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Fmylife, some say entertainment, I say a goldmine of story ideas
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 11:34 AM
The site is and while it is occasionally depressing it is mostly hilarious. Fmylife allows users to post a few sentences of something terrible that just happened to them. The format is always as follows: "Today, <several sentences of the story>. FML" Its an excellent way to observe how to tell a story, beginning middle... Read More...
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The Critical Eye
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 3:12 PM
I’ve said numerous times in this blog that you have to read a lot to be able to write a lot. To take this a step further, I think that it is essential for a writer to view what he or she read with what a critical eye, that is to say, while you’re reading be on the look out for things you like and things you dislike. If you see something you like take a mental... Read More...
Ideas for Capturing Ideas: The Conundrum of What to Write
Monday, January 26, 2009 4:44 PM
Fear not loyal readers, despite my title’s glowing example, alliteration is not my answer to the question Mary posed regarding getting ideas for stories. On January 18th she responded to my blog “On the Writing Side” with this question: “How do you come up with story ideas so easily? That is what I get stuck on.” First of all, there are dozens of books out there... Read More...

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