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7 Craft Lessons Every Writer Must Learn

7 Craft Lessons Every Writer Must Learn | Litteris | Scoop.it

1. Make Setting Do More Than Describe a Place

 

If you've ever gotten bored while reading, the parts that you skimmed were probably descriptions of places. It's not enough, as a writer, to use description to show what a place looks like. Try to convey the narrator's or character's attitude toward the thing you are describing.


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Reading and Writing in Digital Contexts. Leitura e produção textual em contextos digitais
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Brasil Fantástico - Lendas de um país sobrenatural

As criaturas da mitologia brasileira saem das histórias contadas de geração em geração para serem redescobertas na coletânea Brasil Fantástico – Lendas de um país sobrenatural. Desde os tempos d

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Transcript of "Metaphorically speaking"

Transcript of "Metaphorically speaking" | Litteris | Scoop.it
TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Aphorism enthusiast and author James Geary waxes on a fascinating fixture of human language: the metaphor. Friend of scribes from Aristotle to Elvis, metaphor can subtly influence the decisions we make, Geary says.

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Pessoas que leem livros todos os dias vivem mais | 

Pessoas que leem livros todos os dias vivem mais |  | Litteris | Scoop.it
A leitura pode acrescentar quase dois anos à sua expectativa de vida
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How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0

How to Self-Publish a Bestseller: Publishing 3.0 | Litteris | Scoop.it

"I strongly believe everyone reading this blog has the content inside of them to write a book. If you want to stand out in a world of content, you need to underline your expertise. Publishing a book is not just putting your thoughts on a blog post. It’s an event. It shows your best curated thoughts and it shows customers, clients, investors, friends and lovers what the most important things on your mind are right now.

Unfortunately, most people suck at it. I’ve largely sucked at it. I’ve published 11 books — five with traditional publishers and six that are self-published.

I’ve written before about publishing and self-publishing. But mostly it’s been how I lost money on every book I’ve written. This is the first time I can say I’ve published a good selling book and here is what I did.

 

The distinction now is no longer between “traditional publishing” versus “self-publishing.” The distinction now is between professional versus unprofessional publishing. My first 10 books were done unprofessionally. Even the ones with the big publishing houses. They will probably hate me now. I hope not. I really like the people I worked with at these publishers.


I hope that everyone self-publishes. The benefits are enormous:"


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Penelope's curator insight, August 11, 1:56 PM
James Altucher's advice is always chock-full of yummy little morsels to tuck away for future use. Freely sharing his own experiences, he makes a solid case for self-publishing and gives us some out-of-the box marketing techniques. Loved this read.

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

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How does what you read affect your writing?

If you spend hours skimming the web, poring over academic journals or losing yourself in a good book, your writing may show it.

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Gene Bodzin's curator insight, August 2, 2:00 PM
We've all heard that garbage in, garbage out. We should also think about the corollary: treasures in, treasures out. 
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The future of the transmedia ecosystem - Transmedia Storytelling

The future of the transmedia ecosystem - Transmedia Storytelling | Litteris | Scoop.it
Transmedia is not a single work but an ecosystem!
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Mayores de 37 años que no quieren cargar peso, así son los lectores de ebooks

Mayores de 37 años que no quieren cargar peso, así son los lectores de ebooks | Litteris | Scoop.it
¿Quién lee en formato ebook? Esa es una de las grandes preguntas que dan para un montón de estudios y un montón de teorías sobre el comportamiento lector.
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A Quick Guide to Beta Reader Etiquette - Helping Writers Become Authors

A Quick Guide to Beta Reader Etiquette - Helping Writers Become Authors | Litteris | Scoop.it
Writers love their beta readers. But let’s be honest. Beta readers also kinda drive us crazy. Some of them are perfection: as polite, professional, and talented as any in-house editor. But others… well, let’s just say their lack of tact and their questionable knowledge of the craft can sometimes leave us howling in frustration. Why isn’t there a manual for beta reader etiquette–for how beta readers should conduct themselves and how writers, in turn, should respond?

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Por que George R. R. Martin demora para escrever? Carta a Stan Lee ajuda a entender

Por que George R. R. Martin demora para escrever? Carta a Stan Lee ajuda a entender | Litteris | Scoop.it
 Autor de 'Game of Thrones' tinha 16 anos quando reclamou de furo no roteiro de HQPublicado em O GloboRIO — Que George R. R. Martin não é lá um escritor muito prolífico e sofre constantemente com bloqueios criativos, já não é novidade.
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What’s Smashwords Good For?

What’s Smashwords Good For? | Litteris | Scoop.it
Are you thinking of publishing on Smashwords? Here’s why one author chose to return. #ebooks #Smashwords #selfpublishing @Smashwords

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Litteris | Scoop.it
The trick to being a good reader, no matter the medium, is being an engaged reader, a fact that Pennington notes is well-supported by research. “It’s pretty clear that good readers are active readers engaged with the text,” he said.

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Engagement is the key....

