My Writing Playground

a personal and inspirational blog, full of my creations and others' creations

Category: Writings by others

How to Create a Scene List for Novel/Short Story


I need to try this. Scene lists sound super useful. Even JK Rowling does it!

Check it out here: “How a Scene List Can Change Your Novel-Writing Life” by Monica M. Clark


Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party

I am so excited for this production!!

You can check out the Kickstarter for it here.

Honoring Terry Pratchett

Sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. School and medical stuff has kept me busy. I had to do a post though for Terry Pratchett, who just died. He brought a lot of wonderful books to the world.

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My personal recommendations are Good Omens, The Long Earth, and the movie Going Postal (based on his book):

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His Discworld books have been recommended to me, though I’ve only read one. If you are interested in reading them, you’ll find this useful:


RIP, Terry Pratchett, and thanks for the stories.


From Hank Green on Tumblr

“But I don’t want small talk…

“But I don’t want small talk. Text me, and without saying hello, tell me why you got so angry at your sister this morning. Tell me why you have a scar shaped like Europe on the left side of your neck. Send me paragraphs about the time you spent at your grandmother’s house that one summer. Call me when I’m half asleep and tell me why you believe in God. Tell me about the first time you saw your dad cry. Go on for hours about things that may not seem important because I promise that I’ll be hanging on to every word you say. Tell me everything. I don’t want someone who just talks about the weather.”
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The Holstee Manifesto: An Inspirational Video

An attempt to define success and provide inspiration:

More about the Holstee Manifesto on Brain Pickings.

Hand-Written Writing Advice

Sorry for the pun.

Neil Gaiman’s advice:


Kit Reed:


Garth Nix:


Karin Tidbeck:


More here on blogspot and here on buzzfeed.

xkcd: Eyelash Wish Log

xkcd does it again!


From here.

O sweet spontaneous by e.e. cummings

O sweet spontaneous

earth how often have

fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched

, has the naughty thumb
of science prodded

beauty, how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive

to the incomparable
couch of death thy

thou answerest

them only with


Text from here. If you would prefer to listen to John Green recite it, here’s for you.

“If you want to be a grocer, or a general…”


“If you want to be a grocer, or a general, or a politician, or a judge, you will invariably become it; that is your punishment. If you never know what you want to be, if you live what some might call the dynamic life but what I will call the artistic life, if each day you are unsure of who you are and what you know you will never become anything, and that is your reward.”

― Oscar Wilde


Text from here.