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Amanda Hocking's Marketing Tools include intriquing visuals

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Amanda Hocking is giving away more than a book. She shares invaluable information on how to create your character's bio. Check it out, from picture with carefully shaped 4-day beard, gel spiked hair,  intriguing attire (suit vest, yet rolled up sleeves of white collar shirt, loosened tie) to favorite place —out on HIS boat (at age 20).

 

Visit the blog, and take advantage of Amanda (in a good way).

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PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Screenplay Contest Last Minute Deadline

PAGE International Screenwriting Awards: Screenplay Contest Last Minute Deadline | Write On! | Scoop.it
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April 15 is the last minute deadline. Are you ready?

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4 Writing Tips I Learned at Drama School ~ Chuck Sambuchino

4 Writing Tips I Learned at Drama School ~ Chuck Sambuchino | Write On! | Scoop.it
As an undergrad at NYU, I saw the writing classes I took as “core curriculum,” pure and simple. Sure, they were rigorous and fun, but they distracted from my real focus—the studio where I spent twenty-five hours a week learning how to act. It took several post-grad years for me to come to terms with the fact that I was not a particularly spectacular actress and that my happiest moments were spent typing on my laptop, lost in worlds of my own making. But that drama degree was not in vain. My stud
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Chuck is right on target. I know, for I as well have a background in the theater. Read and learn. Practice and play!

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How To Write Effective Loglines - ScreenCraft

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Guest post by Douglas King It is imperative for today’s screenwriter to understand the difference between a logline, tagline and synopsis and to be able to write an effective logline...
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Read, store, re-read. Or print out, post in your writing sanctum. Better yet, print out several copies, fold, put one under your pillow, carry other one in back pocket or purse and pull out when you lack gadget to entertain you. And of course bookmark the page, file under #screenwriting and read whenever you have a moment, or when you need a reminder what a logline is.

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Hugo House - New Works Competition 2015

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Every year, we hold a writing competition in conjunction with the Hugo Literary Series. We seek previously unpublished poems, short stories, and personal essays of no more than 1,500 words on the theme "One Hour" (scroll down for more info). The winner will receive $500 and an invitation to read at the final Hugo Literary Series on May 29, 2015, alongside Meg Wolitzer, Justin Torres, Amelia Gray, and musician Abi Grace. Entries must be received by March 31, 2015 at midnight. There is an entry fe
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Take one hour. Take one hour to write in real time about one hour. Take one hour at a time to write a story that takes place in one hour. Take one hour at a time and add them up to write about something that takes place or took place in one hour only. 

Take five. Take five minutes at a time to write for an hour. Take five minutes at a time to write for a few hours about an experience, or an activity, an event, a happening, something never to forget, that took place in one hour total. 

 

Write about the best, the worst, the most colorful, the weirdest, the most telling one hour in your life. 

 

Write about an hour you wish would have lasted forever.

 

Write about an hour you wish could be erased from everyone's memory. 

 

Write about the hour it took to tie your shoelaces because ...

 

Write about the hour you visited another era wearing Calvin Klein underwear, and do not copy Back to the Future, you oaf!

No plagiarizing! Stealing of an idea is all right, but make it your own!

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Submit Your Story | Chicken Soup for the Soul

Submit Your Story | Chicken Soup for the Soul | Write On! | Scoop.it
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See if you've got a fitting story for one of the upcoming book titles under the umbrella. And check back once in a while, for today's titles will be replaced by others.

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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 12, William Faulkner

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 12, William Faulkner | Write On! | Scoop.it
The Paris Review is a literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers.
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You think you know it all, all the answers to all the questions, or perhaps all the questions that you think you can predict the answers to, and then you talk to Faulkner.

Smile.

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What Should I Charge? How to Justify Your Freelance Rates

What Should I Charge? How to Justify Your Freelance Rates | Write On! | Scoop.it
Your clients don't pay you for what you make, they pay you for results—a subtle difference that can help you dramatically increase what you charge.
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Now this is a refreshing take, after all, when writers do the math it often turns out they do not make enough to ever buy a coffee out. Of course there's a difference between copywriters and creative writers, between advertising and marketing wordsmiths and novelists or memoirists, yet if you approach the business of words (to bring home the organic coffee beans, or turkey bacon) from the creative mind set, you'll be screwed. 
So. listen to the man. See if you're brave enough to claim your worth.  

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Winter 2015 Story Contest | Narrative Magazine

Winter 2015 Story Contest | Narrative Magazine | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Have you  visited the Narrative website? Such a great platform. The Narrative contest is open to Fiction and Non-Fiction. The deadline is March 31st 2015. Go for it!

