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Authors: Find a Fun Hobby to Boost Your Writing! - PhilosBooks

Authors: Find a Fun Hobby to Boost Your Writing! - PhilosBooks | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

"Having a fun hobby you can turn to will spark your creativity and turn on your writer's brain."

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Authors sometimes need to be reminded to put down that pen, get away from the computer, and just have some fun! Doing so may tap into a creative side of themselves they may not have known existed.

 

After enjoying a hobby totally unrelated to writing, I made a surprising discovery--tapping into a creative part of my brain unleashed a torrent of words that had been waiting to pour out.

 

Read the entire article for ideas and find a hobby, test out a creative spree yourself, and see if the words don't flow a little faster.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/authors-find-a-hobby-to-boost-your-writing/

 

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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.

 

***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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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 3, 12:14 AM
Perhaps love, as you wrote and they sing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGIfE9uhxSE - will port you out of the sick mood. As to my "stopping", old love doesn't rust, explains.
Ali Anani's curator insight, April 30, 2:11 AM

love writing what you love

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Writing is love

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Make a Living as a Writer: A Simple Strategy That Works | Writing Rightly

Make a Living as a Writer: A Simple Strategy That Works | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
A new way to look at your writing business to help you build your client base -- and your bank account.
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Sometimes the simplest advice is the best. Set up a system for your writing, so you can start making $$ from it!

 

Your system, according to this writer, should be a 25/50/25 rule. This will allow you to make money from the small stuff, while continually aspiring for a bigger slice of the writing pie.

 

The first 25: small projects

The 50: Challenging projects

The next 25: Almost impossible

 

Read the full article to find out the author's excellent suggestions, and more recommended resources. You can make a living as a writer!

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/make-living-writer-simple-strategy-works/?utm_source=The+Write+Life&utm_campaign=71f4f03f09-main_list_11_6_13_11_5_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ae07a22b59-71f4f03f09-96058577&mc_cid=71f4f03f09&mc_eid=7900762dbd

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When you have a system, a plan, you are more likely to follow through. This suggested set-up will help you get started.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 9, 5:39 PM

Interesting but a bit complex.

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The Author Monthly Planner: A Freebie to Organize Your Writing and Marketing Life — Self Publishing Team

The Author Monthly Planner: A Freebie to Organize Your Writing and Marketing Life — Self Publishing Team | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Organize your writing, and your life.

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This is an awesome f*r*e*e tool that can be used by writers, authors, or just plain 'ole harried people. I used it to organize my crowdfunding campaign for two months, and loved it! There was an overwhelming list of stuff to accomplish; I was able to write them all down for an entire month, week by week and then tic 'em off, one by one. Try it out!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://selfpublishingteam.com/free-monthly-planner-for-authors/

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, June 27, 4:19 PM

Planning is a must for anyone with a goal, and especially authors with a schedule and deadline.

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100+ Questions to Help You Interview Your Character - Helping Writers Become Authors

100+ Questions to Help You Interview Your Character - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Interviewing your characters should be a vital part of your outlining process.

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Is your character stale? Uninteresting? Cardboard? In other words, B-o-r-i-n-g?  A character interview could be just the life preserver your story needs.

 

K.M. Weiland's article shares 100+ questions to ask your characters. This would be great to print out and tack to your wall as you're outlining.

 

Ask, then sit back and listen. Their answers might surprise you.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2008/03/interviewing-your-characters.html

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Michael Crichton’s Method for Plotting Out a Story - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

Michael Crichton’s Method for Plotting Out a Story - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Happy to welcome Dorothy Cora Moore today, author of Writing Made Easy: How to Develop a Tight Plot & Memorable Characters. Dorothy is both a novelist and screenwriter, and so has the advantage of understanding story and characters as they … Continue reading →
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Plotting stories can be quite a conundrum for many writers. Sometimes the best answer is also the simplest. Hence, this article on the plotting methods of Sir Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton.

 

Reading this article made me want to whack my noggin a few times, with an accompanying, Duh! Instead, I think I'll whip out my molding copy of Scrivener, and use the notecard feature--or maybe just buy a stack of 'em for a buck.

 

If you're puzzling about plotting, this is the article for you. Excellent and very doable advice!

