.
I've been in the business of writing for a paycheck for a little over five years now, right before I entered college. In that time, I've learned what works and what doesn't. The most basic tools of the trade are the ones I keep coming back to, and...
Need help putting sources in your paper? Check out my quick one page guide, links to citation engines, and videos that explain what to do.
It's a bit of a chicken-and-egg scenario. Does writing a book mean you'll get speaking gigs? And does public speaking help you sell books? Opportunities and obstacles of both are discussed.
To write a worthwhile review, it is not enough to think back on movies you've recently seen. Try to watch the movie you've chosen in the theatre or on a large screen, and be sure to take notes as you watch. If you are bent on professionalism, it is...
Writing a review of an online service or website is different from writing a product review. Through experience writing website reviews, I've discovered some things that help.
Through the use of numerous constraints on the writing process, this group of French writers utilize the method of Oulipo to determine what literature might be, as opposed to what it is.
How do we look back on things in our life that stand out. The way we treated people who are no longer with us? Is is with regret or can we truly say we did the best we knew how?
Whether or not one loves or hates the writing of Ernest Hemingway is never much of a consideration regarding his stature, as his stature as one of the finest of America's writers is cemented in history. The life of Earnest Hemingway was complex, and full of danger, intrigue, and adventure, just like his writing, the man was totally unique.
Joey Orsino works for one of the New York City crime families. He gets busted dumping a body into the harbor, and the cops make him a potentially deadly offer....Joey's boss for Joey's freedom.
Creative writing coach and author J. J. Murray examines T. S. Eliot’s “Objective Correlative,” touting its use for improving every kind of creative writing.
Knowing how to use hyphens can be a challenge and often requires a little extra thought, even for the seasoned writer. Check yourself writing you wreck your writing with this hyphen-centric article.
Editing is the process of evaluating and changing a work of art or writing to make it acceptable for its intended message and audience. But can editing go too far?
Beat generation is a literary movement that evolved during the 1940s and 1950s in America. It influenced the 1960’s political and counter-cultural movements by American youth significantly.
This article discusses how to use your personal writing style to develop and work with the motivations of your characters to continue writing smoothly and avoid one major cause of writer's block.
Poetry explication of "How Cruel is the Story of Eve" by Stevie Smith, exploring the themes of suffering, misery, gender roles, and power inequality over the course of history
Idioms are a commonly used form of speech which can lead to a lot of confusion when the person is not a native speaker.
Successful writers have come from all walks of life. Some writers such as Mark Twain, never attended college, while others, including Jack Kerouac and Jack London, dropped out of their academic studies for a variety of reasons.
According to American poetaster, Robert Bly, American readers "can't tell when a man is counterfeiting and when he isn't." What might this view of one's audience imply for one's artistic integrity?
Many writers swear by the power of doing daily free-writes. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do a freewriting exercise to loosen up stiff writing 'muscles'.
Freelancing in all sectors is gaining popularity. This means the vultures are flocking to the market and saturating it with false promises and bogus information. So, where to go and how to start?
The idea of "The Grammatical Person" refers to the viewpoint from which a piece of text is written. It's important to choose the correct pronoun so that one's writing makes sense and flows properly.
Mystery genre has had a long history that has worked well in novels, novellas and short stories. Mystery flash fiction takes discipline to fit all the elements into the confines of 1,000 words.
Want to know how to have a best seller book? There's legit, and not so legit, ways to get one. Best selling book shenanigans are called out her. Also learn why best selling status may not matter.
What are the joys and pains of being an adolescent? What did you miss most about being a teenager, or are you glad to have transitioned into an adult?
Let's review the basic key elements of fiction writing. You might think you have a handle on them, but some people need a refresher.
Need some ideas for essay prompts? Try some of these ten persuasive prompts about political issues to get your students thinking and writing.
Have you ever wondered what's going to become of the English language now that we have BFF's and LOL's running rampant in text? Maybe it's a good thing...maybe not.
This article features a sampling of jobs for writers, a list of average salaries for various writing jobs, and recommended books for working in different writing jobs.
This article explores how to start writing a short story. Specifically, initial components involved such as Character Development and The Situation are explained and explored.
Learn how to simplify your print and online content using plain English so that your communications are clear and easy to understand for a wide audience.
