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7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass

7 Reasons Writing a Book Makes You a Badass | Literary 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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10 Tips on Writing from Joyce Carol Oates

10 Tips on Writing from Joyce Carol Oates | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
"Don't try to anticipate an ideal reader -- or any reader.
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WRITER WEDNESDAY: Tips For Dealing With Literary Agents

WRITER WEDNESDAY: Tips For Dealing With Literary Agents | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
By Writer's Relief staff:

If you’ve sent your query to a handful of literary agents and one comes back asking you for an exclusive, don’t get nervous!

So, what exactly is an exclusive? If you’ve sent your query to a literary ...
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Kiss Your “As” Goodbye: A Simple Grammar Trick for Better Fiction

Kiss Your “As” Goodbye: A Simple Grammar Trick for Better Fiction | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Today, AWESOME W.A.N.A. International Instructor and author-editor-teacher-extraordinaire Marcy Kennedy is here to guest post about a dreaded topic—GASP—grammar. Yes, I admit it. I’m a Grammar Nazi.
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These Writing Tips From George R.R. Martin And Robin Hobb Are Just Epic

These Writing Tips From George R.R. Martin And Robin Hobb Are Just Epic | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
"It's like chasing butterflies and trying not to crush them." (These Writing Tips From George R.R.
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10 Ways for ADD Authors to Be OOH! SQUIRREL!!!! …Productive

10 Ways for ADD Authors to Be OOH! SQUIRREL!!!! …Productive | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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Right now I’m teaching a new series about going pro (check it out below this post—recordings and notes included with purchase).
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Tips on how to maintain focus when writing

Tips on how to maintain focus when writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Sometimes the motivation to write is lacking. You have a deadline to beat but you just can’t seem to be able to concentrate and come up with anything. Some people will call it writer’s block others...

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, August 28, 8:02 PM

Sometimes the motivation to write is lacking. You have a deadline to beat but you just can’t seem to be able to concentrate and come up with anything. Some people will call it writer’s block others will call it being lazy. Giving it a name only matters if you can get out of that mind funk and write.

Here a few tips on how to write when it seems impossible.

Listen to music

Music can help you block out conversation around you and concentrate on your work. Plug in your headphones, put on some music that relaxes yiu and let it inspire you to travel into your writing zone. You will be surprised to find yourself writing a lot when you listen to music. Try noise-canceling headphones to eliminate even more outside interference.

Turn off your phone

Yes, you need to shut down your phone. I know it seems hard and like a harsh thing to do for mmost people who happen to be phone addicts but it’s worth it. You need to concentrate and all those texts, whatsapp messages and phonecalls will not help you do it. If you must produce an article, shut off your phone for a while.

Close all doors and windows

It doesn’t matter if you work at home or the office, shutting doors and windows can be helpful. It will help you keep out distractions and keep them out of your head. You get to ignore movement outside and concentrate on what’s in front of you. Most people will also avoid coming into the room if there’s a locked door meaning you can work uninterrupted.

Turn off the internet

In this day and age where most people are addicted to social media, social media can be a distraction from working. The only solution to this is turning off the internet. Ignore the funny conversations and memes and work on your writing. The only thing that should be on when you’re working on your computer is Microsoft Word (or any software you use to write). Once the article is done, you can reward yourself with a long internet session for working so hard.

Work at your desk

It’s always a good idea to make yourself work at a desk when writing. Getting your computer and working from the couch or bed can make you too relaxed to work through everything. Being at a desk will force you to maintain good posture (if you have the right chair that is) and in most cases you only have walls around you and won’t get distracted. Being at a desk also motivates you to work faster so you can get away and go relax much faster.

Work in chunks of time

Writing for long periods of time can be hard and part of the problem. Time out your writing sessions into small chunks of time. It will help you keep track of time and tackle the most important part of your writing as you go along. The chunks of time could be a way to beat deadlines and you concentrate on one article at a time. You can set aside 1hour for each work that needs to be done.

Hopefully these tips will make writing so much easier for you. Try them out and see yourself produce more content even when you feel a little uninspired.

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Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers

Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892 in South Africa but moved to England as a child. He was a writer, poet, philologist, and university professor, best known for the classic high... (RT @MarkRasmussen72: Great article - J.R.R.
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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing & Increase Sales

3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Writing & Increase Sales | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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Today, I’m going to give you three ways to instantly improve your writing and sell more books. I’m blessed to have a broad base of experience/expertise which includes corporate consulting and branding.
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JK Rowling's Writing Advice - How to Write and Publish a Book

JK Rowling's Writing Advice - How to Write and Publish a Book | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
JK Rowling's writing advice won't just show you how to write and publish a book, they'll also keep you motivated when you don't wanna write - or think you can't write! These writing tips will keep you motivated for the long haul.
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Losing Robin Williams—The Dark Side of Those Who Make Us Laugh

Losing Robin Williams—The Dark Side of Those Who Make Us Laugh | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
 
