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New Languages and Readings in Digital Contexts. Novas Linguagens e Leituras em Contextos Digitais.
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Orwell's 1984 synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the novel.

1984 synopsis, analysis, and discussion of major characters and themes in the novel.

 

Full movie starring Richard Burton, and John Hurt, Directed by Michael Radford (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087803/)  ☛  http://youtu.be/PZ1M7hwtco8


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Ancient Language Resources Online | Lexicity

Ancient Language Resources Online | Lexicity | Litteris | Scoop.it
Lexicity is an online index of the internet's most useful free resources for learning ancient languages.
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Ebooks: Talking About Tablets | Digital Book World

The e-book market is established, and the possibilities for reader engagement and cross-selling of titles only increase with every advance in reading platform. Tablets will be the biggest expansion yet.
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Scent of a kitten: the 20 irrefutable theories of book cover design

Scent of a kitten: the 20 irrefutable theories of book cover design | Litteris | Scoop.it
Designers Jon Gray and Jamie Keenan shared their theories on attracting readers – from cute cats to alluring perfume – at the Edinburgh book festival
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A more accurate ebook bestseller list

A more accurate ebook bestseller list | Litteris | Scoop.it
A new ebook bestseller list from book publishing website and community Digital Book World aims to provide a clearer picture of the books that are actually driving the most revenue by taking price point, not just unit sales, into account.
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On the perks and pitfalls of signing books

On the perks and pitfalls of signing books | Litteris | Scoop.it
Rick Gekoski: Book signings are an unmitigated pleasure – except when you're the author of the book that no one has turned up to have signed...
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Wonderwall - overcoming writer's block

Wonderwall - overcoming writer's block | Litteris | Scoop.it

I recently blogged about feeling blocked. I had lost my productivity and inspiration and the realisation spun me into a six-week panic attack which was pretty horrible.

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Ordinary Characters Can Be Extraordinary

Ordinary Characters Can Be Extraordinary | Litteris | Scoop.it

We hear things like “Your characters need to be larger than life,” meaning they should be extraordinary. Okay, I get that to a point. To me, that means they need to be complex, unique, passionate about something.

 

But I would like to say you can have ordinary characters that are ordinary people, but what makes them engaging and believable is their complex issues that drive them.


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Size Matters

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An English elephant in Norwich, at the Norwich Body Art Festival
One of the questions most frequently asked in creative writing classes is “how long is a novel/play/short story/screenplay?
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Me gusta leer

Me gusta leer...
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Childlike thinking makes for creative writing | ALISON WELLS: Head ...

Childlike thinking makes for creative writing | ALISON WELLS: Head ... | Litteris | Scoop.it
The transition from childhood to adulthood involves a mental development that allows for more abstract reasoning, logical complexity, a greater awareness of consequence and an understanding of the nuanced dynamics of ...
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Writers: Five editing tricks and tips (plus editing marks)

Writers: Five editing tricks and tips (plus editing marks) | Litteris | Scoop.it
As you edit, reed sloowly. Your brian is wiered to skip over misstakes when you read quickly.
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Author Salon Talks to Katie Shea of Donald Maass Literary | Author Salon

Author Salon Talks to Katie Shea of Donald Maass Literary | Author Salon | Litteris | Scoop.it

“Writing is an art form. When I'm on the hunt for new writers (reading through queries), I am emotionally connected to each query. I can tell whether or not a writer truly understands what he/she is trying to tell the world through their project. Is there a message here? Is there heartache? Is there REAL emotion? Are they being completely honest as a writer to their own story? Writers must understand that giving it all makes the story better. Understanding the life around you, with all of its characters and emotions, makes you a fantastic writer. Being able to take your reader to a whole new world, outside of what we know and inside to what they know.


I can tell immediately if a writer is in-tune to their emotion and past relationships. What irritates me the most is when a writer has a outside-the-box book idea, but has no clue how to deliver it. The delivery of the story all comes through how much the writer truly understands what he/she is writing - really figuring out how the best-of-the-best do it. Making up a breakthrough premise is just the beginning. Then comes characters, structure, plot line, voice, and pace. Can you execute it?


I believe in the art of storytelling. I believe that everyone has a story behind them, and if they are honest with themselves and are able to let it out in a beautifully-written novel, they have it. Being able to connect with a universe is extremely difficult, but the first step is to be able to connect with yourself. Do not hold anything back.


When I find a writer I want to work with, they have all of the above: heart, life-understanding, smarts, and passion. I feel their story in my bones, just as they felt it while they wrote it.”

