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The Best Writing Tips From William Faulkner

The Best Writing Tips From William Faulkner | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize-winning author of "The Sound and the Fury," "As I Lay Dying," and "Light in August," was thankfully outspoken regarding the do's and don'ts of his craft.
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Five Things: On Writing Historical Fiction | Scottish Book Trust

Five Things: On Writing Historical Fiction | Scottish Book Trust | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Wise words from the author of Booker-longlisted historical novel Unexploded (How to write a great historical novel.
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10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly

10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly | Literary 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.
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5 Cool Places to Find Writing Inspiration Online | My Literary Quest

5 Cool Places to Find Writing Inspiration Online | My Literary Quest | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
This last week I finally finished the second draft of my book and am now taking a much needed break away from that story. After a few weeks I'll have the perspective I need to be able to edit and revise.
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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:51 PM

Some very nice links to prompt generators to get your writing practice kick-started!

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No Plot? No Problem!: How to Schedule Time for Writing

No Plot? No Problem!: How to Schedule Time for Writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
No Plot? No Problem!: How to Schedule Time for Writing (Wondering if you'll have the time to write a novel this year?
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Free Thriller Novel Writing Tips

Free Thriller Novel Writing Tips | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

Thrillers are a genre that many people can't get enough of. Building tension and keeping people turning pages are essential for successfully crafting these types of stories. As with any specific type of writing, even those with a natural talent will need some pointers. While "thriller" is not, strictly speaking, a format, a few tips can go a long way in giving your audience -- and your editor -- what they are looking for in your writing.

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Becoming Frankenstein: Writing Tips and Tricks

Becoming Frankenstein: Writing Tips and Tricks | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
A week ago, I was giving you some tips on how to build an ideal reader. This was not a lesson in how to be Frankenstein and build a creature from the ground up who would read your stuff – well, not...
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The Wardrobe Door: 5 writing tips from C.S. Lewis

The Wardrobe Door: 5 writing tips from C.S. Lewis | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
5 tips on writing from C.S. Lewis: 4. Describe instead of tell. http://t.co/yfdksEWOun
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7 Things Editors at Children's Book Publishers Wish Writers Knew | Write4Kids!

7 Things Editors at Children's Book Publishers Wish Writers Knew | Write4Kids! | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Here are seven things that, I'm willing to bet, editors at children's book publishers would wish more writers knew: (7 Things Editors at Children’s Book Publishers Wish Writers Knew
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5 Tips on How to Work with an Editor

You’ve retained an editor’s services and have received the edited version of your manuscript or article, or you are reviewing the work of a staff or freelance editor working for a publication you have submitted your content to.
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Fifteen successful authors share their best writing tips

Fifteen successful authors share their best writing tips | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
As the Morgan Library mounts a new literary display, we ask established writers to dispense wisdom to their aspiring counterparts. (RT @BoobsRadley: Some great advice from some cool people, and also some from me.
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The Art of Non-Conformity » Good Writing Tips

The Art of Non-Conformity » Good Writing Tips | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
AONC Archives: Good Writing Tips -- http://t.co/wMfVBpduiU
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The Rise of Individuality—What This Means for Publishing & Authors

The Rise of Individuality—What This Means for Publishing & Authors | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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We’re now into the Digital Age, and the ramifications of a connected world are still being revealed daily. But, there’s one trend I’d be hard-pressed to argue with.
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3 Tips for Writing Heavy Emotional Scenes | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

3 Tips for Writing Heavy Emotional Scenes | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I tweeted a link to a great post by Sally Apokedak about not cheating the reader by skipping emotional scenes. Some writers struggle with heavy scenes. They’re uncomfortable with “invading” the privacy of their characters.
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Why You Should Be Writing Flash Fiction

Why You Should Be Writing Flash Fiction | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
1. Flash fiction is a quick and simple way to practice writing. You don't get bogged down in plotting, or the intricacies of character development and world-building. You can focus on one area in w...

