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Eight Steps To The Perfect Elevator Pitch

Eight Steps To The Perfect Elevator Pitch | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it

Today let’s talk about the process of crafting the elevator pitch. I think your best chance for success is to take it seriously as a multi-step process (because I know you have nothing else to do) and put some time into it. The effort will allow you to overcome shyness, discomfort with verbal presentations, and even nervousness around publishing professionals. Preparation always boosts confidence, and if there’s one thing I see writers struggling with, it’s confidence. So how do you prepare?

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The 5 Traits of Great Film Showdowns, From "Star Wars" to "Kill Bill"

The 5 Traits of Great Film Showdowns, From "Star Wars" to "Kill Bill" | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Luke and Vader, Batman and Bane, The Bride and Bill: Done well, cinematic fights elevate their pulpy surroundings. What makes for a good one?
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Do You Know the Answer to Your Story's Most Important Question?

Do You Know the Answer to Your Story's Most Important Question? | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Helps you figure out your story's defining dramatic question and how your story's most important question determines both its perfect beginning and ending.
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The Poem That Made Sherman Alexie Want to 'Drop Everything and Be a Poet'

The Poem That Made Sherman Alexie Want to 'Drop Everything and Be a Poet' | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Alexie never thought he could leave his reservation to pursue a writing career—but a line written by Adrian C. Louis taught him to venture outside the "reservation of his mind."
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Wendy's LA4HIRE: Best Screenwriting Tips for Great Dialogue - Script Magazine

Wendy's LA4HIRE: Best Screenwriting Tips for Great Dialogue - Script Magazine | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Producer and premier script consultant, Wendy Kram L.A. FOR HIRE, provides essential ingredients to screenwriters for writing great dialogue.
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How Is A Body Cremated?

How Is A Body Cremated? | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it

Cremation of a dead body is carried out at a temperature ranging between 1400 to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The intense heat helps reduce the body to its basic elements and dried bone fragments.

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How to Tell if Your Story is On Target---What is Your Book About in ONE Sentence?

How to Tell if Your Story is On Target---What is Your Book About in ONE Sentence? | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Think of your one sentence as your scale-model or your prototype. If the prototype doesn’t generate excitement and interest, it is unlikely the final product will succeed. So revise the prototype u...
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11 Questions for Crafting a Fiction Pitch - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management

11 Questions for Crafting a Fiction Pitch - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
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4 Pillars of Strong Characters - Writingeekery

4 Pillars of Strong Characters - Writingeekery | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Strong characters can carry a plot and transport the reader. They're complex and multi-layered just like real people. Use this to simplify their creation.
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Think Ink: Psychology for Writers: How Can Your Characters Make Others Believe Them? [Post 1/2] // The Subtleties of Dialogue

Think Ink: Psychology for Writers: How Can Your Characters Make Others Believe Them? [Post 1/2] // The Subtleties of Dialogue | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it

When we tell stories of past events, place blame and offer to do things, we have a reason for doing so, and often it's because we have a personal interest in presenting things in a certain way—a stake in the matter. If our listeners pick up on these ulterior motives, such as telling a strange story to get attention, rather than because it truly happened, it can undermine our actions or challenge our stories.

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Urban Book Editor's curator insight, May 10, 5:45 AM

I like this approach to character. It takes into account the way our characters use words. Phrasing can completely change the interpretation of a sentence or a passage.

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5 Tools for Building Conflict in Your Novel | WritersDigest.com

5 Tools for Building Conflict in Your Novel | WritersDigest.com | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it

Improve your novel with James Scott Bell's Conflict & Suspense. Order Now

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Understanding Character Wounds: A List Of Common Themes

Understanding Character Wounds: A List Of Common Themes | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Characters are the heart of a novel, and within that heart is the Hero’s Inner Journey. The protagonist’s path is much like yours or mine–one that will (hopefully) bring him closer to lifelong happiness and fulfillment. In real life, people … Continue reading →
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How I Learned to Stop Being a Literary Snob and Love Romance

How I Learned to Stop Being a Literary Snob and Love Romance | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Having writers who can cater to our private and guilty-pleasure reading tastes is the same as having a truly good sex partner who's willing to act out your most reductive or taboo fantasies, because sometimes that's what you need....
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Stephen Graham Jones on writing horror and its inverse, romance

Stephen Graham Jones on writing horror and its inverse, romance | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Stephen Graham Jones may be the best prolific writer you haven't heard of yet, partly because his specialty is literary horror and partly because, despite having a specialty, he's quick to switch genres and hard to pin down. Count up his books and stories and anthologies and e-magazines and e-releases and he has been published 201 times -- but that was in early March, before his Texas noir "Not For Nothing" was published, and before the YA novel he co-wrote with Paul Tremblay, "Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly," came out in April. He has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Texas Writer’s League fellowship. He was born and raised in Texas -- he won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction -- eventually got a PhD at Florida State and now teaches creative writing at UC Boulder in Colorado, where he's been a finalist for a Colorado Book Award. He's also been a finalist for a Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Award....
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Specs & The City: The Shadow Archetype and 'Inception' - Script Magazine

