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Nice Things You Can Say to Anybody

Nice Things You Can Say to Anybody | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Columnist Leigh Newman weighs in on the tiny but enormously kind things you can say that may change a person's day...and (sometimes) even their way of looking at themselves.
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Worth remembering

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Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name

Homme de Plume: What I Learned Sending My Novel Out Under a Male Name | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
The plan made me feel dishonest and creepy, so it took me a long time to send my novel out under a man’s name. But each time I read a study about unconscious bias, I got a little closer to trying it.
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10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently

10 Things Highly Intuitive People Do Differently | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Intuition is challenging to define, despite the huge role it plays in our everyday lives. Steve Jobs called it, for instance, "more powerful than intellect." But however we put it into words, we all, well, intuitively know just what it is. ...
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19 Things Women Writers Are Sick Of Hearing

19 Things Women Writers Are Sick Of Hearing | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
We asked 19 female writers at AWP what they are tired of being told. Here's what they wrote.
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How to Pitch a Story to an Editor in the Media

How to Pitch a Story to an Editor in the Media | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Here's my best attempt to encapsulate what I've seen work -- and not work -- in pitching editors at various media outlets.
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How the 90s Went

How the 90s Went | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
As I recall people thought muffins were good for you at the beginning of the 90s, and bad for you by the end of the 90s.
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From my great thesis advisor, Joe Weil.

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Open letter from Dani Shapiro: “Dear Disillusioned Reader Who Contacted Me on Facebook”

Open letter from Dani Shapiro: “Dear Disillusioned Reader Who Contacted Me on Facebook” | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
"I’m sorry that my life as outlined by Google did not line up in synchronicity with the narrative of my memoir"
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A succinct primer for those that don't understand the difference between memoir and autobiography.

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Letters of Note: Make your soul grow

Letters of Note: Make your soul grow | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Fascinating letters. Interesting correspondence.
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Kassandra Aguilar's curator insight, March 13, 2014 2:39 PM

I found this article interesting because not many famous people would take time and write back to a letter that was sent to them written by a high school student. This author gave them advice and it wasn’t the same as the typical advice that is given to a high school student, like, “work hard” or “never give up on your dreams.” Even though this author is 84 he still managed to sound inspiring. I think that this is reliable because it is a letter that was written by an author and sent to some high school students that had written to him first.

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Eat, Pray, Love, Get Rich, Write a Novel No One Expects

Eat, Pray, Love, Get Rich, Write a Novel No One Expects | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
The post-guru literary career of Elizabeth Gilbert.
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From Topic to Presentation: Making Choices to Develop Your Writing | Writing Spaces

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Beth Hewett's Chapter from Writing Spaces demonstrates how to revise an essay in response to reader feedback.

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10 Timeless Quotes on Writing

10 Timeless Quotes on Writing | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
The best writing quotes can inspire the storyteller in all of us. And who else can give us goosebumps with words of advice on writing, than…

Via Dr. Clifton Justice
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I especially love the Hemingway quote.

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Dr. Clifton Justice's curator insight, May 21, 2013 11:58 PM

Wonderful bits of advice, as well as a glimpse into the writer's point of view.

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3 Facts to Help You Finish Your PhD

3 Facts to Help You Finish Your PhD | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
"Yeah, I'm finishing my PhD this summer," I said, smiling brightly to signify that this is a fact, something that will actually happen due to gravity or inertia or some other scientific, inevitable...
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Some worthwhile to keep in the forefront of my mind, especially Number 1. Finish!!

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Wanted: Pitch us your investigations on race and gender

Wanted: Pitch us your investigations on race and gender | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
We want to invest in groundbreaking investigations into two of the biggest issues around: race and gender in America. So, whether you’re an independent journalist with a hot idea to pitch or a news...
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Karen Russell Donates her Sleep -

Karen Russell Donates her Sleep - | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Amidst a busy semester teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, literary wunderkind Karen Russell talks to Vincent Scarpa about the inspiration of strange constraints, how a novella might work like a Florida thundershower, and her new ebook, Sleep Donation, out now from Atavist Books.
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Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book

Vibrant 'Club' Links Two Countries In Award-Winning Book | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Benjamin Alire Saenz won this year's PEN/Faulkner award for his latest collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club. The real-life Kentucky Club is just south of the U.S.-Mexico border, and Saenz joined a reporter there to talk about life in two countries.
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Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers

Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing. 
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I want . .  .

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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators

Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work
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This article echoes what I was already slowly concluding about procrastination.

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Alex Cowans's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:55 PM

This is a great meeting point of sorts between my research paper and the writing class. One thing that I thought was interesting and hadn't come across in my research was the concept of self-handicapping. I also agree with the end of the article where the author talks about letting kids make mistakes so they can learn from them. Let kids be "bad writers" because that's where the growth happens. Most of the improvements I've made in writing throughout school was when I got a paper back that explained what I did (or didn't do) to recieve the grade that I got.

Kassandra Aguilar's curator insight, March 20, 2014 2:14 PM

Even though we talked about this article in class, I decided to use it for this project. I chose this article because I felt that I could relate to it. Every time that I have to write a paper I always start doing everything expect for writing the paper. Even though I know I should take my time writing the paper I feel that I do better when I procrastinate. 

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“Waitress” by Dorianne Laux | World Literature Today

“Waitress” by Dorianne Laux | World Literature Today | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
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I love this poem. That is all.

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Me, the overly sensitive child

Me, the overly sensitive child | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
My family thought I was nuts for being so openhearted. But compassion is wildly rewarding, if you learn to survive
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What You Pawn I Will Redeem

What You Pawn I Will Redeem | The Writing Life | Scoop.it
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
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The Sun Magazine | Writing

The Sun is an independent, ad-free monthly magazine that for more than thirty years has used words and photographs to invoke the splendor and heartache of being human.
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A gorgeous publication: timely, heart-breakingly beautiful, one I aspire to be in.

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