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3 Myths That Hold Your Best Writing Back | Writing Rightly

3 Myths That Hold Your Best Writing Back | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
The odds are if you write in public you want people to read your work. Seems like a reasonable assumption. I mean, if we don’t care if anyone’s reading our work, then we should stick to personal journals that we keep hidden under our pillows.

Via Charles Fischer
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Myth #1

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It’s okay to just write for myself. (Is it? Really?)

 

Myth #2

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What works for others should work for me. (Why would you copy others?)

 

Myth #3

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Always give readers what they want. (Which readers?)

 

Always strive to keep improving. Take a peek at what other successful writers are writing, but don't copy. Your best work is ahead of you. Just don't give up! 

 

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Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/3-myths-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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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, May 6, 2014 5:45 PM

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.

 

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

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 6, 12:38 PM
I try writing daily. It is a stream of consciousness process. I don't edit until later. I was surprised how challenging writing like this is, but have found it benefits my writing.
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What’s the Best Writing Advice You’ve Ever Received?

What’s the Best Writing Advice You’ve Ever Received? | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Have something in mind already? Excellent! Click on the button above and start writing your response while the idea is fresh. Otherwise keep reading for some inspiration from some of our favorite…
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What follows is stirring and stimulating writing advice to inspire and motivate the inhibited. Place pen in hand, put to paper, and share with the world!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 7, 2:19 PM
The article provides advice from famous authors i.e. Kurt Vonnegut. I love the books authors such as Mary Oliver have written about writing.
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How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats

How To Become a Good Writer: 50 Quotes From The Greats | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson
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Quotes can be instant inspiration. There are some very unique ones in this article. I like #12. What's your favorite?

“I think every fiction writer, to a certain extent, is a schizophrenic and able to have two or three or five voices in his or her body. We seek, through our profession, to get those voices onto paper.” ~ Ridley Pearson

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Easy Strategies to Evoke Emotion in Your Writing

Easy Strategies to Evoke Emotion in Your Writing | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
The best writers are masters at evoking an emotional response from their readers.
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Want your readers to feel instead of just read your writing? The author of this post shares some wonderful strategies, with examples, for punching up your words with emotion. 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 22, 1:45 PM
Want your readers to feel instead of just read your writing? The author of this post shares some wonderful strategies, with examples, for punching up your words with emotion. 

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Write A Novel In A Month: 5 Tips To Make It Easy

Write A Novel In A Month: 5 Tips To Make It Easy | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
You don't have time to write a novel. But what if you could easily write a novel in a month? Follow these five tips to get confident that you can do it.
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Sound impossible? Not if you set your mind to the task, write 1K words per day, and try a technique straight from one of the masters, Dean Koontz. His advice begins with brainstorming of titles using a keyword (one that evokes emotion). Think blood, dragon, hurricane, flood, etc. Flavor the word with different combos of nouns and adjectives. When you find one that strikes a nerve, begin writing to flesh out a sketch of a story.

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8 Simple Steps I’ve Used To Write 5 Bestselling Books: Medium.com

8 Simple Steps I’ve Used To Write 5 Bestselling Books: Medium.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
If you’re a writer, then there’s a strong chance you pay a lot of attention to getting your work published. And rightly so. It’s important for writers to know their options so that they can make the…

Via Bobby Dillard
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The steps are simple; the implementation is up to you. With Jeff Goins as your mentor, you are bound to complete your first book if you heed his advice and put pen to paper.

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The Best Way To Start Writing A Book - Altucher Confidential

The Best Way To Start Writing A Book - Altucher Confidential | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
What's the best way to start writing a book? I get asked this every day so here is my answer as to how I do it after 18+ books.
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Ala James Altucher style, he shares his thoughts on how to write a book. You'll need to read about half the post before you get to the actual writing advice, but stay with it. It's worth your while.

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Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press

Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Writer's block is something that has always plagued the writing profession. It can drive you mad, and sometimes gets worse and worse.
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Every writer's nightmare―dreaded writer's block. If you haven't experienced it yet, you will. Life ebbs and flows, and that includes our writing.

The best way to deal and get writing again? Perhaps your body, mind, and soul need a break. Maybe take a short trip. I'm going to take day trips once a week that require only one tank of gas. First destination on the list? Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's old homestead in Cross Creek. Perhaps my inspiration will be hiding amongst old oaks where she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel, "The Yearling."
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 10, 1:11 PM
I find a walk is useful. Paying attention to my surroundings on the walk is beneficial. As well, I journal. I just write from a stream-of-consciousness.
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100 Days of Flash Fiction Prompts | creative writing blog

100 Days of Flash Fiction Prompts | creative writing blog | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Writing flash fiction is a terribly satisfying way to spend an hour or two. For your fleet-fingered effusions, I’ve collated all my Twitter flash fiction prompts into a handy ebook.