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Sharon Bakar's comment, September 23, 2013 4:14 AM
There are some very nice writing prompts on this site too.
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Advice for Students: 10 Steps Toward Better Writing

Advice for Students: 10 Steps Toward Better Writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Writing well is easily one of the most sought-after and useful skills in the business world. Ironically, it is one of the rarest and most undervalued skill (These 10 writing tips for students will help you now and always.
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31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing

31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. Sometimes inspiration can come from unlikely sources ... (need some inspiration?
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:20 PM

Good list of jumping off points.

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How Sick is Your Novel—Can It Be Saved?

How Sick is Your Novel—Can It Be Saved? | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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Many writers struggle. We hate our beginnings, revisions are a nightmare and endings can fizzle. We work, rework, cry, try again and still don’t nail it.
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How Many Licks, um Books, Does It Take to Get to the Top of the Best-Seller List?

How Many Licks, um Books, Does It Take to Get to the Top of the Best-Seller List? | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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Most of us, especially when we’re new, want our first short story to be a major contest winner or our first novel to be a runaway success. That’s natural. Of course, this is not reality for us mere mortals.
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Writing Powerful Sentences

Writing Powerful Sentences | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
On my writing journey, I spent a lot of time studying the big-picture concepts of writing, suchas story arcs, conflict and character, but then I began to notice some smaller scale aspects. A phrase...

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, September 2, 2013 7:17 AM

The Five Senses

The authors didn’t just use the senses. They bathed the words in sight or touch or taste (often using more than one sense at a time) until I could smell the burning gasoline or feel the dried leaves crumble between my own fingers.

“There was a sizzle and steam and a sound like a thousand muskets firing. Then the sheets of ore began to fall.”

-          Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks

Emotion

The phrases usually occurred in the context of an emotional scene, but then a few well chosen words would zing the emotion all the way home.

“I had only human comparisons for such a look. Caesar and Brutus. Jesus and Judas.”

-          The Host, Stephenie Meyer

Metaphorical Language

The authors utilized metaphors or similes, fresh images that made general ideas tangible and ordinary actions captivating.

“The prayer seemed to find shelter in the morning breeze, as though chanted by the leaves overhead.”

-          Book of Dreams, Davis Bunn

 Rhythm

Repetition of a word or a sentence structure gave the writing rhythm, almost like poetry.

“Each question would lead to another and another until there was only a man and a woman in a garden and a forbidden tree.”

-          At the Scent of Water, Linda Nichols

Forceful, Visceral Words

Even removed from their scenes and sentences, the words were strong, capable of evoking a reaction. I noticed that the writers often used words related to the body (bone, blood, flesh) or to a threat (thunder, electric, knifed). Even when the words were used in a different context (neither related to a human body or a physical threat), they still carried the weight of those associations.

“Her voice was a whip-crack in the silent arena.”

-          Taliesin, Stephen Lawhead

Unique

The text twisted the normal way of saying things. The writers clearly dug deep, looking for an original and unexpected way to convey their scene, and the words they found were guaranteed to catch the reader’s attention.

“She had skin the shade of bootleg coffee, and crossing her back were the memories of lashed scars.”

-          Harvesting the Heart, Jodi Piccoult

Once I pinned down what gave these memorable sentences their power, it was that much easier to write a few of my own. What about you? Have you found other traits that make a sentence or phrase sing to you?

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Writing 101

Writing 101 | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Pens, pencils and keyboards ready! We've compiled some of the best resources to make the ideas of young writers flow.
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17 Famous Quotes On Writing That Every Wannabe Author Should Memorize

17 Famous Quotes On Writing That Every Wannabe Author Should Memorize | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
17 quotes from famous authors about how to write well, including how to start a story, choose the right words, and edit it.
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10 Rules for Writing First Drafts [Poster]

10 Rules for Writing First Drafts [Poster] | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Forgive me, but I am here to destroy your insecurities. Your excuses. The lie that suggests your first draft must be perfect. The illusion that great copy i
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Tips to Make Us Stronger Authors—Both Fiction & Non-Fiction

Tips to Make Us Stronger Authors—Both Fiction & Non-Fiction | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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For those confused, WordPress has been possessed this week and for some reason published some notes I’d saved in a DRAFT. Sorry for the confusion.
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Indie Block Party: Writing Tips

Writing definitely become easier the more you do it. My number one tip would therefore be to keep writing and practising as much as you can. This doesn't need to be full-length novels. I personally...
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