Mar 16

Overcoming Writer’s Block: Scaling the Creativity Wall

The ever problematic wall that goes up and shuts off a writer’s creativity must be overcome. Finding the right strategy to scale the wall can sometimes be challenging, but luckily there are many writers willing to share their success stories.

As writers we must write to eat, to pay our bills, to survive. We cannot afford to be incapacitated by writers’ block. In Jamie M. Vann’s article “Improve Your Writing and Increase Your Creativity” she offers 7 tips on how to get your writing juices flowing again.

It is always best to find your own unique way to scale the walls of creativity and overcome writer’s block. However, it is helpful to review your strategies and read about new strategies to overcome writer’s block. After all you can always use more ammunition in your arsenal to combat writer’s block.

Mar 15

Writing Prompt: Finding Money

You are taking a walk in your neighborhood when you look down and find some money….Tell us what happens.

Mar 09

Author Spotlight: Mary O’Malley

Mary O’Malley has been writing since she was 7 years old, however nothing was published until high school. During her high school years she was featured in the poetry slam book. Mary also read her poems frequently aloud to fellow classmates.

When Mary was in college she had an article on pro-choice published in the school newspaper. Eventually Mary began taking her writing more seriously and has articles published at Triond along with at her own website, Mary’s Medley. She has also written website content for clients at Textbroker.

Mary O’Malley strives to continually improve her writing. She enjoys meeting other writers and learning their writing secretes. She enjoys writing about books, movies, television shows, pop culture, organization, relationships and her own life experiences.

Here are some of the articles Mary has written:

Five Simple Ways to Avoid and Diffuse an Argument

Quick Tips on Being a Better Girlfriend

Redecorate Your Daughters Room on a $1000 Budget

 

Mar 04

Free Poetry Book: Poetry for the Heart

Poetry for the Heart: by Christine Rice is available for free until March 10, 2012. Download your copy now at:

Poetry for Heart Free Download – Make sure you type in the promotional code RE100 at checkout to get your copy free.

Mar 04

Contest Update

The winner of our February contest has been contacted. The winner will be announced later this month. Congratulations!

March contest

This months winner will receive a blog post written about them, either a biography or promotional message. This is where you can advertise yourself, books, websites and services. Also included in this advertising package is a link to the website of your choice, listed as a link on Star’s Escape for 1 month.

To enter comment on any of the blog posts for the month of March. At the end of the month a winner will be drawn at random and you will be contacted about what link and information you would like listed.

Mar 04

Creating Reader Empathy

To keep readers turning pages, you must first create reader empathy. Make your readers care about the main character in your story. Make them care about the topic of your non-fiction piece. Reader empathy begins with creating a character or topic that readers will be able to relate to.

When readers identify with a character or topic, they feel connected and compelled to keep reading. Make sure you make your characters’ desires known. If you are writing non-fiction let your know the issue and desired outcome as well. By showing readers what is at stake, you make them care about how it turns out.

There are many universal issues that people can relate to. There are both  internal struggles and external struggles that we must overcome to survive. It is also helpful to write in a way that the average population could read easily. Create lifelike senerios by giving your main character flaws.

When in doubt think back to characters and situations in which you felt connected with in your own readings. Study how the writer made you feel that way. Did you sometimes feel as if you were the main character?

 

Mar 03

Building Suspense

Make your readers feel the tension of the situation. Create suspense by bringing up a crucial problem that must be solved. Keep adding to the conflict and increase the risk. As the stakes are raised your readers won’t be able to put the story down.

One of the keys to keeping the suspense in your story is to add to it, but not give away how the crisis will be resolved. For example have a boat leave harbor with a small crack or hole in it. Slowly throughout the story have more and more water slowly seep into your boat. The main characters try to fix the problem as best they can, they are stranded in the middle of the ocean alone, water levels are increasing. The boat is dangerously close to sinking. Then the crew notices they are surrounded by sharks!

What you have done is create suspense by adding to the tension of the once small leak in the boat. You have raised the stakes dramatically and now your readers can’t wait to find out how the passengers and crew are going to survive the sinking boat in shark in-feasted waters. Will any of them survive? Who knows but what you do know is that your readers will be anxiously waiting to find out what does happen, and will be flipping pages until they find out.

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