At some point in your life ... you did know the difference. ThePioneerWoman.com Let me begin this hub by stating a fact ... I am not an english major or an expert on the language. Let me also state another fact ... you don't have to be an expert to...
Step by step directions on how to construct an interactive story with multiple endings. Video examples and my own chapter flow chart included. Pick A Path books are not just for children anymore!
Do you have poor writing habits? Here are a few examples of poor writing habits, and what you can do to fix them.
A good book title is important for marketing any book. But how do you choose? Discover tips for choosing one that works for SEO and marketing when self publishing nonfiction.
Fans of fictional franchises sometimes like to put their literature skills to work and make stories about their favorite media called "fanfiction." But how do you write a good fanfiction? Here's how.
Historical fiction writers tend to make the same writing mistakes, at least the less experienced. Here are the top 7.
In December (2016) Bob Dylan will be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, even though he is known primarily for his recorded music and searing lyrics.
Good writing is at an all time low. As a result of the lack of teaching in schools, most people can no longer write a grammatical sentence. Here's why it matters.
The Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley is a hero to poets, storytellers, entertainers, and Jamaicans at home and abroad. Her works were witty and informational. They are historical pieces that changed the way people all over the world views the Jamaican Patios.
A common self-publishing mistake in nonfiction is using OOPS (Only Other People's Stuff). Learn why it increases publishing risk and can decrease an author's success.
An exploration of how Olaf's words and actions undermine what is truly intended in the short story "Big Good Black Man."
Know what a metaphor really is? It's not a simile, that's for sure. But where does the word come from, and what does it actually mean?
The end or the beginning, the view point of the destroyer, the creator, or the savior. Just a collection of bizxare thoughts from the mind of a loner strung together in a story.
Learn more about the types of nouns in English grammar. Increase your understanding with instructional videos and interactive quizzes on nouns.
The incorrect usage of the ellipsis drives your reader away. It's irritating and frustrating to those who understand the purpose of ellipses. Best not to use it if you wish to retain your credibility.
Listverse is a writing site that is gaining popularity for its unique and fascinating content. It pays $100 per article.
Two men, war pals and fishing buddies, have a relationship cemented by one heroic act. Can the favor be returned when the enemy is unknown, hidden and very, very hungry? Word Count 1741
This is a comprehensive lesson on what a sentence is and the various types of sentences that we have in the English language.
Think about writing for the content mills? Looking for a "real" review? Check out these real reviews of 6 content mills.
Train travel with poems (mine and others') describing this mode of transport, reflecting my own experiences. Steam trains, electric trains, including travelling to school, Flying Scotsman, Mallard
You have a deadline to meet. You need to generate more articles in order to be paid. So how can you do this relatively easily and quickly?
The English language is a mixed bag of words, odd spelling rules, words that look alike, but sound different, sound alike but look different, and sound and look alike, but have different meanings!
Installing Viglink on your site can be time consuming, tricky and costly if you don't avoid these common mistakes.
This really is the ideal venue for revenge, isn’t it? Them together. Me watching from the kitchen with all the food and drink they will consume this night at my fingertips.
In this article, I reveal how I went from earning $3 per 500 word article to earning $250 per 500 word article.
It's hard to speak in absolutes about this subject, but here are some things to consider when it comes to the subject of realism in fiction.
Everyone reads Regency era novels for the sex and violence, but the slang isn't so bad either! Let's bring back some of the classics, eh wot?
Edinburgh has been known as a 'City of Letters' especially from the early 18th century to the present day. From the days of the quill and the pen to the laptop era here are the leading lights.
As writers, we love to hear what goes on in the mind of other writers, especially "successful" ones, for lack of a better term. Here is a sampling of writers of fame, infamy, and obscurity.
Use these tips and tools for perfecting your editing and polishing your work. Learn how to proofread so your writing shines.
Character death is an emotional experience for both your character and your reader. With a few tips, you can write a death scene that will stay with your readers for life.
Before you can choose a topic and begin writing your essay, you should understand what an argumentative essay is. An argumentative essay is a biased form of writing, because it is typically written with the intent to get readers to agree with the...
This article discusses ways to deal with lack of motivation to prevent loss of self confidence in your writing ability and your potential for becoming a successful freelance or creative writer.
Everything you ever wanted to know about writing in one handy little series of articles...welcome to the Mailbag!
