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7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass

7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say, “I have an idea, I’m going to write a book about it” and then watch as they never did it, I’d have—well, I’m not sure exactly how many nickels I’d have because I’m terrible at math, but it’s safe to say I’d have a ton of them. Many people don’t write a book because it’s extremely hard. Forcing yourself to sit down, brainstorm, write, edit, rewrite, edit, cut, add, rewrite, workshop, rewrite and rewrite some more until you’ve got somewhere between 50,000 and 100,000 words is grueling work. Most can’t do it. When you’re one of the few who can, it really makes you feel good about yourself—an important quality in a true badass.
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Can a Simple Walk Improve Your Creative Thinking?

Can a Simple Walk Improve Your Creative Thinking? | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Do you need a new approach to a project? Consider taking a walk to get a fresh perspective.
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The Underrecognized Inspirational Value of Persistence

The Underrecognized Inspirational Value of Persistence | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
How long should you stick with searching for ideas – and why?
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Conquer All Your Unfinished Tasks Using the “Drop the Tails” Method - Breakthrough with Arina!

Conquer All Your Unfinished Tasks Using the “Drop the Tails” Method - Breakthrough with Arina! | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Unfinished tasks leak the energy out of you and keep your mind foggy and unfocused. Learn how finish what you start and develop the Finishers Habit!
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Kids Who CAN But WON’T: What Can Parents Do?

Kids Who CAN But WON’T: What Can Parents Do? | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Resolutions? Expectations? The New Year is inevitably full of promise—and promises. However, kids’ resolve sometimes melts like snow… Here’s how parents can help children and teens meet responsibilities and challenges throughout the coming months.
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A Game Where Creative Writing Progresses the Story .::. Inspire the Muse

One part immersive side scroller, one part writing prompt. This is the premise behind the game Elegy for a Dead World, by Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal.
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Laura Dockrill's five tips for writing for real

Laura Dockrill's five tips for writing for real | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Darcy Burdock author and performance artist Laura Dockrill always wanted to be a writer... until the big red pen of school shrunk her confidence.
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Writing for the Soul: 5 (Less Conventional) Tips | WritersDigest.com

Writing for the Soul: 5 (Less Conventional) Tips | WritersDigest.com | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
I’ve just published my second book in the Storm Siren trilogy (thank you, HarperCollins) – and I’ll be honest with you. There are days I absolutely love wh
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7 Tips for Adding Humor — Guest: Rhoda Baxter

7 Tips for Adding Humor — Guest: Rhoda Baxter | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Most genres benefit from including touches of humor here or there—even the dark and angsty stories. But I'm not naturally a funny person, so I jumped at the chance to host an expert on comedy writing.
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When Dreams Go Bad—Dream Sequences, What Works & What Flops

When Dreams Go Bad—Dream Sequences, What Works & What Flops | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography In the past several posts we have been unpacking the “flashback.” But, over the course of us talking about flashbacks and how to deliver backstory, a lot of people...
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Time as a Literary Device: Unpacking the Parallel Timeline

Time as a Literary Device: Unpacking the Parallel Timeline | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Image from HBO’s “True Detective”
One reason we might be tempted to use a flashback is to explain or to expound to artificially prop up weak characterization or a weak plot (the training wheel flashback).
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Writing rituals and tips for new writers

Writing rituals and tips for new writers | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Following is an interview with Rachel, originally published on NovelKicks, 21 April 2015. What is your new novel, Stranger Child about, and what inspired it? If I had to find one word which sums up...
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Writing Tips from Patricia Park, author of Re Jane | Penguin Random House

Writing Tips from Patricia Park, author of Re Jane | Penguin Random House | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
We know readers tend to be writers too, so twice a month, we’ll feature writing tips from our authors. Who better to offer advice, insight, and inspiration than the authors you admire? They’ll answer...
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Don't Sweat Your Synopsis. Just Write It! 8 Easy Tips - Huffington Post (blog)

Don't Sweat Your Synopsis. Just Write It! 8 Easy Tips - Huffington Post (blog) | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Imagine summarizing one of your favorite classics in a synopsis. Whether we're talking Pride and Prejudice or Ulysses, that synopsis would be a snoozer, since it's just a pitch giving the highlights of the plot.
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Breaking Down the Elements of Acting

Breaking Down the Elements of Acting | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
If theatre is awesome for kids, which kids? What kinds of awesome? And how? Let's break it down.
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Breaking Down the Elements of Acting

Breaking Down the Elements of Acting | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
If theatre is awesome for kids, which kids? What kinds of awesome? And how? Let's break it down.
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Why Ear Training Might Matter More than You Think

Why Ear Training Might Matter More than You Think | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Every music major takes 'ear training' classes at some point, and it's easy to go through the motions and just try to get it over with. But it turns out that ear training is more valuable than it may appear.
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From Fanon to Canon: Antisepticeye .::. Inspire the Muse

From Fanon to Canon: Antisepticeye .::. Inspire the Muse | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
All popular creations have a strong fandom inspired presence to them, separate from the original canon. But what happens when the creator of that canon decides to adopt the fanon, and make it reality?
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What Do You Write On? .::. Inspire the Muse

Paper brands and writing software options are just as diverse as pens and pencils. There’s a difference between scrap, copy, and resume papers. Some writers need lined or grid marked paper, while others prefer blank sheets.
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How to Improve Your Writing: 5 Secrets From Hollywood | TIME - TIME

How to Improve Your Writing: 5 Secrets From Hollywood | TIME - TIME | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Start with a solid structure
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Fiction Southeast – “7 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction”

Fiction Southeast – “7 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction” | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
an online literary journal dedicated to short fiction
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Time Management—Are We Busy or Fruitful?

Time Management—Are We Busy or Fruitful? | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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I do a lot of stuff. Actually too much stuff but I am totally woking on that saying “No” thing.
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Writing Habits And Routines, Filling The Creative Well And More Tips On Writing And Productivity | The Creative Penn

Writing Habits And Routines, Filling The Creative Well And More Tips On Writing And Productivity | The Creative Penn | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
You can't make a living from your writing if you're not actually writing. And while writing may seem easy to some and it has its fun moments, it's actually
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More than Just a Flashback—Introducing the Easter Egg

More than Just a Flashback—Introducing the Easter Egg | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Image courtesy of NASA
So we have spent a couple posts talking about “flashbacks” and I need to take a moment to expound on something. I was a naturally good editor. It’s how I got my start.
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Understanding the Flashback—Bending Time as a Literary Device

Understanding the Flashback—Bending Time as a Literary Device | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Image vis Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Yuya Sekiguchi.
Last time we talked about flashbacks and why they ruin fiction. But, because this is a blog and I don’t want it to be 20,000 words long, I can’t address everything in one post.
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Deep P.O.V. Part Two—Crawling Inside Your Characters

Deep P.O.V. Part Two—Crawling Inside Your Characters | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography
Last time we talked about the history and evolution of POV (Point of View) and why certain types of POV might not be the best choice for a modern reader.
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