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Sundance 2015: Rabbit : A narrative fiction film exploring a correctional facility’s pet partnership program

Sundance 2015: Rabbit

Of the thousands of applicants at the annual Sundance Film Festival short film competition, only 60 make it into the festival. And, while this year has already provided many standouts, “Rabbit” truly stunned by way of message and execution. The beautiful……

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CIA takes to Twitter to separate ‘Argo’ fact from fiction

Argo may have been the darling of the 2013 Oscars, but there’s no denying that the Ben Affleck-directed film stretched reality to achieve its dramatic highs. For the 35th anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis, the CIA launched into an impressive “real vs. reel” tweetstorm highlighting where the film’s story departed from the true hostage rescue operation. As you might expect, the dramatic airport sequence is a complete fabrication, but there’s no hard feelings — we all know it takes a little magic to make movies. And the tweets once again prove that the CIA is pretty great at Twitter.

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10 Helpful Writing Sites For Fiction Writers

Your creative process as a fiction writer may differ from those of your peers, but one thing’s for sure: all of you struggle with the same basic problems.

For example, how do you beat writer’s block? How do you develop the habit of writing every day? How do you flesh out the finer details for your latest historical novel? How do you make your alternate sci-fi universe more believable? How do you solve that annoying tip-of-the-tongue problem?

Luckily, there are websites that help you solve those problems, or at least make them more bearable. They help your story come to life, through exercises and practice, advice and motivation. You’d be surprised with what you find in this list of sites fiction writers should visit. Keep in mind that this is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is meant to address the most common of storyteller woes.

1. Writer’s Block – 750 Words

According to creator Buster Benson, the idea behind 750Words.com is to help you develop the habit of writing 750 words (or three pages of 250 words each) every day, no matter how crude, unfiltered, or unedited those words may be. The site generates a monthly score card to help you track your progress, and saves copies of your writing, in case you need to revisit them for any reason.

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2. Writer’s Block – StoryWonk Story Generator

Most writing prompt websites give you only a few words or phrases to work with. StoryWonk takes it a bit further, and generates interesting (not to mention humorous) plot ideas like “He’s a generous professor with a bad attitude; she’s an idealistic sales clerk with doting parents. Together, they must learn to cook without ever meeting.”

Don’t worry if you end up with an idea that’s complete nonsense; you can always refresh the page again and again until you find what you like.

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3. Research Aid – OneLook (Reverse Dictionary)

While writing your story, there will be times when you have to stop and ask: “What’s the word that means (insert definition here)?” Obviously, a normal dictionary won’t be helpful here, because dictionaries are designed to help you look up unknown definitions of known words, not the other way around.

In this case, you need OneLook’s reverse dictionary, which helps you search for words that best describe or sum up the definition or description you have in mind. For example, if you type “urge to travel” in the search bar, the system will return “wanderlust” and all other related words.

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4. Research Aid – Dictionary of Symbolism

In good fictional works, even the tiniest details have meaning and significance. A flower, for instance, can symbolize either romantic love (as in the case of red roses) or happiness (as in the case of sunflowers). If you want to know whether you used the right symbol to express a concept in your story, you can always refer to the University of Michigan’s Dictionary of Symbolism.

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5. Research Aid – Best of History Websites

Even if you can invoke “artistic license” as an excuse to get creative with your historical or medieval fantasy novel, it’s always better to keep the details as realistic and believable as possible. If you need help in this area, look no further than BestofHistoryWebsites.net, a comprehensive resource for serious history researchers.

It boasts of over 1200 annotated links to history websites, and claims to be recommended by the likes of the New York Public Library, the BBC, Princeton University, among others.

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6. Research Aid – The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

Do you want to write a story with a science fiction element (e.g. time travel), and ensure that your take on that element hasn’t been done before?

If you look it up on “The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction”, you might find at least one entry that explains the element, talks about how authors have used it throughout history, and relates it to other useful entries. The encyclopedia also has entries on fantasy elements here.

