Writing Tips from Hunter S. Thompson

Writing Tips from Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter Stockton Thompson, better known as Hunter S. Thompson, was an American writer and journalist. He is credited as the founder of the gonzo journalism movement that is written without claims of objectivity, often including the reporter as part of the story. “The Doctor of Journalism,” as Hunter called himself, was also the author of such infamous books as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, and The Rum Diaries.

His stories are filled with drug frenzy, use of powerful verbs and extraordinary descriptions, as well as the ability to tell the story like a journalist. However, he was a brilliant passionate and slightly wicked author from which you can learn a thing or two. Here are some writing tips from Hunter S. Thompson that could help you improve your writing.

Steal From Your Heroes

While he was working as a copy boy for the Time during his studies at Columbia University School of General Studies, he used an interesting practice. He would sneak off into a room with a typewriter and rewrite some of his favourite books. These included works like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. By doing so, he wanted to understand and learn the flow of a great writer. You can improve your writing utilising this method. Read out loud as you are typing to hear the fluidity of remarkable storytelling.

This method can help you achieve the following:

  •        Refine your writing skills
  •        Exercise your grammar and punctuation knowledge
  •        Enrich your vocabulary
  •        Assist you in finding your own writing style
  •        Help you appreciate excellent word choice

Use Powerful Verbs

Hunter S. Thompson was brilliant at showing his readers was he was seeing with the choice of the verbs. It was even reported by some readers that they had visions themselves just by reding Hunter’s descriptions of hallucinatory drug binges. They’d literally hop in their cars and leave for Vegas hoping to experience some of his descriptions.

Verbs are probably the most important words a writer will ever use. They are literally where the action lies. By using powerful verbs, you can paint a visual image of what’s happening in your writing. Thus, readers won’t just understand your writing, they’ll also feel it. Use unusual verbs, verbs that evoke emotion and reaction in readers. By using them, you’re not just painting a visual picture, you’re giving the readers a chance to step into the scene and have a glimpse into the world you’ve created.

Know Yourself

If you’re serious about writing, don’t make excuses and moan about how hard it is. Keep on writing and do it to the best of your abilities. Or in the words of Hunter S. Thompson:

As things stand now, I am going to be a writer. I’m not sure that I’m going to be a good one or even a self-supporting one, but until the dark thumb of fate presses me to the dust and says ‘you are nothing’, I will be a writer.”

 

Read More »

How to Write Great Blog Posts

How to Write Great Blog Posts

One of the most valuable marketing tools that sometimes can be neglected is… wait for it… your blog! It can be used to build trust with your customers, educate consumers and generate leads for your campaigns. To make the best out of this tool, you need to learn how to write great blog posts that will be of high quality. It’s often challenging to constantly publish valuable and engaging content. That is why we have compiled a list of writing tips that will help you get started.

Catchy Title and Opening Paragraph

Interesting titles and introductions are all you need to make your readers want to read the entire blog post. There have been studies on this that have shown that 80% of people read the headline copy, while only 20% read to the end. This is why it is so important to have a catchy title that will make readers read the entire post.

 Know Your Audience

It is of utmost importance to know your audience before you start developing content for your blog. You should decide what message you want to convey and what’s your goal. If you are a gaming site, try to make your content relevant to your audience, but also make it readable. The blog at does a great job developing their content that helps gamers find out more info on their favourite games. This information also helps players devise a better play strategy.

Walk the walk, don’t talk the talk

Don’t use your blog to brag about how great your company is in its respective industry. Instead, you should let your blog visitors reach that conclusion by themselves in the content you write. The goal of the blog content is to build trust with your audience. You can achieve this by positioning yourself as an expert in your industry.

Optimize Your Content

If you want to reach a wider audience, you should follow basic search engine optimisation (SEO) rules. Use keyword optimised titles, a good keyword density ratio, as well as longtail keywords in your opening and closing sentence. Using SEO best practices will make your blog content more relevant to search engines and will reach your target audience quicker.

 Call to Action

Your blog content is developed for a reason – to reach out to your audience, make a connection and trigger an action. You should always include a call to action (CTA) at the end of your blog that entices readers to perform the desired action. However, you should always be very careful in the selection of words because it could backfire

Informative and Relevant Content

You want to educate your audience with your blog posts. If you post relevant and informative content, you will get a steady stream of repeat traffic. As you develop your content, always ask yourself “is this informative or useful? Will it be useful or informative to my readers?”. These two questions alone are enough to serve you as your writing guide.

