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The 5 Secrets Of Storytelling For Social Change

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Editor's Note: Jim Berk is Chief Executive Officer of Participant Media, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company that focuses on socially relevant, commercially viable feature films, documentaries and television, as well as publishing and digital...

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Have something important to say that will benefit the world we live in? Say it well, so people hear your message.

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On Selling Your First Novel After Umpteen Years

On Selling Your First Novel After Umpteen Years | Write On! | Scoop.it
Min Jin Lee
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Eleven years, eh? 
Kudos for Min Jin Lee, she did it! Her post makes for compelling reading, she had a lot to deal with.

The link came to me via Facebook and writer Jeffery Renard Allen at his writer's retreat in Dublin, Ireland. How long did it take him to publish Rails Under My Back? Don't know, but he did get his MFA in Creative Writing, and that can help writers in in making connections.

10,000+ hours is what it takes to become a real good writer. 

Ten years is what Dorothy Alison told us, participants of her workshop at the Centrum Port Townsend Conference, ten years to write a book. Or did she say to get it published? I don't remember. 

Two years, that's how long it takes before your book comes out after it's been sold. 

I hold on to the memory of writers who started publishing at a mature age. Authors such as Frank McCourt and Mary Wesley. He published his memoir, Angela's Ashes when he was 60. Wesley published two children's books in 1969 at age 57. But she only became really prolific after her first adult novel was published in1983, when she was 71. 

Imagine how many thousands of hours they put in! Imagine the material they'd penned before they were ready to publish!

There's hope for late bloomers!


 
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What To Know Before You Submit: 28 Great Tweeted Tips from Literary Agents 

What To Know Before You Submit: 28 Great Tweeted Tips from Literary Agents  | Write On! | Scoop.it

(This is Part 1 of a three-part series to kickstart your awesome 2017. Part 2 is a roundup of query letter submission tips, and Part 3 is a list of literar...)

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Need a literary agent? 
For starters, check out Chuck Sambuchino's Guide To Literary Agents Blog. 
The tweets collected in the linked post are filled with excellent advice what to do before you address an agent.
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Helpful Articles about Author Earnings - Income

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Helpful articles for writers who e-publish and are not dependent on major publishing houses. 
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Great grammar tips: 7 reliable resources for writers | Now Novel

Great grammar tips: 7 reliable resources for writers | Now Novel | Write On! | Scoop.it
Great grammar gives your writing power. The author Joan Didion once said ‘Grammar is a piano I play by ear… All I know about grammar is its infinite power. To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning …
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As an ESL writer my weakness is my strength, when in doubt I learned to look up how to spell, how to punctuate; when and where to place a comma, semicolon, or an apostrophe. 
In my native Dutch language, plural of a noun is created by using an apostrophe, in English it's not. 
Writing for the American market, I had to learn not to use British spelling, unless it's important to show the difference. And so on and so forth. 
Writers read, for craft, and entertainment. 
Writers, read for craft & entertainment!
Writers: Read for craft, and entertainment. 
Include grammar books and articles, it's all for the better.
And if you don't agree, please post a comment!
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Writing Consultant

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SERVICES PROVIDED: Primarily, my clients include writers of poetry who have full-length manuscripts (~9,000 words) or chapbook-length manuscripts (~3,000 words) that would benefit from an expert’s advice on how to prepare it for publication. On a case-by-case basis, I can also be available to fiction and nonfiction writers, including scientists and researchers. My rate is…
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Are you a poet & writer with a book length manuscript? Ready to have your work evaluated by an expert who values the right word as  much as you do? Jane Baugher is the word smith you may wish to consult before publication. 
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Playa Residency Playground for Artists & Writers

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“The Playa itself is a constant and powerful presence. We worked on the playa long hours everyday and watched the shifting dance of light and dark, mirage and reality, earth and sky.  It wa
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PLAYA's Fall 2017 Residency Application is now open. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. The Fall 2017 residency season will run from August through December 2017. All residency sessions will begin on a Monday and end on a Friday. Applicants may choose between periods of 2 week, 4 week, or 8 week sessions with 8 week sessions reserved for international applicants. If you have questions regarding PLAYA's residencies, or the application process, email them at info@playasummerlake.org.
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NaNoWriMo: Planning a Novel with Evernote Templates - Evernote Blog

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If you’re getting ready for NaNoWriMo (or just want to pursue a lifetime goal), our note templates for creative writing can give structure to your ideas.
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Evernote is my go-to note pad on touch phone, pad or computer screen. Check out the writing template, perfect for NaNoWriMo —if you can bother to stop with your own system on day 9 out of 31.
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RARE: Novel Conceptual Artwork (June 2015)

https://rareproject2015.wordpress.com/ A parisian writer composes his new novel page after page through a serie of artworks: paintings, photos, videos.
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Another way of presenting Art & Literature. 
RARE
This is life, this is live, a still of ...
A still of life, of live art making.

