Posts Tagged ‘creative writing ideas’

My mother, ever curious, wanted to know what all the “green comet” fuss is about. Here’s a quick guide to C/2022 E3 (ZTF), a visitor last welcomed to these parts by Neanderthals.

A lot has changed since then!

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See a rare green comet closest to the sun on Jan. 12 in livestream | Space

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs (NASA JPL) gives the period of this comet as 50,000 years. This means the last time the orbit of C/2022 E3 (ZTF) brought it so close to the Earth, our planet was in the midst of the last glacial period or “ice age” and early Homo sapiens and Neanderthals still shared the planet.

Pretty pictures: A dazzling green comet has stargazers thrilled in amazing photos | Space.

How to Watch the Green Comet During the New Moon – The New York Times

Comets are clumps of dust and frozen gases, sometimes described by astronomers as “dirty snowballs.”… 

“They’re alive,” Laurence O’Rourke, an astronomer with the European Space Agency, said. “When they’re far from the sun, they’re sleeping, and when they get close to the sun, they wake up.”

[Nothing to worry about then. It’s fine!]

To catch the comet, look north.

On Jan. 21, the night of the new moon and thus the darkest skies, the comet will be close to Draco — the dragon-shaped constellation that runs between the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper.

Over the following nights, the comet will creep along the dragon’s tail. And on Jan. 30, the comet will reside directly between the Big Dipper’s “cup” and Polaris, the North Star. If you’re accustomed to finding the North Star by following the two stars on the end of the Big Dipper’s cup, then you should be able to spot the comet. Simply scan that imaginary line until you see a faint smudge.

For anyone living above the 35th parallel — imagine a curving East-West line running from North Carolina through the Texas Panhandle out to Southern California — the comet will be visible all night starting Jan. 22.

So C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is going to be visible for a while, but you might need binoculars. What did the Neanderthals think of it and its dramatic green halo, I wonder? 

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Photo by Huper by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

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A few days ago I talked about finding ideas, and even better, how to find good ideas. But what comes after that? After a writer sifts through the mountain of “not bad” and “ok” and even “pretty good” ideas and finds the one that is worth investing in, what comes next?

Because that’s what you’re doing, investing your time, energy, creativity, and care into this little story seed. How can you give it the best chance to grow up healthy and strong?

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Elizabeth Bear has a useful piece out about taking ideas to the next level:

A post office box in Schenectady.

“I used to despair of coming up with A Great Idea. Eventually I discovered that the way to make my not-so-great ideas better is to keep asking more complicated questions about them.”

For writing in general (and as previously discussed), a good first step is to check out Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain

Once you’ve done that, what’s next? I moved on to Stein on Writing.

And what do you know, I roughed out notes for that book too. If you’re interested, check out the PDF below!

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And when it comes right down to it, this is some of the best advice on creativity I’ve seen:

can’t find the original post/s but here is a screenshot that was living under a digital rock in my computer files, next to many other fascinating and under-utilized resources

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And to be clear, yes, I like sparkle:)

Photo by 3Motional Studio on Pexels.com

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Today seems like a fine day for another visual writing prompt. The weather here in Ontario is starting to improve but there’s still a great deal of snow outside, and most of what I see is some shade of white. Perhaps that’s why these colorful images appeal to me. Or maybe it is the sense that their surface beauty is a veneer over danger, and a deeper mystery.


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I have the urge to post a visual writing prompt. If you’re reaching for creative writing ideas, check out this series of three potentially connected images (is it just me, or is there a lot of post-Apocalyptic quest story coming off of these pictures? :):

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