Creative Writing 101
Musing on from pen to Parchment
or in this case, keyboard to lens!
I May have it all here for you! (and if Not... then you can check my Epic Ballad of Poetry lens after and my Reading Lens as well between the three I have plenty of ditto sheets to help with book reports, Plot lines and such.
I have started a 2nd page as this has become so long (and more to come) so I decided to try an organize the information into separate pages; So if there's information missing from this lens, it has moved to the new one.
Creative writing 101 by Kim Marie Ostrowski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.
November is National Novel Writing Month
Travel writing Kit!
* highligher (1 or 2 colors)
*Mechanical pen +lead (better than having to always stop to sharpen)
*Always have at least a black or blue pen (I prefer black) or
* a Pk of Colored pens (a black and or blue usually is included)
* don't forget to back up your writing to a nail drive
* have an extra SD card with you.
This is also a great Idea for your journals Start reading about journaling
Poor man's Copyright.
I was told years ago all you had to do was mail yourself what you wanted copyrited. Not that easy. My cousin who worked for the P.O. said it has to be REGISTERED.
When you receive it DO NOT OPEN it when it comes, it must stay closed until someone claims they wrot, drew etc whatever it is.
Your Qulling me!
The story of the pen
The word pen is derived from the latin term, "penna" which means feather.
The swanm, goose and turkey feathers most commonly used to make the pens, had the larger capillaries for better ink flow.
In Shakespeare's time all that was available as a writing instrument was the quill; he wrote his many masterpieces like Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth & more with a hand cut feather quill pen.(When it comes to Shakespeare, I can see where the term "The Pen is mighter then a sword" comes from; all those tragedies he wrote..In his hand the pen truelly was a sword to his characters!) Unfortunately over time his from dipping his quill into the ink, his fingers turned black and so retired.
This form of writing tool was used for over 1500 year. From the Egyptians' fine reed brushes, to the Romans' Hollow reeds & stylus feather quills, fountain pen & now our ballpoint pens, ( typewriter & then computer) writing instruments have come a long way. Sadly thaks to the computer formal writing is becoming a lost art. When I told someone I was handwriting my story, then typing to file they called me "Hardcore"
Aside from Shakespeare, the quill pen has written most of the famous documents if not all in history. The dead sea scrolls, magna Carter, The constitution of the united states (if I remember right, I think in the pictures of the signing you will see them using quills), and the beautiful Illuminated manuscripts. What do I mean by illuminated? Illuminated lettering is pretty much decorated lettering. If its block letters its usually decorated inside with various colors & can be very complex with flora & fauna, animals, celtic knots, & more all of this inside or outside of the letter, bringing it to life! I've also seen where it was just the background was decorated & the letter was just plain with a different color to pop) The illuminated letter was usually the first letter of the page or paragraph.
These pens around every 2 sheets of writing would have to be sharpened, and would last but about 1 week or 2. Its the left wing of a bird that is used for the quills, mainly goose, swan or crow even Ostrich have been used. (those are the ones that look like they are waving at you while one is writing) and were the most comfortable for those who are right handed as the curve of the left wing quill best fit the right handed writer.
have you found a large bird feather? Do you want to use it for a quill pen? The best are said to be from geese and for the finest most detailed writing crows flight feathers work best.
They are still used occasionally in modern times usually calligraphy, scrapbooking, and some other creative outlets.
Before you do anything, soften & cure the tip by putting it in a container of hot sand or hot water. This will prevent it from shattering when you cut it with the knife (no matter how sharp)
Calligraphy ink is used when writing with a quill (feather) not india ink as that has adhesive properties. (that will most likely bind itself to & ruin your Quill pen.)
iWrite - writers outline also works for doing reviews
Uses for iWrite
Here's an outline that I copied off a ditto sheet I got freshman year of High school. (Yes I kept it as I thought it would come in handy later on & has on a couple of occasions) weather you are trying to outline the information for your book or do so for a book report or even review a book or movie
(if you need the full page contact me & we can discuss how to send it)
Here I'll list examples for each & some additional ideas to add
MOVIES Include Director maybe screen writer & the running time
*Characters - here you include something going on in the life of each of the characters.(You can also list their family members, their personality traits, etc. to keep consistency
*Protagonist - This would be the good guy in the media you are writing or reviewing. Here you write some of the protagonist's story line and maybe a point to it.
