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Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."

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One of the classic books on creativity and creative writing.  The quote above is one I always pass on to my creative writing students.

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8 Writers: on Facing the Blank Page

8 Writers: on Facing the Blank Page | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
“It’s like a slightly overweight, bald boss saying: ‘Oy, get to work! You’re supposed to be a writer, aren’t you? You can’t just sit around on your fat ass waiting to be inspired’.” Hear how David Mitchell and seven other authors face the blank page.
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On the Basics: So You Want to be an Editor (or Proofreader)

On the Basics: So You Want to be an Editor (or Proofreader) | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Being an editor is a laudable goal; editors are essential to finished works — whether in print or online, books on paper or electronic devices, magazines or journals, newspapers or newsletters, articles or essays, blogs or websites, even ads — that readers can follow and understand easily. However, it does take more than a degree…
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Should You Fictionalize Your Story? 

Should You Fictionalize Your Story?  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
I’m working on a memoir. It’s gritty, raw, painful and real. But the reality of grit and pain is that it doesn’t happen alone—it happens in a larger context in which other people play a role. My story interweaves with many others’, sometimes in a beautiful way, other times with conflict and painful consequences. So …
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The Stanza: Why do poems have them? • The Poetry School

The Stanza: Why do poems have them? • The Poetry School | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
I have a fair few books about writing poetry on my shelves, some more helpful and inspiring than others. They do seem to have one thing in common, though: while they spend plenty of time talking about the poetic line, they have nothing much to say about the stanza. They may discuss set form
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The Writing Life: An Interview With Natalie Goldberg

The Writing Life: An Interview With Natalie Goldberg | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The groundbreaking author of Writing Down the Bones talks about creativity as a spiritual practice, her cancer journey, and choosing passion over discipline
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Anatomy of a Discovery: How a Literary Magazine Editor Finds New Writers 

Anatomy of a Discovery: How a Literary Magazine Editor Finds New Writers  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
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I sometimes hear publishing new writers talked about as if it were an occult art.
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Particularly interesting to me!

I find my writer by inviting them to read at the live event I organise.  Also from my creative writing classes.
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To Write, Just Stop Thinking

To Write, Just Stop Thinking | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The writer Kathryn Harrison believes that words flow best when the opaque, unknowable aspects of the mind take over.
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10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written

10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
If there's one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it's writing itself. A good thing too, especially for all those aspiring writers out there looking for a little bit of guidance.
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13 Questions to Ask Before Submitting to a Literary Journal

13 Questions to Ask Before Submitting to a Literary Journal | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
A writer friend recently asked me a brief but not-so-simple question: How do you decide where to send your work? In other words: Faced with seemingly
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Joanne Harris's Ten Tips for Kickstarting Your Writing

Joanne Harris's Ten Tips for Kickstarting Your Writing | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Chocolat author Joanne Harris shared the following tips for writers using the hashtag #TenWaysToKickstartYourWriting.
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Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 44: Too Many Participle Phrases 

Most Common Writing Mistakes, Pt. 44: Too Many Participle Phrases  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Find out when participle phrases (those "-ing" words) are acceptable--and when are they not. Will using them make your book unacceptable to editors?
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Creativity as a Vending Machine: Catherine Deveny's Use Your Words

Creativity as a Vending Machine: Catherine Deveny's Use Your Words | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Use Your Words is all about encouraging others to see themselves as writers and more importantly, to actually write. It doesn’t matter whether you show your writing to anyone; you just need to write.
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Is It Story That Makes Us Read?

Is It Story That Makes Us Read? | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Plots: the who, what, and where — but maybe not why — of literature. Plus, the history of plot and literature's very worst endings.
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Six Amazing Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger

Six Amazing Websites that Make Your Writing Stronger | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

  Great sites that will make your writing stronger.

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Formal Wear: Notes on Rhyme, Meter, Stanza & Pattern - Poetry Foundation

Formal Wear: Notes on Rhyme, Meter, Stanza & Pattern - Poetry Foundation | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Find poems, poets, poetry news, articles, and book reviews. Browse for poems by Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins, Maya Angelou, John Keats, or search through 100 years of Poetry magazine in the archive.
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Observations in reading submissions for a literary journal, by Marissa Landrigan

Observations in reading submissions for a literary journal, by Marissa Landrigan | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
1. Way, way more dudes submit than women. Way more. And their writing is
often very ... dude-ish. There's nothing wrong with either of these things,
per se, but it does get overwhelming
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Literary or Genre, It’s the Plot That Counts

Literary or Genre, It’s the Plot That Counts | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
We writers like to talk about elements of craft. Character, theme, setting, voice, point of view, language. But I seldom hear fellow writers talking about plot.
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Rewrite Your Life

Rewrite Your Life | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
From writing down your experiences to reframing your perspective, myriad techniques can help you transcend painful setbacks and reshape your own story.
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By data mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow

By data mining a vast collection of novels, researchers have identified the six basic plots that all stories follow | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Computational Story Laboratory have identified the six emotional arcs that form the building blocks of all stories.
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This research throws important light on the study of storytelling. If you are into the topic, this article (and the linked paper) are must reading!

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This research throws important light on the study of storytelling. If you are into the topic, this article (and the linked paper) are must reading!

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Kei Miller: ‘I envy the writers who know the hours that are best for them’

Kei Miller: ‘I envy the writers who know the hours that are best for them’ | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The author on writing without routine, chasing after ideas and being distracted by Candy Crush
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The Middle of Things: Advice for Young Writers - The New Yorker

The Middle of Things: Advice for Young Writers - The New Yorker | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
As you age, you’ll notice that time is the weirdest thing in the world, that surprises are relentless, and that getting older is not a stroll but an ambush.
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On Terrible Writing Advice From Famous Writers

On Terrible Writing Advice From Famous Writers | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
“Never miss a good chance to shut up.” –Will Rogers If you’re a writer who pays any amount of attention to the Internet (and how can you not be?), then you,
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All the not so good advice that famous writers give.  Love the piece of advice she does find useful - your first novel is nearly always crap.  Put it in a box and lose it and get on with the second one.
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How Do You Know If Your Writing Is Any Good?

How Do You Know If Your Writing Is Any Good? | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The Blunt Instrument is a monthly advice column for writers. If you need tough advice for a writing problem, send your question to blunt@electricliterature.com. Dear Blunt Instrument, My questions …
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