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10 apps for distraction-free, productive writing - AGBeat

10 apps for distraction-free, productive writing - AGBeat | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
A brief look at ten of the best distraction-free programs for writers and non-writers alike.

Via John Evans, Sharon Archibald
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This could be very useful for my writing students ... and for me!

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David M. Daniel's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:24 PM

This one goes out for my writers!  List can be a little redundant, but it's solid!

Teresa Gibbons's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:26 AM

No one is immune to distractions. These apps look great.

Tricia Penner's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:27 AM

Love the idea recording app.

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7 Strategies for Writing 3 Books in 3 Years

7 Strategies for Writing 3 Books in 3 Years | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
There's a way to publish prodigiously while baking marketing into your work. That sounds like a scheme, but I know this is true because I have done it.
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How to write fiction: Meg Rosoff on finding your voice

How to write fiction: Meg Rosoff on finding your voice | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Your 'voice' lies somewhere between your conscious and subconscious mind. Finding that place is a challenging exercise in self-confrontation, says Meg Rosoff
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How to write fiction: Mark Billingham on creating suspense

How to write fiction: Mark Billingham on creating suspense | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
More than any trick or technique, what makes suspense so enthralling is empathy – crafting characters your readers can truly connect with, says Mark Billingham
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How to write fiction: Rachel Cusk on point of view

How to write fiction: Rachel Cusk on point of view | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Learning to distinguish between point of view and objective truth is the writer's first step towards creating authentic, resonant work, writes Rachel Cusk
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How to write fiction: Andrew Miller on creating characters

How to write fiction: Andrew Miller on creating characters | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Strong characters are crucial to fiction. You can borrow traits from real life, but the best characters are born of a deeper human understanding, writes Andrew Miller
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The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents

The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Hoping to get published? Follow this advice from literary agents and avoid being relegated to the slush pile.
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The Art of Motherfuckitude: Cheryl Strayed’s Advice to an Aspiring Writer on Faith and Humility

The Art of Motherfuckitude: Cheryl Strayed’s Advice to an Aspiring Writer on Faith and Humility | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
"Writing is hard for every last one of us... Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to
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Morning Pages

Morning Pages | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

 Morning Pages are three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. *There is no wrong way to do Morning Pages*–they are not high art. They are not even “writing.” They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page…and then do three more pages tomorrow.

 

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers, Courtesy of Alexis Landau

7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers, Courtesy of Alexis Landau | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
“If you show up for the muse consistently, then she will start showing up for you.”
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Journal Writing: A Short Course

Just try these five easy steps. You’ll be writing!

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Some very good advice about journal writing.

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Polish Your Prose: An Editorial Cheat Sheet - Aerogramme Writers' Studio

Polish Your Prose: An Editorial Cheat Sheet - Aerogramme Writers' Studio | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
A handy cheat sheet of things you might want to keep in mind while editing from literary agent Nephele Tempest.
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John Updike on How to Have a Productive Daily Routine, and the Most Important Things Aspiring Writers Should Know

John Updike on How to Have a Productive Daily Routine, and the Most Important Things Aspiring Writers Should Know | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
"In a country this large and a language even larger … there ought to be a living for somebody who cares and wants to entertain and instruc
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This Writing Exercise Will Get You Unstuck Every Time

This Writing Exercise Will Get You Unstuck Every Time | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Sometimes, you just stare at the screen. You want to write but have no idea what to say. Here's a writing exercise that will get you writing every time.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 24, 11:44 PM

This makes sense. A strategy I use is to have some proofread my writing and then work at integrating what they provide as feedback. It often gets me started.

 

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SageRave's curator insight, April 25, 1:32 PM

Another writers block treatment. Enjoy!

