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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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It's Never Too Late To Start Writing - When 27 Famous Authors Were Published

It's Never Too Late To Start Writing - When 27 Famous Authors Were Published | On Writing | Scoop.it
"Even though our society is obsessed with youth, it is encouraging and inspiring that writing remains a skill that most people get better at over time. 

"The truth is that writing a novel takes a long time. It's not just writing 80,000 words. It's the eyars spent perfecting the craft and actually learning how to write something that other people will want to read.It's not surprising that most successful authors are only published later in life.

"Here are 27 writers and their ages when they found fame."
"Even though our society is obsessed with youth, it is encouraging and inspiring that writing remains a skill that most people get better at over time. 

"The truth is that writing a novel takes a long time. It's not just writing 80,000 words. It's the eyars spent perfecting the craft and actually learning how to write something that other people will want to read.It's not surprising that most successful authors are only published later in life.

"Here are 27 writers and their ages when they found fame."
 
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Millions are about to have access to free e-books. Thanks, Obama.

Millions are about to have access to free e-books. Thanks, Obama. | On Writing | Scoop.it
Major publishers came together to make more than $250 million in books available for free.
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Amazon to open 100s of physical bookstores: DJ

Amazon to open 100s of physical bookstores: DJ | On Writing | Scoop.it
Amazon is planning to open hundreds of physical bookstores, according to a large mall CEO who spoke to Dow Jones.
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Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible Is Found, Scholar Says

Earliest Known Draft of King James Bible Is Found, Scholar Says | On Writing | Scoop.it
An American professor happened upon a manuscript by one of the Bible’s translators at Cambridge, a discovery that may shed light on how the translators worked.
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"The professor who found the notebook says it's the earliest known draft of the King James Bible, which was published in 1611. He called the discovery "a kind of thunderstruck, leap out of bathtub moment."" --Jennifer Schuessler, NYT

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Colouring in Disney's augmented reality drawings - BBC News

Colouring in Disney's augmented reality drawings - BBC News | On Writing | Scoop.it
Drawing books are given an augmented reality twist by Disney's Switzerland-based research team.
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This is amazing! Wow.

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ISBN 101 For Self-Publishers — The Book Designer

ISBN 101 For Self-Publishers — The Book Designer | On Writing | Scoop.it
ISBN 101 For Self-Publishers including whether you need an ISBN, the “free” ISBN and the many uses of this unique identifier.
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A Fabulous Resource for Writers - 350 Character Traits

A Fabulous Resource for Writers - 350 Character Traits | On Writing | Scoop.it
"Even if you adore your protagonist and loathe your antagonist, it is important to remember that nobody is perfectly good, or perfectly evil. Every character will have positive and negative personality traits. Make sure you have created real people rather than caricatures by giving your cast a selection of both. I have compiled these lists to help you select the traits you need. Have fun, and happy writing..." 
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175 negative and positive character traits for writers to choose. 

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The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud

The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud | On Writing | Scoop.it
Is ”Watchman” a newly discovered novel or a mediocre first draft of “To Kill a Mockingbird”?
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This is an excellent read and I agree with Nocera on what he's saying. Good quotes in the article from Harper Lee herself which leads me to believe she would not have wanted this first draft of "To Kill A Mockingbird" published.

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New Mark Twain Stories Discovered After 150 Years! - Writer's Circle

New Mark Twain Stories Discovered After 150 Years! - Writer's Circle | On Writing | Scoop.it

"Exciting news broke recently. Often times we discover unpublished stories from an author after they've died. We have examples of posthumous novels like The Garden of Eden by Ernest Hemingway and The Original Of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov that were unfinished before being published by their respective estates. But the scholars at UC Berkley have found pieces written by Mark Twain that are 150 years old. Not unfinished works, but published stories! Stories that are by no means "new" but new to us!..."

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Marty Roddy's curator insight, August 5, 2015 3:30 PM

#JustRead Tom and Huck , enjoy new stuff

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#JustRead Tom and Huck , enjoy new stuff

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Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing | On Writing | Scoop.it
"If it sounds like writing … rewrite it."

