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21 Ways to Improve Your Writing

21 Ways to Improve Your Writing | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it

It’s not possible to improve your writing overnight, unless you hire an expert to do it for you.

 

If you want to become a good writer (let alone a great writer), be prepared to make a long-term commitment to the craft.


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Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers

Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
““If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
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This Popular Grammar Advice Is Totally Wrong

This Popular Grammar Advice Is Totally Wrong | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
“This forceful call for more forceful writing is misguided; adverbs can be phonetically pleasing, can imbue sentences with subtlety, and should not be entirely shunned....”
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Baffling Dictums: On the Rules of Writing

Baffling Dictums: On the Rules of Writing | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
Ask any writer about the rules he’s heard throughout the years, and he will be able to recite a litany as deeply embedded as the Lord’s Prayer. Show, don’t tell. Write what you know. The first sentence is key. The last sentence is key. All writing is rewriting. No adverbs. No one aside from you finds your dreams interesting. You should never write in the second person.
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#1 Paranormal Ghost Hunting Software

#1 Paranormal Ghost Hunting Software | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
This Paranormal Investigations and Ghost Hunting Software is designed to easily track your entire paranormal investigation. A Ghost Hunters must have software. (Ghost Hunting Software!
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Seriously? You can get an app for that? Fantasy and Spec relevant. 

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Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it's always important to keep reading and writing. If you can get rid of these common offenders on your own, then good editors can focus on the deeper aspects of your fiction.
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Anaïs Nin on Writing, the Future of the Novel, and How Keeping a Diary Enhances Creativity

Anaïs Nin on Writing, the Future of the Novel, and How Keeping a Diary Enhances Creativity | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it

It is in the moments of emotional crisis that human beings reveal themselves most accurately. … The heightened moments … are the moments of revelation. It is the moment when the real self rises to the surface, shatters its false roles, erupts and assumes reality and identity. The fiery moments of passionate experience are the moments of wholeness and totality of the personality.

 


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The 7 Types of Plots: Rags to Riches

The 7 Types of Plots: Rags to Riches | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
Everyone loves a success story, especially when it results from years of hard work and the protagonist has struggled from the depths of despair. This story type is so beloved, that it is Charles Booker's second plot type of seven: Rags to Riches.
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Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Recognizing Lazy Writing Habits

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Recognizing Lazy Writing Habits | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
Before you query every agent or publisher in town, you need to place your characters, and your entire novel, under the microscope.
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Subplots Screenwriting Tips Want Need How to write subplots

Subplots Screenwriting Tips Want Need How to write subplots | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
In my last post, I revealed the secret to effective subplots. Here I unveil a very special type of subplot – one that can help you deliver an emotionally powerful ending.
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The One subplot you really need

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Cruising Altitude 2.0: O is for Organic Outline

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A term I'd not heard before, but something I embrace - the organic outline.

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K is for Keep Moving - Write or Die!

K is for Keep Moving - Write or Die! | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
Today's writing metaphor comes courtesy of the shark. In case you're not entirely au fait with animal biology, many sharks need to swim constantly to stay alive. It's all to do with passing oxygen-...
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Now, if only I had a shark behind me.

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An interview with Stephan Pastis: Writing funny books for kids - Los Angeles Times

An interview with Stephan Pastis: Writing funny books for kids - Los Angeles Times | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
An interview with Stephan Pastis: Writing funny books for kids Los Angeles Times But in terms of the text of the book -- it's funny because I know where the book is categorized and I know who it's for so I obviously didn't include beer and...
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The 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced

The 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist announced | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
The awards news just keeps on coming, with the shortlist for the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction announced. For those that like a familiar face, this is a party you'll enjoy. Literary juggernaut Hil...
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Writers as Architects

Writers as Architects | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
“ Great architects build structures that can make us feel enclosed, liberated or suspended. Great writers, in devising their literary structures, do exactly the same.”Left: 'Disgrace', by J.M.Coetzee
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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
“The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work”
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Writing Tips for Creating a Complex Villain

Writing Tips for Creating a Complex Villain | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
When it comes to writing fiction, we each have our own unique challenges. For some of us, it’s a struggle to come up with names for our characters. For others, it’s hard to write realistic dialogue. Maybe you’re like me, and find it difficult to write a really good villain–I mean–a really bad villain. The funny thing about our writing weaknesses is that sometimes all we have to do is identify them and suddenly we start coming up with tons of solutions.
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Blogging Tool Postach.io Wins Devcup Gold!

Blogging Tool Postach.io Wins Devcup Gold! | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
Announcing the winner of the 2013 Devcup competition at the third annual Evernote Conference.
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Blogging platform for Evernote gets recognition. #evernote

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A Matter of Timing: Positioning Your Major Plot Points Within Your Story

When writers start talking about story structure, one of our biggest brow wrinklers is timing. Even after we’ve identified the major plot points in our stories (more on that in a sec), our work still isn’t finished. Where do we position these plot points within the plot? And how precisely do these moments have to be timed?

 

Where should you put your plot points?


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List of action verbs for writers


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10 Steps to Writing a Novella

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Pros and Cons of Being a Plotter

Pros and Cons of Being a Plotter | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
In case you haven’t heard the term, a plotter is someone who plots out his story before he writes it. He may have a detailed outline, explaining every sc
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Grumpy Old Writers, or The Grampa/Grandma List: promising speculative fiction authors over the age of 40

Grumpy Old Writers, or The Grampa/Grandma List: promising speculative fiction authors over the age of 40 | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
It started with a tweet in response to the publication of Granta's Best Young Novelists list for 2013... It is the most shattering experience of a writer's life when he wakes one day and says quite...
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The Artists' & Writers' Cookbook: A Rare 1961 Treasure Trove of ...

The Artists' & Writers' Cookbook: A Rare 1961 Treasure Trove of ... | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
A library of cross-disciplinary interestingness and combinatorial creativity.
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Here's Your Summer Reading List: 10 Books, Graphic Novels and Plays Being ... - Uproxx

Here's Your Summer Reading List: 10 Books, Graphic Novels and Plays Being ... - Uproxx | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
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This summer there are a number of TV shows and films coming out that are based on great reads.
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MailChimp Email Marketing Blog – How Writers Can Use Email to Share Their Work

MailChimp Email Marketing Blog – How Writers Can Use Email to Share Their Work | The Novel Writer | Scoop.it
Let's say you're a writer who contributes to 10+ online publications.
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