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27 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills and Escape Content Mediocrity

27 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills and Escape Content Mediocrity | AdLit | Scoop.it
Want to write better content? Learn how to improve your writing skills by practicing each of these 27 mini-skills for writers.

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Penelope's curator insight, October 2, 9:33 PM
Henneke has penned such a creative post, and with all her analogies using food, your mouth will be salivating!

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The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut

The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut | AdLit | Scoop.it

"When I compose a first draft I just let everything I feel and think spill out raw and chaotically on the page. I let it be a mess. I trust my instincts. I just let my ideas and feelings flow until I run out of words. It’s fine for an early draft to be a disaster area. I don’t censor myself. When I have this raw copy, I can then decide if this idea is worth pung more effort into. If so, then with the second draft, I clean up spelling and grammar. I add anything I forgot to include in the first draft and take out whatever isn’t working. Then the real fun begins with the third draft. (Despite its importance, art should always be a form of play.) That’s where I work on what I know are my creative weaknesses."


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Penelope's curator insight, August 10, 9:38 PM
I love this piece. It absolutely sings and goes straight to the heart of a writer. If you are a creative, you should feel inspired and thankful for the opportunity to create beautiful art with your words.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 15, 1:37 PM
An interesting article that underscores the complexity and messiness of good writing.
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John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction: NYTimes.com

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction: NYTimes.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
“All suggestions can be ignored when necessary,” says the best-selling author, but ignore them at your own peril. (And put away that thesaurus.)

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Penelope's curator insight, June 15, 1:10 PM
Writing Do's and Don'ts courtesy of astounding plotter and prolific author, John Grisham!

My favorite suggestion is to not write the first scene until you know the last. Then you have a destination in mind, which should make the journey a heck of a lot easier.

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Writing Is Easier When You Stop Trying So Hard

Writing Is Easier When You Stop Trying So Hard | AdLit | Scoop.it

Struggling to make progress with your writing? Maybe you need to step back and take a breath. 


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Penelope's curator insight, April 18, 9:27 PM
Stop trying so hard! Dare we say even if it means not writing for a spell? Yes, is the advice given by this author. You may need to take a step back for your writing to recover.

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 24, 11:57 PM
Good advice !
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 1, 8:40 PM
Several years ago, I started writing in a stream of consciousness way. For me, it was challenging. At first, I corrected errors, looked for the right word, and judged content. Over time, I have become less focused on being perfect and getting ideas on paper using cursive writing.
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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful - Smartblogger.com

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful - Smartblogger.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why your writing lacks the impact of your writing heroes? Find out the simple secret they don't want you to know.

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Penelope's curator insight, June 15, 2016 9:40 PM
This is an amazing post. Yes, the writing is crisp and concise, but the editing visual at the beginning is a stand-alone lesson. Every writer needs to bookmark this one!

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Here are 7 Simple Tips To Increase The Power Of Your Writing
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Falling Behind During NaNoWriMo? 3 Tips to Get You Back on Track

Falling Behind During NaNoWriMo? 3 Tips to Get You Back on Track | AdLit | Scoop.it
If you get behind on your NaNoWriMo word count goal, here are three tips to help you write more quickly and get back on track.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 16, 2016 10:26 PM
It's the middle of November, so hopefully all you NaNoWriMo writers are up to 25,000 words. However, if not, try these three fun tips to get back on track all the way to "The End."


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5 Killer Online Journaling Tools You Should Try Out - LifeHack.org

5 Killer Online Journaling Tools You Should Try Out - LifeHack.org | AdLit | Scoop.it
A selection of online journaling tools that you can use to take your journaling practice digital.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 14, 2016 10:02 PM
Journaling is a great way to sort out emotions and solve problems. Bonus? You're squeezing in writing at the same time. Five online tools can make the job so much easier. Evernote, one of my favorites, makes the list again!

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“Writer’s Block” Is a Lie—And It’s Ruining Your Writing: The Write Practice

“Writer’s Block” Is a Lie—And It’s Ruining Your Writing: The Write Practice | AdLit | Scoop.it
Writer's block is the self-inflicted phenomenon of making choices that frequently lead to failure. And when you recognize that, you can beat it.

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Penelope's curator insight, October 27, 2016 1:48 AM
I love this post because of actionable steps the author gives in unblocking most common stubborn story spots—the start—or the middle. He suggests writer's block is just a series of excuses not to get the work done. I agree, but how to get it done if you are just plain stuck? Read on, and write on!

