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Creative Ways to Come up With Ideas


I’m often asked how to come up with ideas, so I thought I’d give you a few ways to hopefully jump-start ideas on your end. Putting yourself in certain situations can get you in a more creative mindset, so be aware of your surroundings and what’s happening around you whenever possible.

Here are a few ways to come up with creative ideas on daily basis:

Listen to the people around you

There’s no better way to generate ideas than to listen to the people around you. People say some interesting things if you stay open to it. Ideas are guaranteed to formulate if you listen to what’s happening around you.

Tune into talk radio

Talk radio will help give you some ideas regarding how people communicate with each other and how people argue about things. Think about how people would talk about things in your world and what forums would be available for discussions.

Watch your favorite movie

Try to focus on why your favorite movie is your favorite. What gets you excited about it? Once you figure out those things, you should be able to realize what you want your book to be like. Harness what motivates you.

Write a scene between two characters

Consider writing a scene between two characters you like. Use your own characters or your favorite fictional characters. Put them in a situation they wouldn’t normally be in.

Take a walk

Allowing yourself some fresh air sometimes helps you get creative. If you’re stuck in one place all day, try to get out for a little while. Changing your environment can help generate ideas.

Use Google Maps

If locations tend to inspire you, use Google Maps to zoom in on places you’re interested in. Being able to see a place you intend to write about can make a huge difference. It will also help you see things in a different way.

Search for new music

Music often helps inspire writers, so take some time to download something new. Turn on Pandora or Spotify and keep your ears open for something that inspires you.

List your favorite characters

Pinpointing exactly what makes a character interesting to you can help you build your own characters. Take some time to list a few of your favorite characters and see what they have in common. Use these ideas to structure a character of your own.

-Kris Noel

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Anonymous asked: Do you have any advice on writing children's picture books? I'm trying to write one but I'm unable to settle on a single sorry, I have 4 or 5 under developed ideas and I don't know if any are good enough to pursue



  • Morals: Most children’s stories have morals, but they need to be subtle. Obvious moral lessons can be a turn off to both parents and children. Let the story speak for itself and the children will realize what the moral of the story is on their own.
  • Try to get the word count under five or six hundred. 32 pages is about the length you want (including publication page, dedication page, inner title page, purely illustration pages, etc.).
  • Illustrations: You might not get to choose the illustrator. Many agents and publishers have illustrators that they use for their picture books. Unless you’re a professional artist, you’re not going to have much say in this. Just something to keep in mind.
  • Vocabulary: Read books in the age group you’re writing for. Make a list of common vocabulary words. If you’re using words that are out of the vocabulary range, use them sparingly and make sure they’re only about one grade level higher than your intended audience.

20 Dos and 20 Don’ts

Writing Picture Books

How to Write Children’s Picture Books

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think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!

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5 Ways To Send Guilt A Big Fat Rejection Letter

You know about writer’s block. But did you know there’s such a thing as writer’s guilt? The writing life comes with its share of guilt. Guilty feelings can come from needing to block off lots of alone time, from not making a huge income, and from many other sources. But there are healthy, constructive ways to work through the guilty conscience that can come with being a writer.

Five solutions to overcome guilt in the writing life!

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Why your character’s religion (or lack of) is important:


Anyone in the roleplay community who knows me knows i am one hundred percent about one specific thing: religions. It pains me to see people only use religion when they are playing “religion freaks”. That term roughly translates to someone who’s obsessed with religion and takes everything about a certain religion to heart. While these people do exist, it is more likely that you’ll see people who embrace only certain parts of a religion but religion does surround us on a day to day basis and if you want a realistic character or roleplay in general, you must take them into consideration. Stop being afraid of religions. 


