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The Four Fears That Stop You From Writing, By Andrea Phillips

The Four Fears That Stop You From Writing, By Andrea Phillips | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Today, to build off of yesterday's paean to authorial fear, Andrea Phillips (author of the above pictured Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytelling and also of the new serial pirate story, The Dar...
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"Writing is an uncomfortable act. You’re making yourself vulnerable — exposing the softest, squishiest bits of your psyche and putting them out there in public where people will know what is in your deepest heart of hearts, and just might stomp on it with extreme prejudice."

I have yet to meet a writer without fear.  It's part of the territory.

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Cut the Clutter From Your Sentences

Cut the Clutter From Your Sentences | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
by Stephanie Morrill Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com. Her novels include Th
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Improve any novel by changing its second line to “And then the murders began”

Improve any novel by changing its second line to “And then the murders began” | Creative Writers | Scoop.it


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12 Contemporary Writers on How They Revise

12 Contemporary Writers on How They Revise | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
"Writing is rewriting," says everyone all the time. But what they don't say, necessarily, is how. Yesterday, Tor pointed me in the direction of this old blog
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A Writer’s Guide to Hacking the Reader’s Brain (in 5 Steps)

A Writer’s Guide to Hacking the Reader’s Brain (in 5 Steps) | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Question: When you’re lost in a story — any story — what, exactly, is it that has you so mesmerized that the real world seems to have vanished? You may be thinking, Hey, it depends on what kind of…
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The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut

The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
In fiction there must be a theoretical basis to the most minute details. Even a single glove must have its theory. –Prosper Mérimée It is in self-limitation
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The art of editing – books podcast

The art of editing – books podcast | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
As the digital revolution sweeps through publishing, is editing in decline? We find out how the 21st-century editor works, with Diana Athill, Matt Weiland, Karolina Sutton and many more
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How the Writer Researches: Annie Proulx

How the Writer Researches: Annie Proulx | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Annie Proulx is 80 years old and still not sure where she belongs. Standing in the atrium of her home in the Snoqualmie Valley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning
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Annie Proulx talks about how she researches, and how she edits.   
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Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation

Whose life is it anyway? Novelists have their say on cultural appropriation | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Jonathan Franzen claimed he won’t write about race because of limited ‘firsthand experience’, while Lionel Shriver hopes objection to ‘cultural appropriation is a passing fad’. So should there be boundaries on what a novelist can write about?
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Authors weigh on the question of "cultural appropriation". 
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Ron Rash on Writing to Bring Out the Dead

Ron Rash on Writing to Bring Out the Dead | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

 " .... as with most authors I know, writing a novel feels like I’m discovering a story more than creating one. Every one of my novels has begun with a single image. My first novel One Foot in Eden, began with an image of a farmer standing in his field. All that I knew was that the farmer’s crops were dying around him and that something was dying inside him as well. With The Risen, the image that prompted the novel was an image of a mound of leaves, beneath which was clearly a grave. There are certain beliefs a writer has to have to survive while writing a novel. I’ve always been fascinated with Michelangelo’s conviction that the finished statue already existed within the block of marble. All he had to do was chip away and find it. What I believe, or make myself believe, is that if an image emerges and I cannot quit thinking about it, then the whole novel already exists, either in my subconscious or somewhere out in the universe ..."

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Lionel Shriver's full speech: 'I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad'

Lionel Shriver's full speech: 'I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad' | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
This is the full transcript of the keynote speech, Fiction and Identity Politics, that author Lionel Shriver gave at the Brisbane Writers Festival
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Shriver's controversial speech.   
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A creative writing lesson from the ‘God of Story’

A creative writing lesson from the ‘God of Story’ | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Robert McKee, has taught creative writing for 30 years. His seminars have attracted more than 60 Oscar winners, but are treated with suspicion by many novelists – including Tim Lott. Can he be won over?
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How to finish a novel: tracking a book's progress from idea to completion

How to finish a novel: tracking a book's progress from idea to completion | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Data from an app Wyl Menmuir used to help him write his Booker-longlisted debut gives insights into how it was done
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100 Best Writing Websites: 2017 Edition

100 Best Writing Websites: 2017 Edition | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Make 2017 your best writing year yet with our list of the best writing websites.
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What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing

What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
I’m an editor at Random House, but for the last several years I’ve been writing around the edges of my day job: mornings, nights, weekends, wherever I can grab
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Top 10 unreliable narrators

Top 10 unreliable narrators | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
From Edgar Allan Poe to Gillian Flynn, storytellers who cannot be trusted are great devices for writers, and a compelling challenge for readers
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An Illustrated Guide to Writing Scenes and Stories  

An Illustrated Guide to Writing Scenes and Stories   | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The writing workshop/lecture Wonderbook: Scenes is an edited version, using as its starting point the transcript of a version presented at the Arkansas Book Festival in 2014. Both before that event…
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This is a beautifully illustrated guide to writing scenes esp in Fantasy. I treated myself to the book.
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How to Write Characters That Feel Real

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What are some tips for creatin
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Three, six or 36: how many basic plots are there in all stories ever written?

Three, six or 36: how many basic plots are there in all stories ever written? | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut’s rejected university thesis laid out his vision of deep narrative ‘shapes’. Now academics have run computer analysis of his theory
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It really depends on your understanding of "Plot" and which of the story elements you are focusing on, and what your understanding of "basic" is. If we take into account the fact that there is NO story without Conflict (just as there can be no story without Characters, and no story without Setting), Conflict being one of the core and most basic ingredients for a story to be a story at all, then I say there are 9 different Story types based on the 9 different Conflict types—no more, no less. I gave a workshop on this subject at ThrillerFest 2015 called "High Concept Conflict." 9 Story Types—based on conflict type, that have been giving us all the stories in the world, much like color theory, its primary colors, and the millions of colors made possible.
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Chigozie Obioma: who should I write for – Nigerians, Africans, or everyone?

Chigozie Obioma: who should I write for – Nigerians, Africans, or everyone? | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
What does it mean to be an ‘African’ writer? And is provincial writing always political? The Nigerian author explains why the best literature is accessible to all
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Important questions for any non-western writer.
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How a Poem Happens

How a Poem Happens | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Contemporary Poets Discuss the Making of Poems
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Very useful blog where poets discuss how they created a particular poem.
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Lemn Sissay: ‘I begin work trying to describe dawn in 140 characters’

Lemn Sissay: ‘I begin work trying to describe dawn in 140 characters’ | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The author on poetic tweeting and finding poetry in the art of Tracey Emin and in the lyrics of Amy Winehouse and Adele
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Characters Don't Change, but Readers Do

Characters Don't Change, but Readers Do | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The novelist and poet Alice Mattison discusses finding inspiration in the unconventional short stories of Grace Paley.
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