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Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/writers-block-lie/
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Pre-Writing - ElizabethSpannCraig.com

Pre-Writing - ElizabethSpannCraig.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
Are you immobilized by too much pre-writing? Elizabeth Spann Craig's basic strategy for pre-writing.

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Penelope's curator insight, October 6, 2016 10:17 PM
I love this pre-writing advice from a successful cozy mystery novelist. These type of stories are wildly popular, especially with women readers.They can be also be fun to write if you arm yourself with this simple plan.

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Storyboard Your Novel And You'll Have A Roadmap

Storyboard Your Novel And You'll Have A Roadmap | AdLit | Scoop.it
Storyboard your novel and you'll have a road map for what happens next. Look closely at the beginning and end and follow Chekhov's advice to trim.

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Penelope's curator insight, August 30, 2016 2:57 PM
A road map is a necessity for traveling long distances. You can also use a road map--called storyboarding--to plot your novel. 

The idea of storyboarding was developed at the Walt Disney Studio during the early 1930s. Disney credited animator Webb Smith with creating the idea of drawing scenes on separate sheets of paper and pinning them up on a bulletin board to tell a story in sequence, thus creating the first storyboard.

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6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing

6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing | AdLit | Scoop.it
“ Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer who worked closely with screenwriters on his films. The master storyteller, born 13 August 1899, died 29 April 1980.”

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Penelope's curator insight, August 16, 2016 12:44 PM
Alfred Hitchcock had the scream theme down pat. These tips, however, could apply to any writing genre to give it a new heartbeat. Great ideas!

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Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel

Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel | AdLit | Scoop.it
A story arc is the chain on which the pearls, or scenes, of your novel are strung. The story arc--or narrative arc--is the same thing as "plot."

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Penelope's curator insight, August 2, 2016 7:15 PM
Simply explained, this article is a great keeper to explain story arc. What it is, why it's important, and how to use it to make your novels pop with tension.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, August 4, 2016 10:21 PM
Helpful way to understand and organize plot.
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Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity - Brainpickings.org

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity - Brainpickings.org | AdLit | Scoop.it
How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 2, 2016 10:48 PM
Make a list--boost your creativity. Love it!

Before reading this advice, I made my own long list to draft a writing contest introduction letter. It truly does spark the imagination. Of course, this advice is from Fahrenheit 451 sci-fi author, Ray Bradbury.

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How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed my Life – The Mission – Medium

How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed my Life – The Mission – Medium | AdLit | Scoop.it
When I interviewed Julien Smith for the first time in 2012, he had one of the most popular blogs on the internet. Of all the things he shared with me in our conversation, one thing he said stood out…

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Penelope's curator insight, September 26, 9:51 PM
There is a lot of wisdom inside this article. If you feel you can't manage 1,000 words per day, start with 500. Just by putting words down on a page creates momentum. I begin my day with journaling, along with a cup of coffee, of course!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 3, 3:31 PM
For leaders and teachers alike, this is a healthy habit to explore your innner and outer worlds.
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Four elements that every flash fiction story needs

Four elements that every flash fiction story needs | AdLit | Scoop.it
Sick of writing your novel yet? Learn to write great flash fiction and recharge your writing no matter what the length.

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Penelope's curator insight, August 2, 9:22 PM
What's so difficult about writing flash fiction (very short stories)? After all, there are less words. However painful it may be, like squeezing a size 18 body into a size 12 dress, nip and tuck at those words, but leave the heart of your story intact.

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195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing

195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing | AdLit | Scoop.it
Good writing is about well-chosen nouns and powerful verbs, not adjectives and adverbs. What constitutes a tired verb? Here’s what to look for:

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Penelope's curator insight, May 31, 11:50 AM
Dynamic tips to metamorphose your writing from meh to meow! 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 31, 12:03 PM
When I wrote and re-wrote my rubrics, I used verbs to create an action for students. It was also a great grammar lesson when we went over the rubrics. Verbs and action drive good writing.
Agi Anderson's curator insight, June 15, 6:16 AM
Worthy read about the Power of verbs!
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How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.)

How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.) | AdLit | Scoop.it

Sometimes I am all about balance. I want to work in that exact rhythm of nurturing all parts of my life: getting good work done, but also seeing plenty of friends, discovering new places in the city, and being an all-around good citizen. 