DARE - Dare to create in a different manner.

After authoring and publishing many books the conventional way Stephane Zagdanski does things his own way. Perhaps he always did, but translated his method for the outsiders, who think they are not outsiders, but regular readers, viewers.

After learning perspective and anatomy, there's abstract.
The abstract stands for what's behind it all. 
What is behind this all?
Check it out: the trailer, rareproject15 on Instagram 

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SCBWI | Work-in-Progress Grants

SCBWI | Work-in-Progress Grants | Write On! | Scoop.it
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This year's WIP Grants have been awarded. So if you're writing Children's or Young Adults' literature, get ready to submit your WIP for next year's application between March 1 - March 31 2017. Time flies, so get with it!
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Donald Maass

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Donald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980. His agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas.  He is the author of The Ca…
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Ready to send out your manuscript? Ready to query a top Literary agent? Make sure you cross your tees and dot your eyes, eh, i's. Something like that. The (head)hunting season is open!
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Crave More Blog Traffic? Outstanding Tips for Author -Bloggers - Anne R. Allen with Ruth Harris

Crave More Blog Traffic? Outstanding Tips for Author -Bloggers - Anne R. Allen with Ruth Harris | Write On! | Scoop.it
Blog traffic problems? by Anne R. Allen Attracting traffic to your author blog is probably the biggest challenge for new author-bloggers. (After actually getting around to starting the thing in the first place and writing some posts.) The problem is that most of the stuff you read about blogs isn’t terribly useful to authors. Blogging …
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Outstanding tip for bloggers: #4 - Learn to use and format subheaders. That's it. I thought I knew it all, but I've been ignoring that one special formatting feature. Don't just create paragraphs, use the subheaders feature. Who knew?
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Read Robert Plant's Testimony at Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial

Read Robert Plant's Testimony at Led Zeppelin 'Stairway to Heaven' Trial | Write On! | Scoop.it
Q. Sir, did Led Zeppelin use other people's music as their kernel, as you said in your direct testimony, as your kernel of an idea?
MR. ANDERSON: Objection, Your Honor.
THE COURT: Overruled.
THE WITNESS: In -- in -- in sort of the nest of rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues, there's always been cross-pollination without a doubt, yes.
BY MR. MALOFIY:
Q. And would you agree that --
A. We wouldn't have Little Richard, Larry Williams, the Beatles, all the people who've actually been involved with "Bony Maronie" or "Long Tall Sally" or, you know, "Short Fat Fannie" and all that stuff. It was all moving across space.
THE COURT: Okay. Next question.
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We are so much older now, so much younger than before. That's what I think listening to Stairway to Heaven. Funny, I wanted to lift my own quote from the court case transcript, and guess what I came up with?

"Q. Sir, did Led Zeppelin use other people's music as their kernel, as you said in your direct testimony, as your kernel of an idea? MR. ANDERSON: Objection, Your Honor. THE COURT: Overruled. THE WITNESS: In -- in -- in sort of the nest of rock 'n' roll and rhythm and blues, there's always been cross-pollination without a doubt, yes. BY MR. MALOFIY: Q. And would you agree that -- A. We wouldn't have Little Richard, Larry Williams, the Beatles, all the people who've actually been involved with "Bony Maronie" or "Long Tall Sally" or, you know, "Short Fat Fannie" and all that stuff. It was all moving across space. THE COURT: Okay. Next question."

I'm not sure whether the text under the portrait of Robert Plant was created the moment I highlighted, copied and pasted the text —usually a link is accompanied by the first paragraph of an article— but this could be an example of how people of a feather pick up on the same information that comes their way, i.e. exactly what Plant says about the cross pollination in the Arts.