*Antagonist - This is the Bad guy Write about what they are, going to do & what their motivation is
*Setting -- What city, state, Country Does the story take place in? is it more than one? Then list them When year? in the 1800s You can also write in the late 19th century as well. You can also note if they are traveling that the characters) are going vacationing in the western world for the united states area or Eastern for Asia (depending on where you live)
Another 'Driving on a road trip up the west coast (of the united States.) It all started Yesterday morning when I just needed to get away, so I just hoped in the car & took off. I live in Southern California & I'm going to drive right up into Canada"
*Images and Mood - Like Bram Stoker's Dracula does it show allot of red to convey the image of blood, or maybe the Sixth Sense to show when a ghost is around. Do you hear a certain sound around a spooky part or does the movie use a certain type of music maybe rap or Hip Hop for an urban setting.
*Plot - What is the Plot going to be or is of what you are writing, watching or reading?
* Climax - What is the climax? Is the climax going to be the actual ending or will there a softer part thereafter? For reviews...was the climax climatic enough, surprising, did it have a twist?
* Evaluation -- Here's the overall if this is a review. Also include the casting actors etc. (You can see what I try to include in my Reviews on my Movie page)
Well even if you have 1 page written for your story or book? (or screenplay) give it a day & reread it.
What would you rate it? Give it to a friend & ask them what they would
10- Superior to any Book you've read or movie you've seen
9- as good as the best you've read or seen
8- Excellent: one of the best
7- very Good; Highly recommended
6- Above average: enjoyable there's at least something memorable in it
5- borderline- not great but not bad either read/watchable feelings of indifference
4- Fair some good points but not a favorite
3- below average Don't recommend it & not at all memorable
2- poor difficult to understand
1- Complete waste of time
* Rating 2
1-5 Stars & why?
Top Shelf Journal -start your writing career
A spot to include EVERYTHING! I'm sure between everything I've written in my life it would all fit in here! Write your Novel,(or at least that outline maybe first chapter as well) poems, Short stories, even journal your trips or your biography in this. You could possibly even write a daily and still have room (that is if some days nothing exciting happened and you just dot down a thought or ideas, that's all. Then just use what's left of the page for next day. Make it a commonplace book even include recipes, important emergency numbers (or at least a page for them but put those numbers in pencil so if and whenever you movie you can change them) quotes, lists (movies, tv, books watched & Read) A listing of your phone contacts even business contacts is a good idea.
Lesson 2 Types of Words
We all need a brush up at one time or another on our grammar and punctuation so here I'll do just that.
I will start with the types of sentences (as I'm working in a workbook myself and as I go on I will include what I just re-learned as well. So now you know where I got the idea from.)
Lesson 1 Types of Sentences
a Declarative sentence is the first purpose of a sentence and makaes a statement. These always end in a period. Interrogative sentences are just as those the cops would as inan 'interrogation' they are questions and always end in a question mark. This is the 2nd purpose of a sentence. The third purpose is making a request or command which is called an Imperative sentences are strong commands like stop! and end with an excalmation point! While mild ones, like when you'd say please; ends with a period. A little note on these as well is that you can not use the word 'you' in the sentence. The Exclamatory sentence is fourth purpose to which one expresses strong feelings or emotion like That was awesome!
Subjects & Predicates
who or what the sentence is about is the subject they can be either Nouns or pronouns nouns consist of names, the job or the carpenter and samples of pronouns are he, she it and they.
