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Characterization in Sports Novels — Fiction Notes

Characterization in Sports Novels — Fiction Notes | BOWL | Scoop.it
Sports novels mean action, scoring, drama; but it also means strong characters. Tips on good main characters and character development.
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Timing your book’s launch date for maximum impact

Timing your book’s launch date for maximum impact | BOWL | Scoop.it
Strategic timing of your book’s publication date can give it a jet-propelled boost and have a major impact on its long-term success.
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101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I

101 of the Best Fiction Writing Tips, Part I | BOWL | 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.


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Writing Journals or Not? | Writing Fiction Blog

Writing Journals or Not? | Writing Fiction Blog | BOWL | Scoop.it
I've struggled with keeping a writing journal current. To be truthful I've struggled with whether I should even keep a writing journal. When I do keep one I'm never really sure what I should include. As it turns … Continue reading ...

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10 rules for writing fiction - Will Self

10 rules for writing fiction - Will Self | BOWL | Scoop.it

Will Self’s 10 rules for writing fiction, from the Guardian Review:

1. Don’t look back until you’ve written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work, which is all in …

2. The edit.

3. Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper, you can lose an idea for ever.

4. Stop reading fiction – it’s all lies anyway, and it doesn’t have anything to tell you that you don’t know already (assuming, that is, you’ve read a great deal of fiction in the past; if you haven’t, you have no business whatsoever being a writer of fiction).


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Baseball in the Year 2044: A look at “Rockets on the Mound”

Baseball in the Year 2044: A look at “Rockets on the Mound” | BOWL | Scoop.it
The internet is a great place. Really, it is. And one of the reasons it is great is that you can find practically anything on it. Take, for example, short stories. There are countless stories that ...
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"Houma Houdini' a diamond in the rough

"Houma Houdini' a diamond in the rough | BOWL | Scoop.it
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The Future of the Author-Publisher Relationship - Jane Friedman

The Future of the Author-Publisher Relationship - Jane Friedman | BOWL | Scoop.it
Until the late 1990s, only one viable option existed for 99 percent of authors seeking publication: to gain acceptance from a traditional publisher.
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The Cycles of Book Sales | Live Write Thrive

The Cycles of Book Sales | Live Write Thrive | BOWL | Scoop.it
Insights, inspiration, and practical advice for writers...
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23 Fiction Writing Ideas That Will Revitalize Your Story - Writing Forward

23 Fiction Writing Ideas That Will Revitalize Your Story - Writing Forward | BOWL | Scoop.it
When your story isn't working, you can give up or you can try to revitalize it. Use a few of these fiction writing ideas to breathe new life into your fiction.
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Making it up: Annabel Lyon on the challenge of writing historical fiction

Making it up: Annabel Lyon on the challenge of writing historical fiction | BOWL | Scoop.it
At the very beginning, Annabel Lyon knew she was undertaking a two-book project, one novel about men, the other about women...

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Fiction Teachers: How to Write a Sports Story

Fiction Teachers: How to Write a Sports Story | BOWL | Scoop.it
Children's poetry by Meadowbrook Press. Lots of funny poems, poetry contests and more! Ideas for educators on teaching poetry in fun and interesting ways.
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Eggers: My life in baseball, by the Beard

Eggers: My life in baseball, by the Beard | BOWL | Scoop.it
Tracing World Series greatness back to its roots -- almost literally -- in a short story by Dave Eggers in ESPN The Magazine's Fiction Issue.
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How will I know I have become a better storyteller? | Limor's Storytelling Agora

How will I know I have become a better storyteller? | Limor's Storytelling Agora | BOWL | Scoop.it

"At the beginning, G didn’t know what to say."

I love this piece because of the question it asks! We get so focused on the doing doing doing of storytelling in our business, we rarely step back and ask ourselves, "How do I know I'm getting better at storytelling?"

This article comes from my colleague Limor Shiponi in Israel. Limor is one of the deep thinkers on the planet about storytelling and I highly prize her insights. It has been way too long since we've chatted and I miss hearing her magical voice and articulate thinking. In the meantime, I am delighted to share this piece with you.

Usually, if we are getting results in our business, we are happy. But if we don't periodically ask ourselves the question, "How will I know I have become a better storyteller?" our results -- when they fade (the normal ups and downs of business cycles) -- may be due our storytelling skills or something entirely different.

If you are not clear on how you'll know when you've become a better storyteller, in a down cycle you may start fixing the wrong things. Maybe your storytelling skills are fabulous but your marketing process is inconsistent. Maybe your marketing is awesome and your storytelling sucks. Without asking and paying attention to the question this article poses, you'll never know where to place your attention.

I ran across this article about 2 weeks ago and really took the time to ask myself this question. I came up with an answer and kept testing it out to make sure it was real. Here's my answer:

I know I will have become a better storyteller when I continually feel that resonance between me and my audience, and when people connect with me after they have heard one of my stories. I physically experience this band of gold and silver resonant energy linking me and my listeners together.

That's not very flowery language, but it does the trick for me. I can see several images in my minds eye of what this looks and feels like.

Now my experience can happen face-to-face or electronically. But of course, the best way to know if I've become a better storyteller is through live interaction. So practice practice practice your business stories with real people to build your skills and effectiveness.

OK -- that's me. Now it is your turn. How will you know you have become a better storyteller? What does that look and feel like for you?

Happy explorations :)

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it


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