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I've always wanted to be a writer in some fashion and now I am... be it blogging, hubs or writing a couple of story or poems for fun


Musing on from pen to Parchment

or in this case, keyboard to lens!

I May have it all here for you! (and if Not... then you can check my Epic Ballad of Poetry lens after and my Reading Lens as well between the three I have plenty of ditto sheets to help with book reports, Plot lines and such.

I have started a 2nd page as this has become so long (and more to come) so I decided to try an organize the information into separate pages; So if there's information missing from this lens, it has moved to the new one.

Creative writing 101 by Kim Marie Ostrowski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.

Travel writing Kit!

also include


* highligher (1 or 2 colors)

*Mechanical pen +lead (better than having to always stop to sharpen)

*colored pencils

*Always have at least a black or blue pen (I prefer black) or

* a Pk of Colored pens (a black and or blue usually is included)

* don't forget to back up your writing to a nail drive

* have an extra SD card with you.

Find the above here

Southpaws (left handers) Check out products specifically made for you!

This is also a great Idea for your journals Start reading about journaling

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Your Qulling me!

The story of the pen

The word pen is derived from the latin term, "penna" which means feather.

The swanm, goose and turkey feathers most commonly used to make the pens, had the larger capillaries for better ink flow.

In Shakespeare's time all that was available as a writing instrument was the quill; he wrote his many masterpieces like Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth & more with a hand cut feather quill pen.(When it comes to Shakespeare, I can see where the term "The Pen is mighter then a sword" comes from; all those tragedies he wrote..In his hand the pen truelly was a sword to his characters!) Unfortunately over time his from dipping his quill into the ink, his fingers turned black and so retired.

This form of writing tool was used for over 1500 year. From the Egyptians' fine reed brushes, to the Romans' Hollow reeds & stylus feather quills, fountain pen & now our ballpoint pens, ( typewriter & then computer) writing instruments have come a long way. Sadly thaks to the computer formal writing is becoming a lost art. When I told someone I was handwriting my story, then typing to file they called me "Hardcore"

Aside from Shakespeare, the quill pen has written most of the famous documents if not all in history. The dead sea scrolls, magna Carter, The constitution of the united states (if I remember right, I think in the pictures of the signing you will see them using quills), and the beautiful Illuminated manuscripts. What do I mean by illuminated? Illuminated lettering is pretty much decorated lettering. If its block letters its usually decorated inside with various colors & can be very complex with flora & fauna, animals, celtic knots, & more all of this inside or outside of the letter, bringing it to life! I've also seen where it was just the background was decorated & the letter was just plain with a different color to pop) The illuminated letter was usually the first letter of the page or paragraph.

These pens around every 2 sheets of writing would have to be sharpened, and would last but about 1 week or 2. Its the left wing of a bird that is used for the quills, mainly goose, swan or crow even Ostrich have been used. (those are the ones that look like they are waving at you while one is writing) and were the most comfortable for those who are right handed as the curve of the left wing quill best fit the right handed writer.

have you found a large bird feather? Do you want to use it for a quill pen? The best are said to be from geese and for the finest most detailed writing crows flight feathers work best.

They are still used occasionally in modern times usually calligraphy, scrapbooking, and some other creative outlets.

Before you do anything, soften & cure the tip by putting it in a container of hot sand or hot water. This will prevent it from shattering when you cut it with the knife (no matter how sharp)

Calligraphy ink is used when writing with a quill (feather) not india ink as that has adhesive properties. (that will most likely bind itself to & ruin your Quill pen.)

iWrite - writers outline also works for doing reviews


Uses for iWrite

Here's an outline that I copied off a ditto sheet I got freshman year of High school. (Yes I kept it as I thought it would come in handy later on & has on a couple of occasions) weather you are trying to outline the information for your book or do so for a book report or even review a book or movie

(if you need the full page contact me & we can discuss how to send it)

Here I'll list examples for each & some additional ideas to add

MOVIES Include Director maybe screen writer & the running time

*Characters - here you include something going on in the life of each of the characters.(You can also list their family members, their personality traits, etc. to keep consistency

*Protagonist - This would be the good guy in the media you are writing or reviewing. Here you write some of the protagonist's story line and maybe a point to it.