The most important word in the complete subject is the Simple Subject. The complete Subject gives more details about the simple subject. So if you were to say : The young writer only uses a quill and parchment to write. So the writer would be the simple subject , and young writer is the complete subject
predicate is the verb or verb phrase of what the subject is doing. Like the simple & comple subject the simple and comple verb works the same way. We should hang out at the bowling alley, should hang is the simple and should hang out at the bowling alley would be the complete predicate.
You can use Compound subjects and predicates to help you create Independent Clause which is a group of words that has a subject & predicate can stand alone as a simple subject or make your sentences much more interesting to read.
Compound sentence is made up of at least 2 if not more independent clauses. These independent clauses which can stand alone as a simple sentence can be joined with the words, or, and, & but.
Complex sentences make your writing flow they help you show how your ideas relate to one an other. These are made up of an independent clause and oine or more dependent clauses. Dependent clauses are made up of a subject and a predicate but CANNOT stand alonethe dependent and independent clauses can be joined by using the words because, unless, whether and where.
Phrase is a group of words that does not have a subject or predicate and cannot stand alone. The one sure way to pick out a phrase is they will not make sense on their own.
Modifiers this is a words or group of words that describe other words (confused?) That's what a misplaced modifier does. A misplaced modifier is one that is in the wrong position the word 'Often' is one of these modifier words. Placed in the wrong position someone could read the sentence in the wrong context.
dangling modifier a phrase which usually is at the beginning of a sentence that does not appear to be connected to anything else in the sentence.
a sentence Fragment is a phrase that lacks a subject or predicate one of these is a famouse phrase 'like the friend you never had'
Run-on sentence I'm sure I'm usually and possibly at fault when it comes to these as I always try to include as much detail as possible. A run-on. strings together two or more sentences wihtout using a linking word or punctuastion to connect them.
comma fault-this happens when a writer uses a comma along to connect two sentences.
parallelism this is a form of repetition of grammatical forms.For instance putting verbs all in the past tense is parallelism but if you are with an ing it puts it in the present tense and breaks things up.
Lesson 2 Types of Words
Noun The name of a person place or thing (and even idea) and usually begin with a capital letter. Common nouns like 'student', country, football, and joy, unless they are starting off a sentence do not begin with a capital letter. Then there are the Compound nouns these are two or more words, like New York City that acts as a single noun. (Great-grandmother is a hyphenated compound noun)
Verbs words such as: walk, run, jump, climb that shows an action or state of being. verbs usually follow the subject (or noun) in the sentence.
Pronouns a word that takes the place of a noun, and can refer to the same things as a noun only it is substituted by first, 2nd or 3rd person singular or plural. Some of these are
First person..............I, Me.......................... We, us
Second person.............. you............................ you
Third person.............. he, she him, it her......... they, them
First person..............My, Mine.....................our, ours
Second person.............. your, yours...................your, yours
Third person.............. his her hers its................ their, theirs
Adjectives modifies a noun or pronoun, and answers the questions Which, What kind & how many. proper adjectives are capitalized when they start a sentence, but proper adjectives do being with a capital letter bein they are formed from proper nouns.
AdverbThese words ask When,to what extent, How, Where and How often. Adverbs are words that modifies the verb, adjective or another adverb. Adverbs a lot of times end with the letters '-ly' like happily, gracefully, and by using this you can change an adjective to an adverb.
Preposition no I'm not offering you a deal.. this kind of word shows the relationship between a noun or pronounand another word in the sentence. Some frequently used prepositions are,between, under, through, off, on, before, across, in, into , without, like, near and so on.
ConjunctionsThere are several kinds and join words clauses & phrases. Coordinating conjunctions link words & clauses with the same grammatical structure and include, or, and, nor, yet, so, but. Subordinating conjuctions join a dependant clause to an independent clause and see them in complex sentences. Some of these conjunction words are: unless, because, if, once, when, whereas, whereverm whenever, while, whether, after, & although
Interjections an expression that shows surprise or a strong feeling and not connected with any other words in the sentence. When using interjection words it may be followed by an exclamation, like HELP! a comma like "Oh no," i left my purse in the cab. or a question mark.
