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Working Past Wordiness For Fresher Writing

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Sarah Baughman. I’ll give you twenty seconds to skim these paragraphs and tell me which one exhibits stronger, more engaging writing: Paragraph A The ...

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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, February 20, 2013 11:15 PM
Ha! Is this directed at me? :P
Laura Brown's comment, February 21, 2013 11:17 AM
No! Not that you can't be wordy, but I just link to anything I find which is actually useful and smart versus fluff.
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Why Studying Other Authors Helps You Practice Your Book-Building Skills

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This week I am finishing yet another round of edits on my revision of Breathing Room, my next novel.  My wonderful editor, a flight expert, and a screenwriter friend have given me their feedback, and I have a pile of notes to think about,...
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All About CreateSpace - Tools for Authors & Publishers

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CreateSpace is a website that assists authors and publishers with getting their publications out to the masses. It is not only eBooks that can be published but also hardcover and softcover books as well as music and film.
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4 Elements of Epic Storytelling

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Epic storytelling has a certain formula that can produce a killer product.

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Parker Donat's comment, February 18, 2013 4:25 PM
Thanks for the share Gregg. I like the simplicity of using these 4 ideas for creating attention for any story creator. Cheers!
Gregg Morris's comment, February 18, 2013 4:32 PM
Simple almost always seems to work best doesn't it Parker? Wish I could always remember that! :)
Judith van Praag's curator insight, February 19, 2013 11:44 AM

Epic Tales and wom/man author hero.

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Dialogue Tags Are Annoying

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Sometimes we don’t want to put the tag at the end of the dialogue, we want to put it somewhere in the middle. And that’s where the fun starts.


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Before You Hire a Literary Agent

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As an author, the most important thing you need to understand about agents is that they represent YOU. If an agent has a good reputation (i.e., a brand), that reputation will accrue to your benefit.
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Writing DEEP POV — Tips To Get You There

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I’ve mentioned Deep POV in previous posts, and been asked what is this? I’ve also had comments from those who write Deep themselves and love it. So let’s jump right in and chat, for writing i...
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Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to indie authors is ~129,000% | Andrew Hyde

Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to indie authors is ~129,000% | Andrew Hyde | Back Off Writer's Block | Scoop.it
So my book about travel came out last week!
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Forcing Readers To Like Characters: Recognition

Forcing Readers To Like Characters: Recognition | Back Off Writer's Block | Scoop.it
So far in this series on how to force readers into an emotional relationship with the characters in a story we’ve looked at the various ways to create sympathy.  Another technique is to create a character that the reader feels they recognise and...
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It's not a joke

Put an agent, a publisher and an e-book seller in a room together and what do you get? No, not pistols at dawn, but a fascinating debate on the future of books and publishing. This edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme The Bottom Line is available to listen to for a year. Worth 30 minutes of your time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qfjdq

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10 Storytelling Elements That Work

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There’s a reason for why certain storytelling elements just keeps coming back, again and again.

 

Well, it’s because they work.

 

I’ve done some research and collected the different storytelling elements in one place.

 

Here we go:


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:38 AM

I have heard Donna Napoli describe #3 as "the extraordinary on an ordinary day."

BookChook's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:36 PM

Good to use as a scaffold with older kids who want to write fiction. Maybe change some of the language? 

Sanna Tyrvainen's curator insight, February 25, 2013 2:55 AM

I think we should all do this every now and again; reflect the above list to your life or to one day of our life. I'm sure it would make our lives feel much more eventful and exciting.

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Publishing At A Glance | Fiona Druce

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Writers and the Publishing World Today
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A discussion of common publishing topics for today's writers.

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The Author Daily

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The Author Daily, by GiGi Rena: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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Some good information on Self Publishing

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Social Media for Writers Part III: Marketing Mentality

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Athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh! ("Happy New Years to you all" in Irish)   Today, I'm going to give a little information on marketing for the writer.
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How Content Length Affects Rankings and Conversions

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Around a month ago Neil Patel ran a Crazy Egg test, which showed that most people weren’t scrolling and reading the copy on NeilPatel.com.

Because of the data he decided to run an a/b test on the homepage.

 

The current homepage has 1292 words, plus the form fields are way below the fold so He felt it maybe decreasing my conversion rate.

 

He created a new version of the homepage, as seen below, that only contained 488 words and form fields higher on the page.

 

Find Out More: http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/12/20/the-science-behind-long-copy-how-more-content-increases-rankings-and-conversions/


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Chris Lee's curator insight, January 9, 2013 3:59 PM

Quality over quantity is key when it comes to content creation and SEO, and conversion rates. 

Barbara Kurts's comment, January 9, 2013 9:10 PM
my topics here http://www.scoop.it/t/health-leads-plus
Pam Ivey's curator insight, January 17, 2013 8:26 PM

Very interesting test here. I'll bet you guessed the shorter version would win out. I know I did because the opt-in form was higher up on the page. We're both wrong...