Intelligence Report: The Skeptic’s Dictionary

It’s not Writer’s Block, it’s a lack of desire.  Because let’s face it, the ideas you’re entertaining right now aren’t all that entertaining.  You’ve seen it a few times, wrote it about it in a similar fashion like twice now, and you’re just plain old ‘Meh’ about it, even with the twists you’ve devised.

Yes, you could be the guys behind “What to Expect When You’re Expecting: The Movie”.  Or you could just be the average writer, a person who’s written a fair amount of tales, a storyteller not quite sure what to write about next.

When in doubt about your next story idea, use doubt itself.  Welcome to the Skeptic’s Dictionary.

This site has got a treasure trove of goodies for a writer.  Main page listings like Cryptozoology , ETs and UFOs, junk science, and paranormal open up to literally hundreds of listings.  So let’s say you cruise to junk science and find Phrenology, and learn that there are folks who claim to know things about people by studying their skull characteristics.  Maybe that’ll get the idea factory turning, where you envision a phrenologist in the ancient past trying to determine who killed the emperor or a phrenologist in the future trying to make peace between two alien races with a little head massaging.

The beauty of the Skeptic’s Dictionary is it doesn’t matter if the website’s design is to debunk everything on it as nonsense.  We’re writing fiction!  People want to be sold on this stuff!  So sell them bunyips and inedia and xenoglossy.

Unless you’re Ken Jennings from Jeopardy, the Skeptic’s Dictionary is guaranteed to have terms and notions you haven’t run across yet.  Not only is it fun to read, but its guaranteed to get your thinking cap glowing, your brainstorm clouds rolling.  No doubt about it.

In a room full of crazy, you’re bound to find something that catches your eye.

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4 responses to “Intelligence Report: The Skeptic’s Dictionary

  1. Stacey

    there’s a lot of shit here!

  2. Stacey

    working on being brief.

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