In addition to the body text, there are several parts of a book which can be included to provide readers with background information or helpful resources. Required and optional parts are explained.
Expository writing defines and explains ideas. Use narrative and descriptive elements to strengthen expository writing.
If you're not able to hire a professional proofreader—and you plan to enlist friends and family for free help—here are tips for using amateur proofreaders for your self published book.
An overview of the word passion including the etymological history of the word and how it has changed over time.
Some self published authors are getting creative in finding ways to make money from writing, including crowdfunding a book project. Is it legit or a scam? Find out here.
Stephen King, a master of horror, and one of my favorite entertainers. A look at the life and work of the great horror master, Stephen King.
The most common form of poetry is the lyric poem. While narrative poetry, including epics, convey a story, the lyric dramatizes an emotional effusion.
Learn how to self-edit and edit your novel or short story alone or with others, or a combination of both.
Now that self publishing is available to almost everyone, many feel inspired to write and publish their memoirs. But is it a good idea? Explore the reasons you should (or shouldn't!) write a memoir.
An article that offers some helpful tips on how to constructively, but gently, critique what some might consider to be "bad" writing.
At a time when women couldn’t vote young Nellie Bly was undaunted by the barriers placed in her path by her gender.
Gray's elegy offers a beautiful scene of the country landscape, as the speaker muses upon the life and death of rustic, simple folk in the pastoral setting.
It was an exciting day for 7 year old Johnny. His rarely present dad was taking him camping and mushroom hunting. Excitement turns to fright when his father makes a poor decision. Word Count 1714
A lifelong desire to write a novel has been a goal for many people. The following are tips on how to write that novel within 30 days.
Need help writing or teaching Summary, Analysis and Response papers? Use my worksheets for getting your ideas, editing, and grading.
Need to write an essay using an APA format? Let's take a look at the basic guidelines on how to cite your sources.
Writing your college essay? Use my step by step guide for writing an excellent essay quickly and easily.
Edward Taylor immigrated to the United States of America on April 26, 1668, from England. Thomas H. Johnson discovered Taylor's poetry manuscripts at the Yale University library in 1939.
As a former musician, I apply songwriting techniques to content writing. Improve the flow of your content by writing in a way that is music to the ears of your readers.
Master the the plot structure and monomyth/Hero's Journey; analyze what fantasy novels have in common; construct a story outline and start writing a fantasy novel for yourself.
Step by Step explanation of how to do an Annotated Bibliography (Survey and Annotation of Sources). Includes how to teach this using Perspectives on Argument by Nancy Wood.
The English language is a fertile place for those who play with words; William Shakespeare, Lewis Carroll, and even Marshall McLuhan found puns irresistible.
Discover how onomatopoeia can add wallop to your words, sizzle to your sentences - and even give you the freedom to make up words from scratch!
If you have a blog or you write for a community newspaper it should be easy to write about interesting things, but what about when you have run out of ideas? Where can you find inspiration?
"OMG! It's so awful. How can I tell her that her writing stinks?" Avoiding the UPSET depends on the SETUP of the editing and proofreading arrangement when a friend asks for your help.
Communicating Your Literacy Journey Effectively: This article will help you create a complete and enjoyable literacy narrative, whether for fun or for an assignment. You might even have fun doing it!
F. Scott Fitzgerald with only daughter, "Scottie." www.google.com Born to the most famous and celebrated couple of the 20th century, during the Jazz Age, an era that her father named himself, Frances Scott Fitzgerald was born in 1921 in St. Paul,...
You may have written a good, SEO-friendly, attention-grabbing title, but have you written an introduction to enthrall your audience further? Learn what to write after that punchy title.
"This is the first time you really will be cold," My cousin warned. Old Man Winter grabbed, stung, scorched and iced me all at once. Later, I thought the view compensated for the horrendous hug.
When your professor requests that you write your paper according to APA style (the official style of the American Psychological Association), you will need to follow several formatting rules that will make your paper more coherent and easier to read. Use this helpful checklist with visual examples to help you format a new paper in APA style!
Here are 36 blog post ideas, customizable to any niche, that will get your creative juices flowing and provide winning content your readers will love and share.
When life gets frenzied and stressful we forget who God is and how much He wants to minister to us. He calls us to rest in Him.
