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Focused on Fiction: Five Storytelling Tips

Focused on Fiction: Five Storytelling Tips | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
November -- and with it, NaNoWriMo --- might be drawing to a close, but fiction writers don't stop telling stories just because another page is torn from the calendar. And whatever the season, slap...
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5 tips on writing outside your gender

5 tips on writing outside your gender | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Ok, confession time:I am not a 16 year-old girl.Shocking, I know, but if you look closely, the facial hair is a dead giveaway.
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20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print. (Writing Tips: Top 20 Grammar Mistakes: Are You Guilty?
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The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them)

The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them) | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Writer's Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?
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25 tips to punch up your writing

25 tips to punch up your writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Filled with classic advice and fresh ideas, this list can help even seasoned pros. (RT @MarkRaganCEO: "Can you make your point faster?
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9 Qualities of Good Writing

9 Qualities of Good Writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....

 

Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.

 

Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?

 

Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....


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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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6 Tips to Come Up With Great Ideas for Writing - Helping Writers Become Authors

6 Tips to Come Up With Great Ideas for Writing - Helping Writers Become Authors | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Idea creation may seem a random and even mystical process, but there are simple and practical ways to increase your chances of how to come up with great ideas for writing.
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NaNoWriMo? A novel approach to writing

NaNoWriMo? A novel  approach to writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Month-long challenge aims to help aspiring authors get started

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 18, 2013 7:25 AM
One of the most intimidating objects for many is a blank sheet of paper. What to write about? Where to take a story? How to bring it to life?
Those questions and the blank sheet stop many prospective authors before they begin. And that's where NaNoWriMo comes in.
National Novel Writing Month was established in 1999 and each November challenges participants to write a novel of at least 50,000 words. The non-profit offers free resources, encouragement from published authors, a goal and a deadline, all of which have combined for impressive results over the past 15 years. Last year alone saw 38,438 people complete the challenge, and all-time more than 250 novels that got their start with NaNoWriMo have been released by traditional publishing houses.
 
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40 really awful writing prompts that no writer should use

40 really awful writing prompts that no writer should use | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Writer’s block can be frustrating. When some writers don’t know what to write they turn to writing prompts, little stubs that can be used as a starting point for their own ideas.

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 14, 2013 3:26 AM
 Write a story set on another planet exactly like our own. Call that planet "Earth."Tell the story of a man who must decide whether he wants fries with that.I am thinking of a number between one and ten. What is it?Describe purple from the first person viewpoint of purple.Tell the story of an aardvark that is possessed by the devil.Tell the story of a six-inch ruler that is possessed by the devil.
Sharon Bakar's curator insight, November 15, 2013 6:13 AM

Don't use these writing prompts?!  I just want to prove the writer wrong!!

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Top 10 writing mistakes made.

Top 10 writing mistakes made. | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
I was doing my daily browse through PR journals and websites and came across an interesting read on PR Daily. Top 10 writing mistakes nearly everyone makes. 1. Affect vs. Effect. The easiest way to...

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10 Essential Tips for Writing Antagonists

10 Essential Tips for Writing Antagonists | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
I find that beginner writers have often not thought through the role of the antagonist in their novels. Sometimes they don’t even have an antagonist. This is a problem when you have to write 80 000...
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PD James' top 10 tips for writing a novel - BBC News

PD James' top 10 tips for writing a novel - BBC News | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
BBC News PD James' top 10 tips for writing a novel BBC News You can help people who can write to write more effectively and you can probably teach people a lot of little tips for writing a novel, but I don't think somebody who cannot write and does...
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While You Were Sleeping—The Difference Between Narration & Internal Dialogue

While You Were Sleeping—The Difference Between Narration & Internal Dialogue | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
From the movie “While You Were Sleeping”
Yes, even WANA International is offering a Black Friday special. Cool thing is? No leaving home or getting in a fist-fight…unless you want to. I’ve killed three people this morning (though as writers.
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Writing Combat In Fantasy: Top Ten Tips | Fantasy Faction