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7. Inspiration – Advice To Writers

At some point in your writing career, you’re going to question why you chose a life of pounding away at your keyboard, when you don’t have a “real” guarantee that you’ll land on the New York Times’ bestseller list. If you’re not ready to throw in your writing towel yet, head over to Jon Winokur’s site at Advice to Writers, and get your daily dish of wisdom slash inspiration from the world’s finest writers.

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8. Inspiration – M. Kirin’s Writing Blog

M. Kirin’s Writing Blog aims to set itself apart from your usual Tumblr blogs as a one-stop shop for budding writers. Here, you’ll find story seeds, weird prompts, answers to OC (Original Character) questions, writing advice, and writer positivity quotes.

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9. Fiction Markets – Writing Career

If you already have a story, but you’re not sure where to submit it, visit WritingCareer.com. The site lists the fiction publications currently open for submissions, as well as their respective guidelines, deadlines, and payment terms.

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10. Fiction Markets – All Indie Writers

Another site that lists fiction markets is AllIndieWriters.com. Just click “Writers Markets” on the home page, then the drop-down menu under the heading “Browse by Category”, then “Fiction Writers’ Markets”. Here, you’ll find heavyweight publications like Asimov’s Science Fiction, Clarkesworld Magazine, and Strange Horizons.

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These are just 10 sites of the many thousands of other websites out there, available for the benefit of fiction writers. If you know of other sites that have greatly helped you in your fiction writing career, do share them in the comments section.





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Seon Ghi Bahk: Fiction and the Fabricated Image: The Korean artist’s explosive charcoal installation at Miami’s Zadok Gallery

Seon Ghi Bahk: Fiction and the Fabricated Image


Nylon threads and neatly erupted charcoal bits take over Miami’s Zadok Gallery in “Fiction and the Fabricated Image”—an exhibition that opens this weekend by the South Korean artist Continue Reading…


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Sensory Fiction is a prototype that lets you feel a book’s emotions

Over the past 50 years, wind, water, fog, 3D, and even Smell-O-Vision have graced our theaters in the name of cinematic enhancement. How then, has the humble book remained largely unchanged for centuries? That question could soon be moot, as researchers at MIT’s Media Lab have developed a new way to experience the printed word, something that they call “Sensory Fiction.”

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One-off Pulp Fiction board game will blow your mind

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Stan Douglas: Luanda-Kinshasa: The Vancouver-based artist’s 12th solo show at NYC ‘s David Zwirner gallery melds fiction and documentary through a six-hour film set

Stan Douglas: Luanda-Kinshasa


by Charlotte Anderson The recording studio on East 30th Street in Manhattan was once holy ground. Carved out of the abandoned remains of an old Armenian Church, it was a place where musicians shared in a mutual, perhaps now lost, struggle—to record that…

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Responsive Web Design Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

Responsive design is not without its share of myths; some born of genuine lack of understanding and others perpetuated out of sheer ignorance. The question is – would you like to hold on to these misconceptions or allow facts to show you the way?
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theNewerYork Anthology: Experimental forms of fiction get a voice with this crowd-sourced series

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For those who have nothing left to pick over at the local bookstore’s summer display, theNewerYork looks to shake things up in the mainstream literary world by hosting alternatives to the “triumvirate” of poetry, short stories…

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Timothy Goodman: The New Yorker Fiction Issue

Timothy Goodman recently completed a really fun project for The New Yorker’s Fiction Issue, entitled “Crimes and Misdemeanours.” He created six Noir fiction themed title cards to represent each fiction piece in the issue. A video trailer was also created featuring Timothy’s work. Be sure to scroll down and check it out.

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Creative Credits:
Art Director: Jordan Awan
Creative Director: Wyatt Mitchell
Photographer: Grant Cornett
Prop styling: Shane Klein and Theo Vamvounakis
Laser cut: SOFTlab


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