Creative Resources

I am trying to get some supplies for Silver Sky by Janet, and I need some help. I know, I know. I’m always looking for help, but please give me a second to explain.  The easiest and cheapest way that you can help is to join Ibotta using my referral code. I get $5 when you join, and a $10 bonus if two people join. I get $50 if five join and $100 for every 10 who sign up. And all you need is the referral code and a smartphone.  Right now I have $30 worth of rebates in my account with that app. I can get that money transferred to my PayPal account so that I can use it on Beadaholique. Beadaholique uses a rewards system where you earn points for each item you buy or for some tasks you perform. For every 100 points you receive, you can get $1 discount. For every $50, you also get an extra 250 points, so if I spent $200, I could a $10 discount. That basically translates into free stuff/shipping upgrades.  Other ways you can help out is to donate directly to my PayPal or to send me gift cards for Amazon, Beadaholique, Hobby Lobby, Joann, or Michaels. Like I said before, the Ibotta method is cheapest for you. I don’t really have an expiration date for the help, though Beadaholique is running a 25% site-wide discount through tomorrow.  I could purchase jewelry supplies from any of the stores, but some of the stores also sell wreath making supplies, which I also need. If you can help me get enough money together to make these purchases, I will: Be forever grateful.  Give you a discount on purchases you make for a two months/every gift card, donation, etc. you send/make.  Name an item in honor of you.  Please help if you can and consider sharing the link with friends who might help. Thanks!

Help a Ginger Out

writingbox: Sometimes you want to write, but you have no plot ideas. Perhaps your fingers are itchy to write, you want to meet a submissions deadline, a character is bugging you to tell their story, or a single image, phrase, or scene is sitting heavy in your head. But you still can’t find the whole story. So what can you do? Start with characters: find their names, their backstories, their relationships. Create detailed descriptions, draw them, build their family trees. Get them interracting, put them into a room together, or bump them into each other in the street. Read their diaries, their love letters, their bank statements. Get to know them inside out. This is one place where you may find your story. Start with a world: create your map, name the towns, lakes, forests, and mountains. Work out the trade routes, position the markets, the ports, and the industry. Find the history, predict the future. Draw out the borders, bring war, re-draw the borders. Get down to street level and see who lives there. Walk the streets yourself. This is one place where you may find your story. Start with a room: stand in the middle of a room and open your eyes. What does the room look like? What’s in it? How many doors and windows are there? What is the room used for? Who uses it? What has happened here, and what is going to happen here? This is one place where you may find your story. Start with an object: pick something up into your hand. What is it? What is it used for? Who owns it, and who owned it before them? What is it worth, either monetarily or sentimentally? Has it been lost, found, stolen, given away? Why is this object important? This is one place where you may find your story. via Tumblr

What To Do When You Have No Plot

babyshoes-neverused: I stumbled upon a tumblr today that helps writers accurately represent characters with racial / nationalistic / religious / sexual orientation (and so on) differences than their own. The site allows you to submit your own experiences and/or get into contact with others that have in order to enhance the depiction of characters in your creative writing. What a great idea! Diversity Cross Check via Tumblr

amandaonwriting: Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed. by Amanda Patterson via Tumblr

Cheat Sheets for Writing Body Language