Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Take Ten Archives


Ten Common Misconceptions    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: November 26, 2013

I love reading shit on debunking misconceptions and myths. Not because I like proving people wrong. I’m usually one of the folks believing them. But I find it interesting how these things get started and how, without a shred or proof, everyone believes simply because enough people say it’s true. So I’ve compiled a few misconceptions I believed that turned out to be bullshit....more

Twenty Songs on My Writing Soundtrack    By OFW editor: Katrina Monroe    Publish Date: November 25, 2013

Some people need complete silence when they write. They can’t focus if there’s something else pestering the back of their mind. I need music, but not just any music. I alter my playlists to specifically cater to the scene I’m writing or outlining. It puts me in the right mood for the scene and drives the writing forward. What are some of your favorite songs to write to?...more

Ten Reasons You Should Fear Robots    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: November 24, 2013

We love technology. Everything that’s awesome today is thanks to the advancement of it. Robots are awesome…on the surface at least. We’ve got military drones, autonomous androids with the ability to make decisions, nanobots—this should not excite us. Earth is looking more and more like a sci-fi novel, and we’re all “Yay for science!” But think about robots for a minute. Use your writer’s brain and consider all the shit robots can do today. Depending on how we go from here with our mad robotic skills, the future just might be a sci-fi novel. Think I’m a paranoid freak? Just stop for a moment and consider the shit modern robots can do. Wait, I’ve done some of the thinking for you....more

Ten Signs Your Villain is a Dumbass    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: November 23, 2013

Creating believable characters is hard, and villains are apparently harder. We want the hero to get away, so he can’t be too smart. For some writers, this apparently means he must be borderline retarded instead. Ten signs you’ve created the dumbest villain ever:...more

Ten of the World's Greatest Liars    By OFW editor: Katrina Monroe    Publish Date: November 22, 2013

As fiction writers, we can relate to liars. We make shit up for fun and try to convince our audience that it’s real, despite the “fiction” label plastered to the back cover of our lies. Sometimes, like the first on our list, the best liars combine the two....more

Ten Things I Hate About Blogging    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: November 21, 2013

I do enjoy blogging for the most part. I am fascinated by the way in which smarter folks than me have deconstructed the process and come up with ways to make your blog the most kickass blog in the universe. However, there are many things about blogging that piss me off. I’ve narrowed it down to ten, because none of us wants to read three pages of rant, right?...more

Ten Weird Mythological Creatures    By OFW editor: Katrina Monroe    Publish Date: November 20, 2013

We’ve had it with sparkly vampires, werewolves, ghosts… you name it, we’ve seen it. If you’re thinking of writing a creature fantasy, how about you try one of these on for size....more

Ten Unusual Phobias    By OFW editor: Katrina Monroe    Publish Date: November 19, 2013

As writers, we’re always looking for some kind of quirk to bestow upon our characters to make them stand out. Red hair, a gimp, a scar in the shape of a sailboat on their clavicle. Or perhaps they’ll have an unusual phobia....more

Top Ten Death Row Requests    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: November 18, 2013

We’ve all thought about it – our hypothetical last meal. Would you go all out, send the warden on his way with a shopping list? Would you require them to enlist your mom in making her famous meatloaf surprise? Share your last meal requests in the comments. No, we won’t honor them. Get off your butt and cook for yourself. As for me, I’d ask for the tomatillo chicken enchiladas from Barrillo restaurant in Minneapolis and a pepperoni and pineapple pizza from Papa Johns with extra garlic sauce....more

Ten MORE Fantastical Lines from Literature    By OFW editor: Renée Miller    Publish Date: November 17, 2013

As a writer, I go through phases of absorption and expulsion. Reading and writing, respectively. Having just finished a couple of weeks of brain-sponging, I felt it my duty to share with you mongrels more of my favorite lines from recently read novels. Chew them up, swallow them, osmosis the genius and expel magic onto your own work....more

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