Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Fairy Tale Insurance

This great cartoon from Dave Coverly suggests a writing idea: imagine the life of an insurance salesman in the world of fairy tales!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

The road to Hell is paved with adverbs.

I adapted this from Jon Winokur's Twitter, using a Stephen King portrait made out of book covers. To find out more about just why Stephen King is so against adverbs, check out this blog post by Maria Popova with extensive quotes from King: Stephen King on Writing, Fear, and the Atrocity of Adverbs.

The road to Hell is paved with adverbs. Stephen King.

Word from Mythology: HYPNOTIC

The English word hypnotic (and related words like hypnosis and hypnotize) come from the Greek language originally (the "y" is a good clue about that!), specifically from the Greek word hypnos which means "sleep" (ὕπνος). When something is hypnotic, that means it puts you into a state like that of sleep. In a medical context, like a "hypnotic drug," that means the drug is sleep-inducing.

Hypnos was also personified as the God of Sleep. His mother is "Night" and his father is "Darkness," and his brother is Thanatos, "Death." You can read more about the Greek god at Wikipedia.

Here is a bronze head of Hypnos, circa 100 C.E.:

Putting the Creativity in Creative Writing

This wonderful graphic might "free your mind" so that you can indeed connect the dots in new ways — in your own creative ways — when you write. :-)

Starting a Blog

Here's a fun infographic about blogging from Sylvia Duckworth. It's geared towards teachers who start blogging, but this can also apply to lots of kinds of blogging!

Why Starting a Blog Could Change Your Life
1. You'll make new friends.
2. You'll learn things about yourself.
3. It's a great hobby.
4. You'll become a better writer.
5. There may be perks!
6. It could land you a new career.
7. You tend to read and discover more.
8. You tend to look for new tools
9. You inspire by example.
10. You will really "get" social media and leadership in education.