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Are you mesmerized by the beat of the content drum? There's no shortage of advice on how to create "great content."
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Writers are apprentices. We should continually be working on our craft. Perfect it? Nah. But we can always improve.
This wealth-of-tips article was quite a find. The 12 tips are like tiny gold nuggets. If you apply even one, it should actually take your writing--as it is right now--and color it golden.
A few nuggets:
o People love STORIES--don't be afraid to tell one
o Apply a little ALLITERATION - Using the same letter or sound to start multiple words in the same sentence. (EX: Write the way you want)
o Consider CADENCE - Play with syllabication. Just as in music think "rhythm" (Quick and the Dead)
o Power of THREES - Give examples, adjectives, and sentences in three's (3 little pigs, 3 wishes, etc.)
o Longish SENTENCE, then a short one. The short one will sound TRUE.
Read through all the tips to pick up some new ideas to add more color to your own writing.
***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
Link to the original article: http://www.websearchsocial.com/take-writing-from-meh-to-memorable-with-12-simple-techniques
How many Literature teachers have secretly or otherwise contemplated a potential Pseudonym, Pen Name, or nom de plume?
I have one that I used when I was teaching and occasionally wanted to publish letters to the editors of my local newspaper.
Why? I did have opinions about community issues and felt that as a good citizen I ought to at least be a voice in community conversations. However, as a literature teacher, I always felt it was essential to teach the great questions, but unethical to express my own political and social "biases."
Those who know me beyond my classroom probably are quite aware of my various political opinions. But, in the classroom, my positions ran something to the effect of "I really don't care whether you might be a conservative or a progressive. I just care that you're well-informed about what intelligent conservatives AND progressives believe."
The essence... You can be one or the other. But, you're not well-informed unless you know the intelligent arguments expressed by both sides.
I'm not saying this practice was always successful. In fact, because I always sought an end of the year evaluation from my students, I was often amused that among those evaluations, there were always a couple of students who found me to be biased because I was such a liberal and simultaneously a couple of students who found me to be biased because I was such a conservative.
And, it doesn't take much to recognize that if students hear what they hear sometimes regardless of what was said, then it would probably also be true of the parent community who might be readers of the local letters to the editor.
I didn't mind if they'd misunderstand the musings of my psuedonym writings.
And, that's probably one of the reasons why for 25 years or so, I had the following quote by photographer Aaron Siskind running in large letters above my black>green>whiteboard...
"We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there."
That nom de plume? I'm not revealing that.
~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~
Do you write with a pen name? If so, you probably have an interesting story behind your own name.
J.K. Rowling's publishers didn't think her intended audience of pre-adolescent boys would read wizard stories written by a woman, hence the initials.
The author gives us seven more pen names of famous authors and why they were chosen.
***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***
Link to the original article: http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/51195/how-8-famous-writers-chose-their-pen-names
"Always keep in mind what is expected in the genre you’re writing. If you’re writing a category romance, then the hero and heroine must unite at the end."
Writing endings for our stories could be the easiest thing in the world or the hardest. The best way to begin is to ponder on what kind of ending is expected for the genre in which you are writing. If you are writing a category romance, readers are going to expect the love interests to finally get together and have a happy ending. There have been exceptions (Romeo and Juliet or Love Story). If you are a reader anticipating a romantic story and happy ending, do you want to read a tragic ending? I don't.
The 10 tips presented should give you a great beginning to write your own ending. Check out the article for all the details.
1. Always keep in mind what is EXPECTED in the genre.
2. Avoid the dreaded DEUX EX MACHINE (gods taking care of it).
3. Think APPROPRIATE ending rather than satisfying ending. 4. NO MISERABLE ENDINGS for characters to no real purpose5. Struggling? Compose an EVENT. Bring most characters together6. REALLY struggling—go back to the BEGINNING.7. When the story is over—STOP.8. BEWARE of TOO MUCH BUILD UP with too quick a resolution.9. No need to tie up every little plot string, but TIE UP MOST of them10. EPILOGS: I kind of like them (peek into the future)
Link to the original article: http://debravega.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/10-tips-for-writing-endings-to-your-story/
Like a strong beginning, you ought to have a good ending ~ in any story! Give it a try...!