Good listening, what ever the story. 
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Writing A Memoir? Avoid These Mistakes | BookBaby Blog

Writing A Memoir? Avoid These Mistakes | BookBaby Blog | Write On! | Scoop.it
Too often, an independent author writing a memoir doesn’t deliver the sort of book readers at large can appreciate. Avoid making these six mistakes.
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1. Don't settle old grudges in your writing? 
Why not? Let's have it! Revenge may be a dish best served cold, some grudges need to be taken care of in order to get them off your mind, and while writing, you may come up with a great way to feel gratified, produce a good story, and possibly feel less vindictive.  
You may be writing a memoir, write about something that happened from the point of view (POV) of another character (you are a character as well) and you may actually learn something new.
2. Excuse me. BookBabyBabe, A memoir is not an autobiography, so there's no need to mention all the people you've ever met. A memoir is about a specific subject or time in the writer's life. We write just one autobiography, but we may write 200 memoirs (if we have that many interesting subjects to cover, why not?).
3. I'll second that.
4. Writing down memories and thoughts does not a memoir maketh. Writing down is the first step. Writing is re-writing. Many times. Going deep, instead of wide, narrowing down, focusing, only then can we hit the target, and draw attention to the bull's eye.
5. Duh! Pedestrian writing may be well written, such middle of the road (get back on the sidewalk) prose may also be utterly boring. 
6. Bestsellers don't exist. In the past a book was a bestseller when the distributor sent a large number of books to many bookstores, no matter whether they sold or were returned to sender. Today a book becomes a bestseller when Amazon allows an author to sell (hear, hear) a book for free, 99 cents or $1.99 I'm not saying those books that are on sale are bad, I've bought quite a few excellent titles that way, but who says those books are ever read?

So instead of longing for a bestseller, let's say your memoir will be a success by the mere fact that you have done what not that many other people around you have accomplished, you have written a memoir. You are able to share your own special story with family and friends. Write with that kind of success in mind, don't worry yet about writing a bestseller. Write as good as you can, and then some. Get an editor. Pay the bucks. Get it right.
Mean while: Write On! 

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How to Start Your Novel

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By Chuck Sambuchino One of the most common reasons why agents and editors stop reading sample pages is simply that the story starts too slow. Gone are the days when a book could “get good on page 12.” We also can no longer compare our writing to classic works or even books written 30 years…
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The times they are a changing. Where to start your story. Speed it up a bit. Chuck "Writing Tip Meister" Sambuchino uses True Lies by James Cameron to show how great opening scenes in a movie do not make for a compelling start of a novel. 
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What Should Authors Expect to Earn? – She Writes

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What's the difference between a "legacy" and a "career" writer? Read all about (and shudder) it in Brooke Warner's clear expose. 
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Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences

Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences | Write On! | Scoop.it
The author of horror classics like The Shining and its 2013 sequel Doctor Sleep says the best writers hook their readers with voice, not just action.
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Enjoy the article? Read Stephen King's Memoir of the Craft: On Writing. Interesting for all readers. The 5 w's, Who, What, When, Why (does it matter), Where, provide insight in the writer's life. Priceless for writers. 
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WRITERS: Don’t let the 1% factor stop you

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We’ve all heard the horror stories of your abysmal odds making it from slush pile to published author. If you haven’t, allow me to frighten you with some stats from the Web: Agents get …
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I agree with Tawnya Showalter's headline, but other than that? At times it seems that another kind of slush feeds the myriad of mediocre books that line shelves real or virtual.

I'm a writer and editor, not by nature, I learned from the best, and the worst. The latter are not necessarily manuscripts that writers share for feedback, developmental- or line editing, but books published too soon. Too much content could do with another round of revisiting, re-visioning, and re-writing. 

Re-writing. Yes, the secret of excellent writing is re-writing. 

True, a wish for perfection has killed many a good idea, but going by the number of underdeveloped, inconsistent, badly written books, many promising manuscripts go to print too soon, without quality control. The editors of yore, who took pride in helping an author shine on the page, are hard to find. 

Those who work for today's publishing houses may have the right credentials, they're forced to operate in the first place like marketing and business specialists. I wonder how they sleep at night, claiming they love a book that would not have passed their scrutiny before. 

This said, if you're a writer, keep on keeping on, put your passion to work, do the best you can. And then have an unaffiliated editor give your manuscript the once over. You and your readers deserve the best! 
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If It Didn't Exactly Happen, Can It Be True? Andrea Simon on Research and Writing Historical Fiction

If It Didn't Exactly Happen, Can It Be True? Andrea Simon on Research and Writing Historical Fiction | Write On! | Scoop.it
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Stepping back from autobiographical writing in order to be able to fictionalized events you only know about in a second-hand-like fashion is of great importance. The less you know, the more you may become a hackler for facts and the truth, for fiction you used the same, but in a different way 
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Bitch Media Submissions Deadline November 30, 2016 for Spring Issue Spring 2017

