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Write Novel in 13 chapters, ready for Episodic Drama

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Binge-viewing has become such a popular way for Americans to watch TV that it is changing the ways that networks create and distribute episodes.
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Just thinking: Why not write a novel as if made for TV. Until now juming from one scene (location) to the next was not done in stories, only done in episodic drama, on TV, and yes in film. To remember TV shows that didn't jump around much means you're ancient. And to be ancient and still wanting to be part of the fun means you've got to get with it.

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Control the Pacing of Your Novel, Memoir, Screenplay - Martha Alderson

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Control the pacing of your novel, memoir, screenplay plot your scenes to rise and fall in the dynamic pattern Plot Planner found in all great stories.
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The track record of Martha Alderson aka the Plot Whisperer is commendable, a gold medal Writer's Digest blogger she's a gregarious teacher with inspiring videos on YouTube and books to add to your writing craft library. 

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Openings: Intrigue Versus Engagement

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A great deal has been written about openings.  Without question they are important.  The opening is the first impression.  It creates a story promise.  It poses questions that need answers.  It pul...
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What makes you borrow or buy a book? What is the hook that catches you right behind the gill? Ouch! Too painful? What grabs you?

 

Important stuff for writers. How to grab the reader.

 

You ought to read the whole article, Donald Maass deserves your attention, but if you don't have time, do as most people do, hop, skip and scroll to the very end of his blog post for the two pointers that truly matter.

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5 Things Learned by Organizing Book Blog Tour

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The past few months have been insane, but it is good to be back after a longer-than-expected hiatus! I thought setting Automaton up for publication would be the hardest part, formatting it and subm...
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Amanda Clemmer makes a good point for asking money when you organize another writer's blog tour. 
It's work! 

All her other arguments about planning are to the point as well. 

Oh, oh, oh, I had to put my tuppence, in right? 

 

My suggestion, get together with other authors and do the work for one another. Meaning, you wear the PR hat for her or him, and s'he does the same for you. That way you won't have to ooh, and aw about having to sell your self. 

Right. 

Read Amanda's post, good stuff. 
 

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POETRY CONTEST - Submit your POEM - Winners Will Be Seen!

POETRY CONTEST - Submit your POEM - Winners Will Be Seen! | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Sometimes you're inspired by something you don't like or don't believe, or see a different way than somebody else.

Your voice counts.

A 13-year-old daughter's poem titled "My Mommy" was shown on the website of WildSound.

That poem may trigger a middle-aged woman to write something along the lines of "My Mother, Myself and I", a man to use "The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", whatever gets you going, grab those words and pin them down, and enter to win, or just for the hell(o) of it. 

 

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Like Not All Book Smell? Odor Remover to the Rescue!

Like Not All Book Smell? Odor Remover to the Rescue! | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Rancid butter cookie smell stuck to an oft used cook book? Smelleze to the rescue! Check out the YouTube How-To video I Scooped earlier.

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How to Set up A Productive Writing Routine

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Routines are popular among creative writers, and for good reason. They enforce the habit of writing and help you stay productive and consistent in your work. But they're also tragically easy to fal...
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Best advice ever: Write 500 words a day.

Next best advice: Take a break, go fishing, have fun with friends. Your mind works on behind the scene anyway. When you get back to your writing, you'll have progressed!

More advice: Some days you'll write 500, some days you'll place a comma, and take it away at the end of the day, another day you'll write 1705 or 2400 words, or even more.

Don't stop because 500 was your goal, no number is written in stone. Tally at the end of the month and see what you've done.
The average may be 500 words a day even though you "wasted" time boating or knitting in front of the TV.

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The Pearl that Broke Its Shell - Nadia Hashimi - E-book

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A luminous and unforgettable tale of two women, destiny, and identity in AfghanistanKabul, 2007: The Taliban rules the streets. With a drug-addicted father...
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Editor/Reader dilemma. I'm interested in the premise of this book, am interested in reading across the border, and I love the cover, but looking at a sample online, I notice the opening sentence needs editing. An ominous beginning.

 

This is a matter of mixed up choices, of the author's confusing the omniscient narrator and the 1st person P.O.V. narration.

 

Who's (on) first?

 

The narrator still has to round the corner, but already notes the craned neck of the waiting person. Seeing relief in Shahla's eyes from a distance that is still far enough to have to be covered running is not quite believable. 

 

Yes, this way of reading spoils the pleasure, call it professional deformation, if made use of in an earlier stage, before publication, such scrutiny can make a book better.

 

While my curiosity is great, I dread reading an already published book with red pencil in hand.

 

I know for sure there are thousands, if not millions of people who read without my handicap, and to them I'd so I'd say, read, enjoy!