 

 

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

Link to the original article: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/05/michael-crichtons-method-plotting-story/

 

 

 

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How to Tell Itty-Bitty Stories to Engage and Entertain Your Blog Readers | Writing Rightly

How to Tell Itty-Bitty Stories to Engage and Entertain Your Blog Readers | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Blog post at Enchanting Marketing : Yeah, yeah.

We know that stories engage.

We know that stories entertain.

But including stories in our blog posts seems a difficu[..]
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Stories are a hot commodity right now. Writers who can tell a good story are in hot demand, too.

 

Your blog can be ho hum, but can become hum hum! with a great story inserted inside. Like a chewy center in the middle of the tootsie roll pop.

 

Henneke is one of my favorite writers. She enchants us and shows us how we can tell itty-bitty stories to engage and entertain. Take a wee read and learn how in this magical article.

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.enchantingmarketing.com/how-to-tell-stories/?utm_source=EnchantingMarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=200514

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Starting from Scratch: A Writer's Guide to Blogging | Goins, Writer

Starting from Scratch: A Writer's Guide to Blogging | Goins, Writer | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
When I started a new blog, I was afraid of quitting, starting over, and building something from scratch. What if I failed? Fortunately, I didn't. Here's why.
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You're writing solo and dream of one day being published. Have you started your blog yet? You should, and this article gives the lowdown on why writers need their own blog, and how to make it successful.

 

A couple great ideas right off the bat:

 

1) Narrow your topic to broaden your audience (focus, focus)

2) Connect with the right people (network)

3) Do your best possible work

 

There are five more, and I highly recommend you check out this great article by Jeff Goins, He gives away so much of his time and energy to help struggling writers.

 

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

Link to the original article: http://goinswriter.com/starting-from-scratch/

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How to Write the Perfect First Page: Part II

How to Write the Perfect First Page: Part II | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Recently I attended a workshop called “American Author” inspired by American Idol. People anonymously submitted the first pages of their novels, which were read aloud to a panel of editors and agents.

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With a title like,  "How to Write the Perfect First Page," how could you not read it? This is the second in a two parter.

 

It's easy to read and pick out flaws in a manuscript. It's much harder to write a good one yourself. That being said, try these tips for the polished first page:

 

1) The first page needs real action

2) Avoid complaining (give us something to watch)

3) Avoid clichés

4) Try not to overwrite (just tell the story!)

 

These tips sound easy, so pull out that piece of paper, grab a pen, and write your very first perfect page!

 

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

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/first-page-two/

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Penelope's comment, May 5, 11:59 PM
Thanks, A.K.!
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Write  on

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, May 6, 6:27 PM

The first page is indeed very IMPORTANT if you want your book to be read !

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How to find a beta reader for your self-published book | Self-Publishing Advice

How to find a beta reader for your self-published book | Self-Publishing Advice | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

U.S. fantasy author Michael La Ronn offers top tips on how to find beta readers to help you improve the quality of your self-published books

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So you've written a book. Now what? Many authors use "beta" readers. That is, a person who will read your book draft and give you constructive criticism.

 

The writer, Michael La Ronn, shares some thought-provoking suggestions on how to find your perfect beta reader through Goodreads.com. Goodreads was just purchased by Amazon, so it could be the perfect match for author and reader.

 

Apparently, YA, epic fantasy, romance, and sci-fi authors may have an easier time finding their readers. Persistence is the key, according to La Ronn, and he gives several great tips on searching for and cultivating the author/beta reader relationship.

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/writing-how-to-find-beta-readers/

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Terms Used on This Site - Writingeekery

Terms Used on This Site - Writingeekery | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

You can read through this page if you want, but it isn’t meant to be a vocab list. It’s just a resource to clarify a word’s meaning when you’re confused. A vocab list is boring, dry, and doesn’t help learning. Learning is easiest when it’s interesting and meaningful.

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Hail all aspiring writers!

 

Ye olde writing jargon we toss about so freely is forthwith broken down into its most humble beginnings. Immersion in a craft for years upon years may contribute to the dreaded "expert" speak.

 

Really, we don't mean to act high and mighty. Please forgive us. Read and extract some exciting yet befuddling words; go forth now and use them with confidence.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.writingeekery.com/glossary/

 

 

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Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly

Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

I spent the morning working with a very talented writer. An extremely well-placed agent had recently rejected her manuscript, but told her that he’d be happy to consider a revision, or anything else...