  • If your roleplay is set in the United States of America then one of the first things that must come to mind is saying the pledge in the morning. “One nation, under God.” There are several ways people take the pledge: those who don’t pay much attention but say it anyway, those who say the pledge but emit the “God” part, and those who don’t say the pledge at all. Another thing you might want to consider is Catholic schools or any type of educational institution that takes religion into great consideration. It’s becoming rather tacky to see every single Catholic school girl hate religion in general, while yes, there is many Catholic school girls who hate their school simply because of how it is formatted, it doesn’t mean every single one of them is going to start hailing Satan. 
  • Another point, believing in Satan or some sort of underworld in general is a part of almost every single religion. While some may think of religions in general a simply a spiritual path towards heaven, hell is about 50% of religions. Why else would people be so intent on being good and getting into heaven? Because there’s the possibility of getting into hell. 
  • One last thing to consider regarding religions and education is the education of religions. You learn about religions in history class, in philosophy class, and in well, religion class if you attend a school/university that offers it. When talking about religion in a history class you only learn the basics because teachers aren’t allowed or have the time to go into depth with every single piece of a religion, religions are huge and complicated especially if you’re solely talking about the major ones (Islam, Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism). In philosophy class you’re taught more in depth about religions but still not 100% and when you take a philosophy class or a history class you’re not necessarily taking either to learn about religions but to learn about every subject offered in the class. However, when you take a specific religious class it has to be because you’re interested in the religion or the religion is yours. 


  • Buddhism: In Theravada and Mahayana schools many people do not eat meat or fish. Some are vegans and specifically in China and Vietnam, many do not eat onions or garlic. Buddha told people not to eat certain types of meats: humans, elephants, horses, dogs, snakes, lions, tigers, boars, and hyenas. This was due to self-respect and protection. Though there is no specific law in Buddhism regarding food, in the time of the Buddha himself, monks were expected to eat everything put in their begging bowl without discrimination. 
  • Hinduism: In this religion, meat, fish, poultry, and eggs are forbidden. People who follow this religion very closely also don’t eat garlic, onions, mushrooms, alcohol, and tea or coffee. In the Vedic texts, one should offer food as a sacrifice to God. Many references indicate that fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, and dairy products are fit for humans to consume. The food offered to God is thought to bestow religious merit, purify the body, mind, and spirit. For this reason food has a close relation not only to the religion as a whole but in worship. The forbidden foods are considered ignorant and beef in particular is avoided due to respect for the cow. Bhishma, central character in a Hindu epic tells about how no sacrifice should be made without butter. Therefore, cows became essential. 
  • Christianity: Most Christians do not have a restriction when it come to eating meat though they refrain from eating it on Fridays or during Lent. There are only two biblical references regarding food: Genesis 9.1-4 and Genesis 1.29. The first allow people to eat meat under certain circumstances and the second states that vegetarianism was God’s original will. Most Christians will eat anywhere and don’t experience as many food restrictions as other religions. 
  • Judaism: The ingredients forbidden in the Jewish religion are several: emulsifiers of animal origin, glycerin, gelatin, shellfish, and prawns. Kashrut is the system of Jewish dietary laws. The Torah does not specify any reason for dietary laws but they are followed in order to show obedience to God. Leviticus 11:3 states, “Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.” 
  • Islam: Ingredients forbidden include pork, gelatin, meat not slaughtered in the prescribed way, blood, alcohol, carnivorous animals, and lard. Eating is a matter of faith, their dietary practices are also essentially about obeying God. You must recite the name of God (Allah) before eating and thank God after you are done. It is important to eat by the right hand in company and the name of Allah must be pronounced while slaughtering. It is also important to only eat when you are hungry and not to eat in excess. Essentially it is about thanking Allah for everything and keeping in mind that he is to thank for meals. 



  • Evidently, I don’t know everything about every religion and this was very generic and basic. If you’d like more information on a certain religion then please simply let me know. What I wanted to show more than anything, was that religion is such a part of everyday life. You see it in music, poems, television, movies, everywhere. It has even such a great part in dietary habits. It pains me the amount of people I see who are Buddhists and don’t take their dietary habits into consciousness or even their schools or prayers. I’m sorry that the world has decided to create this idea that religions are something to be feared, that they are evil, but they play a huge and essential part of every day life! Don’t play a religious freak, simply be conscious of what you are doing and saying. As always, if you would like to add more to this feel free, any questions contact me, any mistakes let me know. And have fun creating characters! 

