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A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool

A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool | Write On! | Scoop.it
How do we discover new cities to visit? How do we remember where we've been? With all the tools at our fingertips, I'd still argue it's actually not all that easy. Hi, which just opened to the public today, is a beautifully designed way to find, share, and tell stories about places.

Via Gregg Morris
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Another "Path"?

Looks appealing, but the question is whether professional writers will indeed want to share their discoveries before making money with their material? 
If I wasn't intend on reading small print for the catch before, ever since the small print of #AmtrakResidences proved that writers gave away world wide rights (whether they'd win a residency or not), I'm more leery than ever. 
"It" does show protection —for others— the third parties from whom It participants use content or images (see #11 copyright).


"Hi" users themselves agree with the following:

3.2 License. You hereby grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Moments Management an irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free and fully paid, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and perform, prepare derivative works of, incorporate into other works, and otherwise use your User Content, and to grant sublicenses of the foregoing, solely for the purposes of including your User Content in the Services. You agree to irrevocably waive (and cause to be waived) any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to your User Content.

 Be aware that unless you, the writer, are paid by a publisher of a site, or publication, be it an Online or print publication, the owner of the platform where you post your content most often will state in small print that you have signed away your rights, merely by posting. 
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Good one, Gregg Morris!

Geek Girl Travel's curator insight, March 27, 2014 12:37 AM

Oooh, I an going to try this!

Tony Hall's curator insight, March 27, 2014 9:44 PM

This really quite cool. I haven't investigated the privacy aspect of using Hi but it looks simple to use. I'm heading heading to Siem Reap on Sunday so I will start to use it there:)

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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

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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

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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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The New Wave of Graphic Novels

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After “ignoring half the market,” publishers are targeting women readers with the next generation of book-length comics. Margaret Atwood weighs in.
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Take a comic to bed. Honestly, you may find you have something in common with the main character, she may seem flat, she's got more depth than many other eh... personae. 

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Girls and Boys Don't Need Separate Books

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The removal of pointless “keep out signs” based on gender prejudice is a victory.
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As a child I imagined I was the protagonist, no matter whether a she or a he. Identifying with characters embarking on sailing trips to the Far East, to Kaap Goede Hoop broadened my horizon, opened my mind to adventures that never seemed gender limited. 

 

At some point my love of American literature made me identify with old Jewish men, until I discovered British woman writers who put me in the shoes of heroines I could relate to. But when I read Roth, Bellow, Potok and the likes, I'm again a boy, discoring their fictional world.

 

Reading books by American male authors forewarned me about the separation of gender in the U.S., the boys, and girls clubs, separate tents, the red one in particular off limit to the guys. Coming to America for good, as an immigrant I had a hard time accepting that what I'd read was true in real life, why had this never occurred to me back home, in the Netherlands? What was it with this New World, that seemed so ancient? And how come contemporaries carried on with old ways that seemed so contradictory to de wish for "vooruitgang"?

 

 

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11 Facts Yü Should Know About the Umlaut

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1. The word “umlaut” comes from one of the Brothers Grimm.
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No, this is not a tongue twister.

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When Is a Blog the Right Form of Content Marketing?

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Experts agree: you blogging is the answer to winning content marketing. But is it really right for you? Learn about a few times blogging isn't necessary and what you're missing out on if you don't have a blog.
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So this is about business right? Marketing a brand or a product.
What about writers?


These days writers are considered to be entrepreneurs in their own right. Writers need an Internet platform, the have to make a name (0f or for) themselves. They need to sell their books and themselves (not literally, don't worry, only literary parts of you will be for sale).

 

You may have a website, but that's static. You're told to have a blog, to allow readers to communicate with you. But what are you going to talk about on your blog? 

 

Unless you have a focus, something to sell or tell that fills a need in the reader, your blog could as well be compared to the magnets on your refrigerator. Your refrigerator is only seen by your closest friends. Do your relatives pay attention at all? Ha, ha.

 

Think again.

 

Unless you fill a need, nobody will see what you're saying. 

 

Are you ready?

 

GO!

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Grit Magazine: American Rural Know-How

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What's your passion? Sustainability, organic gardening and cooking with eco friendly ingredients? If so, Grit may be the Magazine for you, as a reader and a writer. 

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How to Throw a Book Launch Party That Isn't a Waste of Time - BookBaby Blog

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Lounge or launch, which has more effect?

