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BEA 2013: The Boy Readers Are All Right

"What boys are reading and if boys are reading are perennial topics of conversation and sources of concern, but to hear three authors discuss the topic at the Writing Genre for Boys panel at BEA last Friday, maybe we don’t need to worry so much. The conversation drifted from what the participating authors – Jack Gantos, Jon Scieszka, and Kevin Emerson – read when they were kids to the way they use humor in their writing, “reluctant readers,” and the very idea of writing “for” boys (or girls) to begin with.


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This is a topic of some concern to me, though I'd like to see a version of this topic specifically on writing for queer youth.  In the mean time, I guess the consesus seems to be "Write well, and the readers will find it no matter what sort of underpants they were"

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New Year’s Resolution Reading List: 9 Books on Reading and Writing

New Year’s Resolution Reading List: 9 Books on Reading and Writing | Dirty Little Writing Secrets | Scoop.it
Dancing with the absurdity of life, or what symbolism has to do with the osmosis of trash and treasure.

As far as New Year's resolutions
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13 Inspirational TED Talks for Writers

13 Inspirational TED Talks for Writers | Dirty Little Writing Secrets | Scoop.it
1. Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cul...
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What a grab bag of inspiration!  And all collected in one convenient spot!  Must watch if you are a writer, or artist of any kind.

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What Creative Writing Can Teach Us About Content Marketing - OpenView Blog

Ten lessons from the principles of creative writing that can be applied to content marketing.


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And a follow up to the previous article...

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Creative Writing and Empathy: How Writing Fiction Helps You Connect With Others

Creative Writing and Empathy: How Writing Fiction Helps You Connect With Others | Dirty Little Writing Secrets | Scoop.it

Writing forces you to “walk in your characters’ shoes” in a way that reading can’t.

 

Empathy and fiction: what’s the connection? Empathy is an important thing: when you lack it completely, you’re a psychopath, and no one wants that, except perhaps if you happen to be a character in a thriller.

 

One of my friends who studies psychology posted this on Facebook a while back: it’s an article about why men should read fictionand claims that reading fiction teaches men to empathize with others.

 

Victoria Grefer


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How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain?

How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain? | Dirty Little Writing Secrets | Scoop.it
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I knew writer's were smarter than everyone else!  =P

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6 Ways To Embrace The Creative Writing Process

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Writing is all about process. Learning how you write, or how you create, is just as important as what you’re actually writing about. Here are several things I’ve learned since starting to write my ...

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Dirty Little [Writing] Secrets: Lesson One: Providing Useful Critique (Content vs Craft)

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Dear Reader, #4  Sometimes, as writers, it can be frustrating to like another writer's work.   You read the first lines of a short story or a novel and you feel a sinking pit in your stomach as you...
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The Daily Rituals of Creative Minds

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I love learning about the creative processes and daily habits of people who’ve given us great gifts, everything from powerful writing to awe-inspiring art to beautiful symphonies.

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10 apps for distraction-free, productive writing - AGBeat

10 apps for distraction-free, productive writing - AGBeat | Dirty Little Writing Secrets | Scoop.it
A brief look at ten of the best distraction-free programs for writers and non-writers alike.

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This one goes out for my writers!  List can be a little redundant, but it's solid!

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Teresa Gibbons's curator insight, June 18, 2013 9:26 AM

No one is immune to distractions. These apps look great.

Tricia Penner's curator insight, June 18, 2013 10:27 AM

Love the idea recording app.

Sharon Bakar's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:30 AM

This could be very useful for my writing students ... and for me!

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The Adverb Is Not Your Friend: Stephen King on Simplicity of Style

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"I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops."

"Employ a simple and straightforward style," M
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"I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs", he said derisively.

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10 Online Resources for Writers Who Want to Write Well

10 Online Resources for Writers Who Want to Write Well | Dirty Little Writing Secrets | Scoop.it
The Internet is a big place. Fortunately for you, I've done the work of scouring this mighty big world wide web to bring you this list of the best resources for writers. These are sites I refer to ...
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I use several of these myself!  Especially good for authors who are ready to begin marketing and polishing their products.

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7 Content Writing Skills from a Creative Writer’s Perspective

7 Content Writing Skills from a Creative Writer’s Perspective | Dirty Little Writing Secrets | Scoop.it

It is important as a content marketer to apply creative writing skills to content writing. Learn the best skills from a creative writer's perspective.Truth be told, I kind of fell into content writing. After being crazy about literature my whole life I went to university to study creative writing, a course I adored and that gave me invaluable experiences in not just fiction and poetry, but scriptwriting and journalism too. Then came graduation, and after that… nothing.Then came content marketing...


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I'm thinking about this a lot as I move into a robust writing career, but from the starting point of a creative writer.  What other skills did this article miss?  What can we in the "creative sector" offer the corporate content juggernauts?

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Creative writing skills used in content writing...

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37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875

37 Conversation Rules for Gentlemen from 1875 | Dirty Little Writing Secrets | Scoop.it
Editor's note: The excerpt below comes from a book published in 1875: A Gentleman's Guide to Etiquette by Cecil B. Hartley. Hartley's rules may be over 100 ye
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Resource articles like this are great for writing convincing characters from different time periods or social strata.  Also, it isn't bad advice for life in general either... :)

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BEA 2013: The Boy Readers Are All Right

"What boys are reading and if boys are reading are perennial topics of conversation and sources of concern, but to hear three authors discuss the topic at the Writing Genre for Boys panel at BEA last Friday, maybe we don’t need to worry so much. The conversation drifted from what the participating authors – Jack Gantos, Jon Scieszka, and Kevin Emerson – read when they were kids to the way they use humor in their writing, “reluctant readers,” and the very idea of writing “for” boys (or girls) to begin with.


Via Heather Stapleton
David M. Daniel's insight:

This is a topic of some concern to me, though I'd like to see a version of this topic specifically on writing for queer youth.  In the mean time, I guess the consesus seems to be "Write well, and the readers will find it no matter what sort of underpants they were"

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Creative Writing Tip: Make Sure You Don't Write Your Novel Too Quickly

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Welcome back to my series of post reflecting on four reasons I had to abandon a draft-in-progress of The King's Sons one hundred pages in; I rewrote everything with a different plot set seven years...

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Writing is Best When We Get Out of Our Own Way

Writing is Best When We Get Out of Our Own Way | Dirty Little Writing Secrets | Scoop.it

"I recall, as I was writing my latest book, my hands seemed to take on a life of their own. I would add in an unplanned character or an unforeseen (seemingly meaningless) detail."


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Penelope's curator insight, June 11, 2013 1:42 PM

 

 

This article is a wonderful reminder to writers to get out of our own way when creating our stories.

 

The main thrust of the article is to stop editing and start writing! Yes, we should edit, but some writers edit to death and their novel never sees the light of day. Also, make sure you know what the story PROBLEM is and where it will END and how the character will CHANGE. This is vital and will keep you moving forward!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/writing-is-best-when-we-get-out-of-our-own-way/

 

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The Future Of Self-Publishing

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The Future Of Self-Publishing Forbes Last week I had an interesting chat on Twitter with Joe Abercrombie, Tom Standage, Damien Walter, and Sam Missingham about the problems with territory-by-territory releases, windowing and what a monumental...

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Wow!  Well said!  And I think it is an excellent thing to consider when self-publishing; you are not just a writer, you are a tiny, highly motivated, publishing company.

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