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How to Use Your Logline, Tagline, and Pitch to Create a Stronger Story

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by Marcy Kennedy Most of us think of a logline, tagline, and pitch as marketing tools we write after we’ve written our story so that we can use them to land an agent or as our book’s cover copy. We...
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The Clock is Ticking---5 Tips for Tighter, Cleaner Writing

The Clock is Ticking---5 Tips for Tighter, Cleaner Writing | Write!!! | Scoop.it

Time is our enemy. Most people don’t have enough. This is why our writing must be tight, direct and hook early. Modern audiences have the attention span of a toddler hopped up on 2 liters of Coke. We can’t afford to let them drift.

 

Drift=Bad juju

 

I’ve edited countless books, many from new authors. I see a lot of the same errors, and this is to give you a basic guide of what to look for in your writing. Be your own Death Star. Blast away this weak writing so that, once you do hire an editor, it won’t cost nearly as much because the editor won’t spend precious time (charged often by the hour) to note or remove these basic offenses.


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Where First Drafts Go Wrong and How to Get That First Draft Done

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When you write a first draft of a novel, you may be prone to spaghetti problems. The term was coined by Jon Franklin in his book, Writing for Story, which is about writing nonficiton; but it’s a useful concept for any type of writing.

 

Spaghetting is when you are writing along without a clear idea of where your story should go and you wake up one morning and the story is so tangled it seems like a plate of spaghetti. This happens to organic writers (otherwise known as those who write by the seat of their pants, or pansters), but also to those who are semi-organic-semi-planners (sometimes known as plansters). Strict outliners might avoid this problem, but they will have problems of their own.


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One Mistake Never to Repeat - How to Plan a Novel

One Mistake Never to Repeat - How to Plan a Novel | Write!!! | Scoop.it

Planning a novel isn’t as easy as brainstorming a bunch of ideas. Every action characters take have consequences and every plotline started needs to lead to something in the end (or along the way).

 

So what kind of planning does a writer need to do?  What kinds of tools can you use to get a good start?

 


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Break Your Procrastination Habit in 9 Easy Steps

Break Your Procrastination Habit in 9 Easy Steps | Write!!! | Scoop.it

Everyone procrastinates. Sometimes it’s fun to procrastinate. Sometimes waiting until just before a deadline is very motivating. And sometimes procrastination is even necessary—as a way to put off a dreaded task until we feel more energetic, prepared, or able to do it. 

 

But sooner or later, chronic procrastinating will begin to hamper job performance.

 


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Rethinking motivation

I’m in the planning stages of my next project, which is honestly my favorite part of the writing process. There’s no emotional cost to killing unwritten scenes, no niggling logic flaws, no exhaustion at page 72.

 

Plotting a movie is mostly figuring out who the characters are, and what obstacles they’ll face. In film school, we were taught to look at character motivation as the combination of two questions:

What does the character want?What does the character need?

 


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