Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers
As described by Selnick’s article:
This is something I have always encouraged people to consider when writing. If you can afford it, and you have one in your area - TAKE A BODY LANGUAGE CLASS. It will open your eyes to a whole new world of subtleties you never knew existed. SO worth it as a “Real Life” skill and for all those times when you’re writing and you need your character to react nonverbally.
There is also, in addition to these others, the writer resource book: The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
This is how you show, not tell what your character is feeling.
"Can you suggest what is the best way for me to find out about short story writing competitions? Is there a newsletter or a specific site with information on the most prominent ones?"
As it happens, the SoA has an online noticeboard which is regularly updated with details of upcoming and ongoing writing competitions - there are a few on there at the moment! Organisers often send us details of their awards, events and gatherings for us to publicise, so it’s a good idea to check back regularly!
Prominent awards and listings our followers might be interested in include:
I am completely respectful of everyone’s beliefs even if they don’t agree with mine, but here are some ways of approaching the after-life from an academic perspective.
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
So before we delve into if the mind survives death, we first need to establish that the mind is a powerful entity. It’s not just a product of the brain but instead something that it’s own thing, and can even influence the brain itself.
Take the classical placebo effect for example. That’s a mind over matter phenomena, how does believing something so much cause physical changes? Other ways include the existence of psychic powers, hypnosis, and mind over matter interactions (some of these are ofcourse still up to debate)
Here are a bunch of experiments and case studies that approach the mind-body connection.
- POWER OF HYPNOSIS
- SENSE OF BEING STARED AT
- GANZFELD EXPERIMENTS
- CURE FOR CANCER BY THOUGHT
- SCIENTISTS CONVINCE PEOPLE THAT THEIR HANDS ARE ROCKS
- LYING ON A BED OF NAILS WITHOUT INJURY
- MANY PEOPLE: ONE BODY
- YOGI STOPS HEARTBEAT
- NOCEBO EFFECT
- PHANTOM PREGNANCY
- MEDITATION TO CHANGE BODY TEMPERATURE
DEATH EXPERIENCES (NDE)
An NDE is when someone is clinically dead for a long period of time. Thanks to recent medical innovations however, they can be brought back to life. In that “clinically dead” stage, their brain completely shuts down.
They should hence report back no perception. However, a large number of people do report seeing things such as a bright white light, a life review, deceased family members, and another world.
The AWARE study is a current on-going research project that decided to study this phenomenon. They will also be testing the validity of NDE through the use of randomly generated hidden images.
These images are not visible unless viewed from specific vantage points above. A patient will be put under cardiac arrest. Once the patient is resuscitated, they will be asked if they had an NDE and if so can they describe the image?
You can visit their official website here: X
Read about the most famous case of a near death experience: X
While this is a topic that may not agree with many people religions, there has been fascinating case studies of reincarnation. Most reincarnation cases have been involved in Indian, China yes, where reincarnation is a huge religious ideal.
HOWEVER, there have been plenty of reincarnation cases in the USA and Europe. You may be wondering what a reincarnation case even is. It’s when a small child, usually around the age of 2-5, starts to recall past life events.
They say things like “I want to back to my real mom, you’re not my real mom”. They start to behave like how their “past life” person behaved, so if the past life was a shoemaker, they’d start to play around with shoes a lot. And sometimes they even give out factual evidence, like “I used to be a carpenter that lived on the yellow house in 1098 St.” Researchers go to the exact spot and find that yes, not to long ago someone did died there who was a carpenter.
READ MORE INTERESTING CASES OF REINCARNATION HERE: X
If you are really, really interested I recommend the book Life Before Life by Raymond Moody. The book can be read from google books: X
There have even been experiments, where an old, dying person was given a mark on his/her body and told to reincarnate themselves. A couple months later, a baby was born with the same exact mark on the same exact part of the body. You can read more about those cases in Life Before Life.
There have been millions and millions cases of ghostly sightings, dating as far back as prehistoric eras.
If someone is going to ask for repeatable scientific evidence of “ghosts” and “proof of a soul after death” well the answer is no one can really give you that. Atleast not yet.
A ghost is a fleeting concept. You can’t predict it. It comes and it goes.
But you know what that sounds like?
Imagine being a person 100,000 years back, seeing a flaming rock in the sky. You go and tell all your friends, and they probably will tell you “you’re crazy” or that you “imagined it”.
But it’s there. It exists. You just can’t go and show them.
The different thing about meteorites, is that our technology improved and we can track them in outer space now. They’ve become a scientific fact. They exist. With ghosts, and the non-material world, we have yet to do that.
Well anyway, that’s my academic and almost philosophical (the last part) take on the after-life. As you can see the points shown here do favor the existence of an after-life.
Hey I made this a long time ago but I am really proud of it
You deserve to be proud of this, god damn girl
I saw there’s a writing challenge but no challenge specifically for one project that you’re working on so: 30 Day Novel Writing Challenge
You gotta be brave to do this one! For all people out there working on a novel or prose project
30 day Writing Project Meme
1- Name of current Project and…
"Writers are the exorcists of their own demons."
Mario Vargas Llosa (via maxkirin)
think about these things when you’re making a fictional place; even a developed city has its roots in how easy it was to settle in the first place!
- this site has additional info, diagrams, worksheets, and models, as well as information on things like coasts, volcanoes, and populations
- look at real life sources for climates. Consider the way that your continent(s) lay in relation to their equator, and the weather and types of flora and fauna and peoples that adapted to it.
- think about pangea. If you have multiple continents, do they fit together like a jigsaw?
- when in doubt, look at the natural world around you and think about what would change if something was drastically different. Look at the reactions between parts of our world and change them.
- play civilization games and think about the things that go into making decisions there
Visual Shoe Dictionary
More Visual Glossaries (for Her): Backpacks / Bags / Bra Types / Hats / Belt knots / Coats / Collars / Darts / Dress Shapes / Dress Silhouettes / Eyeglass frames / Eyeliner Strokes / Hangers / Harem Pants / Heels / Lingerie / Nail shapes / Necklaces / Necklines / Puffy Sleeves / Shoes / Shorts / Silhouettes / Skirts / Tartans / Tops / Underwear / Vintage Hats / Waistlines / Wool