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E. L. Doctrow says, "Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way." Many times the headlights of creativity just don't illuminate far enough into the darkness. What you need are some creative, imaginative ideas that will prompt you to continue your thinking, and hopefully, your writing. I created Dr. John's Eazy-Peazy Resource: Creative Ideas to provide a series of "Idea Engines" to help spark creative, imaginative writing for your writing and thinking.
Five-paragraph essays (introduction, three developmental paragraphs, conclusion) can provide good models for your writing. This essay engine creates essays from random words each time the page is reloaded. See how unrelated ideas can be creatively combined to produce interesting writing.
Buzzwords are generally jargonistic, known only to a few of your readers, and best avoided. However, at the right time, in the right place, the right buzzword can be effective. This Buzzword Engine takes buzzwords you define and uses them in sentences. Developing writers can use it to learn more about the difference between clear and confusing writing.
Prognostications about the future can be interesting. They can make us think, dream, plan, and react in many different ways. This fortune cookie engine produces fortunes. You may find some interesting ideas here.
Need names for the characters you are writing about? This Names Engine produces them. Select "Male" or "Female" depending on the desired gender. Then click the "Generate Name" button. First and last names will appear in the labeled windows below. New names are generated with each click. Experiment until you find a name you like.
At the right time, in the right place—a speech, interview, cocktail party, or sound bite—profundity can be impressive. Mostly because your audience won't admit that they don't understand what you are talking about. Or that that they think you don't either. Different than quips, profundity rarely offers true insight into human nature. Instead, profundity focuses on the razzle-dazzle. See for yourself. Use this Profundity Engine to generate different profound statements. Perhaps with some editing, one will work in your writing. Developing writers can use it to learn more about the difference between clear and confusing writing.
Unusual thoughts and ideas can often whack our creativity on the side of the head. The ordinary becomes strange. And the strange is more interesting than the ordinary. Use this prompt engine to find an idea you would like to write about.
Quips are at the other end of the spectrum from profundity. Rather than to impress, they are meant to provide true insight into human nature. At the right time, in the right place, quips can communicate ideas very effectively. Use this Quip Engine to generate one you like. Perhaps with some editing, it will work in your writing.
People say interesting things. Their words prompt thought, response, and reaction. We wish our words would do the same. This quote engine produces interesting quotations. Use your own thoughts and experiences to expand on the original idea.
Like Mark Twain says, the difference between a word and the right word is the difference between a lightning bug and lightning. These links connect to sites that can help build your word power. Writers of all levels can use them to put some lightning in their writing.A.Word.A.Day
I created Dr. John's Eazy-Peazy Resources to support my teaching and creative endeavors. I hope you will find them valuable and welcome your input. My contact information is below. Thanks for visiting!
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