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Presentation Zen: 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilder

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Billy Wilder (1906–2002) was the first person to win an Academy Award as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film. The film The Apartment (1960) stared Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and is certainly in my top-10...

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Art Jones's curator insight, July 2, 2014 3:12 PM

After 50 years of film making Billy Wilder shares his top 10 storytelling tips.

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#Nanowrimo Outlining Your Story | Write on the River

#Nanowrimo Outlining Your Story | Write on the River | Story Structure (for story nerds) | Scoop.it
Many theories, one concept I have grown fonder of outlining the more I have written. A novel is very complex when viewed in its entirety, most particularly mainstream fiction. Working without an outline is sort of "winging" it.

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3 Ways to Make Your Reader Believe in Your Protagonist

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You’ve got a great story bubbling away inside. Those quiet moments are spent thinking about plot and subplot, setting, and, of course, character. And it’s here where you begin to stumble. Whatever ...

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9 Qualities of Good Writing

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There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....

 

Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.

 

Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?

 

Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....


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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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The Secret of Effective Motivation

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Encourage people to do something for its own sake, not for its benefits.

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Art Jones's curator insight, July 6, 2014 12:54 PM

Making meaning vs. Making money which is more important as a motivator? The survey says "Making Meaning" 1st and foremost always wins in the end.

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Helping people focus on the meaning and impact of their work, rather than on, say, the financial returns it will bring, may be the best way to improve not only the quality of their work but also — counterintuitive though it may seem — their financial success.

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How to Be a Writer: Hemingway’s Advice to Aspiring Authors

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"As a writer you should not judge. You should understand."Ernest Hemingway has contributed a great deal to the collected advice of great writers, from his famous admonition against the dangers of ego to his short and stellar Nobel Prize acceptance speech. But some of his finest wisdom springs to life in this excerpt from his 1967 nonfiction piece By-Line, found in the altogether excellent Hemingway on Writing (public library) — a compilation of the celebrated author’s most insightful meditations on the craft, culled from his published works and his private letters. ...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, November 14, 2013 2:49 AM

The always-inspiring Maria Popova shares inspiration on writing by Ernest Hemingway.

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TODAY'S TIP: the Awesome Power of Writing Buddies

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17 Days to go! Why do I need a Buddy? Writing buddies are more than just friends. Imagine a colleague, someone who's just like you, learning and growing as a writer, who you can bounce ideas off of...

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Shanali Govender's curator insight, May 23, 2014 11:07 AM

Need to get me one of these... must advertise!

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Weave My Tale

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A New Storytelling Experience

 

Weave My Tale is a new story development experience that combines traditional novel-writing,  how scripts are developed in the movie industry and oral storytelling the way Homer did it – the Greek, not the Simpson.

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A story-in-the-telling where you can learn how to tell stories by contributing to other people's stories. Using well proven story development techniques you to can weave your tale.

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Lynne Fellows's curator insight, July 17, 2014 8:34 AM

I'm intrigued!