Apr 3, 2012

What's Good on the Internet Today? April 3, 2012

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper


WRITING:
by Peggy Bechko

Freelance writer and jewelry creator Peggy Bechko on the value of routine, and how you should define a writing schedule to best suit your needs and personality.

by Juliette Wade, TalkToYouniverse

Sample quote:
Think through backstory just as you would think through scene setup, identifying those critical elements which are needed to support a given character reaction.

Backstory is not synonymous with ‘info-dump.’ It can -- and should! -- be used to build up dramatic tension and deliver information the reader will need later on. Let Juliette show you how to do it right.

INSPIRATION:
by Simone Preuss, Environmental Grafitti

Are you looking for interesting characters to write about, or populate your novel? This slideshow includes 20+ human marvels, each pair with a concise bio.

COMMENTARY:
by Razib Khan, Discover Magazine

Who knew.

SPECIAL REPORT: 
Story by John D. Suttee, photo & video by Edythe McNamee; CNN

From the intro:
Mauritania’s endless sea of sand dunes hides an open secret: An estimated 10% to 20% of the population lives in slavery. But as one woman’s journey shows, the first step toward freedom is realizing you’re enslaved.

This is a CNN special report which breaks out of the site’s usual template and tries for a magazine format.

It works.

Word to the wise: The subject matter is brutal. No glamour, no gloss, no bikini models pleading for change. Don’t read it unless you truly want to.

If you'd rather not hit CNN right now, hop on over to this brief commentary from the Nieman Journalism Lab -- if you’re interested in the future of news & journalism on the Internet, that is. There’s no reason bloggers with a penchant for design can’t follow in CNN’s footsteps.

VIDEO:
There may be a tiny moose living inside your computer. Click here to see the video over at Motherboard.com.



What’s Good on the Internet today? - A new, semi-regular feature where John Magnet Bell brings you articles/video and more about writing, life, inspiration and the arts. 

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