• Any book recommendations?

    I m 16 and currently reading 1984 by George Orwell which I m really enjoying. Do you have any suggestions?
    I m 16 and currently reading 1984 by George Orwell which I m really enjoying. Do you have any suggestions?
    20 answers · 2 days ago
  • If you write a book about failure and it doesn’t sell was it a success?

    Best answer: Ah, yes. I see what you did there.
    Best answer: Ah, yes. I see what you did there.
    12 answers · 2 days ago
  • Is writing a story about a 13 year old boy having sex with a 34 year old man bad?

    Best answer: Look, its fiction. I don't think its the best thing to write about, there are a thousand things that are better to write about, but if you have the freedom to write what you want then do it. I wouldn't put my real name on it haha but i mean in reality nothing is stopping you. its your life, as long as... show more
    Best answer: Look, its fiction. I don't think its the best thing to write about, there are a thousand things that are better to write about, but if you have the freedom to write what you want then do it. I wouldn't put my real name on it haha but i mean in reality nothing is stopping you. its your life, as long as you're not hurting anyone, go for it
    17 answers · 2 days ago
  • Have you read "trump is ******* crazy" by Keith olberman?

    Best answer: olberman was looking in the mirror when he wrote it.
    Best answer: olberman was looking in the mirror when he wrote it.
    9 answers · 2 days ago
  • Why is the meaning of life 42?

    Best answer: Because...
    Best answer: Because...
    17 answers · 2 days ago
  • How do you read the name Stephen?

    18 answers · 3 days ago
  • If you see a typo in a book, do you put the book down and never read it again?

    Best answer: No. It's not uncommon for one to slip through the cracks - even with traditionally published books which have gone through the whole author proofread - proofread - editor proofread - author correction/proofread process. I also know typesetters who'll correct typos when they see them. And... I'm sure... show more
    Best answer: No. It's not uncommon for one to slip through the cracks - even with traditionally published books which have gone through the whole author proofread - proofread - editor proofread - author correction/proofread process. I also know typesetters who'll correct typos when they see them. And... I'm sure everyone involved are gnashing their teeth and kicking themselves for missing that typo.

    So, I have no problems overlooking a typo or two. More than that and I start getting annoyed, because then it becomes a matter of professionalism. If the book is otherwise good, I will continue reading, though.

    I occasionally read free e-books where some are filled with typos, and in this case, I won't be buying any books from that author. If he doesn't take his work seriously, then why should I? And yes, I know some people are dyslexic, but then there's always the option of hiring a proofreader or getting a friend or family member who's good at proofreading to look it over. In many cases, 90% of the typos/misspellings would probably have been picked up if the author would have taken the time to just run the manuscript through any writing program with a spell-checker.
    15 answers · 3 days ago
  • Do people still read books?

    32 answers · 5 days ago
  • Which do you like better, book or eBook?

    10 answers · 2 days ago
  • How to convince boyfriend he needs a ghostwriter/collaborator?

    Best answer: He's not there yet. If he cannot see the flaws in his own work and gets upset by constructive criticism and editing, then he's not going to be cooperative or easy to work with. It's not uncommon with novice writers. Those who have what it takes will usually toughen up once they realize that they have a... show more
    Best answer: He's not there yet. If he cannot see the flaws in his own work and gets upset by constructive criticism and editing, then he's not going to be cooperative or easy to work with. It's not uncommon with novice writers. Those who have what it takes will usually toughen up once they realize that they have a lot to learn and what a powerful tool constructive criticism can be.

    Also, as an artist and a writer, I can understand why he balks at the thought of a collaboration or a ghost writer, though. This project is his baby, if he's to write it together with someone else or have it written by someone else, then it's no longer his alone. And as Steven says, if you have to hire someone for the job it will be very expensive.

    Some things just have to be learned the hard way, so my advice to you is that you sit on your hands until he's ready to accept help. When/if he does, then you can swoop in, but... why not, instead of thinking in lines of a collaboration or a ghost writer, help him to become a better writer? Yes, it could mean that this first novel of his might never reach publishable quality, or that it can take years before it does, but wouldn't it be time/work well spent?
    11 answers · 4 days ago
  • Is there an app that spell checks your writing, grammar and correctly paragraphs your work?

    I’ve finished writing a potential book and have gone through it but I really want to know whether there’s an app that I can copy and paste my writing to that properly corrects any spelling or grammar, proper paragraphs that I may have missed?
    I’ve finished writing a potential book and have gone through it but I really want to know whether there’s an app that I can copy and paste my writing to that properly corrects any spelling or grammar, proper paragraphs that I may have missed?
    6 answers · 10 hours ago
  • Why do authors use pseudonymes?

    Best answer: obscurity
    Best answer: obscurity
    7 answers · 1 day ago
  • If I have a scene of underage teenagers having sex in my book, is it child pornography?

    Best answer: Most courts define pornography as material that exists to elicit sexual arousal. If your scene of underage characters having sex isn't there to make your readers sexually aroused, you're fine. Be aware that it's unnecessary to go into graphic detail in a sex scene that isn't there to arouse.
    Best answer: Most courts define pornography as material that exists to elicit sexual arousal. If your scene of underage characters having sex isn't there to make your readers sexually aroused, you're fine. Be aware that it's unnecessary to go into graphic detail in a sex scene that isn't there to arouse.
    5 answers · 12 hours ago
  • What are some popular names among teenagers today?

    It's for a novel and it takes place in present time, 2017 (actually the end of the last school year) and most of the characters are teenage boys and girls ages around 16-19, what are some names for kids that age?
    It's for a novel and it takes place in present time, 2017 (actually the end of the last school year) and most of the characters are teenage boys and girls ages around 16-19, what are some names for kids that age?
    8 answers · 3 days ago
  • How do I write a black character without being racist?

