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25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing

25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it

I read this cool article last week — “30 Things To Stop Doing To Yourself” — and I thought, hey, heeeey, that’s interesting. Writers might could use their own version of that. So, I started to cobble one together. And, of course, as most of these writing-related posts become, it ended up that for the most part I’m sitting here in the blog yelling at myself first and foremost.

That is, then, how you should read this: me, yelling at me. If you take away something from it, though?

Then go forth and kick your writing year in the teeth.

Onto the list.

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The 11 Best UK Poets You've Never Heard Of

The 11 Best UK Poets You've Never Heard Of | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
...including one you should read again, you lazy git.
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You should look up Fran Lock, UK Best Poets Collection 2012, Collection "The Mystic and The Pig Thief"  from SALT and thesmithyofmysoul.tumblr.com

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The 50 Best American Poetry Books of the Decade so Far

The 50 Best American Poetry Books of the Decade so Far | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
No poem in the preceding decade captured the spirit of the times more than Frederick Seidel's "December." The product of a Faustian pact, it fixed itself in a fiendish dialectic, a self-canceling l...
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Fran Lock’s ‘Melpomene': modern muse, traveller woman | The Poetry Society

Fran Lock’s ‘Melpomene': modern muse, traveller woman | The Poetry Society | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
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Simply the best in Modern Contemporary Poetry.... Hands Down...

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CLICK HERE to support Melissa & Maximo

CLICK HERE to support Melissa & Maximo | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Dr. Melissa Alvarado, who wants to return to California, but is currently in Nebraska, has gone through a custody nightmare with the state of Nebraska over her young son Maximo. And her status as a poet has been held against her.

Maximo (see above) was seized and custody taken by state of Nebraska.
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Melissa & Maximo ... Support the Arts? Then support the artist. #poetry#endoppression ow.ly/L6GaC

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5 Things to Do (And Not Do) to Support Someone with Depression

5 Things to Do (And Not Do) to Support Someone with Depression | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Depression is a drag. And while raising awareness is great, we've got a ways to go when it comes to compassionately treating people with depression like they have a serious illness. At the end of the day, we need people around us who understand our illness and how best to interact with us. So h
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After Nyne's Top Choices For #WorldBookDay

After Nyne's Top Choices For #WorldBookDay | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Today is World Book Day, a time for a celebration of literature and creativity and a time of reflection on the current state of the written word, writes After Nyne's Dominic Stevenson. To précis, t...
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Including my personal fave "Fran Lock – The Mystic and the Pig Thief (Salt Publishing)"

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Amber Tamblyn's Poetry About Dead Actresses Is Seriously Worth Thinking About

Amber Tamblyn's Poetry About Dead Actresses Is Seriously Worth Thinking About | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Did you even know she was poet? Two and Half Men actress and former Joan of Arcadia star Amber Tamblyn just signed to release a book of poems… about dead actresses. At first, the news ignites the thought of, that sounds odd and morbid, but when you think about it… it’s a noteworthy topic.
The book,
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Elgin Park: A Miniature American Town Brought to Life Through Photos

Elgin Park: A Miniature American Town Brought to Life Through Photos | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Welcome to Elgin Park, a nice wholesome mid-20th century American town, where big, old-timey cars drive down peaceful tree-lined streets of friendly neighborhoods, where the milkman still delivers milk bottles to your door, where people still go to the local car wash and small local movie theater. In these photos, Elgin Park appears to be [...]
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Elgin Park: A Miniature American Town Brought to Life Through @Photos – @PictureCorrect http://ow.ly/JtrTU

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TimesTalks - Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden with David Carr

TimesTalks - Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden with David Carr | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
When whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed the National Security Agency’s worldwide electronic surveillance program, it was to Oscar–nominated documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author Glenn Greenwald. Don’t miss this special opportunity to hear the director of “Citizenfour” – the film nominated for the
Academy Award for Best Documentary — and the first journalist to write about Snowden’s revelations, talk with New York Times media columnist David Carr
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TimesTalks - Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald & Edward Snowden with David Carr http://ow.ly/JaDDG |May my last act on Earth be this brave

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Rilke on What It Really Means to Love

Rilke on What It Really Means to Love | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
"For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks... the work for which all other work is but prepar
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Rilke on What It Really Means to Love. #BrainPickings http://ow.ly/IH6Xt <>"Sine Amore Nihil Sum"- http://ow.ly/IH7hv ;

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Pipeline explodes in West Virginia

Pipeline explodes in West Virginia | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Another day, another gas pipeline bursts—this time in West Virginia, about an hour away from Pittburgh and near the Ohio River .

