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How To Avoid A Black Hole: What Authors Should Include In Social Media Profiles

How To Avoid A Black Hole: What Authors Should Include In Social Media Profiles | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
If you were hoping for a scene from Star Trek, I’m sorry to disappoint.  I’m actually talking about black holes in your internet presence.  Dictionary.com defines a black hole as:  “Any place regar...
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Dancing Out of Tune: Writing Scenes Out of Sequence to Enliven—and Maybe Even Finish—Your Novel

Dancing Out of Tune: Writing Scenes Out of Sequence to Enliven—and Maybe Even Finish—Your Novel | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

“I could never write the way you do.” I hear this. And— “How do you ever make sense of your story?” I used to feel ashamed when asked that. As a scene writer I’ve never taken a linear approach to my projects. I am middle, forward, back, and between when it comes to writing and I’ve learned to be unapologetic—because in analyzing this method I’ve come to understand why it works for me—and why it might work for you too.


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Garry Rogers's curator insight, August 29, 2013 7:10 PM

Perhaps creativity is exhausted by a scene and is renewed by a switch.

Penelope's comment, August 29, 2013 11:45 PM
I might need to try this one! :)
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The Writing Process – Step by Step

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Among the writing steps–pre-writing, writing, revise, rewrite, proofread, & publish–which step you like/dislike?

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Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

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Katie Frank's curator insight, August 25, 2013 11:01 AM

Though he wrote this a few years ago, it all still holds true for developing strong writing focus. Great advice!

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Technology to support creative writing

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education, learning & technology

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Don't Ask What I'm Writing

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No stage of the writing process — not the editor’s first response to the manuscript, not the review gauntlet — is as fraught for writers as those first few months of uncertainty: that miserable time when we think, believe, know with absolute assurance that we’ve found the key to the novel in our heads, though maybe, probably, definitely not.

 

Want to lose a friend who’s a writer? Ask her, a month in, how it’s going.


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9 Steps to Writing a Science-Fiction Novel

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Writing a science-fiction novel isn’t all rockets and robots—it’s a brainy labor of love, and it takes a good deal of time and attention to detail to get it right. Here’s how to emerge from the process still standing.


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Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it’s always important to keep reading and writing. We only get better by DOING.
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Are You a “Real” Writer? Is This Even the Correct Question?

Are You a “Real” Writer? Is This Even the Correct Question? | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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When we begin this dream of writing, there are a number of hurdles we must pass if we hope to become successful. Some of those obstacles are on the outside, yet many are internal battles.
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42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists

42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

The more I explore fiction writing, the more complex and multi-layered it becomes. Through the processes of brainstorming, outlining, researching, writing, and revising, I have discovered countless details that authors have to consider as they set out to produce a viable work of fiction.


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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, August 22, 2013 2:07 AM

42 tips might seem like overkill but these are pretty solid - and are useful even if you aren't writing on a novel.

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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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Seven Counterintuitive Ways to Be Insanely Productive

Seven Counterintuitive Ways to Be Insanely Productive | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
If you’re a misfit like me, the typical productivity advice just hasn’t worked for you. You know what I’m talking about, the standard narrative of: Create one inbox for processing everything. Batch all like tasks together.
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When Is It Time to Start Building an Author Platform?

When Is It Time to Start Building an Author Platform? | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Original image via Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of FEMA I spoke on Saturday here in Florida for the STAR folk in Melbourne, and I had a new writer comment that she couldn’t start building her platform because she had no finished books and nothing...
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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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The Problem with Writing About People You Know, and 3 Ways to Solve It

The Problem with Writing About People You Know, and 3 Ways to Solve It | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

You’re a writer, and you’re also a person who has some family, friends and acquaintances, which means you’ll almost certainly have to reconcile a basic conflict eventually: Writing about the people you know without ticking them off.


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What is Writing “Voice”

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Voice blooms from the heart.
All agents want one and all writers want to know what the heck it is.
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The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues

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To prologue or not to prologue? That is the question. The problem with the prologue is it has kind of gotten a bad rap over the years, especially with agents.
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Show, Don’t Tell—Using Setting to Deepen Your Characters

Show, Don’t Tell—Using Setting to Deepen Your Characters | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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Social media is an amazing tool, and it is a wonderful time to be a writer, but, I am going to point out the pink elephant in the room. We still have to write a darn good book.
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Elmore Leonard: 10 Rules for Good Wriitng

Elmore Leonard: 10 Tricks to Good Writing (RIP the brilliant Elmore Leonard. For the writers amongst you, here are his Top Ten Writing Tips.
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10 Tips For Writing Endings To Your Story

10 Tips For Writing Endings To Your Story | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
1. Always keep in mind what is expected in the genre you’re writing. If you’re writing a category romance, then the hero and heroine must unite at the end. If you’re writing a mystery, you must sol...
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Penelope's curator insight, August 23, 2013 4:07 PM

 

Writing endings for our stories could be the easiest thing in the world or the hardest. The best way to begin is to ponder on what kind of ending is expected for the genre in which you are writing. If you are writing a category romance, readers are going to expect the love interests to finally get together and have a happy ending. There have been exceptions (Romeo and Juliet or Love Story). If you are a reader anticipating a romantic story and happy ending, do you want to read a tragic ending? I don't.

 

The 10 tips presented should give you a great beginning to write your own ending. Check out the article for all the details.

 

1. Always keep in mind what is EXPECTED in the genre.

2. Avoid the dreaded DEUX EX MACHINE (gods taking care of it).

3. Think APPROPRIATE ending rather than satisfying ending.
4. NO MISERABLE ENDINGS for characters to no real purpose
5. Struggling? Compose an EVENT. Bring most characters together
6. REALLY struggling—go back to the BEGINNING.
7. When the story is over—STOP.
8. BEWARE of TOO MUCH BUILD UP with too quick a resolution.
9. No need to tie up every little plot string, but TIE UP MOST of them
10. EPILOGS: I kind of like them (peek into the future)

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://debravega.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/10-tips-for-writing-endings-to-your-story/

 

 

 

Kimberley Vico's curator insight, August 24, 2013 12:40 AM

Like a strong beginning, you ought to have a good ending ~ in any story!  Give it a try...!

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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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