Exploring the intrigue of AIs, or "thinking machines". How far are we from creating a computer with a human-like mind? How accurate are AIs depicted in fiction?
Dave's life may end at any moment by a bullet from the gun of an angry, former coworker. Dave thinks of his wife, his daughter and is determined to live. Many have already died. Who will be next?
Navin was a drone. That is not to say that he was a continuous low hum or a remote controlled airplane but that he was a stingerless male honeybee with one purpose in life.
Charlie visits the wreck of an old city bus and relives its horrific last run. The memories are enough to drive a man mad.
This article provides an alternative way of looking at poetry designed around the way poets think when they are writing it. It provides tools and perspectives that remove the pressure of needing to “understand it” and replaces this with a sense of adventure and creative exploration.
Even if the written content is stellar, poor presentation and packaging can turn any self published book or eBook into trash. Find out what makes a book or eBook look unprofessionally self published.
It sounds like a dream lifestyle, travelling and getting paid to write about it. Whether you want to do this full time or just for extra cash, there are many online sites which buy from freelancers.
A step-by-step guide to writing an effective five-paragraph theme paper for just about any high school or college novel study. Part 1 of 2.
These writing exercises are designed to limber up your mind. By inspiring you to look at familiar objects with new eyes, these exercise inspire innovation. Read on for more information...
Mrs. Twitches explains the rules for using WHICH and THAT. You might find yourself scratching your head at her rhymes and uncommon explanations for which and that and their respective clauses. But, you'll also find out if she gets hitched with Mr. Glitches.
Analysis of the short story Great Falls by Richard Ford. Discusses major metaphors of light and dark, as well as Ford's exploration themes such as rites of passage, the loss of innocence, and the discovery of self.
Which is correct? Learn the meaning of the phrase "object lesson," and learn why you should shun "abject lessons."
Understanding the difference between affect and effect. Definitions and examples to use these often confused words correctly.
Hiring editors and proofreaders is expensive, and justly so. But what if you don’t have the bucks to hire them? How can you best review and improve your manuscript without them, even if self editing?
Everyone has their own way of writing their stories out. If you interviewed a dozen bestselling authors, they’d all have their own unique ways. No two write exactly the same. That tells you that there is no one formula, but their ways can be...
What's the secret behind writing crisp, clear, concise sentences? It's a lot easier than you think if you approach it in the right way.
Here is a list of the top five Indian women writers writing in English. They are famous and internationally acclaimed writers.
Most of us can recognize the basic elements of fiction, such as purpose or point of view. But determining an author's tone can be a more difficult task. Here are ways to recognize an author's tone.
Loneliness is one of the most pervasive plagues of the human condition. Yet, it is often one of the most difficult subjects for society as a whole to address. These stories focus upon sources of isolation
Why is literature important? Reading has many benefits, including improving your own writing. However, studying literature is a little more than just reading it. Find out more here.
How do I know when to use a comma and when to use a semicolon in a list? Let's take a look and dissect this grammatical questions!
Looking for authors who share your initials? I've compiled this list of popular authors with the initials CK.
Short stories can be difficult but with these tips you can soon write a great, in-depth, and descriptive short story.
I’ll discuss two peculiar things about the English language that provide the ability to write outlandish and bizarre sentences.
So you want to include a non-binary trans* character in your writing - that's great! Get some tips for writing them here so you can present an interesting, well-rounded and accurate character.
Are you struggling to improve your English writing skills? Here are some helpful tips that are all but guaranteed to make you a better writer.
This article offers a useful guide on what sources are, what type of sources there are and how to analyse the usefulness and reliability of them.
Writing and editing require knowledge of correct spelling and word use, in order to be truly effective. If you don't know the difference between peek, peak, and pique, you may lead your readers down a wrong path.
Examples and techniques that will help you break through writer's block, and improve both the quality and speed of your writing.
When an author asks me for help with editing a book, I ask if they truly want editing or just proofreading. A quizzical look often follows. Discover the difference between them and why you need both.
A few years back, an amateur writer told me that writers did not have to read. I begged to differ. Here's why good writers read, and why all writers should read extensively from a young age.
Simple similes - a comparison of two things that have something in common but are really very different. Similes are a form of figurative language and are used to evoke sensory details and imagery.
English is one of the most difficult languages to learn, with complex rules that have many exceptions. This article focuses on terms used to describe categories of word that share a common feature.
