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Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue - Writing Rightly

Resources for Writers: Tips for Writing Effective Dialogue - Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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Yackety Yak. Blah Blah Blah. We talk every day and in every way. Is it always effective talking? Not really. But when it comes to our writing of dialogue inside of our stories, it better be.

 

When a writer goes on for a page or two or three describing what kind of coffee a character is going to order at the cafe, my eyes start to roll back in my head, and I am more than likely to slam the door on that story.

 

Dialogue is war! If you write dialogue--make it tight--and make it right! Make sure it is going to advance your story. I am still basking in the "afterglow" of all of the wonderful dialogue and storytelling from the remake of the "Great Gatsby" movie. Ah, but that is a post for another day.

 

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Link to the original article: http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/2010/08/tips-for-writing-effective-dialogue.html

 

 

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 21, 2013 3:13 PM

very instructive advice. De bons conseils pour écrire des dialogues réalistes.

Penelope's comment, May 21, 2013 3:17 PM
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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

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Writing is love

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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.

 

***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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Why You Hate Writing - Copyblogger.com

Why You Hate Writing - Copyblogger.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
There's a reason you hate facing the blank page. Here are three simple moves that help writers correct this ancient problem.
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Feeling very unwriterly? Writing is hard work. Sometimes getting those words down on paper feels like trudging through ten feet of snow. But trudge we must and this advice may help us find out way back to our one true love.

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What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page PenguinRandomHouse.com

What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page PenguinRandomHouse.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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A powerful opener to your story. How important is this? Very. 

Now, coming straight from the mouths of Penguin Random House editors, we find they want to be wowed, and find an authentic voice. Readers do, too.

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Insider tips from Penguin Random House editors on what they look for in the opening page of a manuscript. What aspect of a book's opening most grabs you, convincing you to invest your time in the whole book? http://authornews.penguinrandomhouse.com/what-our-editors-look-for-on-an-opening-page/
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The Art of Handwriting - TheAtlantic.com

The Art of Handwriting - TheAtlantic.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
The personal letters of luminaries like Philip Guston, Dorothea Lange, and Robert Rauschenberg offer insight into their work as much as their lives.
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Oh, how I love studying cursive handwriting of painters, writers, and dancers. Truly, cursive writing is a lost art. I believe it can also jump start writing blocks, as if putting pen to page turns on an invisible spigot in the brain, releasing sparkling new streams of creativity.

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The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever — An Idea For You

The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever - An Idea For You - Medium

 The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick. 



Via Elizabeth E Charles, Jim Lerman
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Love short and sweet. This one's got it--and more. Great tips, fast read.

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Brandi Rogers's curator insight, July 27, 2:20 PM

Definitely need to share this with my students, maybe make an anchor based off these suggestions.

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So You Want To Write A Book

So You Want To Write A Book | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
25 things to keep in mind.
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Writing a book is hard. Very hard. This article gives you permission to feel the pain, and push through it anyway. Print it out and pin it up on your wall.

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How Many Characters Should You Include in Your Story? - Helping Writers Become Authors

How Many Characters Should You Include in Your Story? - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“ Here’s a question you’d think would have no solid answer: How many characters should your story have”
Via CM Elias, Shannon Bolithoe
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Hmm...this causes me to rethink my work in progress. How many characters are just right? And how many are too many? Read for yourself and decide.

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How Spotify Can Make You a Better Writer - The Write Practice

How Spotify Can Make You a Better Writer - The Write Practice | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Think music will just distract you from your writing? Here's how you can use Spotify to find your writing flow and become a better writer.
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Music and writing flow. Try listening to music as you write, specifically film scores, to tap into that creative side of your brain. If you're stuck, you might find it turning on your spigot!

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8 Famous Authors Who Took Alternative Routes To Success

8 Famous Authors Who Took Alternative Routes To Success | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
These 8 famous authors didn't major in writing!
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I don't necessarily agree with the assertion that these authors took alternative routes to their success. There are many routes to writing success, and they don't always include a degree in English Literature.

