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A Psychological Self-Help Tool for Fiction Writers

Today’s guest is Joseph Burgo, Ph.D., psychotherapist, fiction writer, blogger and author of numerous books. Joe’s personal blog, After Psychotherapy, draws over 50,000 visits per month.
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Want to understand you characters better?  Reading up on the psychology of behaviour to know how folks deal with emotional pain might help.

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"Better to know the truth than avoid it" Amen to that! Fiction writers facing the(ir own) truth go deeper, further in understanding their characters.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Editor for your Indie Book

Tips for Choosing the Right Editor for your Indie Book | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Finding and then choosing an Editor isn’t always easy, and can be very daunting the first time.
Don’t just use Google to search for ‘editors’...
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You Might Be Using This Punctuation Mark All Wrong

You Might Be Using This Punctuation Mark All Wrong | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
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Today we tackle a subject that has sharply divided writers for generations. Those of you with delicate constitutions may want avert your eyes. For those writers willing to go where many dare not tread, we’re talking...
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Five Incredibly Simple Ways to Help Writers Show and Not Tell

Five Incredibly Simple Ways to Help Writers Show and Not Tell | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Show me, show me.















Show, don’t tell is one of the trickiest things for beginners to grasp. It’s something we teach on our Writers Write course, and it's an ‘aha moment’ that...
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Swooping and bashing: How we write, according to Kurt Vonnegut

Swooping and bashing: How we write, according to Kurt Vonnegut | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Kurt Vonnegut presents an interesting theory about writers in his last novel, Timequake. In it, he says that most women writers are "swoopers" and most men are "bashers." Swoopers write "higgledy p...
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Swoopers and Bashers: which are you?

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10 Great Books for a Writer's Wish List

10 Great Books for a Writer's Wish List | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

Whether you're a teacher, an author, a budding writer, or someone who writes in secret for personal reasons, you've got writing wishes....


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How to build a fictional world - Kate Messner

How to build a fictional world - Kate Messner | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter?
What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent
rules for how people, societies -- and even the laws of physics --
function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few
tricks for you, too, to create a world worth exploring in your own
words.
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University writing programs deliver, so let's turn the page

University writing programs deliver, so let's turn the page | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Whether creative writing can be taught is a question that has been debated on and off for decades. Are writers born, is the question, or can they be made? Neither side of the debate has offered incontrovertible…
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Robert Olen Butler and the nature of Yearning

Robert Olen Butler and the nature of Yearning | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Saturday on FM4 Reality Check: A chat with the Pulitzer prize-winning author of "A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain" (1993). In the lobby of a hotel bar in Vienna, we discussed the narrative form, yearning in the telling of a good story, and more.
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"Any Buddhist will tell you, you cannot even exist for thirty seconds of time on planet Earth without desiring something. So fiction inescapably is the art form of human yearning, and that's what makes it [...] narrative.

"Plot is simply yearning, challenged and thwarted. Characters deeply want things [...] and their attempts to get those things are challenged, and the way around and through that is what drives narrative forward."

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Note to Will Self: we need these courses to keep good creative writing alive

Note to Will Self: we need these courses to keep good creative writing alive | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Art school, drama school, film school. Do people have a problem with these? If the arts pages of broadsheet newspapers are routinely filled with articles by celebrated artists, dramatists and film-makers…
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Why You Should Write a Letter to Yourself Tonight

Why You Should Write a Letter to Yourself Tonight | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Numerous experiments have since replicated Pennekbaker’s findings. Writing experiments from around the world, with grade-school students, nursing-home residents, medical students, maximum-security prisoners, arthritis sufferers, new mothers, and rape victims, consistently show that writing about upsetting events improves physical and mental health. This shouldn’t surprise us: Writing is one of the most effective ways to access an inner world of feelings that is the key to recovering from genuine trauma and everyday stress alike.
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The End of Writer’s Block: 10 Literary Laxatives

The End of Writer’s Block: 10 Literary Laxatives | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
10 Techniques for Writers and Non-Writers to Break Writer’s Block
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How Stephen King Teaches Writing

How Stephen King Teaches Writing | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Looking back on his days in front of a high school classroom, the acclaimed writer shares his views on grammar and explains why discovering great literature is like losing one's virginity.
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You'll Love This Beautiful and Inspiring Holiday Ad, Particularly If You're a Writer

You'll Love This Beautiful and Inspiring Holiday Ad, Particularly If You're a Writer | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Field Notes, the paper products and accessories brand best known for its stylish notepads—designed by Aaron Draplin, whom you'll remember from yesterday—attempts to convey the intensity and magic of the written word in this holiday film appearing on its website.
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Yeah it's an ad for Field Notes notebooks, but it is so true and moving.  Be inspired!