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Why Reading With Kids Matters, At Home And In The Classroom by Annie Thoms

Why Reading With Kids Matters, At Home And In The Classroom by Annie Thoms | Litteris | Scoop.it
When I was twelve, my father read me Ursula K. LeGuin’s story “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” In this fable, LeGuin imagines a utopian society with a dark secret. Every inhabitant of the beautiful city of Omelas is happy, but their happiness is dependent on the existence of one utterly miserable child, who…

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Keep them reading!
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AR Can Unlock the Magic Hidden in Bookstores

AR Can Unlock the Magic Hidden in Bookstores | Litteris | Scoop.it
Augmented reality has the potential to transform the bookstore into an interactive environment where kids can find their next book.

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Audiobooks: Are you ‘cheating’ if you listen rather than read traditionally?

Audiobooks: Are you ‘cheating’ if you listen rather than read traditionally? | Litteris | Scoop.it
People in a book club ganged up on one of the members for enjoying an audiobook rather than traditionally reading the choice of the moment. The consensus, as described by a New York Magazine writer named Melissa Dahl, was that the woman was cheating.
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Anyflip : un bel outil pour créer des livres interactifs

Anyflip : un bel outil pour créer des livres interactifs | Litteris | Scoop.it
Découvert sur le Portail Skoden, Anyflip est un outil facile à utiliser qui permet de convertir des fichiers PDF en livres interactifs aux formats Flash et HTML5.

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Libraries matter: 18 fantastic library infographics

Libraries matter: 18 fantastic library infographics | Litteris | Scoop.it

"It’s great that such infographics are created. Infographics are a fantastic way to draw attention of online users, and give facts not only in a more digestible, but also highly entertaining way.


Many people still perceive libraries as awesome-looking magical places, full of a scent of old paper. We associate libraries with the past and with the analog world – the world that doesn’t fit into the broadband internet connection.

It’s not true (and I think it never was). More and more libraries lend electronic books, become information hubs, but most importantly, media creation centers.

These infographics change the perspective. They show the beautiful book temples are filled not only with the past, but also with the future."


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 7, 1:45 PM

Well, because libraries DO matter. ;)

 

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Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience | Litteris | Scoop.it
"Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are."

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Do students lose depth in digital reading?

Do students lose depth in digital reading? | Litteris | Scoop.it
With the surge in e-books and digital devices, one concern has been whether students are learning as much. Research shows that some crucial elements of learning are indeed being lost.

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The Zen of Organized Writing: 5 Steps You Can Take Today

The Zen of Organized Writing: 5 Steps You Can Take Today | Litteris | Scoop.it
How can you organize your life as a writer so you can spend more time writing?

What’s the best way to manage writing alongside other projects?

Why is it so hard to balance the act of writing with the day-to-day demands of life?

I think you’ll agree most writers have to achieve more than write every day–we have to do things like plan our research, market our writing, find a quiet place to work.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Good Options for Creating eBooks in Your Web Browser

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Good Options for Creating eBooks in Your Web Browser | Litteris | Scoop.it

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What Happens When You Try to Read Moby Dick on Your Smartphone?

What Happens When You Try to Read Moby Dick on Your Smartphone? | Litteris | Scoop.it
These days, when most of us think of a “book,” we have in mind something around nine inches by six inches, with mass market paperbacks shaving off an inch or two in each dimension. But digital reading has redefined presuppositions about size and, more importantly, about what format is best for what’s being read: text messages, news articles, textbooks or fiction. Conventional wisdom (including my own) typically suggests that serious digital reading calls for ample screen size (at least a tablet or e-reader), while one-off encounters with sports updates or tweets are fine on mobile phones. But these rules of thumb are crumbling as users increasingly abandon larger mobile devices like Kindles and Nooks in favor of an all-purpose phone. While sales of e-readers and tablets are slowing, the real growth is in smartphones. In 2014, 1.2 billion smartphones were sold worldwide. With many newer generations of smartphones offering bigger screens – along with continued advancements in screen resolution – readers are turning to their mobiles for more and more of their onscreen reading. Does size matter? For most of us, yes. When the reading platform size shrinks, it’s harder to focus on complex arguments or story lines. No wonder [...]

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Narrativa, gratis y en ereader: así leemos libros electrónicos

Narrativa, gratis y en ereader: así leemos libros electrónicos | Litteris | Scoop.it
Más de 500 internautas han participado en nuestra encuesta. Las webs de descarga son las favoritas a la hora de conseguir ebooks. Hace unas poca
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Storytelling: An Exercise In Empathy

Storytelling: An Exercise In Empathy | Litteris | Scoop.it
Though I had been practicing these techniques for a fair amount of time, it took Richard Russo’s statement to bring the realization that what I was practicing was empathy. I wasn’t stealing characteristics while people-watching, or inventing a persona, or using myself as material — I was empathizing.

Cicero said, “Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.” Practice the virtue empathy, then, and reap the benefits of the glorious novel.

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