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Why punctuation matters. A classic! courtesy of www.facebook.com/grammarly

Why punctuation matters. A classic! courtesy of www.facebook.com/grammarly | On Writing | Scoop.it

Image comes courtesy of http://www.facebook.com/grammarly  -- If you're on Facebook, visit and "like" the Grammarly page there. http://www.facebook.com/grammarly

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What Writers Can Learn From 'Goodnight Moon'

What Writers Can Learn From 'Goodnight Moon' | On Writing | Scoop.it
The children’s book sets up a world and then subverts its own rules even as it follows them.
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An Exquisite Medieval Manuscript Shows Merlin Building Stonehenge

An Exquisite Medieval Manuscript Shows Merlin Building Stonehenge | On Writing | Scoop.it
Stonehenge was as much a source of awe a thousand years ago as it is today. Historians and poets wove the mysterious circle into their tales of King Arthur, with one lushly illustrated book depicting the wizard Merlin as the architect.
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This is what happens in your brain when you’re writing (Science Alert)

This is what happens in your brain when you’re writing (Science Alert) | On Writing | Scoop.it
A team of neuroscientists has scanned the brains of professional and novice writers when creating a work of fiction and gotten a glimpse of thei
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Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and More Authors Dress As Their Favorite Characters « Nerdist

Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and More Authors Dress As Their Favorite Characters « Nerdist | On Writing | Scoop.it
Everyone likes to play dress up from time to time, including your favorite authors. Recently, several of them worked with photographer Cambridge Jones on a project for the The Story Museum in Oxford involving the authors…
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Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany

Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany | On Writing | Scoop.it
Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years
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We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome

We’re losing all our Strong Female Characters to Trinity Syndrome | On Writing | Scoop.it
Many modern action movies, including How To Train Your Dragon 2, are visibly trying to make their female characters more than trophies and ...
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EXCELLENT write up by Tasha Robinson! Beyond EXCELLENT!!! Robinson is writing to filmmakers but it obviously applies to authors who write the books filmmakers then turn into films. :-)

 

I so agree with what she's saying as well as with the title of her article. We ARE losing our Strong Female Characters to the Trinity Syndrome. Trinity was an AWESOME character at the start of the Matrix and then is relegated to second fiddle from then on. Here is one of many quotes from the article that stood out for me:

 

"For the ordinary dude to be triumphant, the Strong Female Character has to entirely disappear into Subservient Trophy Character mode. This is Trinity Syndrome à la The Matrix: the hugely capable woman who never once becomes as independent, significant, and exciting as she is in her introductory scene."


Robinson goes on to ask questions of filmmakers who have a Strong Female Character and question #3 just had me laughing out loud... because it is soooo on-target: "Could your Strong Female Character be seamlessly replaced with a floor lamp with some useful information written on it to help a male hero?"

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Yes, Adults Should Be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books

Yes, Adults Should Be Embarrassed to Read Young Adult Books | On Writing | Scoop.it
As The Fault in Our Stars barrels into theaters this weekend virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading the novel that inspired it. Not because it is bad—it isn’t—but because...
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The YA/Young Adult category is, in my opinion, a marketing scheme. As a young girl I read all the classics, from Shakespeare to Kipling, to Orwell, Updike, and Dickens. And today I also read YA novels, especially the sci-fi/fantasy genre ones. I don't do Twilight just like I don't do the Left Behind series. But I do find great storytelling in a good number of YA books and that is, ultimately, the yardstick I measure good reading by. :-)

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All The Ways to Find Success as a Writer Start With Thinking for Yourself

All The Ways to Find Success as a Writer Start With Thinking for Yourself | On Writing | Scoop.it
Over at The Passive Voice, there's a great post titled, "Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs" that's worth a read: If you care to contribute such anecdotal evidence in comments to this post, plea...
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Writing Race in America

Writing Race in America | On Writing | Scoop.it
White authors have a duty to create black characters.
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez was more than magical realism: An appreciation

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was more than magical realism: An appreciation | On Writing | Scoop.it

"Gabriel Garcia Marquez was a charmer...The great Colombian novelist, who died Thursday, called Mexico City home for much of his life, and it was there that I met him, at a chi-chi Mexican restaurant where he agreed to a sitdown with a half-dozen Times foreign correspondents and editors in 2004..._ --Hector Tobar

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-gabriel-garcia-marquez-was-a-charmer-20140417,0,5932400.story#ixzz2zCFAwsfZ

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Why Is Mark Driscoll Getting A Free Pass On Theft? (a problem of power)