Suicide. It’s a topic that’s been on most of our minds as of late. I was BROKEN when I found out about Robin Williams. It’s like this bright shining star just snuffed out, leaving only a black hole of crushing emptiness behind.
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32 Ways to Easily Make New Friends at Live Events (& how an introvert met 70 people in 12 hours) | Live Your Legend

32 Ways to Easily Make New Friends at Live Events (& how an introvert met 70 people in 12 hours) | Live Your Legend | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” - Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends & Influence People Have you ever been standing alone in a room full of strangers? You don't recognize anyone. You're not even sure you belong there, and you have no idea what to say. You think about darting for the door or at least jumping on your phone so you don't look like a total loser. Or maybe just the thought kept you from showing up in the first place. I've been there. More than once. But I can also link almost all of my business or personal success back to the friends I've met - often at events that could have felt just like that. In a couple days, a lot of us will be heading to Portland for the World Domination Summit - probably my favorite event of the the year for hanging around people doing the things you didn't think could be done.  When I first went to WDS, I knew two people
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Genre Hacks: Tips on Writing Dialogue

Genre Hacks: Tips on Writing Dialogue | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, August 8, 3:44 PM

Movie dialogue isn't "real-life" dialogue. I bet you've seldom given an inspirational monologue or a triumphant speech, but those things happen by the dozen in every movie. You know how they say, movies are life without the boring parts cut out? Yeah, that includes %98 percent of the shit we say.


Movie dialogue isn't "real-life" dialogue. I bet you've seldom given an inspirational monologue or a triumphant speech, but those things happen by the dozen in omovie. You know how they say, movies are life without the boring parts cut out? Yeah, that includes %98 percent of the shit we say.

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PD James's 10 tips for writing novels

PD James's 10 tips for writing novels | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Crime author PD James has published more than 20 novels and, at the age of 93, is still writing. She gives her top 10 tips for budding authors.
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Three Tips for Writing Science Fiction - Gossip Kitten

Three Tips for Writing Science Fiction - Gossip Kitten | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
I have been working on Second Class Supers, a novel, with my wife for a year and a half, and the biggest takeaway for me is that creating a compelling science fiction world is difficult.
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Top Ten Tips for Writing as a Duo By Cassandra Clare & Holly Black - authors ... - Sugarscape

Top Ten Tips for Writing as a Duo By Cassandra Clare & Holly Black - authors ... - Sugarscape | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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Your collaborator may want to write in the morning while you're used to staying up all night.
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Multi-Tasking vs. Multi-Focusing—Be Fruitful Not Busy

Multi-Tasking vs. Multi-Focusing—Be Fruitful Not Busy | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
I know people are being polite when they begin messages/conversations with, “Kristen, I know you have been busy but…” Lord, I work hard not to be busy.
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Writing Tips From Ernest & The Hemingway App

Writing Tips From Ernest & The Hemingway App | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Ernest Hemingway shares tips on writing and we wonder what he would have thought of the new Hemingway App?
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How to Intensify Conflict & Deepen Characters—The Wound

How to Intensify Conflict & Deepen Characters—The Wound | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Hmmm, what’s the story behind THIS?
There are all kinds of arguments about which area of craft is the most important for creating great fiction. Plot? Character? Voice? Theme? My opinion. They’re all organs in one body.
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Frenzy - Five Tips for Aspiring Authors on Writing the Last...

Frenzy - Five Tips for Aspiring Authors on Writing the Last... | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Five Tips for Aspiring Authors on Writing the Last Book in a Series:
1. Have a “series bible” to help you keep everything straight. Include any descriptions you gave of your characters and settings,...
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5 Writing Tips: Paul Harding

5 Writing Tips: Paul Harding | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Pay attention: Pulitzer winners don't share their secrets every day. (5 Writing Tips: Paul Harding http://t.co/VoBrORXH4i)
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Professional Authors Need H.E.A.R.T.—What It Takes to Make It In The Digital Age of Publishing

Professional Authors Need H.E.A.R.T.—What It Takes to Make It In The Digital Age of Publishing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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Sorry I’ve been lax about posting. The Attack of The Peanut cascaded into a splendid ER visit and a bad case of Shingles. Nothing to make a gal feel young like a case of Shingles.
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101 Writing Resources That'll Take You from Stuck to Unstoppable

101 Writing Resources That'll Take You from Stuck to Unstoppable | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Every wish writing great content didn't take quite so long? This huge list of resources will help you cut through the toughest of writing problems.
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Jessica Brockmole's Top Five Writing Tips - Novelicious.com | The Women's Fiction Blog for Readers and Writers

Jessica Brockmole's Top Five Writing Tips - Novelicious.com | The Women's Fiction Blog for Readers and Writers | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
1. Practice patience. Between writing, revising, rewriting, and publishing (if you choose to do so), it’s a long process. I...
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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Studies show that note-taking with pen or pencil is critical to processing and representing information, something that students lose when tapping on a keyboard.
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33 Writing Tips, In 140 Characters or Fewer | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

33 Writing Tips, In 140 Characters or Fewer | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Break out of your writing rut with these 33 social media friendly tips!

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