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Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf : Women Writers, Women's Books

Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf : Women Writers, Women's Books | Write On! | Scoop.it
psychological sentence of the feminine gender
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The quote above "psychological sentence of the feminine gender" was the one I had picked out myself. 

 

was the one I had picked put myself to mention here. Interesting to see that those words were meant to be scooped up and shared already. I mean, I didn't put them up there.

 

Louisa Trager is the author of The Lodger. I haven't read the book yet, but given Trager's post for Women Writers, Women Readers about the writing of Woolf and Richardson I'm interested in taking a close look at it.

 

The information about women writers is not just for women writers.

Male writers benefit who write women characters into their stories benefit from knowing how a woman writes, because it's in great lines how a woman thinks.

 

If you don't (or do) agree with this, hoot your horn, post a comment, or share on Twitter or Tumblr or wherever you host your own writers' parties. 

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How to Format Your Novel for Submission (And Why It Matters)

How to Format Your Novel for Submission (And Why It Matters) | Write On! | Scoop.it
Once upon a time I was reading through some fiction by well meaning (and sometimes very talented) indie authors. Among the pieces was a screenplay that the writer wanted desperately to sell and tha...
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Clean and to the point, that's how this advice reads, and looks on the page. Exactly the way you want your proposal or submission to look. Write On! and Good Luck! 

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On World Read Aloud Day - I like to tell my story from my point of view.

On World Read Aloud Day - I like to tell my story from my point of view. | Write On! | Scoop.it

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Hello, my name is Judith, my architect friends in Los Angeles called me the dutchessabroad. I like it, I'll always be the Dutchess and most of the time I'm abroad.
Even if I have settled down, with a house and a fig tree and kiwi plants in my yard and a dog that barks as though she's whispering when she wants to alert me, I'm still away from where I grew up.

When your cradle (or in my case that antique pram) stood in an other country, another place in the world, you look at the world in a different way.
That's what I like to share, my stories, my point of view.

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▶ Mindmap Kindle eBook Planning And Action Strategies - YouTube

▶ Mindmap Kindle eBook Planning And Action Strategies - YouTube | Write On! | Scoop.it
Want to finish your Kindle book faster? This video will break down what's in your way, and give you strategies on using mindmapping to get it done faster. Fo...
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The first time someone mentioned Mind Map I didn't realize it was the same as "clustering", which I learned about thanks to Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Rico. Clustering  is what I've been doing for over twenty years.
Whenever I have to organize my thoughts I grab a piece of paper write the central issue or subject in the middle of the field, circle it and write associated words around the first one, circling each one of them. Then I draw lines outward, to add more associations.

 

The other day I started playing with Coggle and I love it. Love with a capital L.

 

Bob Jenkins introduces us to creating a Mind Map on a computer. He uses the free downloadable Freemind, which I haven't used yet. 

His adaption of Freemind to use while creating your Kindle book is worth checking out. 

 

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Michael Noll Interviews author Jeffrey Renard Allen

Michael Noll Interviews author Jeffrey Renard Allen | Write On! | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Renard Allen is the author of two collections of poetry, Stellar Places and Harbors and Spirits, and three works of fiction, including the novel, Rails Under My Back and the story collectio...
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Stream of consciousness narration in third-person means the author dives deep into the character's psyche. Read the book and read about the book to write your own stories with unexpected perspective.

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Call for Grief Writing

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Click to view the prizes and the judges Click here to enter the competition Click here to download a poster for your noticeboard
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A writing contest for inclusion in an anthology on grieve. 

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Poets and writers, submit your grief writing for this anthology!

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Christos Tsiolkas on how he wrote The Slap – Guardian book club

Christos Tsiolkas on how he wrote The Slap – Guardian book club | Write On! | Scoop.it
Christos Tsiolkas explains how the new multicultural Australia, and a defiant child at a family barbecue, inspired him to write his bestselling novel
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Tsiolkas provides insight in how a writer can use something that happens a certain way in real life for a fictional account. Don't be hung up on "this is how it happened", change what really happened so you can make the points you wish to make. 

 

Read about the in real life experience of the writer, what do you think, isn't that an amazing moment in time? No, I won't give it away here, you'll need to visit the Guardian article. 

 

What would have happened if Tsiolkas had decided to just tell the reader what happened, as he obviously did in the article? Kisses, hugs, make up, all done, right? No exciting domino effect, not enough conflict for a book, just enough for a personal essay about generational differences and new understanding.