 

And I'm urging my critical self to give the writer a chance, especially since the publisher offers the book for just $1.99 today. Chances are that the opening line was labored on for too long, I may not come across stumbling blocks such as the one spotted head on, further down the line. 

 

Toss up. Head or tails.

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Submissions Guidelines for NILA Literary Magazine Soundings

Submissions Guidelines for NILA Literary Magazine Soundings | Write On! | Scoop.it
Submission Guidelines Soundings Review is now paying contributors for accepted work. We offer $25 for each piece of prose and $10 for each poem, paid on publication. Submissions for the issue are n...
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What does a ferry have to do with submission of your poetry or prose? Well, for one, Whidbey [would be] island is the home of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) and you take a ferry to get across the water of Puget Sound. Not that you need to hand deliver your writing, but still, you may wish to literally touch base some time, to take or present a workshop for instance.

 

You could of course drive all the way up north to Anacortes and cross Deception Bridge to the top of Whidbey, which in itself is a special trip, but crossing the water adds to the adventure, crossing the water may open your mind, crossing the water affects Soundings so to speak.


Look up Hexagram #59 of the I-Ching: Crossing the Great Water.

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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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Grief 

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

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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

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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

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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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▶ GEORGE R.R. MARTIN | Master Class | Higher Learning - YouTube

http://www.tiff.net/higherlearning/events/george_martin Bestselling author of the A Song of Ice and Fire cycle, George R.R. Martin, joins students and facult...
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Game of Thrones author dreamed of more interesting places than his own home as a child. See where dreaming can get you?

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Review: E. L. James’s ‘Grey’ Goes Inside His Brain, and, Yes, His Pants

Review: E. L. James’s ‘Grey’ Goes Inside His Brain, and, Yes, His Pants | Write On! | Scoop.it
E. L. James continues to mine the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise, delivering the same story that is in the first book, but from Christian Grey’s point of view.
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First, find out what the Dutch slang "jongeheer" means, then decide if you're ready to hear "him" speak for 559 pages.

 

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How to Market Your Book Gangnam Style

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If you've not yet heard of Gangnam Style or Psy, you've got to get your nose of that book or whatever else you've been doing, come back to planet Earth and take a moment to watch the video below. It's garnered 600 million views (yes ... that's right ...
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#4 Give yourself 10 years to be an overnight success.

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25 Acts of Body Language Writers Use to Add Depth to Characters

25 Acts of Body Language Writers Use to Add Depth to Characters | Write On! | Scoop.it
Our body language exhibits far more information about how we feel than it is possible to articulate verbally.  All of the physical gestures we make are subconsciously interpreted by others.  This c...
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The author of this blog post, Marc Chernoff wants you, the reader to be more aware of your body language. You the writer may take his 25 points to give more depth to characters in your stories.

Changing body language over time will show the psychological development of a character, think Pygmalion (the play) or My Fair Lady.

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Save Your Smelly Books

Do-it-yourself information on repairing books.
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This may not be about writing, I'll Scoop up this YouTube video anyway because I immediately thought of certain books in my library that would benefit from a Smelleze treatment, in particular one ancient cookbook that seems to have taken on the odor of rancid butter thanks to often looked at baking recipe pages. I looked up the product and think it's eco safe, better yet, will make your environment's air better. 

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James Patterson Teaches How To Write A Best-Selling Book | MasterClass

James Patterson Teaches How To Write A Best-Selling Book | MasterClass | Write On! | Scoop.it
James Patterson teaches an online writing class on how to write a best-selling book
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Write Stories Don't Write Sentences. 

 

That's lesson number one, given for free. After you watch the trailer for Patterson's Master Class, scroll down and check out Annie Leibovitz's, learning to see like a photographer, or any artist for that matter, will help you be a better story teller. 

 

Listening to Usher and Dustin Hoffman, well, eh, think character driven stories. You get my drift? 

 

Listening to successful professionals, people who've put in more than 10,000 to perfect their trade will rub off. If you're ready to accept being bit by the bug that bit them a long, long time ago. 

 

If you don't want to spend the money (perhaps even make some instead) interview professionals you admire, or people who have lived interesting lives. Take in their stories, and help them share them with the world. 

That's what writers do. Look, listen, replay, revision, release, relate.

 

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Oscar Wilde in Americ,

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Where to place a comma. Where to place a comma? Where, to place a comma.Years ago the Greek poet Olga Broumas, who writes in both mother tongue and English, presented a lecture at Centrum's Port Townsend Writers Conference. Her notes on the different placing of comma's in either language strung a chord with me, for the same is true for Dutch and English.

 

"Eats, Shoots & Leaves" by Lynne Truss should be great help for the unsure.

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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

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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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