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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

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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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World Building Questions Stack Exchange

World Building Questions Stack Exchange | On Writing | Scoop.it

"Q&A for writers/artists using science, geography and culture to construct imaginary worlds and settings..."

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An Interview with Hilari Bell on Her Independent Publishing Adventure | ShelfTalker

An Interview with Hilari Bell on Her Independent Publishing Adventure | ShelfTalker | On Writing | Scoop.it

"The hero's journey beckons to an established author..."Hilari Bell is a store favorite author here. HerFarsala and Shield, Sword, and Crown trilogies have been go-to handsells for me for many years. They are evergreen titles for us. I was very interested therefore to get an email from her recently regarding her Knight and Rogue series which informed me that…“HarperCollins published The Last Knight, and two more of Fisk and Michael’s adventures, and they garnered such loyal fans that I decided to embark on an adventure of my own—I’m taking the rest of the Knight & Roguebooks indie!

 

Hilari kindly agreed to answer some questions I had pertaining to her new venture..."

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John Green's 'Weird' Secret To Writing Best-Sellers

John Green's 'Weird' Secret To Writing Best-Sellers | On Writing | Scoop.it
John Green's written such celebrated works as The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns, but not without sacrificing copious keyboards along the way.

In a HuffPost Live conversation on Thursday, the young adult novelist revealed his "weirdest&qu...
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Trello for Plotting - Storyboarding - Novels - YouTube

www.TRELLO.com can be utilised to plot and keep handy details about your chapters, characters, and settings. It's free and has a high level of interactivity ...
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Interesting. I learned something new. I just downloaded Trello this week but was only thinking of using it to track my never ending "to do" list. 

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Stephen King's "Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes"

Stephen King's "Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes" | On Writing | Scoop.it
"I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn."
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Stephen King on Writing: Throw Out Your Thesaurus

Stephen King on Writing: Throw Out Your Thesaurus | On Writing | Scoop.it
The super-prolific Stephen King has doled out lots of advice for budding writers, including the recommendation to cut down your text. Here's another: "Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word."
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Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write | On Writing | Scoop.it

"Writers have a serious advantage over the rest of us..No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference..."

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No wonder keeping a journal is so good for us.

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Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism

Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism | On Writing | Scoop.it

"Noticed that there were too many for it to be a coincidence. “To take an entire page from an author, as Helene Hegemann admitted to doing, with only slight changes and without asking the author, I consider that illegitimate,” Mr. Pirmasens said.

The controversy did not appear to be hurting book sales. On Thursday afternoon “Axolotl Roadkill” was ninth over all among books on the German Amazon site, albeit with many nasty postings about the plagiarism controversy. “It’s a reissue of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes,’ ” wrote one commenter, who gave the book one star. Under the heading “Customers who bought this item also bought” was “Strobo” by Airen

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So wrong, in so many levels. Wrong for this young girl to try to justify her plagiarism by trying to redefine it. Wrong of judges to knowingly reward her writing even though they knew it was plagiarized. 

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Jerry B. Jenkins Suddenly Shuts Down Christian Writers Guild

Jerry B. Jenkins Suddenly Shuts Down Christian Writers Guild | On Writing | Scoop.it
(UPDATED) After 50 years, effort to train next generation of Christian authors come to an end.
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I'm neither surprised nor sorry to see it go. There are a good number of GREAT writer guilds, events, and conferences that charge a fraction of the cost of what Jenkins organization charged. One such event is the awesome Pikes Peak Writers Conference, hosted by Pikes Peak Writers, where they actually bring acquiring editors to the event. I don't for a minute think we need to train Christian authors. I believe we need to train authors to become great writers and, if they're Christians, their writing will show this.


Here's Madeline L'Engle's advice to a student who asked how to become a "Christian writer." L'Engle, award-winning children author, replied: "If she is truly and deeply a Christian, what she writes is going to be Christian, whether she mentions Jesus or not. And if she is not, in the most profound sense, Christian, then what she writes is not going to be Christian, no matter how many times she invokes the name of the Lord. (As cited in Hughes, 2001, "How Christian faith can sustain the life of the mind." Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. pp. 137–138).

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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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Stephen King: I've 'used Paul LePage-type characters' in my books

Stephen King: I've 'used Paul LePage-type characters' in my books | On Writing | Scoop.it
Stephen King has responded to Maine Gov. Paul LePage's joke that the author should make him a villain in one of his books.
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Cautionary tale: Do not make Stephen King (or any other writer for that matter) mad! LOL

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J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children”

J.R.R. Tolkien on Fairy Tales, Language, the Psychology of Fantasy, and Why There’s No Such Thing as Writing “For Children” | On Writing | Scoop.it
"Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else ... may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage

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Tolkien's famous essay “On Fairy-Stories” is a must read for anyone with an interest in fairy tales, reading, or writing. Here, Brain Pickings adds their commentary to excerpts from the essay.

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473 rejections later: Author says never give up

"Children’s book author Kate DiCamillo...On building grit, the author, who first enjoyed success in her 30s with “Because of Winn Dixie,” said she got 473 rejection letters before her novel was accepted..."

 
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Owner of Maine inn is holding a writing contest to select new owner

Owner of Maine inn is holding a writing contest to select new owner | On Writing | Scoop.it
Janice Sage, the owner of the Center Lovell Inn and Restaurant in Maine, is giving the inn away to the winner of an essay contest.
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Remembering Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock, One of History’s Greatest TV Characters

Remembering Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock, One of History’s Greatest TV Characters | On Writing | Scoop.it
Trek and Nimoy built Spock, the Vulcans, and their entire history out of bits and pieces of lived experience, which is why their world continues to exert such powerful fascination.
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Great eulogy for Leonard Nimoy, who gave us an iconic sci-fi character in Mr. Spock.

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Writing Your Way to Happiness

Writing Your Way to Happiness | On Writing | Scoop.it
Some researchers believe that by writing and then editing our own stories, we can change our perceptions of ourselves and identify obstacles that stand in the way of better health.
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This makes sense. 

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10 Most Important Science Fiction Books About Superintelligence

10 Most Important Science Fiction Books About Superintelligence | On Writing | Scoop.it
The idea that humans might one day become superintelligent -- or invent a superintelligent computer -- is a staple of science fiction. It's also taken seriously by scientists and engineers as a plausible outcome of today's technologies. Here are ten key books you should read to understand brains of the future.
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Stephen King: The Rolling Stone Interview

Stephen King: The Rolling Stone Interview | On Writing | Scoop.it
Horror master Stephen King looks back on his four-decade career in this very in-depth interview.
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Scary Monsters and Superfreaks: The World of Stephen King, A to Z

Scary Monsters and Superfreaks: The World of Stephen King, A to Z | On Writing | Scoop.it
In honor of Stephen King's latest novel 'Revival' hitting shelves today, we break down the Master of Horror's work from Annie Wilkes to Zihuatanejo.
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