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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love!  via PHILOSBOOKS | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

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Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

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Ali Anani's curator insight, April 30, 2014 2:11 AM

love writing what you love

♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, May 6, 2014 5:45 PM

Writing is love

Flurries Unlimited's curator insight, March 10, 2016 10:17 AM

 

This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

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Writing Is Easier When You Stop Trying So Hard

Writing Is Easier When You Stop Trying So Hard | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Struggling to make progress with your writing? Maybe you need to step back and take a breath. 

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Stop trying so hard! Dare we say even if it means not writing for a spell? Yes, is the advice given by this author. You may need to take a step back for your writing to recover.

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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
From some of the experts in our midst comes a host of powerful and effective writing exercises that will get students thinking critically and creatively.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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I love these suggestions for writing exercises! These are super for students, but will work equally well for writers of all ages.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 8, 6:06 PM

There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for different grade levels. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 28, 6:51 AM
Scripts have to be written~ There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for your production project in mind. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.
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How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.)

How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Sometimes I am all about balance. I want to work in that exact rhythm of nurturing all parts of my life: getting good work done, but also seeing plenty of friends, discovering new places in the city, and being an all-around good citizen. 

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I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon this young writer's website, but I'm glad I did. One of the freshest voices I've read in quite a while, she doles out juicy wisdom nuggets on writing and life. Enjoy!

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 4, 8:23 PM
Love this blog.
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The Best of Copyblogger: 2016 Edition - Copyblogger

The Best of Copyblogger: 2016 Edition - Copyblogger | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Catch up on Sonia Simone's top picks from the Copyblogger blog during 2016 ... and get a sneak peek at Copyblogger's manifesto for 2017.
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As 2017 fast approaches and 2016 draws to a close, one of my favorite writing websites, Copyblogger, sums up their best of the best advice.

Start your New Year off with a bang! Bookmark this site quick.

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Deborah Fillman's comment, January 4, 12:36 AM
Great share! Thanks, I needed a nudge to get motivated!
Deborah Fillman's curator insight, January 4, 12:37 AM
As 2017 fast approaches and 2016 draws to a close, one of my favorite writing websites, Copyblogger, sums up their best of the best advice.

Start your New Year off with a bang! Bookmark this site quick.

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Penelope's comment, January 4, 9:53 AM
Glad you liked it, Deborah! Have a wonderful writing year. :)
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Falling Behind During NaNoWriMo? 3 Tips to Get You Back on Track

Falling Behind During NaNoWriMo? 3 Tips to Get You Back on Track | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
If you get behind on your NaNoWriMo word count goal, here are three tips to help you write more quickly and get back on track.
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It's the middle of November, so hopefully all you NaNoWriMo writers are up to 25,000 words. However, if not, try these three fun tips to get back on track all the way to "The End."


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5 Killer Online Journaling Tools You Should Try Out - LifeHack.org

5 Killer Online Journaling Tools You Should Try Out - LifeHack.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
A selection of online journaling tools that you can use to take your journaling practice digital.

Via elearning hoje
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Journaling is a great way to sort out emotions and solve problems. Bonus? You're squeezing in writing at the same time. Five online tools can make the job so much easier. Evernote, one of my favorites, makes the list again!

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Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, November 22, 2016 4:31 AM

Post very interesting, revealing some aspects that I did not know about journaling tools. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish, more about business tools can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

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650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing: NYTimes.com

650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing: NYTimes.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Here are 650 student opinion questions that invite narrative and personal writing, all together in one place.
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Wow! Over half a million writing prompts to fire up creativity. Something for everyone.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 9, 2016 2:20 PM
Need something to get you--or your students writing? Great prompts.
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“Writer’s Block” Is a Lie—And It’s Ruining Your Writing: The Write Practice

“Writer’s Block” Is a Lie—And It’s Ruining Your Writing: The Write Practice | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Writer's block is the self-inflicted phenomenon of making choices that frequently lead to failure. And when you recognize that, you can beat it.
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I love this post because of actionable steps the author gives in unblocking most common stubborn story spots—the start—or the middle. He suggests writer's block is just a series of excuses not to get the work done. I agree, but how to get it done if you are just plain stuck? Read on, and write on!

