One of the careers I wished for was archaeologist. I wanted to be the person finding out about ancient people. finding ancient and lost cities and working with the museums to display the history I had found. But, it didn't happen thta way. Tonight I found a set of archaeologist tools. What time period would you wanto to study if you were an archaeologist? There are more than just dinosaurs... would you study Medieval France? Mayan ruins in South America? The polar ice and all the information frozen through history? If you had a set of archaeology tools where would they take you?
Category: "Writing Exercises"
5 Unconventional Ways to Improve Your Photography. Apply these same ideas as a writer:
- Study something, other than writing. Pick a hobby, how about photography?
- Delete old stories, ideas and such which you "might use some day". Don't get trapped by old ideas, old clutter.
- Limit your gear, make do with what you have. Stop shopping for new software, new books and other tools, accessories. Get back to the basics and rely more on yourself than props.
- Take a closer look at your subject. Even if you are writing fiction, find something new, look for a fresh angle. Get a new perspective by stepping back from your past research, experience or opinions.
- Teach someone else about writing. You can also pull together the information and resources you have and teach someone else what you know about the topics you write about. Explaining it all to someone else helps you rediscover what you thought you knew.
This came from one of my nephew's friends on Facebook.
You are in a horror movie on Halloween, the first ten people in your chat are: (No cheating!!) Cries like a baby: The one who trips while running in the woods: First to go missing: Murdered saving you: Survives by faking death: Has a solid survival plan nobody listens to: Spends all the time looking for Twinkies: Turns into a zombie: Everyone suspects is the killer: Is really the killer:Think of peopel you have read or written (characters of your own creation) where would each fit on the options provided?
I didn't know there was a name for this. Advertisers use this a lot, but we all fool ourselves and believe something just because we want to.
The Forer effect refers to the tendency of people to rate sets of statements as highly accurate for them personally even though the statements could apply to many people. Psychologist Bertram R. Forer (1914-2000) found that people tend to accept vague and general personality descriptions as uniquely applicable to themselves without realizing that the same description could be applied to just about anyone. The most common explanations given to account for the Forer effect are in terms of hope, wishful thinking, vanity and the tendency to try to make sense out of experience, though Forer's own explanation was in terms of human gullibility. People tend to accept claims about themselves in proportion to their desire that the claims be true rather than in proportion to the empirical accuracy of the claims as measured by some non-subjective standard.How can you use the Forer Effect in your writing, especially if you are writing copy for sales?
You can find real celebrities on Twitter (with the checkmark after their name). But, you can also find dead celebrities, famous people and others created by someone with an interest in history or just having a lot of snark. I also follow a few who post from the point of view of people living in a specific period of time, like Victorian women. If you have an interest in a particular celebrity or famous person try searching for the name on Twitter, see what comes up. If you created a historical fictional account yourself, who or what time period would you mimic? Historical Tweets - outdated database but still useful.