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How Steinbeck Used the Diary as a Tool of Discipline, a Hedge Against Self-Doubt, and a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work

How Steinbeck Used the Diary as a Tool of Discipline, a Hedge Against Self-Doubt, and a Pacemaker for the Heartbeat of Creative Work | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
"Just set one day’s work in front of the last day’s work. That’s the way it comes out. And that’s the only way it does."

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How to write fiction: Adam Foulds on description with meaning

How to write fiction: Adam Foulds on description with meaning | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
You need to immerse yourself in the world in order to describe it truthfully, says Adam Foulds. Choose your words precisely and they will propel your plot forward
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How to write fiction: DBC Pierre on convincing dialogue

How to write fiction: DBC Pierre on convincing dialogue | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Dialogue is the lifeblood of your novel – the credulity of your characters depends on it. DBC Pierre shares his hard-won techniques for writing fluid, believable conversation
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How to write fiction: Jill Dawson on getting started

How to write fiction: Jill Dawson on getting started | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Mired in research? Fearful of failure? Procrastination is the writer's biggest enemy. Fight it, urges Jill Dawson – a series of false starts is better than no start at all
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Moleskine Notebooks Adapt to the Digital World

Moleskine Notebooks Adapt to the Digital World | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Moleskine, a maker of notebooks lauded for their simplicity, is embracing digital partnerships and scoring licensing agreements to expand its business.
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Thirteen Creative Writing Exercises for Women.

Thirteen Creative Writing Exercises for Women. | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
1. Each morning, recite the affirmation, “You are my favorite woman writer.”
2. Remember that writing should be fun! As you struggle to write, ...
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Better than meditation

Better than meditation - Better Humans - Medium

"The reason I think free writing is better than meditation, especially for those of us who constantly slip from the practice, is that it includes solid grips on slippery thoughts. The act of typing serves as a hand rail on our thoughts, and occupies a certain part of the brain that generally gets restless and looks for something to do, because it’s already doing something: typing. Disabling that restless squirrel in your brain is the reason why activities like walking, showering, doing the dishes, gardening, etc are all such great activities for stirring up creative thoughts. Free writing has the added benefit of providing a tangible trail of thoughts as they rise up. You’re essentially hitching your subconscious directly to your typing fingers. "

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Why writing is even better than meditation.

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SENAME Interactive's comment, April 10, 1:29 AM
I love writing.. It reduces my stress...It's not about formal writing. It's about writing everything that comes to my mind.. yes, it does magic..just try it..
LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, April 10, 9:32 AM

Solid grips on slippery thoughts! Probably the opposite of an ethereal escape from solid thoughts.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 10, 10:58 AM

Fantastic Insight by Sharon, and of course any article about ferreting is a favourite of mine.

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20 Great Writers on Motivating Yourself To Write, No Matter What

20 Great Writers on Motivating Yourself To Write, No Matter What | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

" So here’s a collection of words from writers beyond the usual suspects — writers of color, feminists, genre writers, and even a Renaissance poet — talking about the hard work of building habits, agonizing over the writing process, and wrestling with the muse. If they don’t have you waking up at dawn tomorrow with a pen and a notebook, nothing will."

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Seven Most Useful Writing Apps for Authors

Seven Most Useful Writing Apps for Authors | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
We’ve heard it said enough: “There’s An App” for that – Does it hold true for authors? We’d say so! In fact there are so many cool apps out there geared to writers that it’s hard to narrow ‘em down. But we have, and here’s seven of our favorites for the craft side of the …
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The Millions : Reader, I Muted Him: The Narrative Possibilities of Networked Life

The Millions : Reader, I Muted Him: The Narrative Possibilities of Networked Life | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

"It’s those moments, the ones that could only happen now in a networked era, that I’m most interested in as a reader and writer."

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Do you give your character a cell phone?

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How to Write a Novel: A Simple Process for Beating Writer’s Block

How to Write a Novel: A Simple Process for Beating Writer’s Block | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
While writing a novel isn’t easy, this systematic strategy makes the process simpler. Here’s how to write better, faster.
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