9 Easy tips and tricks, beyond basic spelling and grammar, that will help you polish your writing and produce pieces you can be proud of.
There are three common writing errors. Often when we write, we become very redundant and write very superfluous words and sentences. Here is how to watch out for them.
Self publishing a workbook or guided journal can provide benefits for both authors and readers. Challenges for printing these specialty publications are discussed.
4 areas that are too often overlooked by webmasters applying for Google AdSense Approval. Oversight in any is inevitably a reason for rejection.
This essay is a biographical analysis of Jonathan Swift, his satirical poem "Elegy on the Death of a late Famous General," and the neoclassical period throughout which he lived.
These ten things will improve your blog writing skills in short order. Learn how to improve your writing, fix common mistakes, and understand how blog writing differs from traditional writing.
If you're looking to participate in free writing contests, Fiction & Non-Fiction, that accepts any international to participate then you've landed in the right place.
Structuralists and Descriptivists had different approaches to the study of grammar and this can be especially seen in the work of Bloomfield and Chomsky.
Advice for English majors from a graduate of California State University's Creative Writing program. How to turn your English Degree into a career.
Looking for some current issues and topics for your kids to write about? Try these writing prompts on health care reform.
Third and final installment of a short story about the importance of the passions that drive us both in establishing identity and survival.
Too many authors quit early in their writing careers. Why? For several reasons. Here are 10 of them.
In this article, I explain the difference between revision, editing, and proofreading, and how each step helps to create a document that is worth reading.
Writing is hard work. But that doesn't mean it can't also be fun. If you need tips on how to become a good writer. check out these fun writing tasks that will remind you of the joy of writing.
A pun is a play on words designed to tickle and tease. But what's a paranomasia, and why should you care? Find out by reading the whole article.
This article explores the arguments for and against the idea that Charles Bukowski was a misogynist. It includes an assessment of Bukowski's background, criticism of his novel, Women, and the infamous kicking incident filmed during a Barbet Schroeder interview.
A critical analysis of gender roles in marriage in the poetry of Emily Dickinson. An in depth look at "I gave myself to Him" and "Title Divine is Mine" and the life of Emily Dickinson.
Want to make your book stand out from the crowd? Avoid these overly used, cliche, tired tropes when approaching YA fiction and you're sure to be recognized positively.
In writing a summary of a speech, you will briefly summarize the main points of the introduction, body, and conclusion. The following summary is for a definition speech defining self-publication.
In APA style a References page is a separate page at the end of your paper that includes all of the sources that you've cited throughout your paper. It includes all of the essential information to guide the reader back to a specific source to find additional information. Follow my advice and visual examples to help you create a correct References page.
A well-written historical novel will have many hours of research behind it. How to conduct such research and points to consider when creating a story within a historical context.
Though blogging software, such as that from WordPress.org, is usually free, that doesn't mean blogging is free! Find out the cost of a self hosted blog.
Onomatopoeia. Words that sound the same as their meanings. Words that imitate sounds associated with objects or actions. Words we use every day. Zip! Screech! Click! Clack! Snap Crackle Pop! Buzz! Chirp! Clang! Clap! Crackle! Hiss!
This article analyses Kindle Scout as a publicity tool. The program does offer contracts to some authors, but has many advantages for Amazon / Kindle and less direct benefits for the authors.
English teacher and author J. J. Murray examines, defines, deciphers, and illuminates 100 English words and phrases that have plagued writers for centuries—a must-read and ready reference for writers (and students) of all ages.
My first Western short story. A great big tip of the Stetson to Jason Whitman for allowing me to use his excellent photo. Jason Whitman Photography
Louis Bromfield was one of the more interesting authors of the 20th century in my opinion, as the somewhat flamboyant man lived a fascinating life, leaving the United States to live in France, and then returning to the United States as World War II...
A comprehensive guide to American Psychological Association writing style; otherwise known as APA formatting. Including examples, checklists, links to citation generators, and APA templates.
Need help on writing a Definition Paper? Step by Step instructions for how to gather interviews, organize and write.
You would think a quick trip to an old folks home would be easy wouldn't you? But sometimes things are not what they seem!
I have developed this three-part Poetry Tutorial to assist students and teachers in analyzing poetry. Tutorial 1 will examine structural devices used in poetry.