 

 

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Writing for TV The US Perspective - 1. Behind the Curtain: The Writers' Room

Writing for TV The US Perspective - 1. Behind the Curtain: The Writers' Room | Write On! | Scoop.it
In the first of three blogs examining writing for US productions, Laura Eason gives a detailed analysis of the process behind storylining and writing a season of hit drama 'House of Cards'.
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The focus in this episode of the blog is on The House of Cards, but I'd like to draw attention to The Bible, and that's not a joke, but wise advice. Always keep the bible in the back of your mind when writing for a TV-series.

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WGBH American Experience . Mount Rushmore | PBS

WGBH American Experience . Mount Rushmore | PBS | Write On! | Scoop.it
they seasoned the movie with a few geographical liberties. In the finished film, a Frank Lloyd Wright-like house and the mythical "Cedar City," complete with an airport, perch at Mount Rushmore's summit.
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Great article about Hitchcock's dream to film at Mount Rushmore. About creative liberties: "...they seasoned the movie with a few geographical liberties. In the finished film, a Frank Lloyd Wright-like house and the mythical "Cedar City," complete with an airport, perch at Mount Rushmore's summit.

In writing we call that creating "composites".

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Gigantic Sequins Submission Manager

Gigantic Sequins Submission Manager | Write On! | Scoop.it
If you have submitted to us within the past 6 months, you may order a SUBMITTER'S DISCOUNT subscription through this page.Here are our general guidelines for our open reading periods:

Gigantic Sequins accepts all genres of writing. Gigantic Sequins also accepts black & white art in any medium except photography. See specific guidelines for each category below. We accept simultaneous submissions under the condition that the contributor lets us know immediately if the work has been accepted else
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A place to place your writing, between mirrored semi colons.

 

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Authors and teenagers share the books that saved their life

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From Judy Blume to My Mad Fat Diary to Catcher in the Rye, authors and teen site members share the books that saved their lives – on Blue Monday (whether or not it’s the most depressing day of the year!)
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What if I say that there wasn't a book that saved my life? What if I say I  couldn't read at worth a dime at thirteen, after my father died. What if I tell you I read the same sentence over and over and nothing made sense?

And then the summer after I lost my dad, I discovered Roald Dahl. His short stories were strange, but that's exactly what worked. Dahl's crazy stories made sense when life as I had known it ceased to exist. And so did Jung's book on dreams, and Buddhism. 

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davidjrogersftw

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Starting life Fresh: Living to Win
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Read the blog post "learned helplessness" gosh, I've seen a few of those buggers around. Have you? Are you suffering from that type of self doubt? Keep reading, I think Rogers is on to something, as he said in his introductory tweet to me, he writes for all artists and writers. 

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How to Write About Family Members in a Memoir

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To write honestly and compassionately about members of your family, you must first reflect on your purpose, your approach, the details of your story and the potential reactions your family members might have. Here's how to do that.
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Write to understand, not out of vengeance. 

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Links to 26 Scripts for Your Consideration

Links to 26 Scripts for Your Consideration | Write On! | Scoop.it
Here are links to the scripts we've found so far. Check back regularly for the latest updates.
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This gold in the hands of a (budding) screenwriter, and anybody who likes to read scripts. I know I do. 

For writers great to see the formatting, the white space, and 

 

The White Space.

 

 Forget, or keep the Golden Globe in mind, and read to your heart's content. I know I will. 

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Advice for all Creatives || Actors, Artists, Writers || You there!

Advice for all Creatives || Actors, Artists, Writers || You there! | Write On! | Scoop.it
Time for those resolutions... Instead - think of it as dusting off the cobwebs and letting in the sparkle... Some quick thoughts for basking in that sunshine that will grow brighter as the weeks go...
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Start with this one, to me it's like I hear myself talking. 

For the creator perhaps harder to follow than for the recipient.

Or?

Let's go. 

Point after point.

Look in the mirror and tell your self: You too, you can do this. 

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Submission Guidelines

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Submission Guidelines
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To my surprise I found something to listen to on the site of this Journal. Hit the play button repeatedly. Check it out. And then open another browser window and see if there's something you want to submit. 

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Tax Strategy 101 for Indie Authors

Tax Strategy 101 for Indie Authors | Write On! | Scoop.it
For indie authors, everything from printer paper to paper clips to travel is a potential tax write-off. The trick is staying on top of your expenses and knowing where to draw the line.
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Start of the new year, time to appropriate another shoe box for your receipts. Something from the past, sure, whatever way you keep track, is the best way, as long as you do it.

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