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Anonymous asked: Hey, Max. I love to write, and I want to make a career out of it, but I'm pretty young. I don't think anybody takes my writing seriously, and it's hard to write when I know that nobody will want to read something written by someone who's fourteen. Do you have any advice?


Hello there, dear anon~ ♥︎

Well, first off I want to say that it’s hella awesome that you’re writing! Seriously. That’s awesome :D

Now… time to talk about the elephant in the room:

Should you care that nobody takes your writing seriously?

Any other writing blog would point you in the direction of something they wrote that could help you. Such as: Who are you trying to impress?

But not here. There’s more to your question. Because, personally I don’t think you should worry about what people think of you. Regardless of what you do people are going to love your work, and HATE your work. You have no control over that— so you might as well have fun with what you write, and enjoy writing!

I’m going to give you a little secret about being 14 years old: You’re getting older, right now, as you read this message. One day you will be 15, and then 16, and then before you know it you will be 18 and out of school. Time flies. Don’t worry about people. People are dumb, especially people in high school.

If you want to make a career on your writing, here’s what you need to do: write, write, write. Write books, entire books if you want, and then put them aside. They’re your nuclear warheads that will be waiting for WWIII, or rather waiting for you to start selling your books to literary agents, or cleaning them up if you’re going indie. Some of the books Stephen King published during his career are actually cleaned up (and super polished) versions of the books he wrote in high school.

You can also submit stories and writing to literary magazines or contest, that’s a great way to thicken your skin and put your name out there. Yes! There are literary magazines for people in high school. Most of what you send will get rejected but the pieces that don’t get rejected will earn you rep, and every little piece of rep will give you more traction for when you are old enough to get your books published.

Now, I need to say this, because I understand that telling you to “write and wait” may not seem like the best advice— but I have a nuclear warhead just for you. Writing makes you a better writer. Writing books right now and putting them aside is not a WASTE— because you have learned from writing that book. Also, that was not the nuclear warhead, this is:

I started writing seriously when I was 20 years old. I was taking an English class in college. Someone told me that I should try writing fiction, and I did. I took a creative writing class, and then… I realized that all of my life I had been telling stories. I used to make comicbooks, but I never cared for the drawings— I cared about characters, and story, and the tough choices that either makes a person or breaks them. I found my passion, or rather… I realized it was there all along.

What I’m getting to, is that with 5 years of dedication I’ve become this writer. Nowhere near a master. I’m still learning. Everyday. But I have learned so much. Think of this:

If you keep writing, by the time you’re my age (25) you will have 11 years of experience to my 5. Let that sink in.

Oh, dear anon, you have the time to become an amazing writer. Learn from everything around you. Write. Don’t waste your time worrying about the opinions of your parents or your peers. Write. Write with abandon. Write without fear. Write like your life depends on it.

And, in time, I may be asking you for advice.

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Anonymous asked: I seem to always have trouble thinking of plots for a stories. Do you have any tips on how to give short stories a meaning - or a drive?

Here are my resources on Short Stories

And to help with the plotting, all my stuff on Plots

Hope this helps!

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redneck-rockstar asked: How do you write a music scene. Like if the characters were to go to say a big concert, how does the details get written in. I know for something small and intimate like a club its easy but what about a bigger venue for a big artist? I have a scene like that in my notes but no clue who to put it in detail.

How to Describe Music This should be what you’re looking for. 

And here is a Guide to Musical Instruments, because you might find it helpful. 

Happy writing!

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Anonymous asked: How much similarities can you've without it being classified as stealing or copying? Because I watch this show, called Criminal Minds. The show is a about a team of FBI agents who study criminal behavior, in order to solve cases. In the story I'm writing, they do the same, I've taken some inspiration from the show, like one of the characters has the same position as one character in the show used to have.. How many similarities can you've, without being classified as copying?

There’s really no solid answer to that, but maybe this post can help:

When Does Inspiration Turn Into Plagiarism

Just be careful!

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