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10 Writing Tips From Joyce Carol Oates - Writing Rightly

10 Writing Tips From Joyce Carol Oates - Writing Rightly | Education and Training | Scoop.it
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 2:11 PM

 

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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Three Reasons Why Authors Must Develop Their Own Platforms

Three Reasons Why Authors Must Develop Their Own Platforms | Education and Training | Scoop.it
In order for authors to be successful in today’s publishing environment, they need two things: a compelling product and a significant platform. Many authors are under the mistaken notion that if they just write a great book that is sufficient.
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John Irving: Excellent Inspiration on the Craft of Writing

John Irving: Excellent Inspiration on the Craft of Writing | Education and Training | Scoop.it
According to Wikipedia (I could not get John's site to load), John Winslow Irving is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after ...
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How To Write Great Headlines

How To Write Great Headlines | Education and Training | Scoop.it
The headline will greatly influence your website traffic, bounce rates, conversions and trust. Millions of new blog posts, billions of new emails and thousands of hours of videos are uploaded online each day.

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Headlines dig deep into the psychological depths of our brains and have a subliminal effect as we quickly glance over them. Be sure you are using effective headlines to get the right viewers to your site. Not all readers are the same and each website has a different audience. Feel free to try out a new method here and there.

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How To Avoid A Black Hole: What Authors Should Include In Social Media Profiles

How To Avoid A Black Hole: What Authors Should Include In Social Media Profiles | Education and Training | Scoop.it

If you were hoping for a scene from Star Trek, I’m sorry to disappoint.  I’m actually talking about black holes in your internet presence.  Dictionary.com defines a black hole as:  “Any place regarded as resembling a black hole in that information entering it cannot be retrieved.”

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17-Year-Old Lands Book Deal After Posting Romance Novel Online

17-Year-Old Lands Book Deal After Posting Romance Novel Online | Education and Training | Scoop.it
A teenage girl has scooped a book deal after her stories were read 19 million times online. Beth Reeks, 17, was snapped up by publisher Random House after her story 'The Kissing Booth' became popular online.
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Mining Your Central Plot Nugget: A Lesson In Writing From John Grisham

Mining Your Central Plot Nugget: A Lesson In Writing From John Grisham | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Writing for any reason is fantastic but if you want to write a story that people actually want to buy and read, then you have to consider issues around story structure, plot, character and the other tools of fiction.

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Mindfulness and Gratitude: The Beauty of Blogging - Left Brain Buddha

Mindfulness and Gratitude: The Beauty of Blogging - Left Brain Buddha | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Mindfulness: Words for a Moment with the Breath  Gratitude: Why I Write ~ The Beauty of Blogging This week I am grateful to write. As a kid, I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
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How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started)

How Writing Regularly Changed My Life (and How You Can Get Started) | Education and Training | Scoop.it

I'm not going to tell you that you should write every single day, nor am I going to list out reasons that would make my arguments general enough for everyone."


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Penelope's curator insight, July 15, 2013 9:29 PM

 

This author makes the case for writing every day and I have to agree with him. Some of the ways that writing can help us:

 

o Writing Helps with RECALL - Remember inportant details

o Writing Keeps Me IN CHECK - Manage your feelings

o Writing Helps Me Share My THOUGHTS - Just get it out!

o Writing Helps Me COMMUNICATE in Life - Become more eloquent

o Writing is REWARDING - Satisfcation from finishing something

 

However, where we part ways in the "how" of the writing. He found that he wrote better and more easily with an app called "Day One" http://dayoneapp.com for the iphone. I personally still like my trusty journal and the feel of the pen to the page. There is no one way to write--just do what feels right to you!

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://lifehacker.com/how-writing-regularly-changed-my-life-and-how-you-can-746865755

 

 

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Your Book is Your Business | Author Media

Your Book is Your Business | Author Media | Education and Training | Scoop.it
If you are a writer, you need to start thinking about your book like it's your business.

 

Writing is funny. It’s one of the only professions where it can be frowned upon to be professional. Society approaches writers as mythical creatures who haunt coffee shops and are generally disheveled. They live in worlds of their own making and will work around the clock for a byline instead of a paycheck.

 

That’s not okay.

 

It’s time to stop thinking that way. 

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How to Foster Creativity in Writing

How to Foster Creativity in Writing | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Find out how blending learned skills with artistic thinking fosters creativity in writing. (Thanks for tweeting!