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Do you write stories and become lost meandering down an aimless path to nowhere? If you are lost, so is your reader. All of us have been there, done that. The secret is to figure out how to jump back on the great story path--so our readers want more!

 

This writer suggests we must first begin our story not by plotting, or furiously writing by the seat of our pants--but by knowing our protagonist all the way to his/her inner core.

 

From the article: "The protagonist’s internal misbelief must already exist before the plot kicks into action. Every protagonist must enter already wanting something very badly, and with an inner issue – fear, fatal flaw, wound, misbelief – that keeps her from getting it. You must know these before you start to write because they define what the story will be about."

 

 “The end of our exploring will be to arrive at where we started, and to know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot

 

 “The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” — Proust

 

Think about that for a minute. Feel it. Story is about an inner change.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writerunboxed.com/2013/10/10/story-first-writing-second-especially-come-november/

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Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, March 14, 6:19 PM

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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, March 15, 12:27 PM

Everyone has a story!

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, March 15, 8:46 PM

Great article Penelope ! Congrats !

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Online Writing with Clarity Infographic - Business 2 Community

Online Writing with Clarity Infographic - Business 2 Community | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Online writing may include blogging, marketing copy, website or newsletter content and they all share the need for clarity.  One of the first things we learn about writing online is we have seconds to capture a reader and their attention span is short. Clear, concise writing wasn’t invented online, however, it has always been taught to writers as a best practice.  Long before the Internet, George Orwell said, “If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out."....


Via Jeff Domansky
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This pictorial reminder of "If this Phase then...Replace it with..." reminds us to keep it short! KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) was something teachers drilled into us in school, and it applies today.

 

KISS! for clarity.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.business2community.com/content-marketing/online-writing-clarity-infographic-0774675

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www.aanve.com

 

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C'est si simple…

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Jack Kerouac: 30 Cool Tips - Writing Rightly

Jack Kerouac: 30 Cool Tips - Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Gotham Writer's Workshop in New York City. 30 Cool Tips from Jack Kerouac

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It's Famous Author Friday! Since we are unable to talk with this famous, long-gone author to pick his brain, the second best thing is to mull over his writings. Fellow writers were always asking Author Jack Kerouac how he did what he did. So he set down 30 essentials in something he called “Belief and Technique for Modern Prose."

 

Jack Kerouac is author of the landmark "On the Road," and who some believe, helped usher in the 1960s counter-culture movement.

 

Some make sense, and others well....

 

1)   Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy

2)   Submissive to everything, open, listening

3)   Try never get drunk outside yr own house

4)   Be in love with yr life

5)   Something that you feel will find its own form

6)    Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind

7)   Blow as deep as you want to blow

8)    Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind

9)    The unspeakable visions of the individual

10)  No time for poetry but exactly what is

11)  Visionary tics shivering in the chest

12)  In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you

13)  Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition

14)  Like Proust be an old teahead of time

15)  Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog

16)  The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye

17)  Write in recollection and amazement for yourself

18)  Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea

19)  Accept loss forever

20)  Believe in the holy contour of life

21)  Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind

22)  Don't think of words when you stop but to see picture better

23)  Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning

24)  No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge

25)  Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it

26)  Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form

27)  In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness

28)  Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better

29)  You're a Genius all the time

30)  Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/464?utm_source=Gotham+Writers%27+Workshop+List&utm_campaign=6547a5a1c2-3_13_13_Synapse_Writing_Advice_23_11_2013&utm_medium=email

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How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days | Writing Rightly

How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Learn tips and tricks on how to write an eBook from scratch, write every day and actually finish it in 30 days.
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There are so many good points in this article, I barely know where to begin. Let's be honest; writing an ebook is a huge undertaking. The brainstorming for a topic, outlining, writing, proofing, then publishing and promoting. Whew!

 

However, Juri's article takes out the guesswork. Use it as your personal plan for one or several books. The bonus? You'll end up with an selling ebook instead of one filling Amazon's dust bins. Here's what you'll get:

 

1)  A SCHEDULE (already laid out for you!)