Bitch Media Submissions Deadline November 30, 2016 for Spring Issue Spring 2017 | Write On! | Scoop.it
Bitch Media Submission Manager Powered By Submittable - Accept and Curate Digital Content
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Something to bitch about. Just kidding, do check out the print publication before submitting your non-fiction piece on family values.
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Fiction Writers Contests | Indiana Review

Fiction Writers Contests | Indiana Review | Write On! | Scoop.it
2016 Fiction Prize Final Judge: Aimee Bender Submissions to the 2016 Fiction Prize are now open until OCTOBER 31st midnight EST. Winner receives $1,000 and
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Paying an entree fee for the Indiana Review contest is a good deal. A win-win situation. Yes, you help pay for the prize, you slow help the magazine survive, and you get a subscription for a year. And if you win, having Aimee Bender as Judge is going to add plus points to your resume.
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In Case We Die by Danny Bland - Book Trailer

Local 638 Records is proud to announce the September 2013 release of the audiobook of In Case We Die, the first novel by Danny Bland. Bland, a 25-yea
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"Filthy, heroin soaked, nasty love story." ~ Danny Bland. 
How Seattle roadie, first time author got major musicians and other creatives to read chapters from his debut novel. 

Authors, think outside the box, but whatever you wind up doing, get good voices to read your book out loud!



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Lionel Shriver sparks censorship row in Australia after criticising cultural appropriation 'fad'

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American author Lionel Shriver has sparked an international row about censorship, artistic licence and respect for minorities after she delivered a scathing attack on the concept of “
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As a stage and costume designer for so called minority theater companies I've been excused from what could on another platform be called the heinous act of appropriation. After all, by visualizing the cultural identity of characters I helped actors in delivering their roles in the best possible way. 

Yet, as a visual (or studio) artist I've been loath to use characteristic elements of other cultures for my own art. 

Using tribal or cultural details for Robert Robertson's opera The Kingdom, or David Henry Wang's play The Railroad, was all right, stronger, was called for, but I would not use kimonos for my own art. This, while I'm happy to wear a kimono jacket, or shalwar kameez and kurta (Pakistani pants and frock).

As a writer, I pride myself in channeling the voice of an international cultural cast, in bringing to the page men, women and children. 

As a close reader, I can't find anything objective in Lionel Shriver's speech. If anything fault lies with the festival organization for changing the title of her lecture. Oh, and the speech naturally wasn't "entitled", as the Telegraph reports, or perhaps that was a Freudian slip, after all the Festival organization felt entitled to change a celebrated author's speech heading. 

And that young woman who got up and left the auditorium, well, she had a chip on her shoulder. She ought to write about that, become a voice that matters.  

Let's say anger is in the air.
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Intensity

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Ask yourself these questions: Do I wish for my readers to experience quiet, peace, placidity, and calm?  Or, do I wish for my readers’ experience to be intense?  I suspect I know your answer.  Who …
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In this priceless post Donald Maass nails the essence of storytelling. Beautiful writing isn't going to get your readers hooked, you need moment after moment of tantalizing moments that keep them reading, wondering whether the protagonist is going to be okay. 
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Donald Trump’s Ghostwriter Tells All

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Jane Mayer on Tony Schwartz, the journalist who authored “The Art of the Deal.”
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Writers, learn about the pitfalls (and in this case danger) of acting as a ghostwriter. 
Whereas a biography is (supposed to be) based on facts, and an autobiography may be marinated in the personal "jus" (no pun intended) of the storyteller, a ghostwriter runs the danger that comes along with having to please the client/subject, while trying to stay true to his convictions and observations. A fascinating read.
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James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Dies at 72

James Alan McPherson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Dies at 72 | Write On! | Scoop.it
“At first the words, without pictures, were a mystery,” he wrote in a memoir, “Going Up to Atlanta.” “But then, suddenly, they all began to march across the page. They gave up their secret meanings, spoke of other worlds, made me know that pain was a part of other peoples’ lives. After a while, I could read faster and faster and faster. After a while, I no longer believed in the world in which I lived.”
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RIP James Alan McPherson. This eulogy made me burst into tears. Yes, his life story touches me, yes, I'm sad he was only 72, Yes, only a year older than my dad when he died.
But why does reading about his death open the emotional flood gates?

There you have it in the caption below the portrait of a younger McPherson. While learning how to read books without pictures, James Alan McPherson "...no longer believed in the world in which I lived."

Yesterday, baffled by the title "The Right Way to Bribe Kids to Read" of KJ Dell'Antonia's article, I jotted above the headline, "The reward of reading is being transported to other places."

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