Writing Combat In Fantasy: Top Ten Tips | Fantasy Faction | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
10 tips for writing realistic combat scenes in fantasy fiction. Guest blog by Danie Ware. (Guest post by @Danacea on Fantasy-Faction today.
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What Tumblr Taught Me About Writing - Publishers Weekly (blog)

What Tumblr Taught Me About Writing - Publishers Weekly (blog) | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
What Tumblr Taught Me About Writing
Publishers Weekly (blog)
I didn't have to apply to a writing program or have a friend who knew somebody. All I needed to do was make good content.

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Novel Rocket: 5 Novel Crunches For Tightening Your Middle By Rachel Hauck

Novel Rocket: 5 Novel Crunches For Tightening Your Middle By Rachel Hauck | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
RT @NailYourNovel: Tips for tightening your novel's middle @NovelRocket http://t.co/zmQrjPMuKE #writing #authors #writetip
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The tao of novel writing

The tao of novel writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
If you didn't know the world is halfway through National Novel Writing Month. There are over 303,000 novelists registered on the site. The site gives you the ability to connect with other writers a...

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 20, 2013 2:58 AM

If you didn’t know the world is halfway through National Novel Writing Month. There are over 303,000 novelists registered on the site. The site gives you the ability to connect with other writers and get “pep talks,” which I hope would include Brian Cox from “Adaptation” screaming at the top of his lungs to tell you how fucking stupid you are. According to the Wikipage “by 2010 over 200,000 people signed up and 2,872,682,109 words were written.”

It would be easy to deride the project, for the last thing the world needs are more shitty novelists. For asFlannery O’Connor famously quipped, “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.”

I thought of Novel Writing Month the other day when I finished writing my second book. It ended up 45,000-words in length, which was my goal. It is my second finished novel, though I will say this is where the fun begins. I can’t speak for my fellow writers on the NNWM site—and they are all writers in my eyes—but the rewriting process is the easy part, the part where adding and subtracting separates, as it were, the writers from the hacks.

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Creating Memorable Dialogue - The Script Lab

A comprehensive online screenwriting news and educational magazine. (Creating Memorable Dialogue: Script Tips...
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10 Easy Tips to Develop Your Own Writing Style

10 Easy Tips to Develop Your Own Writing Style | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
By Leslie Anglesey Your writing style is something that is uniquely your own. While you can admire another writer's voice, it would be a mistake to try to mimic it.
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13 responses to 'dumbing-down' writing

13 responses to 'dumbing-down' writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
The most common objection my clients make to clear, concise writing is that making stuff easy to understand is dumbing down.
The question fellow writers ask me most often is "how do I persuade my clients being clear and concise isn't dumbing down?

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21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.
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Writing For Adults vs Writing For Kids - Paul Collins talks about making the transition

Writing For Adults vs Writing For Kids - Paul Collins talks about making the transition | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
The key to successful writing is simple: PERSISTENCE. It’s taken 30 years to see my adult horror novel The Beckoning in print. Originally typed on a counter in a St Kilda bookshop, it was typed int...

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, November 13, 2013 5:17 PM

It’s taken 30 years to see my adult horror novel The Beckoning in print. Originally typed on a counter in a St Kilda bookshop, it was typed into a computer in the mid 90s, saved via various storage devices such as 3.5 floppies, CDs, zip drives (remember them?) and finally USB sticks.

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Writing Tips - Instilling Immediacy into your Writing

Writing Tips - Instilling Immediacy into your Writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
When writing your story, you want to grab the reader and suck him/her into your book. You want your reader to experience your book as it's happening. Word by word. Emotion by emotion. Action by action.
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25 tips to punch up your writing

25 tips to punch up your writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Filled with classic advice and fresh ideas, this list can help even seasoned pros.
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