Still, it's a fun look at pics and bios.

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#5OnFri: The Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make When It Comes To The Setting - DIY MFA

#5OnFri: The Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make When It Comes To The Setting - DIY MFA | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
As we all know, in writing there are so many different elements to juggle: characters, plot, pacing, description, voice, dialogue…and that’s just the start
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Setting is so important in our stories. We sometimes neglect this crucial element, but should not. Here's why:

According to the article's writer, "Used correctly, the setting can characterize the story’s cast, steer the plot, evoke emotions and mood, create windows to allow for active backstory sharing, provide conflict and challenges, and act as a mirror for what the protagonist needs most, reinforcing his motivation at every step."


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Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity - Brainpickings.org

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity - Brainpickings.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull.
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Make a list--boost your creativity. Love it!

Before reading this advice, I made my own long list to draft a writing contest introduction letter. It truly does spark the imagination. Of course, this advice is from Fahrenheit 451 sci-fi author, Ray Bradbury.

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Why You Should Stop Searching for Your Authentic Voice

Why You Should Stop Searching for Your Authentic Voice | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered what it means to write in an authentic voice? Find out how to write in a voice that resonates with your audience.
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Henneke's business is called "Enchanting Marketing," and true to form, her writing always delights. In the never-ending search for our elusive "writer's voice," she gives us several reasons why we should just relax.

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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful - Smartblogger.com

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful - Smartblogger.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why your writing lacks the impact of your writing heroes? Find out the simple secret they don't want you to know.
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This is an amazing post. Yes, the writing is crisp and concise, but the editing visual at the beginning is a stand-alone lesson. Every writer needs to bookmark this one!

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Link to the original article: https://smartblogger.com/editing-tips/



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Here are 7 Simple Tips To Increase The Power Of Your Writing
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How to write the tough stuff: ModernLoss.com

How to write the tough stuff: ModernLoss.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Here are five tips for those worried that their writing on grief will alienate readers — or loved ones.

Via Gene Bodzin, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Considering writing a memoir? As you're pondering your past, there may be some sludge that comes bubbling up. This article has some good advice for authors as to what to include, and what to leave out. Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction.

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Link to the original article: http://modernloss.com/write-the-tough-stuff/
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Gene Bodzin's curator insight, August 21, 3:13 PM
Your memories are your own, and you must express them. How do you do it without offending others?
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5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit - LiveWriteThrive.com

5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit - LiveWriteThrive.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit gives writers helpful tips on how to write daily.
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If you want to be a writer--write. If you want to be a hobbyist, then write only when you feel like it. If you need inspiration, then read this article. Five good tips.


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Martim Neto Mariano's curator insight, August 19, 7:25 AM
5 dicas para fazer da escrita um hábito diário
Savaniah McNulty Villmer's curator insight, August 23, 11:19 PM
...I want to write in my blog daily
Sofy Bertel's curator insight, August 24, 12:13 AM
First of all, when I saw this article  I considered that it´s really important for us inasmuch as we are in a process of making our thesis project in which we need to practice and improve our writing skills in order to make a great final job. This writer give us 5 interesting tips for making writing as part of a daily routine in our lifes. She says that the importance to write grows when we set a goal, we don't put limits, we always have a pen and paper in our hands, we take advantage of time and we have self-discipline and be responsable.
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6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing

6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“ Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer who worked closely with screenwriters on his films. The master storyteller, born 13 August 1899, died 29 April 1980.”

Via CM Elias, Shannon Bolithoe
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Alfred Hitchcock had the scream theme down pat. These tips, however, could apply to any writing genre to give it a new heartbeat. Great ideas!

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Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel

Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
A story arc is the chain on which the pearls, or scenes, of your novel are strung. The story arc--or narrative arc--is the same thing as "plot."
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Simply explained, this article is a great keeper to explain story arc. What it is, why it's important, and how to use it to make your novels pop with tension.

