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How to Write the Perfect First Page, Part 1 | Writing Rightly

How to Write the Perfect First Page, Part 1 | Writing Rightly | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it
Agents and readers alike make snap decisions based on the first page, so you better make it good!

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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 27, 9:23 AM
Great Work, Penelope! Looking forward for Part 2. Thank you!
A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 27, 2:23 PM

How many of you spend  hours on your first page.? We can always use a little help.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 27, 11:45 PM

Yes, catching the reader's attention on the very first pages is primordial !

 

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9 Tips On How To Totally Crush Writer’s Block | Positive Writer

9 Tips On How To Totally Crush Writer’s Block | Positive Writer | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it
If you've ever been stuck, unable to write or at a loss for words, you'll want to read this.

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Penelope's curator insight, March 11, 7:16 PM

 

Who of us hasn't suffered from writer's block?

 

Maybe you have a different term for it: stuck, burned out, or just plain uninspired? Whatever you call it, it stinks. Sitting down at the computer and the words just won't come? What's a writer to do?

 

The good news? If you've suffered from writer's block, you are a writer! Congratulations. So if you're not suffering, you're probably not writing.

 

There are nine actionable strategies in this article to to help us..and pronto!

 

1. Admit you get stuck from time to time.

2. Admit that it’s okay to get stuck.

3. Take a break.

4. Don’t self-deprecate!

5. Know that you’re better than you think you are.

6. Don’t describe yourself as a suffering artist.

7. Be audacious.

8. Accept discouragement as part of the writer’s life, but do not give in to despair.

9. Accept yourself (and your writing) as you are right now.

 

Sometimes writer's block is a sign that you are going to have a major breakthrough in your writing. Try to ride the tide,  break through that wave, and be assured you will reach the glorious shoreline.

 

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

 

Link to the original article:  http://positivewriter.com/writers-block/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PositiveWriter+%28Positive+Writer%29

Todd Bratcher's curator insight, March 13, 8:05 PM

Who of us hasn't suffered from writer's block? Maybe you have a different term for it: stuck, burned out, or just plain uninspired? Whatever you call it, it stinks. Sitting down at the computer and the words just won't come? What's a writer to do?

 The good news? If you've suffered from writer's block, you are a writer! Congratulations. So if you're not suffering, you're probably not writing. There are nine actionable strategies in this article to to help us..and pronto!

 

1. Admit you get stuck from time to time.

2. Admit that it’s okay to get stuck.

3. Take a break.

4. Don’t self-deprecate!

5. Know that you’re better than you think you are.

6. Don’t describe yourself as a suffering artist.

7. Be audacious.

8. Accept discouragement as part of the writer’s life, but do not give in to despair.

9. Accept yourself (and your writing) as you are right now.

 

Sometimes writer's block is a sign that you are going to have a major breakthrough in your writing. Try to ride the tide,  break through that wave, and be assured you will reach the glorious shoreline.

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Ten Myths about Writing - Writing Rightly

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"One thing I've noticed since I became serious about writing is that there are a lot of supposedly universal truths about writers, writing, and the business of publishing."


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Penelope's curator insight, January 20, 10:56 PM

 

There are so many lists in the world of writing. Do this; don't do that. This one is a list of tenwith a few tongue-in-cheek's included. Read at the risk of laughter. We tend to need it after a long day of pecking away.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writerunboxed.com/2014/01/14/ten-myths-about-writing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

 

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, January 21, 7:12 PM

Really good article about the creative myths of success.

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10 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo - Writing Rightly

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10 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo

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Penelope's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:46 AM

 

In honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I'm posting this informative (and amusing) article from the NaNoWriMo blog.

 

I have been signed up with NaNoWriMo for the past four years, but have not gone through process. For someone who needs a kick in the pants, this might be your gig.

 

Some of the 10 reasons you should frantically push through November and get a 50,000 word novel written?

 

o You love to write - what better reason!

o You have  story just burning to be told

o You want to escape chilly winters of the Northern Hemisphere

o You want to escape sunburns of the Southern Hemisphere

 

Read the post for the other six tips, and get started on your novel--today! You now have 24 days left to finish. Ready, set, go!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/32671611607/10-reasons-you-should-do-nanowrimo

 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 6, 2013 10:13 PM

Come on, you know you want to write.

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10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives

10 Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers : Publishing Perspectives | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it
Bestseller Hugh Howey offers a list of tips that tend to surprise new writers, particularly those who are self-publishing or considering it.

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Penelope's curator insight, September 17, 2013 3:02 PM

 

Aspiring and even self-published authors are inundated with so much information coming at us at the speed of light; it sometimes feels as if our heads will explode.

 

Bestselling author, Hugh Howey, gives us some more great advice to chew on, and attempt to cram into our cranial. Some has been rehashed, but we can all use a refresher. Here is a quick summary:

 

 1.   Asking people to buy your book doesn’t work.

 2.   The people who sell your books are your existing readers.

 3.   There is no promotion as strong as writing the next book.

 4.   An undiscovered book remains fresh and new.

 5.   Give your books away. You need to build up a fan base.

 6.   A good agent is your best friend.

 7.   An email list is more powerful than Twitter or Instagram.

 8.   Videos are worth a million words.

 9.   Be yourself.

10.  Authors are not in competition with one another.

 

Remember, BIC (butt in chair). Keep writing, then there will be books to promote.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/09/10-counterintuitive-tips-for-self-publishers/comment-page-1/#comment-309414

 

 

 

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27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors

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Celebrated authors, editors and illustrators write advice to young writers on their hands for " Shared Worlds ," a two-week creative writing summer camp at Wofford College.