Why Is Mark Driscoll Getting A Free Pass On Theft? (a problem of power) | On Writing | Scoop.it
Unless I'm your only source to news from within Christian discussions, you've probably heard over this last week of the brewing Mark Driscoll scandal where he was caught plagiarizing in a few of hi...
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"The less influential, the less powerful, would not be getting a free pass on plagiarism– and certainly would not be getting away without even so much as an apology." --Ben Corey

 
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6 Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers

6 Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers | On Writing | Scoop.it
Death to clichs. Less is more. Writing is painful--here, the greats tell us how to do it better.
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14 Fantastic Stories From The New Yorker Archive You Should Read This Summer

14 Fantastic Stories From The New Yorker Archive You Should Read This Summer | On Writing | Scoop.it
The New Yorker has made all of its archives going back to 2007 available online until the end of this summer. Here are the best New Yorker fiction pieces from the past seven years that you can read...
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I already saved a good number of GREAT stories on current issues in education. There are stories in various fields available for a bit longer this summer before the paywall goes back up again. Here then are great fiction pieces you may want to save as well. :-)

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22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer

22 Lessons From Stephen King On How To Be A Great Writer | On Writing | Scoop.it
Timeless advice from bestselling author Stephen King on how to be an excellent writer.
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Power narratives: Amy Zalman at TEDxGeorgetown - YouTube

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TED...
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Comic book writer Gene Yang: "Superhero stories are really about immigrants"

Comic book writer Gene Yang: "Superhero stories are really about immigrants" | On Writing | Scoop.it
In 1944, a comic book artist wasn't allowed to depict the Asian face of a superhero. Now, Gene Yang is honoring the artist's original vision for the character.
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Advice Yang's professor gave him: "Don't ever write about faith directly. You should write about your life. Pull your writing from your life, and if your faith is actually important to you, if it's something you actually live out, then it will show up in your writing..."

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Why More Diversity in Children's Literature Is Absolutely Necessary

Why More Diversity in Children's Literature Is Absolutely Necessary | On Writing | Scoop.it
Every child deserves the mirror experience in literature. But that is not possible unless our libraries, schools, and homes contain diverse books that allow all readers to see their lived experiences and cultural traditions worthy of being in print....
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Stephen King Is Jealous Of George R.R. Martin

Stephen King Is Jealous Of George R.R. Martin | On Writing | Scoop.it
Stephen King is jealous of George R.R. Martin, or so he told the LA Times. He knew Martin had written a few episodes of "Game Of Thrones," and that might have been what made him get involved in the most recent adaptation of his own work: &q...
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How Many Spaces After a Period? Ending the Debate : The World's Greatest Book

How Many Spaces After a Period? Ending the Debate : The World's Greatest Book | On Writing | Scoop.it
Single-spaces after a period are a recent style evolution and a standard but supporting arguments are weak. The double-space is a victim of fashion.
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Why Christians Should Read Secular Novels

Why Christians Should Read Secular Novels | On Writing | Scoop.it
Among other things, great books help us love our neighbor
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Blame The Hero's Journey for Making 'Let it Go' So Damn Catchy

Blame The Hero's Journey for Making 'Let it Go' So Damn Catchy | On Writing | Scoop.it
For the fiction writers out there and anyone who's given a passing glance into the various storytelling fields (theater, comparative religions, film, graphic novel, etc.), you'll know that for better or worse the Hero's Journey (the mutant form consisting primarily of Campbell's monomyth but also of Vogler's contributions) is the primary contemporary method of constructing a story's plot.
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How Literature Creates A More Moral Future CEO

How Literature Creates A More Moral Future CEO | On Writing | Scoop.it
Prose and profits: How future leaders can benefit from literature.
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George R.R. Martin Explains How The Game Of Thrones Got Started

George R.R. Martin Explains How The Game Of Thrones Got Started | On Writing | Scoop.it
We can't know who will end up sitting on the Iron Throne at the end of George R.R. Martin's book and television saga -- but now, Martin is showing us more of how the first King got to sit on that pointy seat of power. Martin has released a samplefrom The World of Ice and Fire, his guide to Westeros.
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3 Ways To Tell Better Stories And Make People Care

3 Ways To Tell Better Stories And Make People Care | On Writing | Scoop.it
Good stories move your customer, create loyal followers, and hook your audience to pledge their allegiance to your brand. Here's how to write...
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Entertainment Weekly wants you to write for it for free. Don't do it.

Entertainment Weekly wants you to write for it for free. Don't do it. | On Writing | Scoop.it
The industry giant's latest venture is a shameless, mercenary attempt to exploit inexperienced writers
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