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12-Steps to Self-Editing - your stress-free guide to preparing a manuscript

12-Steps to Self-Editing - your stress-free guide to preparing a manuscript | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
When we talk about rewriting in Writers Write, delegates often go a bit pale. They seem to think that you need to rewrite a story or novel from scratch. While certain drafts do need to start their...
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Prize poet John Foggin - and a winning poem that he started working on in 1983

Prize poet John Foggin - and a winning poem that he started working on in 1983 | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Foggin’s winning poem, ‘Camera Obscura’, about the death of the suffragette Emily Davison at the Derby in 1913, also appears in this year’s Forward book of poetry after being highly commended in the best single poem category. It represents a classic case of perseverance; Foggin revealed on Friday night that he completed the first draft in 1983. “It was a sonnet. I wouldn’t show it to anyone. It’s an embarrassment, it’s awful.”
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I link this article just to show that something can sleep in your notebook for decades before you you use it. Rubbish first drafts can be completely transformed into something marvellous.  Hang on to all that rough material you don't know what to do with - because one day you might.   


Foggin’s winning poem, ‘Camera Obscura’, about the death of the suffragette Emily Davison at the Derby in 1913, also appears in this year’s Forward book of poetry after being highly commended in the best single poem category. It represents a classic case of perseverance; Foggin revealed on Friday night that he completed the first draft in 1983. “It was a sonnet. I wouldn’t show it to anyone. It’s an embarrassment, it’s awful.”

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Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Writers have a serious advantage over the rest of us.
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How 12 people organize their desks for a 30-day writing marathon

How 12 people organize their desks for a 30-day writing marathon | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
November is National Novel Writing Month, and people are busting out some serious wordage. Here's what their desks look like.
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Typewriters and their owners: famous authors at work – in pictures

Typewriters and their owners: famous authors at work – in pictures | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
As Tom Hanks announces that he is to publish a collection of short stories inspired by his love of typewriters, we remember some of the other writers who have cherished them, across the ages
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The Writing Life: James Salter on Knowledge & Observation

The Writing Life: James Salter on Knowledge & Observation | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
he, too, describes imagination as that thing we employ when we don't know the answer, or don't know what comes next
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"... he, too, describes imagination as that thing we employ when we don't know the answer, or don't know what comes next ..."

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How to Write a Sentence

How to Write a Sentence | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Sentences have been around since the dawn of paragraphs, and indeed since before that, for sentences are essentially the building blobs of a paragraph.
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A tongue-in-cheek look at how sentences should (and shouldn't) be written.

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Vladimir Nabokov on Writing, Reading, and the Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have

Vladimir Nabokov on Writing, Reading, and the Three Qualities a Great Storyteller Must Have | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
"Between the wolf in the tall grass and the wolf in the tall story there is a shimmering go-between. That go-between, that prism, is the art
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Creative writing courses are killing western literature, claims Nobel judge

Creative writing courses are killing western literature, claims Nobel judge | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Grants cut off writers from society, whereas past greats worked as ‘taxi drivers and waiters’ to feed their imaginations, says Horace Engdahl. Alison Flood reports
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The Secret to Show, Don't Tell

The Secret to Show, Don't Tell | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
You've heard the classic writing rule, "Show. Don't Tell." Every writing blog ever has talked about it, and for good reason. Showing, for some reason, is really difficult.

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Very good advice about how to show rather than tell by interrogating your story and being more specific.

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Penelope's curator insight, September 30, 8:45 PM

 

There are some great examples in this piece on how to take a small bit of story "telling" and turn it into story "showing."

 

Try it yourself with a paragraph. Interrogate your story. If you were the reader, would it fire up your imagination--or throw water on it?

 

Keep asking questions. And keep rewriting!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article:  http://thewritepractice.com/show-dont-tell/

Penelope's comment, October 1, 12:29 PM
Thanks for you comments, Sharon!