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Sixty second writing tips: pushing the NaNo edges

Sixty second writing tips: pushing the NaNo edges | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
One of the main tenets of National November Writing Month - NaNoWriMo - is that it’s words-to-target. It’s there to push writers into producing. Even the organisers admit, what follows won’t necess...
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Creating a Protagonist Readers Will LOVE

Creating a Protagonist Readers Will LOVE | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Bridgette Jones Diary
I assume that most of you reading this aspire to be great novelists, even those who are preparing to take the NaNoWriMo Challenge in November. Novels are only one form of writing and, truth be told, they aren’t for everyone.
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Nora Ephron on writing: 7 tips

Nora Ephron on writing: 7 tips | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Before she wrote Silkwood, before she fictionalized her divorce from Carl Bernstein in the novel Heartburn, before she felt bad about her neck or put Sally with (One of my favourite writers known RT @goody2prod Nora Ephron on writing: 7 tips
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Fueling the Muse for NaNoWriMo—Part One

Fueling the Muse for NaNoWriMo—Part One | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Yesterday, we talked about fueling the muse to go the distance. For the professional writer, every month is NaNoWriMo, so there is NO BETTER indoctrination into this business.
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5 Tips For Getting Over the Fear of Sharing Your Writing With Others « Life of E's

5 Tips For Getting Over the Fear of Sharing Your Writing With Others  « Life of E's | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Sharing your writing with others can be scary. Here are some tips to help you get over that fear.
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4 Tips to Solve 99% of Your Writing Problems — Guest: Janice Hardy | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

4 Tips to Solve 99% of Your Writing Problems — Guest: Janice Hardy | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it

"I’m a huge believer that mastering point of view (POV) will solve 99% of common writing problems. If a writer understands POV, then showing comes naturally, description is easier to write, character goals are clear, the stakesare personal, and thus stories feel more organic."


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 16, 2013 4:55 PM

Good insights on how POV impacts your writing.

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8 Tips For Creating Great Stories From George RR Martin, Junot Diaz, And Other ... - Co.Create

8 Tips For Creating Great Stories From George RR Martin, Junot Diaz, And Other ... - Co.Create | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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20 Tips on Writing from Famous Authors | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing

20 Tips on Writing from Famous Authors | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
RT @darairene: 20 Tips on Writing from Famous Authors http://t.co/TWr9S1RYAZ
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A Simple Formula for Writing Kick-Ass Titles

A Simple Formula for Writing Kick-Ass Titles | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Look, I said ass.
And in a minute, you'll know why. One of the most common questions we get is around crafting titles. In fact, we got one in this blog post's comments section ... hence me writing this here post.

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4 Tips to Avoid Writing a Derivative Screenplay

4 Tips to Avoid Writing a Derivative Screenplay | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Exciting and original ideas are among the most elusive commodities in the film industry.
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“Write What You Know”—Paying Attention to the Character Journey

“Write What You Know”—Paying Attention to the Character Journey | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Okay, yesterday I shared the tragic story of my father’s passing to give to an idea of what it means to “Write what you ‘know’” and today we’ll continue, but it’ll be a bit different. We’re going to talk about character change.
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8 Writing Tips From Screenwriting Masters Larry Gross, Naomi Foner, Henry Bean and Andrea Arnold

8 Writing Tips From Screenwriting Masters Larry Gross, Naomi Foner, Henry Bean and Andrea Arnold | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Veteran award-winning screenwriters Henry Bean ("The Believer"), Larry Gross ("We Don't Live Here Anymore") and Naomi Foner ("Very Good Girls") talked about their craft and tricks of the trade, along with Filmmaker in Residence Andrea Arnold...
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Travel Writing Tips From Don George

Travel Writing Tips From Don George | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
I asked veteran travel writer and editor Don George if he had any advice about how emerging storytellers can make their mark on the travel writing scene. Here's what he had to say.
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How to Use Evernote for NaNoWriMo, An Evernote Employee Shares His Tips

How to Use Evernote for NaNoWriMo, An Evernote Employee Shares His Tips | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Name: Mel Walker Profession: Software Engineer at Evernote Hobby: Writing Location: Pleasanton, CA Bio Mel Walker is a software engineer on the Evernote Mac team.
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Ramblings of a Frustrated Crime Writer: Tips for writing a successful novella