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How to Produce Great Content Fast – in Five Simple Steps : @ProBlogger

How to Produce Great Content Fast – in Five Simple Steps : @ProBlogger | Education and Training | Scoop.it

This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke, author of The Blogger’s Guide to Effective Writing. 


Great content, posted on a regular basis, is vital to your blog’s success.

 

But most bloggers, especially those new to writing, struggle to produce high-quality posts as quickly as they’d like.

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Falling short: seven writers reflect on failure

Falling short: seven writers reflect on failure | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Julian Barnes, Anne Enright, Howard Jacobson, Will Self and Lionel Shriver reflect on their own disappointments in life, love and work


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We all love success. These writers describe the inherint element of failure in the creative process. They offer their insights on how to fail well.

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9 Persuasion Lessons from a 4-Year-Old

9 Persuasion Lessons from a 4-Year-Old | Education and Training | Scoop.it
How confident are you in your persuasion skills? After months and months of providing your most valuable teaching, are you hearing crickets chirping when
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No Matter How Difficult the Task, Trust the Process

No Matter How Difficult the Task, Trust the Process | Education and Training | Scoop.it
I'm in a 105-degree room, twisting my spine and muscles in ways that I could have never imagined.

Sweat is leaking off my body. It's hard to breathe. But at the same time, I know it's the most ...
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How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: editing – chop until you drop?

How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: editing – chop until you drop? | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Welcome to Part Twenty-Eight of this popular series. This week, novelist and publisher Lucy McCarraher shows you how to edit your story – often thought to be the most important part of the fiction writing process.

 

"Editing is like pruning the rose bush you thought was so perfect and beautiful until it overgrew the garden.”


Larry Enright

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Connect with Your Creative Writer

Connect with Your Creative Writer | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Do you have to complete a piece of writing but are putting it off? A report, a blog article, or a letter? Are you finding that the moment you sit down to write, your mind seems to go blank? Crap! Writers block! What can you do about it?


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Taking book marketing where the book readers are likely to be - The Shatzkin Files

Digital marketers who want to sell books are increasingly turning to the virtual places where readers cluster. This includes marketing through the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.), using the data mining tools available to target within those networks, as well as marketing in niches and online communities of readers (in some cases publishers are even building vertical communities themselves). Publishers are also increasingly turning to book- and reading-focused social sites to get the word out about their books. These vehicles carry an additional bonus in the digital age: they’re global and give publishers a one-stop opportunity to reach markets beyond their natural national audiences.

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Margaret Atwood: why Wattpad works

Margaret Atwood: why Wattpad works | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Margaret Atwood: 'You can post your own writing. No one need know your age or background. And your readers can be anywhere'
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How Young Freelance Writers Are Killing Their Chances

How Young Freelance Writers Are Killing Their Chances | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Wondering why it's hard to break in as a new writer? It could be the way you're communicating with editors and potential mentors...
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The Other Side of the Story: Guest Author Chris Eboch: The Hybrid Author and Publishing in Both Worlds

The Other Side of the Story: Guest Author Chris Eboch: The Hybrid Author and Publishing in Both Worlds | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Chris has been writing and publishing children’s books since the 1990s. Two years ago, she started writing romantic suspense for adults and self publishing those under the name Kris Bock. Here she interviews herself about the different choices and results. 

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Why I Cut My List in Half

Why I Cut My List in Half | Education and Training | Scoop.it

You have heard me say time and again how important it is to build a mailing list of people who WANT to hear from you.

 

You need to cultivate this list like tending orchids: treating them to the right amount of sunshine, watering at just the right intervals, giving them extra special food you don’t give any other plants.

 

So why did I trim my list in half?

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3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination

3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination | Education and Training | Scoop.it
What does it take to be a successful writer?  As I have reflected on my own journey, I am going to share with you 3 keys to writing success.   I would love to hear your keys to success as well in t...
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The Militant Baker: ANNE LAMOTT CAN CURE YOUR WRITERS BLOCK (AND OTHER LIFE PROBLEMS TOO)

The Militant Baker: ANNE LAMOTT CAN CURE YOUR WRITERS BLOCK (AND OTHER LIFE PROBLEMS TOO) | Education and Training | Scoop.it


I am often stupefied by the exorbitant amount of projects that I have in my life.

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The Secret to Creativity and Productivity | The Daily Muse

The Secret to Creativity and Productivity | The Daily Muse | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Our brains are often occupied both with big-picture ideas and with day-to-day details. But turns out, that can get confusing--and we can have a big impact on our brainpower by separate those types of thinking.

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