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:41 PM

Very good advice from bestselling authors.

Jacques Goyette's comment, April 26, 2013 7:56 PM
A lot of people seem to appreciate this article. Keep up the good work Penelope.
Penelope's comment, April 26, 2013 9:48 PM
Thanks, Jacques! These articles are fun to seek out and read! :)
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Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly

Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

I spent the morning working with a very talented writer. An extremely well-placed agent had recently rejected her manuscript, but told her that he’d be happy to consider a revision, or anything else...


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Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, March 14, 6:19 PM

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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, March 15, 12:27 PM

Everyone has a story!

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 15, 8:46 PM

Great article Penelope ! Congrats !

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The Report – Author Earnings | Writing for Kindle

The Report – Author Earnings | Writing for Kindle | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

Hugh Howey, Best-selling author of "Wool" and "Dust" blows the lid off Amazon author earnings.


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Penelope's curator insight, February 13, 8:14 PM

 

The self-publishing community is all abuzz.  Hugh Howey's latest report on author earnings is creating quite stir. Why?

 

Here are some statistics that might blow away the uninformed:

 

o  Most readers don’t know and don’t care how the books they read are published.

 

o   Indie and small-publisher titles dominate the bestselling genres on Amazon.

 

o  Indie authors are outselling the Big Five. That’s the entire Big Five. Combined.

 

o  86% of the top 2,500 genre fiction bestsellers in the overall Amazon store are e-books.

 

o  Self-published authors on Amazon’s platform keep 70% of the total purchase price.

 

o  It is also worth noting again that self-published authors are earning more money on fewer titles.

 

o  More writers today are paying bills with their craft than at any other time in human history.

 

o  Our data suggests that even stellar manuscripts are better off self-published.

 

o  There are no short cuts, just a lot of effort and a lot of luck.

 

Do you think you have a self-published book inside of you screaming to be written? This is a long report, but well worth the time. These stats from Hugh might be the push you need.

 

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://authorearnings.com/the-report/

 

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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell--Don't Show--and Write More of What You Love! PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell--Don't Show--and Write More of What You Love! PHILOSBOOKS | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.


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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 3, 12:14 AM
Perhaps love, as you wrote and they sing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGIfE9uhxSE - will port you out of the sick mood. As to my "stopping", old love doesn't rust, explains.
Ali Anani's curator insight, April 30, 2:11 AM

love writing what you love

♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, May 6, 5:45 PM

Writing is love

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Should you Sell your eBook on Amazon or your Blog? - Jeffbullas's Blog

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Selling ebooks are maybe the biggest opportunity for a blogger to make money. But should you sell your ebook on Amazon or your blog? Here are some insights.

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Penelope's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:38 PM

 

Jeff Bullas has given self-publishers some food for thought about whether to sell our books via Amazon or our own blog. He also gives some key steps on just what it takes to write an e-book.

 

He says if you can write a blog post you can write an e-book. I tend to agree with him on that point. However, you will need to possess more patience to continue writing and actually completing an book, versus a 500 word blog post.

 

Myself? I spent literally two years studying up on all the aspects of self-publishing. There may be some who pick it up a lot faster than this. However, I wanted to study all the ins and outs, pros and cons. There is a lot of planning that goes on before the actual writing.

 

Okay, so should you sell your book via Amazon or on your website? It's really up to you. Unless you have a blog or website that currently has gangbuster traffic, start with Amazon for the traction. You can always move your product to your own site at any time.

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/10/08/should-you-sell-your-ebook-on-amazon-or-your-blog/

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How To Sell Self-Published Books: Read This First

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I've christened May the How To Sell Self-Published Books Month here on Catherine, Caffeinated, but before we get into the nuts and bolts of marketing and promoting your book, we need to have a little tough love session first..."


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Penelope's curator insight, June 11, 2013 10:23 PM

 

Cower down and prepare to be chastised by the caffeinated Catherine. She'll tell you what you need to do to self-publish, but first she's going to give it to you from the School of Hard Knocks.

 

Let's sum it up, shall we? Then you can go read the full article for yourself:

 

1) By Default, NO ONE CARES about your book - This is sad, but true. Check out the bin of $1 books at Dollar Tree

 

2) Your book is a PRODUCT, and it had better work - It's a business! Forget the romance side of it. Keep that in your books.

 

3) Social Media is about CONNECTION - People don't want to be sold to. A presence online takes time to build, so don't tick 'em off the first day.

 

4) You can't sell NEW concepts with OLD Ways - If it's for sale online, then promote it online. John Locke did not become that million book seller until he "focused" on online promotion.

 

5) You are NOT the next AMANDA HOCKING - You must work HARD. You may not hit the big time, but you can still sell some books.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://catherineryanhoward.com/2012/05/05/how-to-sell-self-published-books-read-this-first/

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, August 9, 2013 4:16 PM

Very good advice to consider before self-publishing.