An investigative journalist calls on the Body Worlds exhibition, which displays dead human bodies pumped full of plastic, to provide DNA samples of the specimens to prove they were not Chinese prisoners of conscience.
“There seems to have been a shift from a reading culture to a writing culture, a diminishment of critical space for the contemplation of literature. Writing needs to be discussed and interrogated through reading. If you wish to write well, you need to read well, or at least widely. You certainly need to contemplate reading a book in translation, unlikely to be widely reviewed in newspapers, many of which are too busy wasting space on “how to write” tips and asking about an author’s personal fripperies. It’s a great deal more fulfilling to read and think about a fine book than to attempt to write one.
There is something wrong with how much of the media approaches authors and books. They seem to believe we no longer appear to value the labour that it takes to read. That we value most of all the status we imagine will come from publishing a book. Are they right? The only really useful status comes from reading and thinking.”—Anakana Schofield: publicising a novel - the problems
Writing slumps happen. Often when you’ve finished one project and don’t feel motivated to move onto the next, or if you’ve hit a plot-hole, or when real life gets busy. They’re normal, and they don’t have to be a bad thing. You can make the most of them.
Stealing is illegal and generally a bad thing to do. Most people will agree on that. Whether it’s physical objects or stories, stealing is wrong. Stolen writing even has its own fancy name: plagiarism. Most writers understand that plagiarism is terrible, and even go as far…
Flower & Plant Information and Photos - Meanings of Flowers
In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meanings because the flower selection was limited and people used more symbols and gestures to communicate than words. But today, with so many flower choices, there are no rules - it's the sentiment that gives the gift its meaning. Your florist can help you send the right message. Many people assign their own personal meanings - a flower or color that might remind them of a special event or moment in their lives. For those interested in the historic meanings of flowers, the Society of American Florists has compiled this list from a variety of different sources:
The role of men in this conversation is definitelynot to be a bunch of pouty shouty poo-poo faces who start yelling about how they’re oppressed too and something-something our-poor-penises. But you can swing too far the other way, too — the role of men in this conversation is also not to be the swooping swinging heroes who need to jump into the fray and save the Poor Widdle Women. Women are not our damsels in distress. We are not rescuing them from the onrushing train of sexism and misogyny (I’LL SAVE YOU FROM THE ANGRY OLD SCI-FI WRITER, LITTLE NELL). Our job is to facilitate the conversation and to foster a healthy, safe, kind environment. Our job is to signal boost and to cheerlead awesome women and, ultimately, to not be dicks about any of it. Can we just say that last part again? DON’T BE A DICK KAY? Kay.
Oh, Chuck. Love what you say, hate your writing style.
Earlier this morning I got an anonymous question asking For some common mistakes people make when writing disabled characters and I invited other people to put their input in before I wrote this, but even in doing so I acknowledge this won’t be a comprehensive list. If anyone has…
Characters should feel, breathe, think, be. People should be able to read and not see a device to drag the plot forward, but a person’s story. And we should be able to connect with that person’s story, be it through emotions, values goals or experiences, or all at…
Even a “bad” character should be one the author likes for some reason. At the least you should like their badness because of what it does for your story.
I wrote this for Book Riot about why it is sometimes important/useful/informative to resist the DNF and complete a book you don’t like. What do you think?
I try my best to finish a book. That’s not to say that occasionally I just can’t stand it any more and give up, but it has to be THAT BAD (Death at Pemberley, anyone?) I’m always hoping that a writer will surprise me with a kickass ending or that I’ll see some structural beauty in the book that I would have missed if I’d DNFed.
In the last couple of years I’ve been reading outside my comfort zone a lot (because of books pitched to me and other freebies) and I’ll always admit when reviewing if I’m not very familiar with a genre. But I think there’s a lot to be said for reading in genres that aren’t your favorite, because you start to see WHY people like that genre and what it contributes to the craft of story.
On the whole, I think the discipline of reading/finishing books that aren’t completely “me” makes me a more savvy reader, a more informed reviewer and a better writer. So if I’m not actually foaming at the mouth, I’m still plugging through.
Your character is stranded in a wood with no supplies, what can they use to survive? Your character is from the medieval times, how would they light a fire with no match? Your character is injured with no medical supplies? What can they do.
Below is a list of links that should help you with…
If I strand a character in the wilderness they get rescued PDQ. Perhaps these articles will help me prolong the agony…. BWAHAHAHAHA
“I recognize terror as the finest emotion, and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find I cannot terrify him/her, I will try to horrify; and if I find I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud.”—Stephen King (via forthegothicheroine)