2)  Great TIPS to START

3)  Great TIPS to stay ON TRACK

4)  Great TIPS to FINISH

 

I would print this out, post it on your wall, and start scribbling on a post-it. In 30 days, you can pick it back up and have your book finished in the next 30! You can't beat that for speed.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.sellfy.com/tips-tricks/how-to-write-an-ebook/

 

 

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Provides a good, common sense approach to actually getting down and writing an eBook from start to finish. Recommended.

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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | Writing Rightly

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | Writing Rightly | 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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If you want to be a full-time author or blogger, always strive to perfect your craft. There's always room for improvement.

 

This article is full of those numbered lists we love so much. Read, pick a number, implement, and give your writing an instant facelift!

 

Forget the fillers! Dump wimpy words! Trim the flab! are a few.

 

What's your favorite?

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://boostblogtraffic.com/editing-tips/

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 3, 9:00 AM

(From the article): Fortunately, editing isn’t rocket science. If you have someone to show you how.

 

So let’s break down the rules that’ll help you transform your unremarkable draft into a perfectly polished post.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 16, 6:02 PM

Very useful secrets !

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Keepin' Babel at Bay: 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible

Keepin' Babel at Bay: 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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It's always nice to have a refresher on confusing words--especially if we long to be writers. This is our craft; let's learn it. Some mix ups are spotted so often as to be cringe inducing. More obscure words used incorrectly may be excused. Be forewarned: if you read this article, you are now an expert! :)

 

Some of the stumpers: affect and effect, compliment and complement, farther and further, insure and ensure, principal and principle.

 

One with absolutely no excuse? You're and your. Remember this; the contraction stands in for [you are]. Try them out in a sentence. See if it looks rights and makes sense. If you're still not sure? Google the word and find out the meaning!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://georg-grey.blogspot.mx/2014/05/30-incorrectly-used-words-that-can-make.html

 

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Snapshotic's curator insight, June 26, 8:25 AM

I was taught that using the word "nice" was horrible...

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11 Author Quotations to Help Reluctant Readers Find Their Way - BOOK RIOT

11 Author Quotations to Help Reluctant Readers Find Their Way - BOOK RIOT | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
In which we list several author quotations related to reluctant readers and opening up the world of books to them.

Via Lynda Dickson, Lynnette Van Dyke
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I love quotes. From these tiniest little gems, I believe you can glean much about the person and their view of the world.

 

If you're a reader, writer, or both you should enjoy these quotes from well-known authors.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://bookriot.com/2014/06/16/11-author-quotations-to-help-reluctant-readers-find-their-way/

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How I Ghostwrite Other Authors' Books | Writing Rightly

How I Ghostwrite Other Authors' Books | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
The vast majority of books by celebrity authors are written by ghostwriters (approaching 100 percent). The question is, is it ethical?
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Ghostwriting is intriguing to many, especially when it was discovered that books by Blockbuster author, James Patterson, have been ghostwritten.

 

This is a fantastic article for anyone thinking of breaking into this line of work. The author gives us some very doable steps.

 

For instance:

 

#1 What is the Book About? (Collaborate with the author)

#2 Collect Written and Recorded Materials

#3 Record Interviews

 

There are five more, so read the article, and see if ghostwriting could be a career move in your future.

 

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

Link to the original article:  http://thewritepractice.com/ghostwrite/

 

 

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Three Ways To Draw Pictures In Your Readers’ Heads | Ninie Hammon

Three Ways To Draw Pictures In Your Readers’ Heads | Ninie Hammon | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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Writers are constantly bombarded with show, don't tell advice. You say, I'm a beginning writer, how do I do this?

 

To help us out with this dilemma, enter that revered and adored spud friend from our childhood: Mr. Potato Head!

 

Remember the five senses from science class? Well, it applies to writing class as well. You touch the five senses of the reader. You've got 'em.

 

As you write, imagine yourself in the same room with your protagonist (lead character). You sit in the same creaky chair, smell the burnt dinner, hear the chiming clock, see the cat jump off the couch, burn your hand on the oven, taste the burnt macaroni and cheese.

 

Get the picture? ;)

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.niniehammon.com/three-ways-to-draw-pictures-in-your-readers-heads/

 

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How to Write the Perfect First Page, Part 1 | Writing Rightly

How to Write the Perfect First Page, Part 1 | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Agents and readers alike make snap decisions based on the first page, so you better make it good!
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Tension, conflict, setting--agents and readers alike will look for these things on your very first page! Oh, and skip the prologue. Sigh.