Other helpful writing Tools & Tips - Like How to make a quill
I love Quill pens, but they can be expensive. I do really wish we still used these today, I love the flourish of the writing. Receiving a letter written with this or a (more modern approach) Fountain pen the writing always seems easier to read. Maybe at least use it in schools to teach students how to print & write!
Make a Quill from a feather (but please just try to finda turkey feather or Phesant feather no hunting, & harming thank you.
Add Flourish to your poems and signature, your stories This is great if you want to do a diary entry from your character and so forth.
Howeer if you donot want to Mak one, You can buy them in barnes & Noble or there's a couple below!
& Here is the 6 Essentials for submitting your novel to agents from Writer's Digest
Story writing - poll
How do you write your stories?
75,000 words = 100 page book
Help an Author
Explains the opening of the story, sometimes an earlier history to the story that is significant to the present story at hand.
Setting maybe part of some other information weather it be past present or future to the story.
10 Tips to improve your grammar
The Pen is mightier than the sword
why? because its the only way you can kill someone & get away with it!
Example of a plot outline
I thought being I was including other creative writing on here that It might help if I included an example of a plot outline
The Write-Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer
Create a Storyline - i retyped this from a ditto sheet I got when I was school as well as a few others to help out.
Sometimes a Strong story
never finds its ending
until that ending is discovered in the afterlife....
When it confronts life again
10 Things You Should Not Say to a Writer
Old Fashioned or technotronic?
How do you write your story?
The Pen & tongue is mightier than the sword - when you piss of a writer
No matter what your creative writing outlet poetry, writing drabble, short stories or novels I have the note books and such to write in (& yes for those of you who ONLY use your lap or desktops I have a few items on here for you in SD cards & flash drives!
Some of these journals I've seen in person others I thought would be nice for anyone's style. Also just basic notebooks & binders. (I have mine in a binder so I can re-arrange as I need it include character sketches notes & such.)
Can't find the perfect one? use a basic Black & white Composition book & color in the white parts, use stickers, paint over it anything you can think of. Best yet try to decorate it in the theme of your story!
Problem & Solution Outline
How to Create a Character Sketch
What to include in a character sketch
(Image from a ditto sheet I received in school that I just retyped)
For a Character Sketch you need
What is their background (growing up. Where did they grow up any siblings? Famiy Life, Childhood memory(ies)
What's their current status married single divorced etc. How's that llife, any Kids?
Work? What's their occupation & what does the job entail.. Education?
Descibe them hair color, eyes skintone etc. hair style They're fashion style
What's their ethnicity? Religion Political stance
Any sort of fears? Flying maybe
What's their Hobbies & other interests
check out the one I worked up as well as the Featured lenses there's some help there to create a character.
Epilouge or Epilog
the writing at the end of a work that usually bringing closure in a dramatic novel or other liturature.
Its the aftermath of the story. (if you've seen Lord of the RIngs:Return of the king there were a few of these! Same for the Dark Knight Rises)
Character Sketch - + Example
Character Sketch Form
Here's one I worked up (any ideas to add to it please let me know in the comments)
Character Name: age:
Eye Color: Hair color/Style:
Marital Status: dating/married to:
Favorite Drink (alcohol or non):
Character Sketch 2
Creating a Character Comaprison contrast essay
Edgar Allen POOH
12 Rules of writing - & a bonus
Stories written by fans of their fave characters and though a form of flattery
this is copyright infringement.
You are stealing intellectual Property,
as the AUTHOR owns the rights to those characters & worlds.
Writers don't get mad...We stab
a type of story written in a series of documents, usually to the letter variety
(the letters are usually from both sides) .
also journal entries, newspaper clippings and so forth. Epostilary is derived from a greek word meaning letter.