 

Read More »

Video Games For Your Mobile Phone

Video Games For Your Mobile Phone

There are times, inevitably, when we are stressed out and need something to relax us. Whether it’s something related to your work or the noise of your neighbour last night, there is one perfect thing to do to wash those silly thoughts out of your mind, and that is video games.

 

But why not try some of the interesting games that we have listed below to make you stress-free? Check them out.

 

Viridi

A fin and interesting game that allows you to grow a plant on your mobile phone and take care of it as it goes. It will be a nice addition to your phone and overall a nice way to reduce your stress level. A plant is always a good idea if you are searching for the positive energy and relaxing atmosphere

Viridi allows you to grow the plant, take care of it and be free from all those messes that an actual plant will give when you nourish it. With less mess and less stress, we truly suggest you try this game that requires no Wi-Fi and small memory.

 

Two Dots

While connecting the two dots you have a really relaxing music in the background, some power-ups and boosters and nice positive atmosphere. Set the desired speed of the game and play while you are waiting for something – it’s a perfect time and stress killer.

 

Zen Koi

A marvellous game with soothing music and lovely gameplay. Zen Koi is the perfect relaxing game that will definitely make you sleep if you are not careful enough.  Create your own mini aquatic world where you can swim peacefully and without interruption, your own world where you can escape from the stress and release the negative energy. Try it out.

 

Fluid Monkey

This is a perfect idea that will awaken your creativity and set you free from the boundaries that you have in your mind. Play with the colours, do something crazy and have fun.

Fluid Monkey is a game that splashes the colours by your touch or just watch it flow around your screen as you wait for something

 

Auralux

The most tranquil and peaceful war on iOS and Android that is happening among the stars. You are the commander of the light and the colours, and with your touch, you order the colours to move and take over planets, stars, galaxies, all happening on the screen of your phone. Check out this wonderful game that will definitely keep you relaxed when your girl won’t text you back.

 

Prune

Retreat from the stress with trimming the bonsai tree in the shape of your imagination. This game has simple music and interesting minimalistic design. With one swipe, you will see the branches move and create a vibrant atmosphere. This game is the only one on the list that you need to pay to have, but it’s less than one dollar.

Read More »

Very First Video Games

Very First Video Games

From the very first video game that was on the market to the video games that we have today, we can see a major difference in the graphics, the goals and targets of the game, the gameplay itself, but they are all made for the same purpose – entertainment.

In the pursuit of entertainment on the recently developed little screen called the Television, many people were working around it and trying go bring in the ultimate device and way that you can control what’s happening on the television. In these tries and pursuits, Nolan Bushnell is a name to remember, as he was one of the fathers to the modern video gaming that we are all enjoying today. This is how it all started.

 

Computer Space by Nutting Associates

Computer Space was one of the most remarkable video games that came out of the Nutting Associates company. Developed by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney will most definitely bring the Goosebumps on you skin.

The game was all about launching and controlling a rocket missile that fires towards the enemy ships, where you goal is to get more points than your opponent ships by firing straight in them, or in other words, you need to hit the opponents with your missiles for more points.

The game was an adopted and upgraded version from Spacewar, the first ever game to be featured on multiple computers but didn’t quite get where it wanted. This game from 1962 had the similar idea, but very wrong execution, but luckily for them, the idea was brought back and on track by the one and only Nolan Bushnell.

 

Nolan and The Pong

Shortly after the Computer Space, Nolan and the team that worked in Nutting Associates part ways, and Nolan creates Atari, a producing company which immediately hits the skies with their brand-new Pong game. The game was a huge success and it came out just one year after the Computer Space. In 1972, the once that were able to afford these first computers would experience something that wasn’t seen before and would lift their entertainment to a whole new level.

Nolan Bushnell is considered the father of modern video games, as he was the producer and the brain behind the first two video games with significant interpretation and feedback from the world.

To play the Ping game, you would need to move the cursor on one side of the screen where you need to bounce the ball with the moving square that is your racquet – similar to tennis or ping pong. The game speeds up as you progress and gets new obstacles and new levels with complications all around the screen. The goal is to place the ball behind your opponent’s back.

 

Controllers

Both of these games were played with the similar controller – a one grip joystick that looks like the car gear shifter with a button either on top of it or right next to it. It will be replaced by the mouse in near future, but we can still see these controllers being used in the gaming world today.

