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Photo Verse: Photography and Poetry

Photo Verse: Photography and Poetry | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
This page features poems by AnnMackieMiller. The author has combined her photography with free verse to create photo verse.
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Reviewing Backlinks: Get ready for the new Google Penguin

Reviewing Backlinks: Get ready for the new Google Penguin | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
Ann Mackie Miller's insight:

time to review your linking network

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Images of Kosovo

Images of Kosovo | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
An account of my experience as an aid-worker in Kosovo in 1999.
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I wrote this in 1999 - just came across it again and it brought back memories. 

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I can write a compelling ABOUT ME or personal bio for £30

I can write a compelling ABOUT ME or personal bio for £30 | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
If you need an engaging ABOUT ME or Biography page for your personal or business website, I can do that for you. I write clean copy tailored to your needs and using key messages, unique selling points and so on.
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A Simple 90 Min Exercise For Planning Out Months of Great Posts

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very useful

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Cliffhangers For Unscrupulous Writers

Cliffhangers For Unscrupulous Writers | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it

Obviously, it would be preferable if writers used this technique for good instead of evil. But we both know that is not how they are used for the most part. Anyone with a television set can see the abuse and misuse they are put to nightly. Still, it’s worth having this weapon in your arsenal. How you use it is your affair.


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Resist Giving Characters A Helping Hand

Resist Giving Characters A Helping Hand | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it

It is tempting, especially at the beginning of a story, to have things happen in a way that is convenient, just to get the ball rolling.

 

But the temptation for a writer to lend a hand, to put their character in the right place at the right time, makes it harder to get to know the character. You are in fact delaying the start of the story.


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12 Questions to Ask Yourself About the System of Magic in Your Fantasy Novel

12 Questions to Ask Yourself About the System of Magic in Your Fantasy Novel | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it

Mette Ivie Harrison, author of Tris and Izzie and the forthcoming The Rose Throne, has some great, succinct advice for anyone creating a new fantasy world. Before you start having people sling magic around all over the place, make sure your system of magic passes the sniff test.

 

Here are Harrison's 12 questions you should ask yourself about your system of magic.


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Writing Stories from Your Life

Writing Stories from Your Life | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
I teach life story writing to boomers and seniors. Reading my students’ stories has given me a peek into the lives of those who’ve fought in wars or made ends meet on the home front; and of little girls who wandered along wooden floors in an old dime store, accompanied by the slightly sour aroma that emanated from the lunch counter one side of the store.

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Everything in Writing and Life is Fiction

Everything in Writing and Life is Fiction | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it

When you tell yourself the story of your life, the story of your day, you edit and rewrite and weave a narrative out of a collection of random experiences and events. Your conversations are fiction. Your friends and loved ones—they are characters you have created. And your arguments with them are like meetings with an editor—please, they beseech you, you beseech them, rewrite me. You have a perception of the way things are, and you impose it on your memory, and in this way you think, in the same way that I think, that you are living something that is describable. When of course, what we actually live, what we actually experience—with our senses and our nerves—is a vast, absurd, beautiful, ridiculous chaos.

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A Take on Flash Fiction

A Take on Flash Fiction | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it

My take on flash fiction -  including - 

Blue
they say the soul is in the eyes
but those baby blues told me nothing
not even that he wasn’t to be trusted

Read more: http://writinghood.com/writing/a-take-on-flash-fiction/#ixzz23M824Cvy

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Five Scenes Every Romance Novel Needs

Five Scenes Every Romance Novel Needs | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it

Romance gets a bad rap as being formulaic, and it isn’t. At least no more so than any other popular fiction genre. What romance and other genre novels do that I think gets them this label is fulfill reader expectations.

 

That, in my opinion, is a good thing.

 

So what I’m listing here is not a formula. It’s what romance readers, whether they realize it or not, expect to see in a romance novel.


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In Literature, What is a Vignette?

In Literature, What is a Vignette? | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
A vignette is defined as 'something that can be written on a vine leaf' - in other words a piece that captures something in a small space. This little article tells you what a vignette is and how to write one.
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NaNo Vision: My Experience

NaNo Vision: My Experience | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
Someone once said, "To write well, first you must write badly," and this November I have been doing just that, writing badly. This is my experience of The National Novel Writing Month.
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Installing WordPress for Complete Beginners

Installing WordPress for Complete Beginners | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
Now I confess, I am not very techy orientated and things change so quickly I can’t keep up.
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How Many Spaces After a Period? Ending the Debate : The World's Greatest Book

How Many Spaces After a Period? Ending the Debate : The World's Greatest Book | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
Single-spaces after a period are a recent style evolution and a standard but supporting arguments are weak. The double-space is a victim of fashion.
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Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge | Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Authors | WWEnd

Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge | Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Authors | WWEnd | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it

The goal of the WWEnd Women of Genre Fiction Reading Challenge is to read 12 books — 1 each by 12 different women authors that you have not read before including 1 random author selection — in 12 months and write 12 reviews. Post your reviews here on WWEnd, or post an extract here then link back to your blog for the full review; you'll get credit either way. We'll cherry pick the best reviews to feature in the WWEnd blog.

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How to Write, Draw, and Create in Peace Without Distractions

How to Write, Draw, and Create in Peace Without Distractions | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
There are times when you want to work on something creative and everyone and everything seems to keep getting in the way, distracting you. You can ignore some of the distractions, but that's sometimes not practical or very polite.
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How to Build Your Own Writer's Blog

How to Build Your Own Writer's Blog | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
A writer's own site should reflect what they have to offer as a business person and an artist. You can turn your blog into a resource, make yourself an authority in your non-fiction niche or keep fiction readers excited about your upcoming projects.
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Memoir Writing Tip: Moving Up, Moving Down, Moving On

Memoir Writing Tip: Moving Up, Moving Down, Moving On | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it

When we write, we are also involved in moving. We may move backward in time or we may take ourselves and our readers forward. Emotionally we may move up or down. It is probably impossible to find ourselves at the same place we were when we began our writing.

Most importantly, we need to move inward to look, evaluate, and understand ourselves before we can move up and on.


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Why You Should Always Write Your Headline First | Copyblogger

Why You Should Always Write Your Headline First | Copyblogger | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
Want to write great headlines and even better content? Start with the headline first.
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Self-Doubt ~ Worst Enemy to Creativity

Self-Doubt ~ Worst Enemy to Creativity | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
Sylvia Plath: "And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.  The worst enem...
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5 (or 6?) Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing

5 (or 6?) Reasons Why Web Publishing is Changing | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it

Excellent summary by Richard MacManus, the founder of ReadWriteWeb, on some of the recent shifts that affect Web Publishing. He lists 5 reasons but I would add a 6th (which actually reconciles his 1 and 4): the shift of value from Creation to Curation. 

 

As he points out, we're moving to more casual forms of publishing and at the same time are hungry for quality. As more and more people embrace curation as a form of expression, they're exactly doing that, using their own particular expertise to identify relevant quality content and publishing more easily than through writing a long blog post. 


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Hi Guillaume,
thank you for rescoop and appreciation about my post!
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Are You Branding or Bragging? — Veronica Sicoe

Are You Branding or Bragging? — Veronica Sicoe | Creative Writing & Writing Online | Scoop.it
Author branding has become a necessity, along with developing a platform and having a favorable online presence.
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