Writer’s Block

We have all been there haven’t we creative writer? You are plugging along pretty speedily on a story, the plot is progressing and everything feels great then suddenly without warning, like the entrance of a villain in a horror movie, it starts to loom. You can feel the creative river start to dry out until it is barely a stream and then BAMMMMM! Nothing. You stare at the screen or the page and you want to put words there but nothing is happening and nothing will come out. You look at your story boards, outlines, character sketches and plot maps– … Continue reading Writer’s Block

How to create a Fictional Language

Creating Your Own Language Authors use languages to help them tell the stories of the fictional worlds they are creating, from Tolkien’s Elvish, to Dothraki in Game of thrones, Klingon from Star trek and Na’vi from Avatar. Sometimes, it can be as simple as creating a word to name something that doesn’t exist in our current language- other times, the author can create an entirely new language. A constructed language is called a conlang and is created by a person or a small group as opposed to being formed naturally as a part of a culture. Today, we can use … Continue reading How to create a Fictional Language

Minutes from Oct. 8, 2018 Meeting

Hello Creative Writer, We had a meeting on Monday! We started the meeting with a update on our progress: the blogs creation and design were discussed, a possibility of more digital involvement in the forms of social media and chat spaces and the need to establish literary guidelines. We then had a brief discussion on the process of writing our ghost stories. We all agreed that there are lots of stories to choose from and it has been very exciting to use a new form that we haven’t really explored. We shared our poems as assigned from last week and … Continue reading Minutes from Oct. 8, 2018 Meeting

Online Writing Resources

Recently a few of us met and were discussing writing tools–or toys, in some cases. We played a few storytelling games–Nanofictionary and Story Cubes–to get things flowing and talked about how useful these sorts of games can be for creating a low-pressure opportunity for a writer to break out of their comfort zone and practice writing outside the box. I thought I’d make a space here to share a few other storytelling tools I’ve used in the past. If coming up with ideas is where you struggle, The Time Is Now offers weekly writing prompts in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. … Continue reading Online Writing Resources