Read More »

Indie Games are Better Than You Think

Indie Games are Better Than You Think

If you find yourself playing a colourful game with retro graphics but the outstanding gameplay, you’ve most probably come across an indie game. Following these norms, the Indie games are almost all the same, with exceptions of course. The AAA titles simply can’t offer the same experience, and since it’s hard to make a top-notch AAA game that will follow the indie standards, these games were rare to find.

Amazing Graphics, stunning story and top design are really expensive to make and since there were not enough indie developers to shift that, it was a taboo up until released, the place where you can find awesome indie games with a lot of versatility and awesome graphics.  Check some of the best indie games that are far better than you can possibly imagine.

 

Zeno Clash

2009 was a year where the Chilean developer ACE team came out of nowhere and they began shocking the world. They made Zeno Clash and made an outstanding impact on indie games up until that point were just receiving the primal acceleration and not many were found around.

Zeno Clash had sick visuals and still has some of a unique gameplay. A first-person fighting game where you are constantly throwing punches and countering attacks. There are some ranged weapons, but they are of a secondary importance.

You can get Zeno Clash for £9.99 on Steam, and we suggest you start from the beginning as the sequel has worse reviews.

 

Torchlight 2

The fresh air that was more than necessary within the Action RPG gender, and although it’s a really short and simple game, it’s still fantastic. Runic games made a game with old values – you don’t need a connection to play the game, you can’t respect the character, there is a plethora of loot all around the map in every corner and hidden inside objects. You will receive absolutely lovely experience, and the boss fights are something that you should look forward to, as they are made absolutely fantastic.

Torchlight 2 is one penny short of £20.00 and can be found on steam. If you are an indie game lover, this is a must try.

 

Path of Exile

Grinding Gear Games has developed a free Action RPG game that is not so similar to Torchlight 2 and many of the people are explaining it as the perfect free alternative for Diablo III. Unlike Torch 2, PoE needs an internet connection because of the constant changes that are happening on the map, and the online challenges that are frequent.

When graphics are a concern, it’s a nice, solid game, while the gameplay is really slow compared to other action RPG games. Here, you have time to think and plan your best move while the other games require a split-second decision.

Also, in Path of Exile, you can customize your character to a level never seen in an Action RPG before, as the game provides more adjustable options compared to others.

 

Read More »

What Makes You a Good Writer

Henry David Thoreau once said, “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” Is there anything that we cannot agree with about this thought and ultimate truism? We can just guess the number of people Thoreau has encountered who have fancied themselves good writers but could not form an idea that is original and unique. Just like today. There are many aspiring writers who struggle to find their voice or who have no idea where even to begin when it comes to penning down their first page. We think that we may have something of an answer so read along and find the answer to the burning question: what lies in the essence of the stuff that makes any person a good writer? Or even better, what makes you a good writer?

Stand up to live

What does Thoreau mean by this? Most people are alive but do they really live their lives? This is a labyrinthine philosophical question to say the least, but it does point in the direction that every aspiring writer should follow: live live live. To live means to break old habits, old thought patterns, old friendships and relations. If you are worried about “losing yourself” please don’t be because the point exactly is to lose yourself in something new. Everything that you are leaving behind is actually still with you, as it is part of your memory, part of your being, part of what made you who you are up to one point in time.

Old habits, old concepts

To break old habits means to break your concepts of whatever opinions, convictions and perceptions you have that form your awareness of the world. So if you have reserves about working an odd job, reconsider what makes you think that way. Could you imagine yourself working as a street sweep? Do you want to be a writer? Then become a street sweep and see the world through a whole new radius of perceptions. Whatever job you take, whatever occupation you have will lead to new people, new stories, new so to say “friction” between you and your world. But that is just a harmless idea to get you thinking about different challenges and opportunities that exist out there.

Reconfiguring the World in Your Head

Everything that you see and do, and everything who you know or have known, can be given a new name and new personality. The essence of things remains but you are giving them a new face and that gives the freedom to expand and go to bigger depths. So when you are facing the challenge of building a character, think of all the people whom you have met, that is, the people and what made them.

Read up

Reading the books of others can be injurious to your own writing. You may get sidetracked from the idea at hand that you need to put down on paper but you can’t because you are parsing the sentences of another person. That may in turn compel you to parse your own writing and you may go on an infinite adventure of arranging and rearranging and looking for the “perfect stab”. Why not quit reading for awhile? Let your mind cruise the infinite waters of the world that we inhabit, so that you may discover possibilities for new feelings and new states of mind, not necessarily of your own.

Read More »