Tag Archives: creativity

Questions 248: Writing Chaotic Scenes

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JR asks:
“How do you write a chaotic scene without making it chaotic for the reader?”

Resources mentioned:
Arthur by Stephen R. Lawhead
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Remarque
And Then She Was Gone by J. Daniel Sawyer
Silent Victor by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Hartman Gambit by J. Daniel Sawyer (forthcoming)

Questions 240: Series vs. Multi-Volume Stories

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Cheyenne asks:
“I’m finding myself more interested in events in volume 2 of my story, and it’s making it hard to write volume 1. What do I do?”

Resources mentioned:
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Dune by Frank Herbert

Questions 234: Writing Prompts and Outlines

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Mike asks:
“Is writing from a prompt or a trigger an advanced skill? Will writing to an outline sabotage my development?”

Resources mentioned:
Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues

The Coffee Service by J. Daniel Sawyer

Sculpting God by J. Daniel Sawyer

Writing Into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith

Psycho IV

Questions 214: Exploring New Perspectives (Writing Instruction Series 8)

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In this eighth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“Given the limited life experience of children these days, how do I encourage them to explore new perspectives?”

Questions 211: The Blank Page (Writing Instruction Series 5)

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In this fifth installment in our miniseries on teaching students how to write, Rob asks:
“How can I help my students conquer their fear of the blank page and get that first sentence down?”