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Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/writers-block-lie/
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NaNoWriMo: Planning a Novel with Evernote Templates Medium.com

NaNoWriMo: Planning a Novel with Evernote Templates Medium.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

In November, nearly half a million people around the world will embark on a remarkable quest. National Novel Writing Month. 

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Fiction writing can be a daunting challenge for even the most talented. Facing a blank page can snuff out creative sparks that once burned brightly. 

Enter Evernote. I use this powerful tool all the time for clipping web pages, PDF's, etc. Evernote has created six powerful templates found inside this article that can be saved and used to the NANO writer's advantage. A little planning may get the timid writing instead of quaking. Super tool to add to your writing arsenal.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 15, 2016 9:48 AM
For Evernote fans--or beginners--some templates to use during NANOWRMO
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Do commas still matter? - WashingtonPost.com

Do commas still matter? - WashingtonPost.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
In a world with auto-correct, good grammar gets short shrift.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Confession. I was brought up in a generation where spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc., mattered more than life itself. I am a proper grammar fanatic, so I was overjoyed to read Kathleen Parker's article, and agree wholeheartedly.

Yes! It matters, and is a help to the reader. Please, writers, focus on proper grammar. It will be effort well spent.

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Content Creation: What I’ve Learned From Writing 157 Articles This Year

Content Creation: What I’ve Learned From Writing 157 Articles This Year | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
We’ve all been baited into those lists of recycled tips where the author lists 10,000 excruciating content creation tips, all of which you’ve heard over and over again. I’m pretty sick of it, s…
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This one's a keeper for struggling writers. The tools, such as Quora, for idea generation, and the illustration using Workflowy are brilliant! Great article.

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Book Deadline Challenge: Final Update - The Write Practice

Book Deadline Challenge: Final Update - The Write Practice | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

A few months ago, I accepted a challenge to finish my book by September 2. The challenge came with stakes. If I missed my deadline, I had to give $1,000 to the presidential candidate I despise the most.You're probably wondering, "Did you succeed? 

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I could relate to Joe Bunting's article, as he accepted a challenge to finish his book by a deadline. He details his sometimes joyful, sometimes painful process, all the way through to the finish line.

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Link to the original article:  http://thewritepractice.com/book-deadline-final/
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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Maya Eilam is a freelance New York City graphic designer making digital and printed works that bring creativity to communication. Including websites, logos, social media graphics, custom lettering, illustration, photography, infographics, and more.

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Visuals are wonderful learning tools, and this beautiful infographic is a keeper. Created by an artist to depict "The Shapes of Stories" by Kurt Vonnegut, the pictures are worth a thousand words.

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Why Novellas (aka Short Novels) are Making a Comeback (and Five Great Posts for Novella-Writers)

Why Novellas (aka Short Novels) are Making a Comeback (and Five Great Posts for Novella-Writers) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Novellas have, since e-publishing took off, become far more popular than they used to be.


Via elearning hoje
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I love this post stating the case for aspiring authors to begin with a novella (or short novel). It's only 20-40K words, the cast of characters small, and the action fast paced. If writing 70,000 words is daunting, give a novella a try, and consider creating a series to boost readership.

Easy to write, easy to read.

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The Best Job in the World: LucyFlint.com

The Best Job in the World: LucyFlint.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

When I'm good and happy with my writing project, when I've had a solid two weeks of decent output, regular insights, normalish emotions, then I'm ready to put a cherry on top of everything and declare writing the best job in the world.

I mean, it is, right?

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I just had to scoop another article from Lionhearted Lucy Flint. Her writing is that good, and you can feel her passion and soul in all of it.

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 7, 3:29 PM
I agree entirely. When your book is out, it's very gratifying.

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How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist

How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
I love a good page turner. There are few things more satisfying to me then starting a book and not physically being able to put it down. So much so that you look up from said book only to realize that you've been in your pajamas all day, and now it's nighttime. Such was the wonderful…
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I absolutely love stories that stand up the hair on your arms--those rare plots where you never know what's lurking around each corner and senses are firing on all cylinders.

