Jeanine O'Loughlin

Fantasy, Science Fiction & Historical Fiction Author, Blogger, and Geek

Category: Back to School Month

Back to School – Reference: Writing Excuses Podcast, Resource: Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcast

September is the time when we in the US start preparing for the new school year. So each Monday I’ll be posting a piece of reference and a resource I use (have used) for developing my writing.

Reference:

The podcast “Writing Excuses” is a great place to go for discussions, exercises, prompts and other writing advice from some wonderful published authors. They have episodes spanning several years that touch just about every topic of writing in short bite-sized format.

http://www.writingexcuses.com

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Resource:

I’ve mentioned this podcast before on this blog briefly. “Stuff you Missed in History Class” is a wonderful podcast that runs about an hour-long several times a week that covers people, places, events, and things in history. They also provide great suggestions for resource materials on the topic and will provide what is speculation, what is held as the “most likely” truth from historical experts and what is actually documented in the historical record. There are subjects spanning from ancient history to more modern history. You can search all of their episodes (which spans hundreds) on their website. I use this as a jumping off point for any historical fiction projects I’m working on.

http://www.missedinhistory.com

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Back to School – Reference: Writer’s Journey, Resource: Pinterest

September is the time when we in the US start preparing for the new school year. So each Monday I’ll be posting a piece of reference and a resource I use (have used) for developing my writing.

Reference:

http://www.amazon.com/Writers-Journey-Mythic-Structure-3rd/dp/193290736X

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This is a book I was recommended to read in college by a friend. It takes Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey and puts it into the context of using it for writing. There are a lot of references used from pop culture to really help you understand the concept. While it’s presented as a “formula” I found it more of an inspirational/insightful reference that helped me more as an editor and when I analyzed things I read than it did my writing.

Resource:

https://www.pinterest.com/

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Now if you haven’t heard of this site it’s a site that is designed to be your never-ending cork board for everything you could possibly imagine. I have used this a lot for my other hobbies, sewing/costuming etc. but I’ve also found it a great tool for inspiration, vocabulary charts, and even reference images for things like characters, costumes, settings etc.

If you’re not one for sharing you can even make your boards private so only you can see them. Again it’s a great place to just get ideas and find some fun ways to inspire yourself.

You can follow my writing pinterest at: https://www.pinterest.com/jeanineoloughli/

Back to School – Reference: Bird by Bird, Resource: Pompous Ass Words

September is the time when we in the US start preparing for the new school year. So each Monday I’ll be posting a piece of reference and a resource I use (have used) for developing my writing.

Reference:

http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Some-Instructions-Writing-Life/dp/0385480016

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This is another great book that was suggested by a Creative Writing teacher of mine. Another great book with exercises to help you get that story you’ve had tucked inside out onto the page. A lot of my process has developed in breaking down my process into bite-sized pieces and just chipping away at the story.

Resource:

http://www.pompousasswords.com/www/index.htm

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Most of us don’t speak like a posh member of European aristocracy. So, this is a great resource for when you’re trying to give a character just that extra ounce of snoot in their dialogue.

Happy Writing!

Back to School – Reference: Writing Down the Bones, Resource: Fantasy Name Generator

September is the time when we in the US start preparing for the new school year. So each Monday I’ll be posting a piece of reference and a resource I use (have used) for developing my writing.

Reference:

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Down-Bones-Freeing-Writer/dp/1590302613

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This is a book that my high school creative writing teacher used for part of our coursework. The author Natalie Goldberg brings in a lot of her views on “spirituality” into the book, that while you may not see the world as she does you can definitely benefit from some of her thoughts on how to help you get your words to the page and find who you are as a writer.

Resource:

I am terrible at naming things. It is not a talent I have, but when I see or hear a name I know when it’s right (or at l east close) to what I’m looking for. So when I’m looking for inspiration or just need a name for the third guard from the left this is where I usually start.

FantasyNameGenerator

http://fantasynamegenerators.com/

It’s a great resource for those of us who just suck at names. It contains every type of name generator you could want and even some things beyond names, though I haven’t utilized those.

Happy Writing!

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