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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.

 

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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.

 

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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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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…
Via bobbygw
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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

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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.
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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. 

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

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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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Writing Prompts - CarrieElle.com

Writing Prompts - CarrieElle.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Here are 25 writing prompts to jumpstart your writing muscles.
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Blank mind? Blank page? Pull out one of these writing prompts. At least one should inspire flying fingers or jotting pens.

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Link to the original article: http://www.carrieelle.com/writing-prompts
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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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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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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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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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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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Storyboard Your Novel And You'll Have A Roadmap

Storyboard Your Novel And You'll Have A Roadmap | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Storyboard your novel and you'll have a road map for what happens next. Look closely at the beginning and end and follow Chekhov's advice to trim.
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A road map is a necessity for traveling long distances. You can also use a road map--called storyboarding--to plot your novel. 

The idea of storyboarding was developed at the Walt Disney Studio during the early 1930s. Disney credited animator Webb Smith with creating the idea of drawing scenes on separate sheets of paper and pinning them up on a bulletin board to tell a story in sequence, thus creating the first storyboard.

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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, 2016 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, 2016 7:25 AM
5 dicas para fazer da escrita um hábito diário
Savaniah McNulty Villmer's curator insight, August 23, 2016 11:19 PM
...I want to write in my blog daily
Sofy Bertel's curator insight, August 24, 2016 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 elearning hoje, 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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