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Penelope's curator insight, March 2, 10:47 PM
I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon this young writer's website, but I'm glad I did. One of the freshest voices I've read in quite a while, she doles out juicy wisdom nuggets on writing and life. Enjoy!

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 4, 8:23 PM
Love this blog.
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Getting to the Core of Character Motivation

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Getting to the Core of Character Motivation is a guest post by Becca Puglisi detailing inner and outer motivation of characters in fiction

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Penelope's curator insight, June 7, 2016 9:46 PM
Developing characters in our stories is one of the hardest things to get right. This is an excellent post that explains the character arc, which consists of four pieces. Worthwhile read.

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Write On: 27 of the Best Books on Writing: Medium.com

Write On: 27 of the Best Books on Writing: Medium.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
Writing is, as a general rule, hard. Defining yourself as a writer can be even harder. Sure, there are other difficult practices like law and medicine out there, but a person becomes a lawyer or a…
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Penelope's curator insight, November 15, 2016 4:08 PM
The methods of book writing are myriad, and the how-to's of the craft infinite.These are one blogger's perspective on 27 of the best. I do agree with the recommendations of Stephen King's "On Writing" and Anne Lamott's, "Bird by Bird." Some of the others have been on my list to read.

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How the Writer Researches: Annie Proulx

How the Writer Researches: Annie Proulx | AdLit | Scoop.it
Annie Proulx is 80 years old and still not sure where she belongs. Standing in the atrium of her home in the Snoqualmie Valley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, November 6, 2016 9:08 PM
Annie Proulx talks about how she researches, and how she edits.   
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NaNoWriMo: Planning a Novel with Evernote Templates Medium.com

NaNoWriMo: Planning a Novel with Evernote Templates Medium.com | AdLit | Scoop.it

In November, nearly half a million people around the world will embark on a remarkable quest. National Novel Writing Month. 


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Penelope's curator insight, October 14, 2016 12:20 PM
Fiction writing can be a daunting challenge for even the most talented. Facing a blank page can snuff out creative sparks that once burned brightly. 

Enter Evernote. I use this powerful tool all the time for clipping web pages, PDF's, etc. Evernote has created six powerful templates found inside this article that can be saved and used to the NANO writer's advantage. A little planning may get the timid writing instead of quaking. Super tool to add to your writing arsenal.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 15, 2016 9:48 AM
For Evernote fans--or beginners--some templates to use during NANOWRMO
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33 Grammar Gaffes That Make You Look Dumb - WritetoDone.com

33 Grammar Gaffes That Make You Look Dumb - WritetoDone.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
Making grammar mistakes can be embarrassing. Take a good look at these 33 grammar gaffes so that you can avoid them.

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Penelope's curator insight, September 28, 2016 7:19 PM
I love visuals. If you have an issue with grammar mistakes, you might want to print out this amazing infographic. There are many more gaffes to add, but this is a good start.

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Writing Prompts - CarrieElle.com

Writing Prompts - CarrieElle.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
Here are 25 writing prompts to jumpstart your writing muscles.

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Penelope's curator insight, August 29, 2016 9:38 PM
Blank mind? Blank page? Pull out one of these writing prompts. At least one should inspire flying fingers or jotting pens.

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Link to the original article: http://www.carrieelle.com/writing-prompts
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5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit - LiveWriteThrive.com

5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit - LiveWriteThrive.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit gives writers helpful tips on how to write daily.

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Martim Neto Mariano's curator insight, August 19, 2016 7:25 AM
5 dicas para fazer da escrita um hábito diário
Savaniah McNulty Villmer's curator insight, August 23, 2016 11:19 PM
...I want to write in my blog daily
Sofy Bertel's curator insight, August 24, 2016 12:13 AM
First of all, when I saw this article  I considered that it´s really important for us inasmuch as we are in a process of making our thesis project in which we need to practice and improve our writing skills in order to make a great final job. This writer give us 5 interesting tips for making writing as part of a daily routine in our lifes. She says that the importance to write grows when we set a goal, we don't put limits, we always have a pen and paper in our hands, we take advantage of time and we have self-discipline and be responsable.
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So You Want To Write A Book

So You Want To Write A Book | AdLit | Scoop.it
25 things to keep in mind.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 20, 2016 11:31 PM
Writing a book is hard. Very hard. This article gives you permission to feel the pain, and push through it anyway. Print it out and pin it up on your wall.

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