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Creative Writng of Andy Weir
Author of the Martian lists his work. Lots of it can be read online. The Egg has a great concept.
fiction  scifi  writing  books  andy  martian  egg 
july 2018 by kybernetikos
The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar
Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she’s received working for the animation studio over the years.
story  storytelling  narrative  writing  creative  creativity  pixar 
june 2018 by kybernetikos
Why I barely read SF these days - Charlie's Diary
The implicit construction of an artificial but plausible world is what distinguishes a work of science fiction from any other form of literature. It's an alternative type of underpinning to actually-existing reality, which is generally more substantial (and less plausible—reality is under no compulsion to make sense).
fiction  scifi  worldbuilding  writing 
february 2018 by kybernetikos
Dabble - Projects
A scrivener like editor for writing books in the browser using prosemirror.
story  editor  writing  prosemirror 
november 2017 by kybernetikos
Content and article writing services | Textbroker
Textbroker authors provide unique content that will capture your users’ attention and increase your search engine ranking. Choose the appropriate writer for your project from a pool of thousands of qualified authors, each with their own expertise.
business  content  writing 
february 2016 by kybernetikos
The Dilbert Blog: Writing Funny
Today I will teach you how to write funny
funny  humor  humour  writing 
february 2016 by kybernetikos
Hemingway makes your writing bold and clear. It highlights various common writing problems including confusing sentences, use of adverbs, sesquipedalianism, passive voice.
writing  clarity 
february 2014 by kybernetikos
George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946
quite apart from avoidable ugliness, two qualities are common to all of them. The first is staleness of imagery; the other is lack of precision. The writer either has a meaning and cannot express it, or he inadvertently says something else, or he is almost indifferent as to whether his words mean anything or not. This mixture of vagueness and sheer incompetence is the most marked characteristic of modern English prose, and especially of any kind of political writing. As soon as certain topics are raised, the concrete melts into the abstract and no one seems able to think of turns of speech that are not hackneyed: prose consists less and less of words chosen for the sake of their meaning, and more and more of phrases tacked together like the sections of a prefabricated henhouse.
english  writing  language  politics  orwell  style  metaphor  image  imagery 
march 2013 by kybernetikos
Self-publish your in-progress book for great royalties on Leanpub
You write a Leanpub book using Markdown.

When you sign up to write a book on Leanpub, we create a Dropbox folder for the book and we email you a sharing request. If you already have a Dropbox account, you get the new folder in your existing Dropbox account. If you don't already have a Dropbox account, you need to create one. (Dropbox is a fantastic free private file sharing service used by hundreds of thousands of people.)

Once you have the Dropbox folder set up, you start writing your book. You can either start from scratch or click a button to import your blog's RSS feed as a starting point for your book. If you choose to import your blog, when we do the import we convert it into Markdown.

Whenever you want to preview what your book looks like, just click a button on Leanpub. We generate PDF, EPUB and MOBI versions and put them in the Dropbox folder that you shared with us.

When you're ready to sell your book, just set your price and click a button on Leanpub. We generate and sell PDF, EPUB and MOBI versions of your book. (PDF is for computers; EPUB is for iPad and other ebook readers; MOBI is for Kindle.) We also automatically create free sample versions of your book if you specify files to include in the sample.
books  ebook  ebooks  writing  publish  selfpublish  publishing  markdown 
january 2013 by kybernetikos
The significance of plot without conflict - still eating oranges
Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.
plot  structure  narrative  literature  philosophy  writing  story  conflict  japanese  chinese 
july 2012 by kybernetikos
Princeton University - 2012 Baccalaureate Remarks
All of you have been faced with the extra cookie. All of you will be faced with many more of them. In time you will find it easy to assume that you deserve the extra cookie. For all I know, you may. But you'll be happier, and the world will be better off, if you at least pretend that you don't. 
cookie  luck  success  derivatives  finance  writing  speech 
june 2012 by kybernetikos
Why I Write "Strong Female Characters"
The Quick Answer goes like this:

Q: How do you write such strong/well-realized/positively portrayed women?

A: I don't. I write characters. Some of those characters are women.
writing  characterisation  feminism  character  story 
may 2012 by kybernetikos
An organisation program for creative writing.
writing  books  software 
april 2008 by kybernetikos
Bruce Sterling speech: The Wonderful Power of Storytelling
"Follow your weird, ladies and gentlemen. Forget trying to pass for normal. Follow your geekdom. Embrace your nerditude."
culture  writing  game  design  sterling  speech  transcript  philosophy  weird  art  books  narrative 
march 2007 by kybernetikos
"Once you've written and shared your ficlet, any other user can pick up the narrative thread by adding a prequel or sequel."
social  fiction  writing 
march 2007 by kybernetikos
Short story writing tips
The Guardian offers some tips for short story writers.
shortstory  fiction  writing 
december 2006 by kybernetikos

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