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Enemies of the Art Part 5---Pride

Enemies of the Art Part 5---Pride | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Life is short and we only have so much time to learn what we need to be successful. Mentors help shorten this learning curve tremendously. Mentors can guide us, give advice, point us to the right r...
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Picked fresh daily: writing craft, inspiration, advice, and sometimes just funny.
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Maybe Your Bad Guy Is RIGHT! - Helping Writers Become Authors

Maybe Your Bad Guy Is RIGHT! - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Shares the single most effective trick EVER for creating a realistic, compelling, and powerful bad guy.
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Six Subtle Ways to Increase Tension in Your Writing

Six Subtle Ways to Increase Tension in Your Writing | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it

If you’ve studied the craft of writing for long, you know about tension. I’m assuming you’ve got adequate conflict in your story, that your characters have inner and outer stakes that are deeply personal, and that your story keeps the resolution out of reach until the last chapter.

 

But there are more subtle ways to keep tension in your work as well. Sometimes all it takes is an added word or a deleted sentence. 


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Just What The Humping Heck Is "Character Agency," Anyway?

Just What The Humping Heck Is "Character Agency," Anyway? | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Whenever I talk about character in storytelling -- seriously, I'll talk about this stuff with Target clerks, zookeepers, parking meters, carpenter bees -- I frequently bring up the notion that, for...
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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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Building a Character Arc: Start at the End | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

Building a Character Arc: Start at the End | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
One technique I teach in my Lost Your Pants? The Impatient Writer’s Guide to Plotting a Story workshop is to figure out the end of the story first. This might seem counter-intuitive when we first hear the idea, but keep reading […]
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Make Your Character Reactions Twice as Interesting - Helping Writers Become Authors

Make Your Character Reactions Twice as Interesting - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Without convincing and consistent character reactions to every single important event, the causal realism of your story falls apart. Find out why!
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How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act - Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
A flat character arc offers the opportunity for you to create a competent, committed protagonist who can transform the world around him.
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Character Talent & Skills: High Pain Tolerance - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

Character Talent & Skills: High Pain Tolerance - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something … Continue reading →
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5 Basic Literary Devices That Will Deepen Your Fiction - Helping Writers Become Authors

5 Basic Literary Devices That Will Deepen Your Fiction - Helping Writers Become Authors | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
How can you add depth to your characters, settings, and events? The answer is simple: develop literary devices within your story.
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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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