*Antagonist - This is the Bad guy Write about what they are, going to do & what their motivation is

*Setting -- What city, state, Country Does the story take place in? is it more than one? Then list them When year? in the 1800s You can also write in the late 19th century as well. You can also note if they are traveling that the characters) are going vacationing in the western world for the united states area or Eastern for Asia (depending on where you live)

Another 'Driving on a road trip up the west coast (of the united States.) It all started Yesterday morning when I just needed to get away, so I just hoped in the car & took off. I live in Southern California & I'm going to drive right up into Canada"

*Images and Mood - Like Bram Stoker's Dracula does it show allot of red to convey the image of blood, or maybe the Sixth Sense to show when a ghost is around. Do you hear a certain sound around a spooky part or does the movie use a certain type of music maybe rap or Hip Hop for an urban setting.

*Plot - What is the Plot going to be or is of what you are writing, watching or reading?

* Climax - What is the climax? Is the climax going to be the actual ending or will there a softer part thereafter? For reviews...was the climax climatic enough, surprising, did it have a twist?

* Evaluation -- Here's the overall if this is a review. Also include the casting actors etc. (You can see what I try to include in my Reviews on my Movie page)


Well even if you have 1 page written for your story or book? (or screenplay) give it a day & reread it.

What would you rate it? Give it to a friend & ask them what they would

10- Superior to any Book you've read or movie you've seen

9- as good as the best you've read or seen

8- Excellent: one of the best

7- very Good; Highly recommended

6- Above average: enjoyable there's at least something memorable in it

5- borderline- not great but not bad either read/watchable feelings of indifference

4- Fair some good points but not a favorite

3- below average Don't recommend it & not at all memorable

2- poor difficult to understand

1- Complete waste of time

* Rating 2

1-5 Stars & why?

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Grammar Peeves

Grammar Peeves

Grammar Peeves



Grammar Brush-up

Lesson 2 Types of Words

We all need a brush up at one time or another on our grammar and punctuation so here I'll do just that.

I will start with the types of sentences (as I'm working in a workbook myself and as I go on I will include what I just re-learned as well. So now you know where I got the idea from.)

Lesson 1 Types of Sentences

a Declarative sentence is the first purpose of a sentence and makaes a statement. These always end in a period. Interrogative sentences are just as those the cops would as inan 'interrogation' they are questions and always end in a question mark. This is the 2nd purpose of a sentence. The third purpose is making a request or command which is called an Imperative sentences are strong commands like stop! and end with an excalmation point! While mild ones, like when you'd say please; ends with a period. A little note on these as well is that you can not use the word 'you' in the sentence. The Exclamatory sentence is fourth purpose to which one expresses strong feelings or emotion like That was awesome!

Subjects & Predicates

who or what the sentence is about is the subject they can be either Nouns or pronouns nouns consist of names, the job or the carpenter and samples of pronouns are he, she it and they.

The most important word in the complete subject is the Simple Subject. The complete Subject gives more details about the simple subject. So if you were to say : The young writer only uses a quill and parchment to write. So the writer would be the simple subject , and young writer is the complete subject

predicate is the verb or verb phrase of what the subject is doing. Like the simple & comple subject the simple and comple verb works the same way. We should hang out at the bowling alley, should hang is the simple and should hang out at the bowling alley would be the complete predicate.

You can use Compound subjects and predicates to help you create Independent Clause which is a group of words that has a subject & predicate can stand alone as a simple subject or make your sentences much more interesting to read.

Compound sentence is made up of at least 2 if not more independent clauses. These independent clauses which can stand alone as a simple sentence can be joined with the words, or, and, & but.

Complex sentences make your writing flow they help you show how your ideas relate to one an other. These are made up of an independent clause and oine or more dependent clauses. Dependent clauses are made up of a subject and a predicate but CANNOT stand alonethe dependent and independent clauses can be joined by using the words because, unless, whether and where.

Phrase is a group of words that does not have a subject or predicate and cannot stand alone. The one sure way to pick out a phrase is they will not make sense on their own.

Modifiers this is a words or group of words that describe other words (confused?) That's what a misplaced modifier does. A misplaced modifier is one that is in the wrong position the word 'Often' is one of these modifier words. Placed in the wrong position someone could read the sentence in the wrong context.

dangling modifier a phrase which usually is at the beginning of a sentence that does not appear to be connected to anything else in the sentence.

a sentence Fragment is a phrase that lacks a subject or predicate one of these is a famouse phrase 'like the friend you never had'

Run-on sentence I'm sure I'm usually and possibly at fault when it comes to these as I always try to include as much detail as possible. A run-on. strings together two or more sentences wihtout using a linking word or punctuastion to connect them.

comma fault-this happens when a writer uses a comma along to connect two sentences.

parallelism this is a form of repetition of grammatical forms.For instance putting verbs all in the past tense is parallelism but if you are with an ing it puts it in the present tense and breaks things up.