 

The first page of your novel is the most important, so take the extra time you need to make it resonate.

 

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

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/first-page/

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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 27, 9:23 AM
Great Work, Penelope! Looking forward for Part 2. Thank you!
A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 27, 2:23 PM

How many of you spend  hours on your first page.? We can always use a little help.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 27, 11:45 PM

Yes, catching the reader's attention on the very first pages is primordial !

 

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20 Creative Writing Careers | Writing Rightly

20 Creative Writing Careers | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Have you ever considered what creative writing careers are available? Browse these job possibilities, and then go out there and make it happen!
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Have you considered writing as a career? If you're just starting out or thinking of changing careers,  this post is for you. The article gives you twenty creative ideas to get started.

 

Writing books is but one way to make a living as a writer. Have you considered being a greeting card author, songwriter, or playwright?

 

You will probably first have to pay your dues by blogging, but start now, as every professional writer needs their own website. It does take time, but you can achieve your writing goals!

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.writingforward.com/creative-writing/20-creative-writing-careers

 

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What Killed It For Me #4: Clichéd Characters - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

What Killed It For Me #4: Clichéd Characters - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

It’s hard to come up with characters who are believable yet don’t sound like every other character out there. It’s especially easy to fall into this trap with certain archetypes, like witty sidekicks or wise old mentors.

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Character creation within a novel can be a most arduous task, in my humble opinion. Maybe you have a great gal or guy in mind as you begin, but it can tax the patience of even the most experienced novelist to mold and shape them into fully fleshed out people.

 

If your characters are in need of some life resuscitation, this article could be the life preserver you need to throw your Dick or Jane stick figure, so they don't drown the story.

 

Explore the character's back story and come up with some unique flaws that are not clichéd. Explore the positive side of traits, and vice versa. Don't forget quirks and add an inner goal. The excellent article gives you the steps to get it done.

 

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

 

Link to the original article:  http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/04/killed-4-cliched-characters/

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James Scott Bell: The "Write From The Middle" Method - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

James Scott Bell: The "Write From The Middle" Method - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Today we’re welcoming bestselling author and brilliant writing coach James Scott Bell to Writers Helping Writers. James has created a unique writing method that solves the “plotter or pantser” dilemma when it comes to structuring a novel, so please read … Continue reading →
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The writing method debate has heated up. Plotters and pantsers now have a new sparring partner: Tweeners.

 

The brilliant writing coach, James Scott Bell, has written a new book which promptly downloaded itself onto my Kindle. He contends we should not concern ourselves whatsoever about plotting or pantsing, but instead write our novel from the middle.

 

This from a man who has studied plot and structure for over twenty-five years. He written perhaps fifty novels, and immersed himself in all methods of writing.

 

Bell says we should begin at the "mirror moment" of the novel. A place somewhere in the  middle. A place where the character has their defining moment, questioning who they are, what they doing, and why they are doing it. It's the heart of a novel, and where we will impress readers, editors and agents alike.

 

He tells us that even if we love our pantsing and plotting, the "WFTMM" will enhance our writing that much more. Intriguing.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/03/james-scott-bell-write-middle-method/comment-page-2/#comment-55548

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Christi Krug's curator insight, March 24, 11:46 PM

You've got your plotters, and you've got your pantsers (writing by the seat of their pants), and here's yet another option, writing from the middle.

 

But I daresay there are many, many more ways to write a novel and you won't know the best way for *you* until you experiment. And experiment. And experiment.

Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, April 1, 7:02 AM

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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 3, 3:51 AM
@Christy Absolutely right. As Gorby (went forgotten last times, in vain) loved to say: "Once started, the thing will develop and go for itself. It has its own dynamism."
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9 Tips On How To Totally Crush Writer’s Block | Positive Writer

9 Tips On How To Totally Crush Writer’s Block | Positive Writer | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
If you've ever been stuck, unable to write or at a loss for words, you'll want to read this.
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Who of us hasn't suffered from writer's block?