    I'm writing a character (still deciding her name. help with that?) who is a black Christian 14-year old. She's in 9th grade and her life started out in the hood, but her best friend led her to God and it got better. Her parents separated and she now lived with her mom. With her background, how do I write... show more
    I'm writing a character (still deciding her name. help with that?) who is a black Christian 14-year old. She's in 9th grade and her life started out in the hood, but her best friend led her to God and it got better. Her parents separated and she now lived with her mom. With her background, how do I write her personality and dialogue, making it sound educated and accurate, but not racist?
    5 answers · 18 hours ago
  • I’m in a creative writing class and need ideas for a short story that’s about two pages long. Any ideas?

    Best answer: here are some ways to generate your own creative story ideas and you should know some of them if you are in a creative writing class finding your own names is a great idea. you can get all sorts of ideas from just names alone. start keeping a name list. go to baby names sites or look at imdb at your fave movies or... show more
    Best answer: here are some ways to generate your own creative story ideas and you should know some of them if you are in a creative writing class

    finding your own names is a great idea. you can get all sorts of ideas from just names alone. start keeping a name list. go to baby names sites or look at imdb at your fave movies or tv shows. look not just at cast member names but the names of the crew as well. (also look at last names.) you can always look up a names meaning. keep a list of names you like and names you don't like. look up mythological names. names from other countries, look at your family names, get your yearbook out and look at names of people you went to school with. get out the phonebook and look at names there. like i said before you never know when or where inspiration will strike.

    writers read, read, and read some more, read more books, read more magazines, read the graffiti on the walls. reading will also help you to develop your writing voice. read in the genres you like and then read outside of your genre. also make sure to read lots of non fiction. this will help when you have to reseach.

    practice your writing in the following ways

    find online writing prompts and follow them

    read an article online about whatever floats your boat. then rewrite the article YOUR way.

    keep a dream journal. every time you wake up from a dream or a nightmare write it down immediately. over time you will be able to remember more details. plus you never know when or where inspiration will strike

    keep a daily journal. every day before you go to sleep write down in your journal everything that you did, that you experienced, that you thought about, that you saw. just everything. this will help you practice your writing, it will give you a chance to try out new vocabulary, and increase your observation skills. observe people more when you are out and about. when you see someone try to think what their story is. where they were before they crossed your path, where they are going next. again you never know when or where inspiration will strike.

    when you have an argument or something write it down from your perspective. then take some time and write it from the other persons perspective. if more then two people were there try writing from each persons perspective

    make a list of your favorite words. use a thesaurus to find similar words. learn new vocabulary. when practice writing try out the new words. try them out in conversations with people as well.

    pick up a book and open to a random page. read the top sentence. then use that sentence to start writing. just continue on from that one sentence. you can do this with a book, magazine, newspaper, heck you could even turn on the radio or tv and use the first thing you hear.

    look at other countries on a globe or a map. maybe think of places you would like to go or places you have already been if you were lucky enough to travel. look at place names. if you find something you are interested in go to the library and find out about it. yes you can use the internet but also try the library. the librarians have degrees and can help you locate more information and sometimes faster then you can find it yourself. read up on history that interests you. local legends, mythology or anything.


    listen to music. if you need new music or a new genre try lastfm. they have great suggestions. listen to movie soundtracks or video game music or whatever. you never know what will inspire you.

    go back to a newspaper and look at the classified section, the help wanted, lost and found, or even headlines. make a story from that. maybe the obituaries as well. like with the obits, maybe someone who looks a lot like the person who died shows up at the funeral. make a story out of that. or someone shows up who claims to be a long lost cousin or daughter or whatever. how about a classified someone says they found a dog or cat and the owner comes to claim said pet. week later the pet is found by same person again. they keep meeting. why does the pet keep going back. someone is renting a house. a person driving by stops to investigate because since they were a child they kept having dreams about this house. Why?

    go to any room in your house or apartment. close your eyes and spin around three times. then stop and open your eyes.. the first three things you see write a story about that.

    rip some paper into some strips. make some piles or put them into bowls or hats. in each section write down different things. for example in one pile write down some verbs in another pile write down some nouns. write down some common fears. the possibilities are endless. then pick one paper from each pile and write your story.

    do not forget to play the what if game. what would happen if..........

    go to listverse and look at some of their lists. you could get inspired there.

    look up some pictures for inspiration. look at sunrises or sunsets or forests or boats or cats or whatever you like. pinterest is a great place to find picture ideas and writing prompts and so much more.

    start doing research on something. if you always wondered how they make something look it up. if you like a certain time period then start researching it. there are so many ways to get inspired from that

    go sit in a dark room or closet and see what your mind comes up with

    go listen to a thunderstorm or waves on a beach. ( you can find both on youtube.com) see what comes to mind.

    find another creative way to get inspired. for example i know one author i love likes to dress dolls in the fashions of the time period she is writing about. i know someone who draws her characters, i know someone who makes wire people and animals. i know someone who takes photos to help inspire him, i know someone who knits while making a plot. i know someone who cooks to get inspiration. i know someone who paints. someone who does diy. there are no limits find something you like to do

    also keep some paper and a pen or a recording device with you at all times cause you never know when inspiration will strike and you will want to have a way to remember.

    all of this is better then asking people for their ideas.

    good luck and happy writing
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Free Audio Books?

    Where online can i get free audio books, like completely free and without all that 30 day free trial nonsense?
    Where online can i get free audio books, like completely free and without all that 30 day free trial nonsense?
    9 answers · 3 days ago