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Why is Storytelling Important? How Stories Have Evolved Over the Years. [YouTube]

Why is storytelling important?
We tell you all you need to know about it: the why, the how, even the science behind it. How have stories evolved over the years, how they help create shared purpose, and how telling a great story can help your brand grab attention.


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August 2012: Which Self-Published Historical Heroine Are You? Take The Quiz! | RT Book Reviews

August 2012: Which Self-Published Historical Heroine Are You? Take The Quiz! | RT Book Reviews | Litteris | Scoop.it
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The Agatha Christie Primer for Writers | Venture Galleries

The Agatha Christie Primer for Writers | Venture Galleries | Litteris | Scoop.it

On writing a book. "You start into it, inflamed by an idea, full of hope, full indeed of confidence. If you are properly modest, you will never write it at all, so there has to be one delicious moment when you have thought of something, know just how you are going to write it, rush for a pencil, and start buoyed up with exaltation. You then get into difficulties, don’t see your way out, and finally manage to accomplish more or less what you first meant to accomplish, though losing confidence all the time. Having finished it, you know it is absolutely rotten. A couple of months later, you wonder if it may not be all right after all."


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Publishing Is Broken, We're Drowning In Indie Books - And That's A Good Thing - Forbes

Publishing Is Broken, We're Drowning In Indie Books - And That's A Good Thing - Forbes | Litteris | Scoop.it

"An entire generation of traditionally published authors has come of age learning to self-promote. Particularly for mid-list authors the burden of writing and marketing a book a year without much assistance can be crushing…These authors feel less beholden to publishers and more independent. They have been forced to become entrepreneurs, but are not rewarded commensurate with their contributions." 

 

"By the end of the 2000’s, the elements existed for a revolution. A few gatekeepers tended an inefficient pricing model that consumers and authors both hated. A whole set of mid-list authors were increasingly not making enough money to write fulltime. And beyond that, a generation of new writers was growing up on social media. These writers are tempermentally less able to accept the gatekeeper model of publishing."


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Scratch That!

Scratch That! | Litteris | Scoop.it

‘Murder’ or ‘Kill your darlings’ is an adage attributed to the literary critic Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, advising writers to cut the words / phrases to which they are most attached, in order to strengthen the work. It is good advice when editing, as often we writers shoehorn in a delicious description which doesn’t do an enormous amount for the piece as a whole. It is simply a bauble. Time to get the gun out.

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After The First Draft: Avoiding the accordian

After The First Draft: Avoiding the accordian | Litteris | Scoop.it

Once you have a complete first draft it isn’t always clear what to do next.

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What Makes A Good Heroine?

What Makes A Good Heroine? | Litteris | Scoop.it

I think the most important thing a heroine can have is a brain. There’s nothing sexier than confidence. Nothing more beautiful than a girl who knows her stuff.  I write lots of different types of heroines.

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Finding the Inner Story of Your Book--Behind the Outer Drama, What's the Real Meaning?

Finding the Inner Story of Your Book--Behind the Outer Drama, What's the Real Meaning? | Litteris | Scoop.it

I worked with a writer a few years ago, who was writing a fascinating story. He'd been through serious medical trauma, and he wanted to write a book about it partly to allow himself to gain insight, partly to help others experiencing this.

 

Outer story intact, we next began to work on the inner story. Inner story is the other half of all books. It answers the questions Why? And sometimes the questions What? and How?


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How Does Your Villain Grow? |

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How Does Your Villain Grow? With a demented mind and evil heart And motivation that readers know...

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Finding Inspiration: Starting a blog

Finding Inspiration: Starting a blog | Litteris | Scoop.it
Having a blog is sort of like having a child. You have to check on it repeatedly, nurse it until you are happy with its growth and regularly put more and more into it. It’s a lot of work. However, if...
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Seis lectores de EPUB para Windows y Linux rápidos y ligeros

Seis lectores de EPUB para Windows y Linux rápidos y ligeros | Litteris | Scoop.it
Recopilación y reseña de seis lectores del formato EPUB que funcionan tanto en Windows como en Linux. Todos consumen pocos recursos se abren rápido...
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There is nowhere to hide in a screenplay

There is nowhere to hide in a screenplay | Litteris | Scoop.it
Screenplays break down roughly on the lines of scene, action, and dialogue. Let’s take the first of these. In terms of scene what are the basic rules of writing? ‘Get in late and get out earl...
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