 

Maybe you have a different term for it: stuck, burned out, or just plain uninspired? Whatever you call it, it stinks. Sitting down at the computer and the words just won't come? What's a writer to do?

 

The good news? If you've suffered from writer's block, you are a writer! Congratulations. So if you're not suffering, you're probably not writing.

 

There are nine actionable strategies in this article to to help us..and pronto!

 

1. Admit you get stuck from time to time.

2. Admit that it’s okay to get stuck.

3. Take a break.

4. Don’t self-deprecate!

5. Know that you’re better than you think you are.

6. Don’t describe yourself as a suffering artist.

7. Be audacious.

8. Accept discouragement as part of the writer’s life, but do not give in to despair.

9. Accept yourself (and your writing) as you are right now.

 

Sometimes writer's block is a sign that you are going to have a major breakthrough in your writing. Try to ride the tide,  break through that wave, and be assured you will reach the glorious shoreline.

 

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

 

Link to the original article:  http://positivewriter.com/writers-block/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PositiveWriter+%28Positive+Writer%29

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Todd Bratcher's curator insight, March 13, 8:05 PM

Who of us hasn't suffered from writer's block? Maybe you have a different term for it: stuck, burned out, or just plain uninspired? Whatever you call it, it stinks. Sitting down at the computer and the words just won't come? What's a writer to do?

 The good news? If you've suffered from writer's block, you are a writer! Congratulations. So if you're not suffering, you're probably not writing. There are nine actionable strategies in this article to to help us..and pronto!

 

1. Admit you get stuck from time to time.

2. Admit that it’s okay to get stuck.

3. Take a break.

4. Don’t self-deprecate!

5. Know that you’re better than you think you are.

6. Don’t describe yourself as a suffering artist.

7. Be audacious.

8. Accept discouragement as part of the writer’s life, but do not give in to despair.

9. Accept yourself (and your writing) as you are right now.

 

Sometimes writer's block is a sign that you are going to have a major breakthrough in your writing. Try to ride the tide,  break through that wave, and be assured you will reach the glorious shoreline.

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6 Quick Tricks to Help You Tighten Up Your Writing | Positive Writer

6 Quick Tricks to Help You Tighten Up Your Writing | Positive Writer | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
You can tighten up your writing without losing your voice or compromising your writing style.
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The more you write, proofread and edit, the more adept you become at spotting bulging and unnecessary word fat. Six quick tricks is a fast read to help you do just that. Which one of the six do you need to work on?

 

My favorite was #3, simply because I love the word "circumlocution." Has quite a ring to it. It means: don't be too wordy. Don't use two words when one will do. Three instead of four. Pick the best adjective out of two.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/tighten-your-writing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PositiveWriter+%28Positive+Writer%29

 

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Paige durand's curator insight, February 5, 8:42 PM

This is a really useful article since it gives 6 ways to clean up your writing. I like how it almost forces you to do everything you've been doing wrong and through it away. Like myself i have a problem of using words repetitively and my work sometimes sounds out of order. this article tells you how to fix that in the simplest of ways.

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I agree!
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6 Must-Know Tricks for Getting to Know Your Characters - Helping Writers Become Authors

6 Must-Know Tricks for Getting to Know Your Characters - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

"Many a poor plot has been forgiven thanks to its amazing characters. Dynamic, realistic, relatable characters pull readers in, open their eyes, and steal their hearts. Most of us don’t start writing until we’ve come up with a character we just adore."

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Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and thought, "I didn't know that person at all. I wish I knew more about them." You feel cheated.

 

Well, if you're writing a book, this post is for you. How do we make sure we create fully fleshed out characters who will carry the reader from opener to power packed ending?

 

According to K.M. Weiland, there are six ways to truly get to know your characters.

 

1)  Conception: Listen (let your subconcious be your guide)

2)  Casting: Search (who would play them in a movie?)

3)  General Sketches: Organize

     (write down everything you know about the story)

4)  Character Interview: Analyze (interview all characters)

5)  Outline: Discover (pay attention to the craft and discover)

6.) First Draft: Let Go (write and be open to change)

 

I'm finding that as I am writing my first romance novel, it is taking on a completely different shape. The characters are evolving, along with the plot. What an exciting journey it is to write a novel!

 

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

 

Link to the original article:  http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2013/08/get-to-know-your-characters.html

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