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The Myers-Briggs Types of 202 Fictional Characters

The Myers-Briggs Types of 202 Fictional Characters | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The Myers-Briggs personality types of 202 literary characters.
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How to Write a Thrilling Action Scene

How to Write a Thrilling Action Scene | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Please welcome Jessi Rita Hoffman as our guest today. Jessi is a developmental editor and story coach who helps authors clarify and elevate their material. She is a former publishing house editor i…
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Could We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)?

Could We Just Lose the Adverb (Already)? | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
A part of speech with all of these functions can’t possibly do all of them well.
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How to Use a Plot Planner | Jane Friedman

How to Use a Plot Planner | Jane Friedman | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
A plot planner enables you to keep the larger picture of your story in full view as you concentrate on writing individual scenes.
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Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty

Whatever next? How plot grips us, from Dickens to Line of Duty | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
How do the best stories work? John Mullan examines what today’s TV dramatists can learn from the masters of the trade
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7 Quick Journaling Exercises That Will Improve Your Fiction Writing

7 Quick Journaling Exercises That Will Improve Your Fiction Writing | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Want your fiction writing to shine? Your journal can be a powerful tool for practicing.
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Letter to a Young Writer - Colum McCann

Letter to a Young Writer - Colum McCann | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Do the things that do not compute. Be earnest. Be devoted. Be subversive of ease. Read aloud. Risk yourself. Do not be afraid of sentiment even when others call it sentimentality.
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To Become a Better Writer, Be a Frequent Walker

To Become a Better Writer, Be a Frequent Walker | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Novelists and poets have long held that walking and writing are closely connected. Now there’s research to back up that claim.
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How Mapping Alice Munro’s Stories Helped Me As a Writer

How Mapping Alice Munro’s Stories Helped Me As a Writer | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
I first came to love Alice Munro’s stories for the resonance I felt with her subject matter—the close examination of the lives of girls and women; the tension
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Picture Stories: Five Card Flickr  

Picture Stories: Five Card Flickr   | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Five Card Flickr generates five random images from Flickr or it lets you to choose your five pictures and then asks you to write a story about these five pictures by putting them together. When you choose your pictures, you can start writing your story by making a connection among the five pictures. When you are done, you can tweet or mail your story. You can also get an embed code to use it on your blog. 

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This is a neat idea, however, since the images are generated randomly, it can be rather challenging to string them together into a story that makes sense. I'd suggest changing the instructions a bit and asking students to select 3 of the 5, while indicating the story needs to have a minimum length. 

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StoryADay May 2016 Is Almost Here! – Story A Day

StoryADay May 2016 Is Almost Here! – Story A Day | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Lots to talk about this month because StoryADay May 2016 is almost here!!!
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How to Dig Yourself out of a Creative Rut

How to Dig Yourself out of a Creative Rut | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
You stare and stare at the page, but you just can’t get yourself motivated to write. Nothing you write feels right, anyway. In fact, nothing about this process seems to feel right. You’re bored and uninspired, and the whole writing process is feeling stale. It’s not writer’s block—you’re stuck in a creative rut. 5 Ways to Get
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Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making

Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Before their workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair in Melbourne, writing studio the Good Copy shares some tips
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How to Weave in Backstory to Reveal Character 

Creating characters’ backstories before you start writing is crucial because you’ll want to determine each one’s past experiences and the repercussions these experiences will have on your story before you begin. Here's a close look at the different ways you can introduce backstory. by Rachel Ballon
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6 Ways to Create Conflict and Get Your Protagonist in Trouble 

6 Ways to Create Conflict and Get Your Protagonist in Trouble  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
“The writer’s job is to get the main character up a tree, and once they are up there, throw rocks at them.” So how do you get your protagonist in trouble?
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How to Balance the Show, Don't Tell Rule for perfectly written descriptions

How to Balance the Show, Don't Tell Rule for perfectly written descriptions | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

Show, Don't Tell.

But what does the phrase really mean? Is it worth its salt? And how can you incorporate it into your writing in a way that doesn't seem contrived?
 

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Collection of Carol Shields’s advice illuminates the writing life

Collection of Carol Shields’s advice illuminates the writing life | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Startle and Illuminate, compiled by Shields’s daughter and grandson, is not merely instruction, but a gift
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Writing wisdom from Carol Shields:
“A story is about moving from one state to another, a movement that, in more interesting fiction, is psychological, involving a growth of awareness, a gathering of insight about what it means to be human.” 
“All writers know about the magic of opening sentences, the golden door that takes you into the story, pushes at the future and nudges your expectations, setting the tone and carrying you over that threshold into the fictional world. These sentences work best when they carry on their back an implied question.” “Everyone says the first sentence is the most important, but the truth is the second one is.” 
“Going from one place to another is hard. Don’t use “meanwhile.’” “Say your dialogue out loud so that it sounds natural.” On finding time to write: “There may not be a perfect time, and there may not be as much of it as we would like, but if we can find some bits of it, and organize them in a way that makes sense, then we may be able to turn those scraps and moments into something enduring – a poem, a story, a memoir, a novel. The days cannot be stretched, but they can be shaped.”
“Don’t write yourself out; write to the point of exhaustion, not past it. Save something to prime the pump the next day.” “After writing, ask yourself, “Is this what I really mean?’”
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An author's worst nightmare: the grey screen of death

An author's worst nightmare: the grey screen of death | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
How Young James Bond led writer Steve Cole into a diabolical showdown –with his laptop
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Back. Up. Your. Work. Always.
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Roddy Doyle’s 10 tips for budding writers

Roddy Doyle’s 10 tips for budding writers | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
It’s there in front of you - the blank space with the blinking cursor or the empty page in a notebook. Your fingers grasp the pencil or the pen; your hands hover over the keyboard. There’s so much to say but how to start and, once started, how to keep going? That’s the challenge. You and only you can do it, and you wouldn’t have it any other way. Here, Roddy Doyle gives some timely advice on how to write
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What’s the secret of good writing?

What’s the secret of good writing? | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
If you find yourself procrastinating, or stifled by panic, or writer’s block, I can reveal that the solution to your troubles is…
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A book on writing I would very much like to read - if i could afford it.  But this article shares some of the useful insights.
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Why Walking Helps Us Think  

Why Walking Helps Us Think   | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Since at least the time of Greek philosophers, many writers have discovered a deep, intuitive connection between walking, thinking, and writing.
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Walking is good for writers.
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Writing Exercises and Prompts

Creative writing exercises and prompts.
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A useful collection of writing prompts of different sorts.
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TSS Flash Fiction Interview: Meg Pokrass

TSS Flash Fiction Interview: Meg Pokrass | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The Short Story Interview with Meg Pokrass, discussing writing, short stories, flash fiction, and creative inspiration
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Book That Plane Ticket: How Experiencing Your Setting First-Hand Can Enhance Your Writing

Book That Plane Ticket: How Experiencing Your Setting First-Hand Can Enhance Your Writing | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
I first saw Ontario’s Georgian Bay on September 28th, 2004, at 12:36 PM. I know this because my camcorder recorded my exclamation of “Oh, my God, look at that!” followed by gushing remarks about th…
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Why Writers Should Consider the Habits of the Flâneur | Jane Friedman

Why Writers Should Consider the Habits of the Flâneur | Jane Friedman | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
The time away from my desk has proven at least as important as time spent sitting at it. The time away from it spent walking, specifically.
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