On July 16, 2001, Elmore Leonard (October 11, 1925--August 20, 2013) made his timeless contri
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J. R. R. Tolkien 10 Tips For Writers

J. R. R. Tolkien 10 Tips For Writers | On Writing | Scoop.it
Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic. After all, many of us are looking forward to the last part of the trilogy - 'The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Ar
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50 Latino Childrens Books You Should Know

50 Latino Childrens Books You Should Know | On Writing | Scoop.it
These Latino childrens books are must-reads for parents and kids seeking depictions of their own and different cultures.
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Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers | On Writing | Scoop.it
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In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for The Atlantic, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all sorts of theories,” he says, “it’s a tricky thing.” “But there’s one thing” he’s sure about: “An opening line should invite the reader to begin the story.
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13 Writing Lessons From Stephen King’s On Writing

13 Writing Lessons From Stephen King’s On Writing | On Writing | Scoop.it
Stephen King is an American author of horror, suspense, science fiction and fantasy, who has sold more than 350 million books. King has received many literary awards including the Grand Master...
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February 2016 Author Earnings Report: Amazon’s Ebook, Print, and Audio Sales – Author Earnings

February 2016 Author Earnings Report: Amazon’s Ebook, Print, and Audio Sales – Author Earnings | On Writing | Scoop.it

"Two years ago, the first Author Earnings report revealed the growing market share of self-published ebooks. With data on hundreds of thousands of titles, it was suddenly possible to measure the relative sales and earnings power of ebooks according to publishing path. By sharing this data, we hoped to help authors understand the changing market in order to make sound decisions with their manuscripts. In the two years since, our quarterly snapshots have revealed emerging trends in the digital publishing world. Before we get into this month’s report, let’s look at those trends, with our new February 2016 data points included..."

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The Best Business Book I’ve Ever Read | Bill Gates

The Best Business Book I’ve Ever Read | Bill Gates | On Writing | Scoop.it
Bill Gates shares his thoughts on his favorite business book, “Business Adventures” by John Brooks, which was recommended to him by Warren Buffett.
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Bill Gates and Warren Buffett's favorite business book. Might be worth checking it out, right?

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WGT: The Legacy of Pen Women

WGT: The Legacy of Pen Women | On Writing | Scoop.it
“In an age where striving for excellence is a rare thing, what a privilege it is to belong to THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF AMERICAN PEN WOMEN. TO THE FUTURE!” (from the Sacramento branch according to the Centennial magazine). This still holds true today. One for all and all for one, is after all, our motto.
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I feel both proud and honored to be a Pen Woman. It's such a privilege to belong to the NLAPW. Like the blog post says, "If you're a writer, artist or create music, you may want to consider membership with them." They have branches throughout the USA. 

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Rude Young Nobodies Misbehave

Rude Young Nobodies Misbehave | On Writing | Scoop.it

"Question (from "Praxilla"): I could say I am a "famous creator of literary fiction" — and some of your readers might recognize my name. I’m writing to ask how Ms. Mentor, in all her wisdom and grace, might handle an, alas, all-too-common situation..."

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Good read (and GREAT advice for writers) from the Chronicle of Higher Education-- "Many obstreperous youngsters twitch and rail at the idea that they should respect their elders. But truly, they must. Their elders know more, have experienced more, and have knowledge that could be shared with young learners. For young people, internships and apprenticeships are not just for the vita. They’re for figuring out a job, a milieu, and a hierarchy...No, we’re not all equal in the literary world. Nor are we equal in academe..."

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This algorithm can spot the killer in any Agatha Christie mystery

This algorithm can spot the killer in any Agatha Christie mystery | On Writing | Scoop.it
By today's standards, Agatha Christie's books might come across as rather quaint and old-fashioned, but she can still teach modern-day writers a thing or two about plotting, suspense, and misdirection. Now a group of academics think they've...
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9 Famous Authors Rejected by Publishers - Writer's Circle

9 Famous Authors Rejected by Publishers - Writer's Circle | On Writing | Scoop.it

"Manuscript complete, a young British writer dashed off his first novel for review by a publishing house. The premise of his book was simple enough: a band of schoolboys struggles to survive on an uninhabited island. Yet publishers ripped it to shreds. Twenty-one publishers, to be exact. One went so far as to call the author's work "an absurd and uninteresting fantasy which was rubbish and dull..."

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Opinion: In a world of silence, my mom gave me my voice

"She never heard me cry as a baby. She’s never heard my voice nor a single word I’ve ever said...Only now, all these years later, do I realize that just as her deafness defined her, it also defined me. As it turned out, the vry silence my mother heard gave me my voice..."

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Lemony Snicket's writing advice also applies to living well

Lemony Snicket's writing advice also applies to living well | On Writing | Scoop.it
Twitter is basically a refrigerator — at least that's what Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, thinks.
"More and more refrigerators are magnet-proof and you can’t put tiny little things on them," Handler told Mashable.
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How conservatives took over sci-fi's most prestigious award, the Hugo Awards

written in the conditional tense, but that doesn't equal a "speculative fiction" story, say the Puppies.
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