Specs & The City: The Shadow Archetype and 'Inception' - Script Magazine | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Brad Johnson continues his discussion of story archetypes by exploring the importance of the Shadow archetype to the emotional impact of your screenplay.
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The Keys to Good Science Fiction & Fantasy Storytelling | WritersDigest.com

The Keys to Good Science Fiction & Fantasy Storytelling | WritersDigest.com | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Writing strong exposition in speculative fiction (or SF, the umbrella term for fantastical fiction genres such as science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and horror) is a balancing act. It’s like watering a plant. Too little water and it dries up and dies; too much water and it rots and drowns. Here's how to get it just right.
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PODCAST - What’s The Worst Thing That Can Happen?: BLUE RUIN, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM & ALIEN - Write Your Screenplay

PODCAST - What’s The Worst Thing That Can Happen?: BLUE RUIN, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM & ALIEN - Write Your Screenplay | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
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5 Surprising Ways Regret Can Deepen Your Hero’s Arc

5 Surprising Ways Regret Can Deepen Your Hero’s Arc | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Super pleased to welcome Writing Coach MJ Bush today. I am a huge fan of her blog, Writing Geekery…if you don’t yet have this site on your writing resource roster, make it happen! (Trust me, you don’t want to miss … Continue reading →
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“A filthy process in which I was engaged”: Revising Frankenstein

“A filthy process in which I was engaged”:  Revising Frankenstein | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Terror, nausea, and the solitary slog of patching together cold, dead bodies in the workshop:  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus created a fantastical, searing metaphor for the horrors of revision, that process by which writers try, fa
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Tips to Use to Write a Male Point of View When You're Not a Guy

Tips to Use to Write a Male Point of View When You're Not a Guy | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
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5 Creative Things You Should Do While Editing Your Story

5 Creative Things You Should Do While Editing Your Story | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
A website and blog to help writers improve their writing through tips and tricks by S. Alex Martin, science-fiction author.
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Scrivener: An Introduction to Novel Writing - LiveHacked

Scrivener: An Introduction to Novel Writing - LiveHacked | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Scrivener Series:How to Write Your First Novel with Scrivener → (Next Post) How to Write a Novel in 30 DaysUsing Scrivener and Evernote to Write Your BookHow I Wrote a Book in a MonthWant to Write? Write A Short Story FirstScrivener: The Ultimate Guide to Exporting Ebooks (Kindle, ePub, etc.)Scrivener: An Introduction to Novel WritingHow …
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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 19, 8:17 PM

A nice easy guide to Scrivener which is excellent writing software.

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An easy way to make your plot plausible - control your novel’s timeline

An easy way to make your plot plausible - control your novel’s timeline | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it

Unless you’re writing a time travel story or a novel with condensed action, timelines are mainly invisible to readers. Like plot and character arcs, they’re the unseen looms of the storyteller’s art. And this means writers often don’t realize they need to take control of them. Until they face an editor’s interrogation.

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Urban Book Editor's curator insight, May 10, 5:56 AM

I love this article. I often find myself wondering how a character got from point A to point B in what seems a terribly short period of time or how a particular event unfolded when characters X and Y were supposed to be in two different cities. I'm a big fan of using calendars ahead of time to help in the novel-planning process. How does the plot, as you've devised it in your head, lay out on a calendar? This type of planning can prove to be even more important for authors who don't like using outlines.

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World's Best-Selling Author James Patterson On How To Write An Unputdownable Story

World's Best-Selling Author James Patterson On How To Write An Unputdownable Story | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
James Patterson's books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States. The wildly prolific and popular author talks...
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Why Irish Romance?

Why Irish Romance? | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Scottish romance is such an ingrained part of the romance genre that we don't even blink when we see a muscled warrior wearing a kilt gracing the cover of romance novels. But how about Scotland's equally fierce but less outlandish neighbor, Ireland? For the decades that Scottish—and, let's be honest, Regency—romance has ruled the roost, we've been hard-pressed to see Irish romance take off as a similarly popular subgenre.Reading Recommendations First off, how have we
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10 Can't Miss, Surefire Secrets Of Torturing Fictional People

10 Can't Miss, Surefire Secrets Of Torturing Fictional People | Write Fiction Right | Scoop.it
Everybody loves a sadist. At least, when it comes to storytelling. The more pain and misery a writer puts her or his characters through, the more we adore it. But how can you torment your characters without going too far, or falling flat? Here are 10 killer rules for how to bring the pain.
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