Lesson 2

Lesson 2 Types of Words

Noun The name of a person place or thing (and even idea) and usually begin with a capital letter. Common nouns like 'student', country, football, and joy, unless they are starting off a sentence do not begin with a capital letter. Then there are the Compound nouns these are two or more words, like New York City that acts as a single noun. (Great-grandmother is a hyphenated compound noun)

Verbs words such as: walk, run, jump, climb that shows an action or state of being. verbs usually follow the subject (or noun) in the sentence.

Pronouns a word that takes the place of a noun, and can refer to the same things as a noun only it is substituted by first, 2nd or 3rd person singular or plural. Some of these are

Person................... Singular......................Plural

First person..............I, Me.......................... We, us

Second person.............. you............................ you

Third person.............. he, she him, it her......... they, them

Possessive pronouns

Person................... Singular......................Plural

First person..............My, Mine.....................our, ours

Second person.............. your, yours...................your, yours

Third person.............. his her hers its................ their, theirs

Adjectives modifies a noun or pronoun, and answers the questions Which, What kind & how many. proper adjectives are capitalized when they start a sentence, but proper adjectives do being with a capital letter bein they are formed from proper nouns.

AdverbThese words ask When,to what extent, How, Where and How often. Adverbs are words that modifies the verb, adjective or another adverb. Adverbs a lot of times end with the letters '-ly' like happily, gracefully, and by using this you can change an adjective to an adverb.

Preposition no I'm not offering you a deal.. this kind of word shows the relationship between a noun or pronounand another word in the sentence. Some frequently used prepositions are,between, under, through, off, on, before, across, in, into , without, like, near and so on.

ConjunctionsThere are several kinds and join words clauses & phrases. Coordinating conjunctions link words & clauses with the same grammatical structure and include, or, and, nor, yet, so, but. Subordinating conjuctions join a dependant clause to an independent clause and see them in complex sentences. Some of these conjunction words are: unless, because, if, once, when, whereas, whereverm whenever, while, whether, after, & although

Interjections an expression that shows surprise or a strong feeling and not connected with any other words in the sentence. When using interjection words it may be followed by an exclamation, like HELP! a comma like "Oh no," i left my purse in the cab. or a question mark.

Other helpful writing Tools & Tips - Like How to make a quill

I love Quill pens, but they can be expensive. I do really wish we still used these today, I love the flourish of the writing. Receiving a letter written with this or a (more modern approach) Fountain pen the writing always seems easier to read. Maybe at least use it in schools to teach students how to print & write!

Make a Quill from a feather (but please just try to finda turkey feather or Phesant feather no hunting, & harming thank you.

Add Flourish to your poems and signature, your stories This is great if you want to do a diary entry from your character and so forth.

Howeer if you donot want to Mak one, You can buy them in barnes & Noble or there's a couple below!

& Here is the 6 Essentials for submitting your novel to agents from Writer's Digest

Story writing - poll


Help an Author

Help an Author

Help an Author

10 Tips to improve your grammar

10 Tips to improve your grammar

10 Tips to improve your grammar

Example of a plot outline


I thought being I was including other creative writing on here that It might help if I included an example of a plot outline

The Write-Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing by Bonnie Neubauer

Create a Storyline - i retyped this from a ditto sheet I got when I was school as well as a few others to help out.


10 Things You Should Not Say to a Writer

10 things you should not say to a writer

10 things you should not say to a writer

Old Fashioned or technotronic?


Story Map


Character Description


The Pen & tongue is mightier than the sword - when you piss of a writer

No matter what your creative writing outlet poetry, writing drabble, short stories or novels I have the note books and such to write in (& yes for those of you who ONLY use your lap or desktops I have a few items on here for you in SD cards & flash drives!

Some of these journals I've seen in person others I thought would be nice for anyone's style. Also just basic notebooks & binders. (I have mine in a binder so I can re-arrange as I need it include character sketches notes & such.)

Can't find the perfect one? use a basic Black & white Composition book & color in the white parts, use stickers, paint over it anything you can think of. Best yet try to decorate it in the theme of your story!

Problem & Solution Outline


How to Create a Character Sketch


What to include in a character sketch

(Image from a ditto sheet I received in school that I just retyped)

For a Character Sketch you need

Basics/Lifestyle ..

What is their background (growing up. Where did they grow up any siblings? Famiy Life, Childhood memory(ies)

What's their current status married single divorced etc. How's that llife, any Kids?

Work? What's their occupation & what does the job entail.. Education?

Descibe them hair color, eyes skintone etc. hair style They're fashion style

What's their ethnicity? Religion Political stance

Any sort of fears? Flying maybe

What's their Hobbies & other interests

Likes/Dilikes Petpeeves?

check out the one I worked up as well as the Featured lenses there's some help there to create a character.

