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Picked fresh daily: writing craft, inspiration, advice, and sometimes just funny.
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A Quick Tip for Getting to Know Your Characters--And Your Plot

A Quick Tip for Getting to Know Your Characters--And Your Plot | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy I've been eyeballs-deep in novel planning lately, and I've been focusing on all the things a writer does before they sit down to actually write.
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Introduction to Scrivener for Novelists

When the first version of Scrivener for Windows came out in 2011, I put off following up on it because I was busy, and because it was the first version, but last fall I decided to take the plunge. ...
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Overcoming a Loss of Motivation

Overcoming a Loss of Motivation | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
How many times have you started a new activity (such as a personal project or exercise routine) with a burst of enthusiasm, only to see that initial momentum evaporate? This often leads to depression and causes us to give up prematurely.
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the epic feminine: welcome to the epic story of your life ( + how to make it a good one)

the epic feminine: welcome to the epic story of your life ( + how to make it a good one) | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
"I haven't a clue as to how my story will end. But that's all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don't conclude that the road has vanished. And how else could we...
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The Five-Draft Plan

The Five-Draft Plan | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
How many times do you edit your novel? I've asked several people this question and gotten varied results: three times, seven time, ten times. Some even edit as they write. I edit my novel five time...
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How to Write Fiction Based on Fact

How to Write Fiction Based on Fact | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Realism and believability are essential, even in the most far-out stories. Find out how to write fiction based on fact.
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The 2 Types of Villains (And Why Your Story Needs Them)

The 2 Types of Villains (And Why Your Story Needs Them) | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
We've covered heroes and anti-heroes fairly thoroughly in the past couple of weeks, but we wouldn't have any of the shades of heroes without having their counterpart: the villain. A well-written vi...
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25 Things To Know About Your Story's Stakes

25 Things To Know About Your Story's Stakes | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
1. Story As Game: Why Stakes Matter To Us Storytelling isn't a game, except when it is. Part of what keeps us coming back to play a game is part of what keeps us coming back to read a story. In a g...
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Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: How to Create a Larger-Than-Life Character

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: How to Create a Larger-Than-Life Character | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
This week’s video talks about how to create full-on awesome characters without losing readers’ suspension of disbelief.
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6 Most Influential Women Writers You've Never Heard Of

6 Most Influential Women Writers You've Never Heard Of | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
For a long time, female writers remained anonymous. In loving memory of not being recognized for their talents, here are six female writers you've never heard of.
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Choosing a path to publication

Choosing a path to publication | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Photo by Joel Robison It's amazing how people asked me to write a post about publication, when I have only self-published 1 little book of my tweets so far, BLUE SPARROW , and nothing else, my 1st novel being currently edited and my 2nd...
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Ten Thoughts On Story

Ten Thoughts On Story | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Starting now, in no meaningful order: Our Toddler Just Learned The Essence Of Storytelling The other day, B-Dub (recently turned two) was noodling around the edge of our bed with his teddy bear. He...
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Seeking the Write Life: Dialogue – Do Your Character’s Words Ring True?

Seeking the Write Life: Dialogue – Do Your Character’s Words Ring True? | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
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Guest Author Jordan McCollum: 5 Steps to Better Character Arcs

Guest Author Jordan McCollum: 5 Steps to Better Character Arcs | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
by Marsmet via Flickr/CC

By Jordan McCollum, @JordanMcCollum


Please join me in welcoming Jordan McCollum to the blog today to chat with us about crafting better character arcs.
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Using Scrivener: Three tips and a warning - R.S. Stefoff

Using Scrivener: Three tips and a warning - R.S. Stefoff | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
  Recently I wrote the YA version of one of Jared Diamond's books. It was the first long project I'd begun in Scrivener. I'd imported a couple of WIPs into Scrivener
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On hero's journey, monomyths, and Minotaurs

On hero's journey, monomyths, and Minotaurs | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
One late autumn evening, when the sound of raging rain broke through the window of my castle, and the brick road beckoned me... err, let me start this again.
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Karen Woodward: A Perfect Plot In 6 Easy Steps

Karen Woodward: A Perfect Plot In 6 Easy Steps | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
What makes a great plot? Dave Farland says: 1. Interesting characters, 2. Conflict, 3. Setting, 4. Interesting try/fail cycles, 5. High stakes.
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Avoid Overworking Your First Line by Elizabeth Lenhard

Avoid Overworking Your First Line by Elizabeth Lenhard | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
Avoid Overworking Your First Line by Elizabeth Lenhard
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Seeking the Write Life: How Far Have You Come? How Far Do You Have to Go?

Seeking the Write Life: How Far Have You Come? How Far Do You Have to Go? | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
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The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
"Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original... it is a continuing act of creation. Dream images are the product of that creation."
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Overcoming writerly self-doubt

Overcoming writerly self-doubt | Hunted & Gathered | Scoop.it
This is yet another blog post requested by my Twitter followers , and, as it turns out, I have briefly touched on the subject before, using pink pony horror as a metaphor.
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