Writing Resources

Am I The Only One Who Is Tired of Hearing This?

Lately, I have been experiencing a particularly pernicious case of writer’s block, so I decided to write about it. Odd how that works, isn’t it? The first thing that came to my mind was how difficult, perhaps even impossible, it would be to put something on paper with which I would be satisfied. “I can’t do that.”

It occurred to me, however, that maybe—just maybe, there was a more useful perspective I could take. A mental trick I could perform on myself to shift my thinking. Instead of “I can’t do that,” I added a word and made a few other adjustments. The result: “How can I do that?”

It sounded great in my head, and it even looked good when I jotted it down. So, I began to write about it.

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Word of the Day: Inhospitable

Inhospitable [Adjective]

{in-hoh-spi-tuh-buhl}

“(1) not hospitable,

 (2) barren; wild; cheerless; affording no shelter or subsistence”

(Credit: Funk & Wagnalls)

Inhospitable, from the Latin hospes meaning “guest,” “stranger,” or “visitor,” is an adjective used to describe a demeanor or environment which is harsh or unwelcoming.

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Word of the Day: Pacify

Pacify [Noun]

{pas-eh-fi}

“(1) to bring peace to; to end war or strife in,

 (2) to allay the anger or agitation of; appease; calm”

(Credit: Funk & Wagnalls)

Pacify, from the Latin pac or peas meaning “peace,” is a verb used when someone or something helps to calm a situation, brings a peaceful end to conflict, or appeases an enemy.

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Word of the Day: Bellicose

Bellicose [Adjective]

{be-li-kose}

“Pugnacious, warlike”

(Credit: Funk & Wagnalls)

Bellicose, from the Latin bellum meaning “war,” is an adjective used to describe someone or something that is warlike, quarrelsome, or eager to fight.

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2014 – 2015: A Look at Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

We are coming up on the end of our first year of operation here at Roggen Wulf. 2014 has been an incredible ride, and we could not be more pleased with progress we are making. It has been a roller coaster to be sure, and we expect another fast paced year to come.

We came a long way very quickly this year. We have made a lot of friends, developed a lot opportunities, and explored many potential roads to success. With just two days left in 2014, I would like to wrap up this year with a recap of where we’ve been and to give you all some sneak previews of what we have in store for 2015.

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Writing Prompt: Let’s Hear It For Elozable!

Words are funny things. They are alive in a way, and when they die their remains become fossilized in old books, ancient texts, and the preserved speeches of people who have, themselves, long since passed on. Unlike other living things, however, words can be resurrected from death and obscurity to be written and spoken anew. In this month’s writing prompt, we will be revivifying one such word—a word that is amenable to our flattery, one that speaks to the harmless avidulousness in each of us.

So what is this word that is so well-disposed to adulation? Let’s find out!

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Weekly Writing Prompt: Newsworthy

Fifty years from this moment, the world that you live in and the events that transpire around you will be the stuff of history textbooks, biographies, and even fiction. Why wait fifty years to start reading up on it? You will have a lot of catching up to do, and by then the action will have passed you by.

Falling behind the times is especially detrimental to writers and artists, whose success or failure is inextricably entangled with the personalities, cultures, and events of the times in which they live and work.

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Weekly Writing Prompt: Innovation by Necessity

In science fiction and fantasy, there are many unpleasant truths about human life that we sometimes like to sweep under the rug. Humans have to eat, sleep, exercise, breath and lots of other inconvenient things that might seem like obstacles to the development of a story. Obstacles, however, are really opportunities in disguise, and in this week’s writing prompt, we will turn human necessities into creative avenues for the enterprising author.

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Writing Resources: How To Find Names for Your Characters

One of the challenges consistently faced by writers is the task of naming characters. Coming up with the right name is no small endeavor, especially when just any name won’t do. The character’s identity is at stake, as well as their reception from your readers. So how do you find the perfect names for your characters?

“I can’t think of a name for him!” one of my friends told the members of our writing group early this week. It is a problem we see frequently in the group, and sometimes a difficult one to solve. “I’m so frustrated!” she said.

Her exasperation is certainly understandable. Trouble naming characters can be a headache and even a source of writers block. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome this obstacle!

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Weekly Writing Prompt: A Question of Master and Servant

In the summer of 1921, two armies converged in the rolling, green mountains of Logan County, West Virginia. There they fought a war that is little known today, even though it was the second largest civil conflict in American history.

For Labor Day, we invite our readers to take a closer look at this largely forgotten war and what it means for workers in modern day America.

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