Character Sketch - + Example


Character Sketch Form

Character Sketch

Here's one I worked up (any ideas to add to it please let me know in the comments)

Character Sketch

Character Name: age:


Eye Color: Hair color/Style:

Height: build/Stature:

Unique Traits:



Life Style:

Fashion Style:

Personal Information

Birthday: Died:



Family: Mother



Marital Status: dating/married to:



Personal Goals:

Ethnical Background:




Dislikes/Pet Peeves:




Favorite Food:

Favorite Drink (alcohol or non):

Unhealthy Habits:




Character Sketch 2


Creating a Character Comaprison contrast essay


Edgar Allen POOH

Edgar Allen POOH

Edgar Allen POOH

12 Rules of writing - & a bonus


Writers don't get mad...We stab

Writers don't get mad...We stab

Writers don't get mad...We stab



& Proof reading

At some point you will have to Edit your work weather during, or after the writing happens; This is more so for the creative writing than poetry (as in poetry you can spell make up words and so on as you like) so here's a helpful tip; Before or after writing some or all of your story or publishing a blog entry take a break (say an hour's time then go back to it and re-read it. This way you will likely notice typos and other mistakes. How to sound Smart when you write.

As far as proofreading goes usually it is best to have someone else to read the story so they'd at least spot the spelling and other mistakes.

Here's a checklist for editing your work

Who is the backasswards person who came up with our language?

Who is the backasswards person who came up with our language?

Who is the backasswards person who came up with our language?

Should You be writing?

Should You be writing?

Should You be writing?

This can apply to ANY creative arts

This can apply to ANY creative arts

This can apply to ANY creative arts

Creative writing 101 by Kim Marie Ostrowski is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.

What's the Difference?

Dissertation- is normally written for adoctorate in Philosophy or docotring.

Thesis-is usually written for a bachelor or master's degree

term Paper sample

outline for Research paper


If what you are lookiong for is not here, then you might want to check out my StudySuccess> page. There's a variety of outlines for term papers, dissertations etc.

Essay Map


Term Paper Guidelines


Topic Selection

Choose a topic for the paper.

Submit your topic idea on a piece of paper in the form of a question.Once you have chosen the topic, it may be modified but not changed completely. Do some preliminatry research first to be sure if there is enough of information on your topic (or too much?) Are there enough quality sources available., are you able to answer thequestion you have posed. Can the topic question be interpreted in more the the one way or merely require you to just recite the facts?

Initial bibliography at least _______substantional and varied sources of information.

Thi sis to be typed in whatever format specified. This may expand more as your research develops. At no time should you have fewer than _________reseources.

Annotated bibliography & notes

Complete & annotated bibliography for each source you use as well as taking notes electronically (like a word document) For each source you need to include the bibliographical information. The notece should show the evidence of the material you engaged yourself with by paraphrasing, labeling highlighting and including margin notes.


l. Thesis statement (the answer to your question)

...a. Main idea

.............1 \

.............2 Developing idea

.............3 /

b.Main idea

1 \

2 Developing idea

3 /

. Main idea

1 \

2 Developing idea

3 /

Rough Draft- first draft of the final paper mistakes noted on this are to be corrected for the final paper Number of pages___________

Final Paper This should be the utmost best quality of all your work NO MISTAKES whatsoever in spelling grammar or research.

other notes & questions to guide you

Search stage

What are the possibilities

What do I think


Test Stage 1 How sound is the reasoning

What needs to be known

what evidence is relevant

are the likely consequences acceptable

the the objections answerable

does the solution stand the test of consistency

Test stage 2 Is proper respect for human beings evident

are rights resepcted and responsibilities observed

How would I like to be treated this way

would it be acceptable for everyone to do this or be treated this way

test stage 3 IS the solution realistic

are adequesdt resources available

does this solution expect too much of people

Which is which

Which is which

Which is which

Book Report Outline 1


Non-Fiction report 1


Non-Fiction Report 2


Book Report (Girly)


Novel Ideas (guestbook)

Mubashir on October 05, 2018:

I have a sinple paper of all subjects

Kim (author) from Yonkers, NY on February 07, 2014:

@John Dyhouse: Hey Great to hear! Thank you very much. I am also trying here & there to work on a 2nd creative writing lens. THough Not sure when it will be finished.

John Dyhouse from UK on February 02, 2014:

Lots of good advice here, thanks for a good read

LUMOSE on May 15, 2013:

Great and comprehensive lens.