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NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

November brings thirty days and nights of literary abandon...NaNoWriMo offers encouragement, support and deadlines to help authors complete the challenge: Write a novel in thirty days! 50,000 words in one month: Give it a try.

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Hi, I'm not sure how often you check this scoop.it page. I've never tried this NaNoWroMo. But it made me wonder, when you're working on a novel, how many words do you average per day?

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John Steinbeck: Advice for Beginning Writers

John Steinbeck: Advice for Beginning Writers | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

This is a letter the Nobel Prize winning American author John Steinbeck wrote for beginning writers: "If there is a magic in story writing, and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another. The formula seems to lie solely in the aching urge of the writer to convey something he feels important to the reader. If the writer has that urge, he may sometimes, but by no means always, find the way to do it. You must perceive the excellence that makes a good story good or the errors that makes a bad story. For a bad story is only an ineffective story." 

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101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I

101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

What if someone went through the biggest and best blogs on the internet, and pulled out the very best-of-the best tips for fiction writers? Keep reading for the first 25 of the best 101 fiction writing tips on the web, i.e. "Your novel shouldn’t be a thinly-disguised memoir."

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Ten rules for writing fiction -- lists from famous authors

Ten rules for writing fiction -- lists from famous authors | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Several authors, including Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Ann Enright, and Neil Gaiman,  give their own Top Ten lists of writing advice: "Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray."

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Why I Write: Joan Didion on Ego, Grammar & the Impetus to Create

Why I Write: Joan Didion on Ego, Grammar & the Impetus to Create | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

The question of what propels creators, especially great creators, is the subject of eternal fascination and cultural curiosity. In “Why I Write,” originally published in the New York Times Book Review on 5 December 1976 and found in The Writer on Her Work, Volume 1 (public library), Joan Didion explains what compels her to put pen to paper.

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How to write : Novels, Screenplays, Memoirs...

How to write : Novels, Screenplays, Memoirs... | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

How to write a novel, a screenplay, a radio play, memoirs. Advice from Martin Amis and other successful writers. BBC World Service

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NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

November brings thirty days and nights of literary abandon...NaNoWriMo offers encouragement, support and deadlines to help authors complete the challenge: Write a novel in thirty days! 50,000 words in one month: Give it a try.

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Sympsun's comment, August 2, 2013 11:28 PM
Hi, I'm not sure how often you check this scoop.it page. I've never tried this NaNoWroMo. But it made me wonder, when you're working on a novel, how many words do you average per day?
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The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them)

The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them) | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it
Writer's Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?
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One Simple and Incredibly Painful Way to Fix Your Novel Draft

One Simple and Incredibly Painful Way to Fix Your Novel Draft | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Advice from Charlie Jane Anders: One technique to fix problems with your first draft of a novel: Rewrite it as a shor story: "To do this, you have to pare away everything but the essence of your novel's story and then find a way to convey it all over again, using the elegant and shapely form of the short story."

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How to Write a Novel

How to Write a Novel | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

You may be thinking: "I want to write a novel," but how do you go about it? How do you navigate between good intentions and procrastination? "Many people write novels just because it takes their mind away to an alternate universe, where their novel lives." Advice on creating characters, setting, seeking feedback, rewriting...and maintaining the habit of writing.

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Science Fiction Resource Guide: Writers Resources

Science Fiction Resource Guide: Writers Resources | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

A collection of links and articles from the Science Fiction Resource Guide, with advice for aspiring writers on technique and overcoming writer's block -- as well as a guide to choosing publishers, agents and editors. 

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Where can you submit your story? An extensive list of Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines

Where can you submit your story? An extensive list of Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazines | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Where can you submit your science fiction/fantasy story for publication? Here is an extensive list of print and online magazines around the world that publish science fiction and fantasy stories and/or reviews.

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Plain Language Humor: How to Write Good

Plain Language Humor: How to Write Good | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Collected lists from plaingovernment.org -- Improving communication from the government to the public, including humorous writing advice: Avoid Alliteration. Always.

Prepositions are not words to end sentences with. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)

Be more or less specific.

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Helpful Definitions for Modern Authors -- with a dose of irony

Helpful Definitions for Modern Authors -- with a dose of irony | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

And for a bit of humor ...and ironic insight: Helpful definitions for Modern authors: When your publicist acts as your mom, your mom acts as your audience and your audience acts as your reviewer.

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The Writers Alley: Tips to Dissolve Quirks in Writing First Person

The Writers Alley: Tips to Dissolve Quirks in Writing First Person | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

One lesson we as writers learn is how to remove excessive uses of names, pronouns and other references to names. Do we really need a character's name/pronoun at the beginning of every sentence? Jenny opened the door. She walked down the steps and to her car. She looked at the backseat as was her habit after hearing recent news reports. Jenny…  

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We are all storytellers...

We are all storytellers... | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

The most pervasive and destructive illusion floating around the writing universe is that you can write something good without order and structure. Even if you just wing it, if you like to make it up as you go, you’ll end up rewriting and revising until an ordered structure emerges and becomes the skeleton of a finished piece. Advice from Larry Brooks.

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Facing the Blank Page - Toni Morrison

Facing the Blank Page - Toni Morrison | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Novelist Toni Morrison on what it's like to face a blank page and what it feels like after you've finished writing a book: "Usually there is a "what if" that might resolve the narrative, but the narrative is less interesting to me than the architecture, the language, all the other things that I can bring into the so-called story."

 

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30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors: From Orwell to Chekhov

30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors: From Orwell to Chekhov | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Writing is easy: All you have to do is start writing, finish writing, and make sure it's good. But here's some vastly more useful wisdom and advice from famous authors, from Hemingway to Orwell, Steinbeck to Stephen King, who write: "If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot."

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Advice to writers by Kurt Vonnegut

Advice to writers by Kurt Vonnegut | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Vonnegut writes, "Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style. I am not urging you to write a novel, by the way --- although I would not be sorry if you wrote one, provided you genuinely cared about something. A petition to the mayor about a pothole in front of your house or a love letter to the girl next door will do."

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1001 Story Ideas for Science Fiction

1001 Story Ideas for Science Fiction | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Ideas to get you started: over a thousand science fiction concepts, from cloning, genetic engineering, mind uploading.... to time travel, memory editing and worm holes. 

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How to find a good fit for your manuscript -- a resource for writers

How to find a good fit for your manuscript -- a resource for writers | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Duotrope is a resource for writers; it offers a search feature to help you find a good fit for your manuscript among thousands of fiction, poetry and non-fiction publications markets. Its submissions tracker helps you keep track of your submissions, queries and responses. 

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Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions

Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

How to world-build: filling in the background for customs, government, geography, language, food, religion, ethics, history, technology, etc....What does it take to create a believable world?

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A Long, Lonely Road, by David Brin

A Long, Lonely Road, by David Brin | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

A collection of advice for new and aspiring authors of fiction. 

 

David writes, "I believe writing was the first truly verifiable and effective form of magic. Think of how it must have impressed people in ancient times!" As author Tom Robbins aptly put it:"Science gives man what he needs, But magic gives him what he wants."

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Writing Quotes at BrainyQuote

Writing Quotes at BrainyQuote | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
--Benjamin Franklin.......

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
--Ernest Hemingway

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Advice for New Writers: Guest blogs from SFWA

Advice for New Writers: Guest blogs from SFWA | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Guest blogs with advice on writing from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America...

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ATOS Readability - ATOS for Text

ATOS Readability - ATOS for Text | Advice for Writers | Scoop.it

Renaissance Learning Text Analyzer calculates readability level for articles or stories. May be useful for teachers or YA authors to give a rough check of the language complexity.

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