Want to know how to write your own creeper? This article gives us some really great ideas for a whiplash of a ride sure to thrill the reader.

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Florida Humanities Council: How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida

Florida Humanities Council: How a beloved author learned to love Christmas in Florida | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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In the spirit of celebrating Christmas in Florida, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, writes about the way we do things differently here.

A nice slice of history for the holidays.

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Write On: 27 of the Best Books on Writing: Medium.com

Write On: 27 of the Best Books on Writing: Medium.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Writing is, as a general rule, hard. Defining yourself as a writer can be even harder. Sure, there are other difficult practices like law and medicine out there, but a person becomes a lawyer or a…
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The methods of book writing are myriad, and the how-to's of the craft infinite.These are one blogger's perspective on 27 of the best. I do agree with the recommendations of Stephen King's "On Writing" and Anne Lamott's, "Bird by Bird." Some of the others have been on my list to read.

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The Tiny Houses of Famous Writers - BookRiot.com

The Tiny Houses of Famous Writers - BookRiot.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Writing sheds and tiny houses of famous authors!
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We just can't get enough of inhabitable tiny houses. Not surprisingly, famous authors wrote in them, too!

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8 Awesome Microsoft Word Hacks (Infographic): Entrepreneur.com

8 Awesome Microsoft Word Hacks (Infographic): Entrepreneur.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
There's more to Microsoft Word than changing fonts and adding columns.
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I love these tips shared for writers (or anyone) using Microsoft Word. These are great timesavers!

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Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter? - 3tags.org

Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter? - 3tags.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Through our technology dependence, from smartphones to laptops, we seem to have a keyboard attached to our fingertips at all times. Have you thought about the last time you wrote something by hand? Research shows that our brains benefit from handwriting in multiple ways.


Via Jim Lerman
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I sprang from a generation that extolled the virtues of cursive handwriting, and I'm glad I did. When something is troubling me, I'll write about it (cursive, not print). If my mind is drawing blanks for a story I'm working on, I brainstorm ideas in cursive. I was happy to read this article espousing the benefits of handwriting. Hurray for loop de loops! 

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 20, 2016 8:44 AM
From a personal standpoint, I appreciate numbers 3,5, and 6. Think about the connection to children with ADD.
Sheryl Nienhaus's curator insight, October 21, 2016 7:24 PM

The author of this article argues the point of stepping away from our devices and using the brain and hand to write! She outlines many reasons why the physical act of writing is good for our brains and demeanor. Good read for teachers and parents. 

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, October 23, 2016 4:35 PM

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Pre-Writing - ElizabethSpannCraig.com

Pre-Writing - ElizabethSpannCraig.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Are you immobilized by too much pre-writing? Elizabeth Spann Craig's basic strategy for pre-writing.
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I love this pre-writing advice from a successful cozy mystery novelist. These type of stories are wildly popular, especially with women readers.They can be also be fun to write if you arm yourself with this simple plan.

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33 Grammar Gaffes That Make You Look Dumb - WritetoDone.com

33 Grammar Gaffes That Make You Look Dumb - WritetoDone.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Making grammar mistakes can be embarrassing. Take a good look at these 33 grammar gaffes so that you can avoid them.
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I love visuals. If you have an issue with grammar mistakes, you might want to print out this amazing infographic. There are many more gaffes to add, but this is a good start.

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Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers - BrainPickings.org

Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers - BrainPickings.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Didion, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Orwell, and other literary icons.
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From writers, to writers. An astounding collection of advice. Pick a few favs to print out and hang up on your wall.


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Want to become a better writer? Follow these 7 steps, and look for new tools every day - Poynter.org

Want to become a better writer? Follow these 7 steps, and look for new tools every day - Poynter.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Somewhere in a deep corner of my files, there is a single piece of paper with just a few words on it that changed my life as a writer and teacher.

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This article lays out simple steps to help us jump-start the sometimes complicated writing process.

"Better to think of good writing as a craft, a set of tasks and habits, a number of steps, a process," said Donald Murray, a professor at the University of New Hampshire and writing coach at The Boston Globe and Providence Journal.

Good advice from a consummate professional of the craft.

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