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The Real Life World of a Freelance Writer, and Tips To Keep You Sane

The Real Life World of a Freelance Writer, and Tips To Keep You Sane | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
There are no short cuts to success in freelance writing, but there are things you can do to make your journey easier. Check out these suggestions.

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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, August 18, 2013 3:33 AM

Super encouraging article from a fomer teacher turned writer who is now teaching us how to freelance write! 

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5 Failproof Tips For Writing Wicked Good Prose

5 Failproof Tips For Writing Wicked Good Prose | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
"One pearl is better than a whole necklace of potatoes," the French mime Etienne Decroux used to remind his students. His dictum works equally well for students of writing. Each word we choose is--or should be--a pearl.
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5 Appositive Phrases with Punctuation Problems

An appositive is a noun or a noun phrase that appears in proximity to another noun or noun phrase to define or modify it.
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The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them)

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

The best fiction writers write like they’re in love—and edit like they’re in charge.

 

First drafting should be a wild and wonderful ride, full of discovery, dreams and promises. But at some point you have to settle down and make the book really work. You need to approach your manuscript with sober objectivity and knowledge of the craft.

 

Having reviewed hundreds of manuscripts over the years, I’ve identified the five mistakes that most regularly turn up. Start your revision by addressing these, and you’ll immediately change your story for the better.


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Dana Michelle Burnett's curator insight, August 15, 2013 10:19 AM

Are you guilty of any of these mistakes?

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John Steinbeck's Six Tips for Aspiring Writers

John Steinbeck's Six Tips for Aspiring Writers | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised. 2. Write fre...
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How Do You Build A Strong Character In Your Writing?

How Do You Build A Strong Character In Your Writing? | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

What’s the most important element in a piece of writing? Is it the plot, the characters, descriptions, dialogue, or the style?

 

Obviously, you can’t single out only one. A powerful work succeeds in combining all of them in a unique mix producing a master creation.

 

Having said that, you’re probably better at one writing element over the rest and working on your strengths will work to your advantage. Building characters, though, is crucial and can be fatal to your writing. It’s not to be neglected under any circumstance.


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What “Finding Nemo” Can Teach Us About Story Tension

What “Finding Nemo” Can Teach Us About Story Tension | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Image via Pixar’s movie “Finding Nemo”
Storytelling is in our blood, it binds us together as humans. On some intuitive level, everyone understands narrative structure, even little kids. All good stories have a clear beginning, middle and end.
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7 Tips For Finishing The First Draft

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by Erika Marks First draft. Talk about two words that manage to strike both excitement and fear in the hearts of all of us who write, yes? After having published three books and now deep in the mid...
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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. He/she might exist -- but is reading someone else." In a recent tweeting spree ("Read, observe, listen intensely!
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8 Simple Ways to Defrost Your Writing & Improve Its Clarity

8 Simple Ways to Defrost Your Writing & Improve Its Clarity | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Learn how to clear the fog from your writing and improve its clarity!
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All Killer, No Filler: 6 Simple Tips for Concise Writing

All Killer, No Filler: 6 Simple Tips for Concise Writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Brevity is the whatsit of thing. You know the one I mean. Wit. Source. Other way around. And conciseness, well, it's similar only more important. Conciseness is a skill that not enough bloggers tak...
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Writing Ergonomics: Top Tips for Proper Posture, Alignment, and Movement

Writing Ergonomics: Top Tips for Proper Posture, Alignment, and Movement | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Freelance writers and all who work on computers: read these ergonomics tips for proper body posture/position, alignment, and movement.
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7 Tips to Encourage Reluctant High School Writers

How to help teenagers who struggle with writing (#Tips to encourage reluctant high school writers.
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Show Some Character! -- Six tips for using backstory to create compelling characters

This is an article from the Show Some Character! blog, wherein I discuss everything relating to developing and showing interesting, believable, multi-dimensional characters in fiction.
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25 Apps for Learners with Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties

25 Apps for Learners with Dysgraphia & Writing Difficulties | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Apps can help students and adults who have learning disabilities like dysgraphia or dyslexia with their written expression. These are LD-friendly.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, August 18, 2013 12:20 PM

Darla Hatton and her daughter,  Kaila (who is dyslexic) personally researched and/or tested these 25 mobile apps in December 2012 on the iPhone and iPad. They note: "New editions may change the nature of an app, making it less LD-friendly. “New” may not mean “better” for you.. They can make the writing process a bit easier and even fun! Not every app will be a “perfect fit” for everyone who has LD, but with a little testing, you can figure out which one works best for your child or teen’s individual needs."

Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:29 PM

Solid advice for those who struggle with disabilties that affect reading and writing.

DeDe Ross's curator insight, October 4, 2013 6:28 PM

For Title I schools, iPad apps offer an engagingly new way for struggling readers to practice skills. 

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5 Tips For Productively Editing and Revising Your Writing « Life of E's

5 Tips For Productively Editing and Revising Your Writing « Life of E's | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Learn 5 ways to help you be productive when editing and revising your writing (RT @megginmcintosh: 5 Tips For Productively Editing and Revising Your Writing http://t.co/4eqjigAFPB #NAIWE)...
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Dialogue: Make Each Character Unique

Dialogue: Make Each Character Unique | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Each character's voice should be unique. Nail the basics and then infuse the dialogue with attitude and voice.
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The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers

The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
What to develop better daily routines? Read this article to discover the daily habits of famous writers and how you can use their strategies.
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Grammar Girl : Writing for Dyslexic Readers :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Grammar Girl : Writing for Dyslexic Readers :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™ | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Tricks to make make your writing more accessible to people with dyslexia and visual impairments.
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Jennifer Bosworth | Author » Wallflower No More – An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Conferences

Jennifer Bosworth | Author » Wallflower No More – An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Conferences | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Great tips for SCBWI LA! RT @JennBosworth Wallflower No More – An Introvert’s Guide to Writing Conferences - http://t.co/ZlY8rKTitN
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Twenty five tips for handling multiple writing projects

Twenty five tips for handling multiple writing projects | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
The normal advice to all writers is to keep yourself to one project at a time, it’s all too easy to set yourself fifteen goals at once and then fail at each and every one of them. It’s also easy to...
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Confessions Of An Author: Starting A New Novel: Story-writing Tips from Kurt Vonnegut

Confessions Of An Author: Starting A New Novel: Story-writing Tips from Kurt Vonnegut | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Starting a new novel, story-writing tips from Kurt Vonnegut http://t.co/uOMfJ8mo4N #amwriting #writing
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Write a Villain | How to Write a Novel | Writing Novels | WritingNovelsThatSell.com

Write a Villain | How to Write a Novel | Writing Novels | WritingNovelsThatSell.com | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Villains are some of the most memorable characters in fiction. Here are 10 tips that make bad guys interesting to write -- and memorable to read.
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Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips - Once Upon A Sketch

Joss Whedon’s Top 10 Writing Tips - Once Upon A Sketch | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Joss Whedon is most famous for creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, its spin-off Angel and the short-lived but much-loved Firefly series.
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Camp Pep: Writing Like a Monkey In a Box

Camp Pep: Writing Like a Monkey In a Box | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Camp Pep: Writing Like a Monkey In a Box ("But I’m stuck!" you say. “My outline is trashed! The characters are off the rails!" Hark!
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