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From the Ground Up: The Foundations of World-building

Mar 12, 2019

Some of us have dreamt of living in another world with magic, advanced technology, and fantastical creatures. However, this daydream can be a bit tedious when we start applying it to our stories. World-building creates the environment that your characters interact with. It also helps readers distinguish this fascinating world from real life. What made Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children special was... well, the peculiar children who could make plants grow instantaneously or float right up into the clouds, right? Making unique worlds come to life is one of the best things a writer can do. But having the fate of a world on our shoulders is a daunting task, no? It’s understa......

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Netflix to Adapt Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia for TV and Film

Mar 11, 2019

On October 3, Netflix closed a deal with the CS Lewis company to develop a series and films based on Lewis’s highly acclaimed fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Not many details have been revealed regarding the project, but Netflix will be creating both a series of films and a television series taking place within the Narnian universe. The Chronicles of Narnia is a high fantasy series taking place mostly in the fictional world of Narnia and is primarily led by four Pevensie siblings who travel to the world and eventually becomes its rulers. “It is wonderful to know that folks from all over are looking forward to seeing more of Narnia, and that the advances in production......

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Cornelia Funke: German Wordsmith

Mar 07, 2019

It takes great skill for an author to capture the innocence of childhood and have it portrayed by a child who has gone through so much. Cornelia Funke manages to do this in both German and English languages. Cornelia Maria Funke (foon-ka) was born in Dorsten, Germany. As a child, she wanted to become an astronaut or a pilot, but she grew up and got a teaching degree from the University of Hamburg. She was a social worker for three years, focusing on children from impoverished backgrounds. She took a short course in illustration and shifted careers. Funke started with designing board games and illustrating books by other writers. She later on realized that she wanted more stories,......

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Letters to Lovelorn Teens: Jenny Han

Mar 07, 2019

When it comes to writing heartwarming stories of young love, lasting friendships, the perils of puberty, and hope after high school, Jenny Han knows just what to do to capture the attention and admiration of her young-adult readers. After the film adaptation release of one of her best-selling novels, Han is back in the spotlight with a fan base that just keeps growing and growing. Han was born on September 3, 1980, in Richmond, Virginia, the elder of two daughters of Korean parents who immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. Raised in a Korean American community, Han grew up with fellow Asian kids and a deep appreciation for her Korean roots. In a 2011 interview, Han shared......

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Grammar Police Announcement: The Differences between Pronounce and Announce

Mar 06, 2019

Nothing can botch a big announcement like an unsuspecting, misused word. This is especially true in the case of announce and pronounce, two big words that denote declarative actions. They’re often used to precede statements of import, which require ethos to be effective, so it’s vital that these words are used properly to avoid any deductions on credibility. We’ll walk you through their definitions and the situations where these words should be used. This confusion surrounding them arises from having a similar etymology: both pronounce and announce derive their definitions from the Latin root nuntiare, which means “to report.” Both words have several meanings and can be used trans......

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Proofread Your Way to Blogging Success

Mar 05, 2019

Blogging seems like an easy-enough job—just pound away on your keyboard about a subject you’re deeply passionate about and then send it out to the world (wide web) and watch as the clicks pour in. But your blog can’t be a viral success if people only like what you write about. They also have to like how you write it. Your topics—whether they are complex fan theories about Game of Thrones or the struggles and adventures of your life as an exchange student in a foreign country—are the catnip that draws like-minded people to your blog. But these people won’t come back if your otherwise interesting content is laden with distracting grammatical mistakes. You can have the most amazin......

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Roald Dahl Animated Series on Netflix

Mar 04, 2019

Streaming giant Netflix recently announced plans for their 2019 production lineup and releases. This includes a new animated event series based on several books by renowned British author Roald Dahl. “There will be threads that connect all of them. We want to do the animation in the style of Dahl,” Melissa Cobb, Netflix’s VP for kids and family content, said in an interview with Variety. She also mentioned a potential for the stories to overlap. Netflix aims to create a universe in which Dahl’s characters live as opposed to straight adaptations of his stories. The show will be produced together with the Roald Dahl Story Company, with the go signal from the author’s family. Titles......

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Closing the Query: Shudder vs. Shutter

Feb 27, 2019

You’re working on a horror piece. You’re setting the suspense up. You write, “The man moved around the house, his shadow moving like snakes behind the shudders.” You pause—was it shudder or shutter? They sound so alike that it’s easy to confuse them with each other. But we’re here to tell you that they’re not in any way interchangeable. Using one in place of the other can be an instant mood killer—not to mention confusing. It’s time to shine a light on shutter and shudder. Apart from having similar spellings, both shudder and shutter can be a verb and a noun, although one might find that the former is more often used as a verb whereas the latter is usually used as a noun. Note tha......

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