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10 Tips To Write Better, Faster And With Insight

10 Tips To Write Better, Faster And With Insight | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
They call it writer's block for a reason. Don't fall into a rut: start improving your writing today with these practical tips.
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AdviceToWriters - Advice to Writers - Ten Tips to Help Aspiring Writers Stretch Their Fiction

AdviceToWriters - Advice to Writers - Ten Tips to Help Aspiring Writers Stretch Their Fiction | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
I’m asked on occasion what advice I might offer aspiring writers. Here are ten random su...
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The Tips to Maximize Conflict in Your Novel

The Tips to Maximize Conflict in Your Novel | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Whenever I blog about craft, I’m coming from the perspective of a long-time editor. I do understand that the creation process is vastly different from the editing process. I know this because I’ve been on both sides.
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Ten rules for writing fiction

Ten rules for writing fiction | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Get an accountant, abstain from sex and similes, cut, rewrite, then cut and rewrite again – if all else fails, pray. Inspire by Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing, we asked authors for their personal dos and don'ts (Every writer has their methods.
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Monica Rix Paxson's curator insight, January 14, 2014 6:48 PM

More sage and silly advice from writers. These had me giggling, but there’s wisdom here as well.

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How to connect with and convince your readers with "one true sentence" - Hemingway style

How to connect with  and convince your readers with "one true sentence" - Hemingway style | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Want to improve your writing? Want your writing to be more convincing and memorable? We can all learn from Hemingway's One True Sentence style. True - has many meanings - accurate, correct, genuine...
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Top Ten Tips for Writing About Place

Top Ten Tips for Writing About Place | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
by Kerryn Goldsworthy * Remember that ‘place’ is an elastic term: it could mean ‘Australia’ or  ‘Adelaide’ or ‘the Beehive Corner’ or ‘the place I came off my bike when I was ten’. * When describin...
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How To Breathe New Life Into Your Short Stories

How To Breathe New Life Into Your Short Stories | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
By Writer's Relief staff: We’ve all been there: You begin to revise your short story, but the more you rewrite, the more unenthused you feel.
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Writing Tips: Different Perspectives

Writing Tips: Different Perspectives | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
On March 17th post: News: Submissions Closing and Minutes Before Sunset Info one of my followers, rolark, asked “I’m trying out writing from more than one perspective right now (it’s my first time!...

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Donya Lynne-Author's curator insight, January 5, 2014 3:37 PM

Excellent idea for writing exercises to help create the right POV in a story.

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3 Writing Tips You Can Steal From Animators

3 Writing Tips You Can Steal From Animators | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
This guest post is by Doron Meir. Doron is an animation director, writer, designer, illustrator, ...
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The Writer’s Guide to a Meaningful Reference Library

The Writer’s Guide to a Meaningful Reference Library | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Whether you are just now entertaining the idea of writing a book or have been writing for a while, all authors need certain tools if our goal is to publish and make money with our work.
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7 Fun Ways to Keep Your Idea Generation Skills Fresh This Winter

7 Fun Ways to Keep Your Idea Generation Skills Fresh This Winter | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it

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5 Simple Ways to Encourage Young Authors

5 Simple Ways to Encourage Young Authors | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
This week at school our girls are learning the mechanics of proper writing. On the weekends we whisk them away to local coffee shops (with pencil and paper in h (Check out these simple ways to encourage young writers.
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Want More Writing Success? Learn to Be a QUITTER

Want More Writing Success? Learn to Be a QUITTER | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Image vis Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Yuya Sekiguchi.
Ah, the New Year is upon us. Most of our resolutions revolve around grabbing hold with a death-grip and vowing to never let go.
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10 Books to Help You Polish Your English & Writing Skills

10 Books to Help You Polish Your English & Writing Skills | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
10 books that can help to improve English writing skills.
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How to Use Foreshadowing - Helping Writers Become Authors - Writing Rightly

How to Use Foreshadowing - Helping Writers Become Authors - Writing Rightly | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
If we sift foreshadowing down to its simplest form, we could say it prepares readers for what will happen later in the story.

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Penelope's curator insight, January 14, 2014 12:35 AM

 

We hear lots about point of view, plot and climax, but what about foreshadowing? This very important element of a story seems to have been relegated to a back room and stuffed in the closet.

 

In its simplest form? It prepares readers for what will happen in the story. I'm sure you've read books where at the point of a major plot twist, you shake your head and say, huh? We all have. You feel cheated and want to snap that book shut!

 

There are two parts:

 

Part 1: The Plant    (Blantant or Subtle Hints)

Part 2: The Payoff (Important Scenes Play Out)

 

Foreshadowing can ease readers into what is going to happen. Sneak it in like pureed veggies, but don't hit readers over the head with it. This way, when you execute your plot twist, your readers will be delighted--not disgusted.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2013/04/how-to-use-foreshadowing.html

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10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly

10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
In my nearly 30 years at universities, I have seen a lot of very talented people fail because they couldn't, or didn't, write. (10 tips on scholarly nonfiction writing that might help people write less badly.
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Editing Tips I Learned the Hard Way

Editing Tips I Learned the Hard Way | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
My writing goals this year include quite a bit of editing, since I have several novels and short stories written but not yet ready for query or publication. Having wrestled with manuscripts in the ...
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You Know You’re a Writer When…

You Know You’re a Writer When… | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
The Spawn and his minion Lazr Cat.
We’ve been talking about some heavy stuff the past several posts, so I figured it was time for a bit of levity. We writers are different *eye twitches* for sure, but the world would be SO boring without us.
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Lisa Dickenson’s Top Five Writing Tips - Novelicious.com | The Women's Fiction Blog for Readers and Writers

Lisa Dickenson’s Top Five Writing Tips - Novelicious.com | The Women's Fiction Blog for Readers and Writers | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
1. Go somewhere without the internet! Research facts and figures can be filled in later, but the temptation to check...
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How To Build A Fictional World That’s ‘Real’

How To Build A Fictional World That’s ‘Real’ | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
The home of writing award ideas and practical advice for story contest success. (How do you build an entirely fictional world that's believable?
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Sylvia Guinan's curator insight, January 20, 2014 2:10 AM

Making learning a reality through imagination.

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13 Writing Tips

13 Writing Tips | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Photo by John Gress by Chuck Palahniuk (RT @Ara_Sarafian: 13 Writing Tips by Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club): http://t.co/SpXQLYwnjh #writingtips)...
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How to Edit Your Own Work - Top Tips for Indie Authors on a Budget | Self-Publishing Advice

How to Edit Your Own Work - Top Tips for Indie Authors on a Budget | Self-Publishing Advice | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Writing coach and indie writer Derbhile Graham shares practical tips to help you make your self-published book the best it can be, even on the tightest budget.
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12 Historical Speeches Nobody Ever Heard

12 Historical Speeches Nobody Ever Heard | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
For every speech, there are a bunch of versions that ended up on the writers' room floor. Here are 12 speeches that were written but, for a variety of reasons, never delivered.
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Adam Selzer.com: YA Stuff to Avoid From Now On

Adam Selzer.com: YA Stuff to Avoid From Now On | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Check out author @adamselzer's invaluable, snarky tips on what to avoid when writing YA fiction: http://t.co/evsc7mI522 via @simplebookworm
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