A number of residents have said they saw what ...
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Pipeline explodes in WV http://ow.ly/I8hCz "fourth major pipeline incident that's occurred this month" #NoKXL

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Awarded Grant from Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Awarded Grant from Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it

The renowned Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has awarded @CameronConaway  a grant. This will allow him to travel back to Varanasi, India, to write about the Ganges River from a variety of perspectives. 

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. #HumanRights Champion @CameronConaway Awarded Grant from Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting http://ow.ly/HTa4S

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Poetry that frees the soul

Poetry that frees the soul | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
“It’s said that to be a poet, you have to go to hell and back.” Cristina Domenech teaches writing at an Argentinian prison, and she tells the moving story of helping incarcerated people express themselves, understand themselves — and glory in the freedom of language. Watch for a powerful reading from one of her students, an inmate, in front of an audience of 10,000. In Spanish with subtitles.
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Cristina Domenech: Poetry that frees the soul | Talk Video | TED.com http://ow.ly/HvyyG via @emotionalorphan

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Emma Bolden | Escape Into Life

Emma Bolden | Escape Into Life | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Emma Bolden - Ruben Cukier Melancholy Inside Gardens This sadness doesn’t curl inside the fact that the blossoms will die so much as the fact that they have blossomed, ...
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Emma Bolden | Escape Into Life ow.ly/NWFL6 #pOETRY #aRT#sOMETIMEScATS

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This Israeli Startup Just Leapfrogged Everyone with Apple Watch Payments | Agile Payments

This Israeli Startup Just Leapfrogged Everyone with Apple Watch Payments | Agile Payments | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
The 24me Apple Watch app allows users to tap a pay feature when reviewing tasks on the Apple Watch. The app is an extension of 24me’s iOS application.
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This Israeli Startup Just Leapfrogged Everyone with Apple Watch Payments | Agile Payments ow.ly/LHoUi

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National Poetry Competition 2014 - 3rd Prize. Last Exit to Luton by Fran Lock on Vimeo

In a collaboration between The Poetry Society and artist Alastair Cook, the winning poems of the National Poetry Competition 2014 have been reimagined as filmpoems.…
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3 Things To Consider When Choosing Between Calling Someone Out Or Calling Them In

3 Things To Consider When Choosing Between Calling Someone Out Or Calling Them In | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of talk lately critiquing call-out culture – and a lot of the concerns are valid. But is calling in always the answer? Or can that sometimes reproduce oppression inside social justice movements? Read this to get the lowdown on when each approach might be useful by centering
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Alice Fulton | Poetry, Fiction, Essays and Criticism

Alice Fulton | Poetry, Fiction, Essays and Criticism | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
The official site for author Alice Fulton with a biography, information about her books, recent press, upcoming appearances, and contact information.
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26-Year-Old Frida Kahlo’s Compassionate Letter to 46-Year-Old Georgia O’Keeffe

26-Year-Old Frida Kahlo’s Compassionate Letter to 46-Year-Old Georgia O’Keeffe | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
“I would like to tell you every thing that happened to me since the last time we saw each other, but most of them are sad and you mustn’t know sad things now.”
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26-Year-Old Frida Kahlo’s Compassionate Letter to 46-Year-Old Georgia O’Keeffe | Brain Pickings http://ow.ly/JO5xf

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Darkening, Then Brightening | Academy of American Poets

Darkening, Then Brightening | Academy of American Poets | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Kim Addonizio,

 

"The sky keeps lying to the farmhouse,
lining up its heavy clouds
above the blue table umbrella,..."

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Darkening, Then Brightening | #Kim Addonizio, @Academy of American #Poets http://ow.ly/JqkgI

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The Smiths

The Smiths | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Meat is Murder, 30 Years Later
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The Smiths - Meat is Murder, 30 Years Later - PASTE.COM http://ow.ly/IUPIn

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Writing Advice From Virginia Woolf: INFOGRAPHIC

Writing Advice From Virginia Woolf: INFOGRAPHIC | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Some of the tips include keeping a diary, going on walks, and forging innovative paths.
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Why we shouldn't shrug off the latest pipeline spill(s)

Why we shouldn't shrug off the latest pipeline spill(s) | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
U.S. pipelines have already sprung two major leaks in 2015, including the Yellowstone River's second oil spill in four years.
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Why we shouldn't shrug off the latest pipeline spill(s) | @MotherNatureNet http://ow.ly/I1iQC  #NOKXL

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Murder your Spreadsheets: introducing the editors who will keep you up to date on literary submission deadlines — /Read

Murder your Spreadsheets: introducing the editors who will keep you up to date on literary submission deadlines — /Read | The Written Word and Then Some | Scoop.it
Every month, we collect an exhaustive list of many of the deadlines for literary submissions, contests and awards and send out an email. Sign up today.
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