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50 Plain-Language Substitutions for Wordy Phrases

The following phrases need not be summarily replaced by more concise alternatives, but consider making the switch, especially when you find yourself using various wordy phrases frequently in the same text.
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This Month, We Write IN HELL—To NaNo or Not to NaNo

This Month, We Write IN HELL—To NaNo or Not to NaNo | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
NaNoWriMo. There are a lot of opinions floating around about NaNo and I can’t tell you guys what to do. Wait, I do that all the time. Hmmm.
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5 Writing Tips by Jane Smiley, award-winning novelist

5 Writing Tips by Jane Smiley, award-winning novelist | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Writing tips from a Pulitzer winner.
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Three Steps to Start a Daily Writing Habit

Three Steps to Start a Daily Writing Habit | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
It’s one thing to call yourself a writer; it’s quite another to actually write. So what separates the pros from the amateurs? Is it God-given talent? Natural skill? Or something else?

Of course,...
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The First & Most Crucial Step to OWNING NaNoWriMo

The First & Most Crucial Step to OWNING NaNoWriMo | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
No Spawn left behind!
I love all of you, so it might be best to hear this from me. Sit down. We need to talk. Writers are….”different.” This might not be news to some of you, but I imagine others of you are in denial.
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Ramblings of a Frustrated Crime Writer: Tips for writing a successful novella

Ramblings of a Frustrated Crime Writer: Tips for writing a successful novella | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
How to write a successful novella http://t.co/DoAhUNHcwQ
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10 Rules of Writing | Literary Rejections

10 Rules of Writing | Literary Rejections | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
» 10 Rules of Writing | Official Website (RT @Ginsterbabe: #amwriting #keepwriting RT @LitRejections 100 Writing Tips from 10 Famous Authors | http://t.co/95cwzgUM0n … | #writetips)...
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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
Image via Marie Loughin WANA Commons
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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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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8 Tips for Writing Like You Mean It

8 Tips for Writing Like You Mean It | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Working on your writing chops? Here are some points that are relevant to anyone running their own blog or writing for their job.
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4 Tips to Writing a Novel Without an Outline

4 Tips to Writing a Novel Without an Outline | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
RT @NinaAmir: 4 Tips to Writing a Novel Without an Outline http://t.co/0NGa989IQg via @NikkiWoods
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Romance Under the Moonlight: Writing Tips: Crafting Characters

Romance Under the Moonlight: Writing Tips: Crafting Characters | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Writing Tips: Crafting Characters http://t.co/CmnZdu87aI via @StephBurkhart
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Stephen Kings Top Five Secrets for Better Writing | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing

Stephen Kings Top Five Secrets for Better Writing | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Stephen Kings Top Five Secrets for Better Writing http://t.co/1dMMdnqJ8a via @Wiseink #writetip
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5 Writing Tips from Tana French

5 Writing Tips from Tana French | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
The author of the soon-to-be-bestseller Broken Harbor tells us her secrets, including killing that dream sequence.
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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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