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Helpful way to understand and organize plot.
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Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com

Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
In 2011, then Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats, tweeted 22 rules of storytelling. Artist Dino Ignacio then turned them into image macros.

Via Laura Brown, Lynnette Van Dyke
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You may have already seen these rules of storytelling, but they are worth a refresher. Plus, now they've been married to some beautiful images from beloved Pixar films. My brain loves these visuals. Enjoy!

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The Weight of Not Taking Our Writing Seriously - AndiLit.com

The Weight of Not Taking Our Writing Seriously - AndiLit.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Writing takes commitment and sacrifice. . . and if we are called to it and don't commit, our refusal will taint everything else in our lives.
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Every once in a while, writers need a pep talk. This beautifully written post is an invitation to do what you love. That is, write!

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If You Just Keep Writing, Will You Get Better? | Jane Friedman

If You Just Keep Writing, Will You Get Better? | Jane Friedman | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Author Barbara Baig discusses the idea of deliberate practice from Anders Ericsson's book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise.
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The normal assumption held by the majority is practice, practice, practice makes perfect. The writer of this piece disputes that notion, making her case using the book, "Peak," by psychology professor Anders Ericsson.

The book instead advocates deliberate practice to become a top performer in your field. This is not easy, and it’s not fun. It requires setting goals for our practice sessions, maintaining focus as we practice, getting feedback on our practice, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, developing effective mental representations of the skills we’re practicing, and learning from models of excellence. 

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Master Class #1 - Writers-Village.org

Master Class #1 - Writers-Village.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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There are some great ideas in this piece on creating a truly unforgettable character. Once you give them a heft, or tic, or whatever, then just bring up the trait later. You needn't even mention the character's name.

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Link to the original article: http://www.writers-village.org/1tip-character.php
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Use These Essential Ideas to Writing a Captivating Opening Sentence - LitFire Publishing Blog

Use These Essential Ideas to Writing a Captivating Opening Sentence - LitFire Publishing Blog | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
A great opening sentence can breathe life into your article, and that’s why it’s important to know how to write one. Here are ways to draw readers in.
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Have you ever slaved over your opening sentence? Here are some tips to help you craft an opening that will hook the reader and keep them reading.

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July/August 2016 Writing Contests

July/August 2016 Writing Contests | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
July 2016 Type: Poetry Awards Hosted by: Literal Latte Deadline: July 15, 2016 Entry Fee: $10 Type: Nonfiction (College Student Stories) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type: Nonfiction (Parent to Parent) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type:…
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Writers, here are some contests to jump on before the end of July! 

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The Writer’s Toolbox - Tips From the Masters - Gotham Writers Workshop

The Writer’s Toolbox - Tips From the Masters - Gotham Writers Workshop | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
The master of horror gives us some sage writing advice.
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Let's go back about 200 years to another time and place. This writing advice (satire) is imagined from no other than the great master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe. These tips are otherworldly. I especially love #5. When in doubt? Bury someone alive. 

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How to Boost Your Productivity Like Leo Babauta | Write to Done

How to Boost Your Productivity Like Leo Babauta | Write to Done | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
If you want to boost your productivity, this article is a must-read! Leo Babauta and other top writers offer tips on how to boost your productivity and recharge your creativity.
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The topic of this post is a bit different from the normal writing tips, but very necessary for success. Three different writers give us some very wise words to boost our productivity and creativity. Keep an open mind, try a few, and see if your writing doesn't flow.

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Getting to the Core of Character Motivation

Getting to the Core of Character Motivation | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Getting to the Core of Character Motivation is a guest post by Becca Puglisi detailing inner and outer motivation of characters in fiction
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Developing characters in our stories is one of the hardest things to get right. This is an excellent post that explains the character arc, which consists of four pieces. Worthwhile read.

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