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J. R. R. Tolkien 10 Tips For Writers

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Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic. After all, many of us are looking forward to the last part of the trilogy - 'The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Ar
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Following the link I fell in love. Boom. Gone. Gone and Arrived at the same time. J.R.R. Tolkien's 10 Tips for Writers is packaged as a lovely runner, a list that speaks to me as I'm sure it will to you.

 

It's such a kick to see that Tip Number 5 was mine, was mine, was mine already ages ago. Because yes, yes, yes, writing poetry lead to writing prose! 

 

When I was a budding writer, someone told me my sentences were to perfect, to long, to whatever. So I starting writing poems, succinct, and to the point, moving away from the perfect prose my friend considered sound, safe and not energetic enough to be of interest. 

 

EssayMama rightfully credits Tolkien's biographer, the late Humphrey Carpenter, but who made that delicious runner? 

 

Searching for the answer, I happened upon a few copies of the out of print 1977 publication of Carpenter's biography of Tolkien, as well as Tolkien's Christmas Letters. 

 

I'm in heaven, I'm in heaven.

 

Today's #1 Tip is #5 on Tolkien's list. 

 

As for EssayMama, I hope students find advice on the blog or website, and don't let any mama, real or virtual, write their essays for them!

 

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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

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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)

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Amazon Unlimited Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses.

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Some self-published writers say their income has seen a large and rapid decrease under Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program, and argue that the system is unfair.
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Holly Ward, whose pen name is H.M. Ward left Amazon Unlimited after her income went down 75% thanks to the "all you can read" program. 

 

Since payment to authors is the same for a long or a short piece of writing, other authors didn't leave the program, as Ward did, but turned to serializing their work instead. Bob Mayer is one of them. He broke his book about seven failures of technology or leadership into seven individual Kindle Unlimited volumes, you can real all about it plus find the live link to his book in the article by David Streitfeld.

Click and take in. 

 

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Books

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Let's Read! Put on your thinking cap and take your leave, enter a world of make-believe, or hop on someone's train of thought. 

 

Writing the above, I'm hearing David Bowi - Let's Dance! 

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How to print a PDF booklet. - Macintosh How To

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By booklet I mean A4 pages folded in half to make an A5 booklet that you staple in the middle...
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If this is something that makes you giddy, as it did to me, please share! 

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Writers at Work Fellowship Competition

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2015 Fellowship Competition
W@W is pleased to announce its annual Fellowship Competition for emerging writers in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.

Prizes
Awarded in each category:


First Place: $1,000, publication in Quarterly West, tuition for the 2015 conference, and featured reading.
Second Place: $250.
Third Place: $200 conference tuition reduction.


Eligibility Requirements


Any writer who has not yet published, nor is under contract to publish, a book-length volume of origi
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Go for it. You have until January 31st to submit your application.

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The Small Business Transcriptionist

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Accurate and Affordable Transcription Services for Your Small Business Needs
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From Pod cast or MP3 to printed Word e-version or in print, if you have interviewed someone and have no time to transcribe, you may be in need of a transcriptionist. Never thought of that word, I would've come up with transcriber, what about you?

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All You Need to Know About the Author Platform

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What is an author platform and why you need to start building one right now? Learn what literary agents are looking for in new writers and aspiring authors.
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If you've been in your writer's den, and have committed to writing a novel, or other longitudinal piece of prose or poetry, if you're still a little miffed about the meaning of an author platform, because as far as you know all writers need to do is write a book...

 

WAKE UP!

 

Brew a cup of coffee, or steep your favorite infusion and get ready to roll onto the great big word wide web, find out about the Internet, and how you, yes you word smith, are going to network in a virtual manner. 

 

Surprise number 1: The work of selling your book is no longer just the publisher's business. These days a publisher may not even see your manuscript until your agent has submitted your brain child. 

 

Surprise number 2: An agent may not even consider taking you on as a client if you have no proven presence Online ... 

 

Well, that's not completely true.

 

If your work has been published in Literary Magazines, and people in the business (such as the editor of the Lit Mag, who in a way acts like a gatekeeper to the publishing world at large, if only because his or her interest in your work shows there's something to it, you've passed the first judgement so to speak) and therefore, if readers have seen your name and byline, well, then you have a readership, and readership is what counts. 

 

Still, even those who haven't been published in Lit Mags, but show target group and market promise through a functioning Internet presence —if not author's platform— look a whole lot better than a writer with no Online presence at all.

 

So, sit back and read what Jurij Burchenya has posted just for you! Helpful stuff!

 

Oh, and subscribe to this scoop.it! :-)

 

 

 

 

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