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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, 6:23 AM
Great Work, Penelope! Looking forward for Part 2. Thank you!
A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 27, 11:23 AM

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

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 27, 8:45 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, 4:16 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, 5:05 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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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 2, 9:14 PM
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 29, 11:11 PM

love writing what you love

♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, May 6, 2:45 PM

Writing is love

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10 Writing Tips From Joyce Carol Oates - Writing Rightly

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Joyce Carol Oates is one of our favorite writers and writing personalities. A prolific tweeter, the 75 year old today put out 10 pieces of great advice for writing on her Twitter account.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 19, 2013 11:11 AM

 

What is the old saying? To be successful, follow the advice of successful people. It is easy to search out the advice, but if it is not applied, then it becomes worthless.

 

One of the world's foremost authors, Joyce Carol Oates, dishes out some quick advice via one of my favorite social mediums: Twitter. These top ten countdown tips (ala David Letterman style) are short and actionable enough for anyone to implement.

 

Writers have heard many of them before, but there are some new ones. How about #4? Keep in mind Oscar Wilde: "A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/18/joyce-carol-oates-writing_n_3617152.html?utm_hp_ref=books

 

 

 

 

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5 Common Mistakes that Will KILL Your Novel

5 Common Mistakes that Will KILL Your Novel | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

Even literary fiction involves some outside force that is causing the contemplation, depression, rebellion, etc...


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Penelope's curator insight, May 31, 2013 12:47 PM

 

Some interesting points to keep in mind to keep your readers reading. You don't want them to become bored, so each scene needs to move the plot forward. If it starts dragging, so does the reader.  Keep these points close by when writing. These are 5 common problems to new writers of fiction:

 

#1 No Core Antagonist (No BBT)— creates a "soap opera effect"

#2 Antagonist is a Caricature—leave the mustache twirlers to cartoons

#3 Antagonist is Weak—should present BIG stakes for protagonist

#4 Not Enough Scene Antagonists—in other words, more than one

#5 No Scene Antagonist—every scene must have dramatic tension

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/5-common-mistakes-that-will-kill-your-novel/

 

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Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue

Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

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Penelope's curator insight, May 20, 2013 9:15 PM

 

Yackety Yak. Blah Blah Blah. We talk every day and in every way. Is it always effective talking? Not really. But when it comes to our writing of dialogue inside of our stories, it better be.

 

When a writer goes on for a page or two or three describing what kind of coffee a character is going to order at the cafe, my eyes start to roll back in my head, and I am more than likely to slam the door on that story.

 

Dialogue is war! If you write dialogue--make it tight--and make it right! Make sure it is going to advance your story. I am still basking in the "afterglow" of all of the wonderful dialogue and storytelling from the remake of the "Great Gatsby" movie. Ah, but that is a post for another day.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/2010/08/tips-for-writing-effective-dialogue.html

 

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 21, 2013 12:13 PM

very instructive advice. De bons conseils pour écrire des dialogues réalistes.

Penelope's comment, May 21, 2013 12:17 PM
Merci'!
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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, 3:19 PM

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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, March 15, 9:27 AM

Everyone has a story!

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 15, 5:46 PM

Great article Penelope ! Congrats !

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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, 7:56 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, 4:12 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 8:46 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 7:13 PM

Come on, you know you want to write.

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Shut up and write the book! 

Shut up and write the book!  | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

I’m working on the followup to Steal Like An Artist, my book about how to be more creative in the digital age."


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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:27 AM

For me, it would be more « stop socializing and write the book » !

Penelope's comment, July 2, 2013 12:33 PM
Ok, Jacques! Now get off twitter and go write now! ;)
MHB Numerik's curator insight, July 9, 2013 12:42 AM

Conseils très judicieux. "Stop researching" est celui qui me  semble le + urgent de suivre, en ce qui me concerne ;)

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DON'T TALK ABOUT IT---Drive the Flaw to the Surface for Great Fiction

DON'T TALK ABOUT IT---Drive the Flaw to the Surface for Great Fiction | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it

This can be easier when the plot problem is clearer. In murder mysteries, the goal is to find the killer. In thrillers? Locate the terrorists and stop the bomb. But what about the more existential stuff?"


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Penelope's curator insight, May 24, 2013 10:41 AM

 

 

Don't be easy on your protagonist. Drive their demons to the surface. People don't want to read about the weather. They want to read about the struggles of your hero or heroine. What is the problem they need to solve? What are they fighting against? How do they dig themselves out of the hole they, as the antagonist, have put themselves in?

 

Characters want something, and the deeper the want, the more compelling the drama. Desire is the crucible that forges character because it intrinsically creates conflict.

 

Great questions to keep in mind as you are writing.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/dont-talk-about-it-drive-the-flaw-to-the-surface-for-great-fiction/

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 25, 2013 5:39 PM

Right. But also, don't exaggerate. We don't want to learn about their favorite breakfast cereal, or heir regular AA meetings ! A traumatic event is ok to mention, but once is enough, we get it ! No need to remind us about it when the character is dreaming, getting to work, having his cereal breakfast ...  

Penelope's comment, May 28, 2013 10:45 AM
I agree with that analysis, Jacques. Get to the point, right?
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27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors

27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors | écrire et être publié | Scoop.it
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 4:41 PM

Very good advice from bestselling authors.

Jacques Goyette's comment, April 26, 2013 4:56 PM
A lot of people seem to appreciate this article. Keep up the good work Penelope.
Penelope's comment, April 26, 2013 6:48 PM
Thanks, Jacques! These articles are fun to seek out and read! :)