I think DRACULA might be considered one
& Proof reading
At some point you will have to Edit your work weather during, or after the writing happens; This is more so for the creative writing than poetry (as in poetry you can spell make up words and so on as you like) so here's a helpful tip; Before or after writing some or all of your story or publishing a blog entry take a break (say an hour's time then go back to it and re-read it. This way you will likely notice typos and other mistakes. How to sound Smart when you write.
As far as proofreading goes usually it is best to have someone else to read the story so they'd at least spot the spelling and other mistakes.
Here's a checklist for editing your work
When the author steps in and so to speaks breaks the fourth wall and speaks directly to the reader
Who is the backasswards person who came up with our language?
A catless writer
its almost inconceivable. Its a perverse taste, since it would be easier to write with a heard of buffalo in the room than even one cat; they make nests in the notes and bite the edges of the pen and walk on the typewriter keys"
- Barbara Holland
(my cat also bites the pages)
Should You be writing?
This can apply to ANY creative arts
Creative writing 101 by Kim Marie Ostrowski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.
Lined paper - links
- Hatch's Plot Bank
Plot ideas and story lines for fiction writing
- Imagination Prompt Generator
- Creative writing Prompts ideas for writers
Pick a Number up to 346 & see what you get
- Thirteen writing Prompts
print them out for one of those boring road trips
- POets & Writers Magazine
The Poets & Writers magazine official site
- Printable Paper
Find all sorts of paper & documents you may need. a few types of Budgets, Game scoresheets, STORYBOARD templates, to do lists, mathmatical papers, writing paper, music sheets & so much more!
Blog on what NOT to do and how to stop doing it
- 5 Inspiration hacks for creative people
Hack into your muse
- Quill pens info on eHow
From how to draw a quill pen (its pretty easy & that's coming from someone that does not draw well but the SIMPLEST of things! otherwise I trace) Making a quill pen from a feather, How to write with a feather, How to cut a quill pen, how to make
Adrien-Luc Sanders author & editors blog
- Why Content Goes Viral: the Theory and Proof
Do you write a blog? Well here's a great way for your blog (or any writings) to go viral
What's the Difference?
Dissertation- is normally written for adoctorate in Philosophy or docotring.
Thesis-is usually written for a bachelor or master's degree
term Paper sample
outline for Research paper
If what you are lookiong for is not here, then you might want to check out my StudySuccess> page. There's a variety of outlines for term papers, dissertations etc.
Term Paper Guidelines
Choose a topic for the paper.
Submit your topic idea on a piece of paper in the form of a question.Once you have chosen the topic, it may be modified but not changed completely. Do some preliminatry research first to be sure if there is enough of information on your topic (or too much?) Are there enough quality sources available., are you able to answer thequestion you have posed. Can the topic question be interpreted in more the the one way or merely require you to just recite the facts?
Initial bibliography at least _______substantional and varied sources of information.
Thi sis to be typed in whatever format specified. This may expand more as your research develops. At no time should you have fewer than _________reseources.
Annotated bibliography & notes
Complete & annotated bibliography for each source you use as well as taking notes electronically (like a word document) For each source you need to include the bibliographical information. The notece should show the evidence of the material you engaged yourself with by paraphrasing, labeling highlighting and including margin notes.
l. Thesis statement (the answer to your question)
...a. Main idea
.............2 Developing idea
2 Developing idea
. Main idea
2 Developing idea
Rough Draft- first draft of the final paper mistakes noted on this are to be corrected for the final paper Number of pages___________
Final Paper This should be the utmost best quality of all your work NO MISTAKES whatsoever in spelling grammar or research.
other notes & questions to guide you
What are the possibilities
What do I think
Test Stage 1 How sound is the reasoning
What needs to be known
what evidence is relevant
are the likely consequences acceptable
the the objections answerable
does the solution stand the test of consistency
Test stage 2 Is proper respect for human beings evident
are rights resepcted and responsibilities observed
How would I like to be treated this way
would it be acceptable for everyone to do this or be treated this way
test stage 3 IS the solution realistic
are adequesdt resources available
does this solution expect too much of people