Ramblings of a Frustrated Crime Writer: Tips for writing a successful novella | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
RT @jenthom72: Tips to writing a successful novella http://t.co/Dlnh0CeYMV
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Fueling the Muse Part 2—How to Give Your NaNo Story a Beating Heart and a Skeleton

Fueling the Muse Part 2—How to Give Your NaNo Story a Beating Heart and a Skeleton | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Image via Flikr Creative Commons. Bansky’s “Peaceful Hearts Doctor” courtesy of Eva Blue.
All right. We’re discussing ways to fuel the muse before NaNo.
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Preparing for NaNoWriMo & Feeding the Muse to Go the Distance

Preparing for NaNoWriMo & Feeding the Muse to Go the Distance | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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All right, new flash. Writers are different *head twitches*. This might not be news to any of you, but I imagine some of you are in denial. I know I was for ages.
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Tom Clancy's 5 Big Rules For Writing And Life - Fast Company

Tom Clancy's 5 Big Rules For Writing And Life - Fast Company | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Fast Company Tom Clancy's 5 Big Rules For Writing And Life Fast Company Although he didn't set down a list of writing tips for posterity--or at least, if he did, it's still stealthily unrevealed--through interviews and lectures, Clancy offered...
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Mindmapping Your Novel Can Help With Writing Scenes

Mindmapping Your Novel Can Help With Writing Scenes | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Writing the first draft of a novel involves a lot of idea generation and writing the bare bones of the story, as well as putting the overall

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Five Ways to Build the Writing Habit | Write to Done

Five Ways to Build the Writing Habit | Write to Done | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
TweetEmail TweetEmail A guest post by Ali Hale Whether you’re just starting out with writing, or whether you’re a seasoned pro picking up your pen again after a dry spell, you might have discovered just how daunting that blank page can be.
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10 Words to Cut From Your Writing

10 Words to Cut From Your Writing | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Want to improve your printed and online content? Chop these words -- mercilessly. (10 Words to Cut From Your Writing - Want to improve your printed and online content? Chop these words -- merciless...

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NaNoWriMo—Training Lean, Mean, Writing Machines

NaNoWriMo—Training Lean, Mean, Writing Machines | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Yesterday Jami posted about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and I really hope you guys take her class because she is truly a gifted teacher. Today, I want to talk a little bit about what writers (especially new writers) can gain from NaNo.
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Writing As A Meditation Practice

Writing As A Meditation Practice | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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Are you a meditation practitioner or do you find meditation practice to be a challenge?  Either way, writing can be used as a way to bridge your active mind with the meditative mind.  And as little as 10 minutes each day reaps great rewards.  This blog tells you how:

 

(1) Sit in stillness for 5-15 minutes or begin by taking a minimum of 21 consecutive breaths.  This sets the "intention to cultivate an atmosphere of warmth and openness toward yourself and your experience."

(2) Set a timer and free write for 10 minutes.  Just write what immediately comes to mind without conscious thinking.  (Right now...) Suspend impusles to stop, contemplate, edit or analyze.

(3) When the timer goes off, pause; take a breath or two and read what you wrote aloud to yourself.  Give yourself permission to listen deeply to yourself.

(4) Underline or highlight any words or phrases that resonate.  These fragments can be used now or for other timed writing sessions.

(5) At the conclusion of the session, intend that "whatever insight you gained produce positive effects for yourself and all beings touched by you."

 

This practice can be done anywhere, at any time in virtually any location.  The practice creates the "conditions where insights can arise as you uncover hidden obstacles and unwind your judging mind into greater warmth, spaciousness and acceptance of of all."

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Writing Tips for Creating a Complex Villain

Writing Tips for Creating a Complex Villain | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
Today's writing tips offer ideas and inspiration to help you create a villain for your fiction project.
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How to Make Sure Your NaNo Project Isn’t a Hot Mess

How to Make Sure Your NaNo Project Isn’t a Hot Mess | Literary Productivity | Scoop.it
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I LOVE NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which is November).
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