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25 Things I’d Like To Say To My 18-Year-Old Self

25 Things I’d Like To Say To My 18-Year-Old Self | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
I often describe this website as me yelling at myself from 18 years ago. It’s as true as it is not, I suppose — certainly the blog is also me yelling at me from last week, or from two w...
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5 Ways to Open Yourself to Inspiration - Helping Writers Become Authors

5 Ways to Open Yourself to Inspiration - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Instead of just waiting around for the muse to hit you in the head with a lightning bolt, learn how to open yourself to inspiration.
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Writing Emotion: Does Your Hero Shrug, Smile & Frown Too Much? - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

Writing Emotion: Does Your Hero Shrug, Smile & Frown Too Much? - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Crutch gestures can sometimes get in the way of good writing.  They come in all shapes and sizes–maybe an eye roll, a clenched stomach, curled fists or shrugs–cues we writers tend to overuse while trying to convey what our character … Continue reading →
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Are You Revealing Your Story's Stakes at the Ideal Moment? - Helping Writers Become Authors

Are You Revealing Your Story's Stakes at the Ideal Moment? - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Talks about the perfect place to reveal your story's stakes--and why it’s so important to drive them home to readers.
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5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success

5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
The great and terrible truth of clichés, why success is a dangerous bedfellow, and how disappointment paves the way for originality.

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The Moral Villain - and a Giveaway! - Helping Writers Become Authors

The Moral Villain - and a Giveaway! - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
It is this kind of bad guy I strive to create in my stories: a moral villain who religiously adheres to his twisted moral codes.
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Rewriting – A Checklist for Authors

Rewriting – A Checklist for Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
30 questions to ask when you're rewriting your novel










Taken from Writers Write -How to write a book. Join our Writers Write course from 13-16 January 2014 (more dates available on...
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When crazy is good - Nine good reasons for your character's bad behaviour

When crazy is good - Nine good reasons for your character's bad behaviour | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Abnormal Behaviour


One of our favourite things as authors is to create antagonists and to explore the dark side of our protagonists. In our Writers Write - how to write a book - and Secrets of a...
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The Case for Writing a Story Before Knowing How It Ends

The Case for Writing a Story Before Knowing How It Ends | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Andre Dubus III, author of Dirty Love and The House of Sand and Fog, explains why the best work happens when you "back the fuck off."
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Storyville: Supernatural and Speculative Fiction—Getting Weird Without Losing Your Audience

Storyville: Supernatural and Speculative Fiction—Getting Weird Without Losing Your Audience | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Supernatural and speculative fiction—getting weird without losing your audience.
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YA Highway: Guest Post by Kristen Ciccarelli: Protecting the Page

YA Highway: Guest Post by Kristen Ciccarelli: Protecting the Page | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
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7 Ways to Build Your Writing Confidence - Helping Writers Become Authors

7 Ways to Build Your Writing Confidence - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
These seven tips should help you build your writing confidence and feel good about your stories.
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How much it cost me to self-publish my book

How much it cost me to self-publish my book | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
This topic bubbled to the surface recently, after I blogged about how to
self-publish a book, or first 5

and second 4 circles of Hell

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Finding great photos for your blog

Finding great photos for your blog | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
This has been requested by several people, and it never actually occurred to me that indeed I have developed a certain process in finding great photographs for my blog and have finessed it over the last year, but didn't think it would be worthy...
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Don’t Quit

Don’t Quit | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
When you’re working on something unconventional, something creative and uncertain, it can be disheartening to feel like you’re not producing enough, not getting the numbers, not earning the money. And where is this thing that you’ve been spending all your time on, hmm? It doesn’t exist yet. Will anything tangible come of it?
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The Mirror Moment: A Method for Both Plotters and Pantsers - Helping Writers Become Authors

The Mirror Moment: A Method for Both Plotters and Pantsers - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Discover a method that will bring peace to the longstanding feud between plotters and pantsers!
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100+ Questions to Help You Interview Your Character - Helping Writers Become Authors

100+ Questions to Help You Interview Your Character - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Interviewing your characters should be a vital part of your outlining process
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The Zero-Fuckery Quick-Create Guide To Kick-Ass Characters (And All The Crazy Plot Stuff That Surrounds 'Em)

The Zero-Fuckery Quick-Create Guide To Kick-Ass Characters (And All The Crazy Plot Stuff That Surrounds 'Em) | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
When writers are tasked with creating characters, we are told to try these character exercises that entreat us to answer rather mad questions about them: hair color, eye color, toe length, nipple h...
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How Authors Kill Suspension of Disbelief by Calling Attention to Themselves - Helping Writers Become Authors

How Authors Kill Suspension of Disbelief by Calling Attention to Themselves - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Discusses the pros and cons of in-jokes and how to avoid using them to kill suspension of disbelief.
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The Raven: Lou Reed’s Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Italian Artist Lorenzo Mattotti

The Raven: Lou Reed’s Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Italian Artist Lorenzo Mattotti | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
A graphic novel "meant to be heard in the mind."

Over the past century, illustrations and riffs on Edgar Allan Poe have ranged from Harry
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7 Ways to Decide Which Story Idea You Should Write Next - Helping Writers Become Authors

7 Ways to Decide Which Story Idea You Should Write Next - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
The seven factors to consider in deciding which story idea you should write next.
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Plotting With Michael Hague's Six Stage Plot Structure

Plotting With Michael Hague's Six Stage Plot Structure | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

So far we've discussed the Three-Act Structure, the Hero’s Journey, and the Save the Cat Beat Sheet. That leaves one more popular structure--Michael Hague's Six Stage Plot Structure.
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4 Questions to Ask About Your Character's Job - Helping Writers Become Authors

4 Questions to Ask About Your Character's Job - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Use these four questions about your character's job to get you thinking about what your his profession.
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8 Lessons From Kevin Spacey’s Mactaggart Lecture

8 Lessons From Kevin Spacey’s Mactaggart Lecture | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
By Lucy V Hay Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this weekend, you will have heard Kevin Spacey’s amazing MacTaggart Lecture about the nature of film and television industry.
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Everyone Needs To Read This

Everyone Needs To Read This | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Bill Watterson retired from writing and drawing "Calvin & Hobbes" about 18 years ago, but the timelessness of his message -- to always remain thoughtful, imaginative, and playful -- will stick in our culture forever, if we're lucky.
AJ Bradley's insight:

AMAZING

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Guest Post: How Properly Structured Beginnings and Endings Hold Your Book Together

Guest Post: How Properly Structured Beginnings and Endings Hold Your Book Together | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
The indomitable K.M. Weiland is at it again with a new writing craft book titled Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story. We have on occasion posted on each other's ...
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