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This lady, as in "The Lady Writer," is very generous with her plot outlines and templates. She's graciously provided us with creative writing prompts which can be downloaded as an ebook. I love 'em, as they're the oil that greases the wheels of the 'ole brain, and gets it chugging again. Lady has shared 100 days of flash fiction prompts, and if the idea makes your hand cramp, then try 30. Ready, set, go!

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The Chinese Factory Workers Who Write Poems on Their Phones - LitHub.com

The Chinese Factory Workers Who Write Poems on Their Phones - LitHub.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

"It’s hard to think of anywhere in the world where becoming a poet is a canny career move, but this is especially true for the poorest and most disadvantaged."

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This is not just a story of would-be poets, but a story of hope. These factory workers in China may be at a disadvantage, but they have their dreams, and finding a way to write. An enriching read for your day!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 20, 12:42 PM
Writing poetry is one way of lifting one's self above the oppression and naming it.
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5 weak words to whack from your writing – 100 Naked Words

5 weak words to whack from your writing – 100 Naked Words | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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Here's a nice, quick tune-up for fine writing. Skim your work for these ugly 5, and hack 'em out. Your readers will thank you for it.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 12:08 PM
Another one for me is "lots of." The list is longer than five or six words. When I began my PhD, one of the professors advised a group of us to avoid using words ending in -ly. He said we should always ask if adds to our writing.
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Amazon Author Insights — Developing a powerful writing habit By Honorée...

Amazon Author Insights — Developing a powerful writing habit By Honorée... | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Paths to accomplishments are paved with strict habits. Get your writing habit nailed down now!
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Now be honest. Raise your hand if you "think" you have no time to write. *blushes with hand raised* 

What's the answer? Habits. The key to getting anything done in life whether flossing, exercising, eating, or writing! Now make it a daily entry in your Google (my new fav) or paper calendar, set an alarm, and sprint for 15 minutes. You'll have a book done in no time flat.

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How to Write a Book: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Steps: JerryJenkins.com

How to Write a Book: Everything You Need to Know in 20 Steps: JerryJenkins.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
As a 21-time New York Times bestselling author, I can tell you it’s easier to quit than to finish. But with this plan, you can learn how to write a book.
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Jerry Jenkins, author of the uber-successful series, "Left Behind," shares 20 steps to writing a book. Each step is a also a hyperlink that goes into more detail. If you're paralyzed, and can't get that pen moving, print this out and get writing!

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Creative Writing Journal - How to Keep a Journal for Writers

Creative Writing Journal - How to Keep a Journal for Writers | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
A creative writing journal can make you a better writer or poet. On this page, you'll find tips on how to keep a journal for writing, along with journal ideas to inspire you.
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I adore journaling. Most of it is a head dump, but sometimes I'll wax poetic on what I'm seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, etc.This will usually lead me on a meandering path to something greater that needs to be written.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 8, 2:21 PM
There are good ideas in the list. I already walk, free write, and write about my experiences.
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To Anyone Who Thinks Their Writing Isn't Good Enough

To Anyone Who Thinks Their Writing Isn't Good Enough | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Do you feel your writing isn't good enough? Do you hesitate to publish content? Learn how to become a writing pragmatist, so you can write and publish more.
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Writers—listen up! Turn off all the noise, phone, music, TV, etc. and read this letter addressed to us. I am going to file these words away to pull out when that inner critic starts hacking away at my confidence. This article will give you a new spring of life from which to draw when you need to create your art.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, September 1, 2:39 PM
It is about patience and finding one's writing voice.
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Online Writing Classes: Enroll Now in Free and Cheap MOOCs

Online Writing Classes: Enroll Now in Free and Cheap MOOCs | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Online writing classes can save you from a world of hurt. MOOCs-massive, open, online courses-have great faculty are are free or cheap.
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Some amazing writing classes are available online. Some require a small fee, but I signed up for a free class, "Start Writing Fiction" with Future Learn. There's always something new to learn when honing your writing chops. This class begins on Monday, September 25, so check it out. We could be classmates!

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3 Visual Thinking Tips to Make You a Brilliant Writer

3 Visual Thinking Tips to Make You a Brilliant Writer | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
When writers apply visual thinking to their writing magic happens. This tutorial teaches you how to make your content clearer, vivid, and more persuasive.
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I love these creative writing tips from Henneke. She not only gives us brilliant advice, but she draws some mighty cute cartoons. An excellent read.

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Useful writing tips.

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The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut

The Art of Revision: Most of What You Write Should Be Cut | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

"When I compose a first draft I just let everything I feel and think spill out raw and chaotically on the page. I let it be a mess. I trust my instincts. I just let my ideas and feelings flow until I run out of words. It’s fine for an early draft to be a disaster area. I don’t censor myself. When I have this raw copy, I can then decide if this idea is worth pung more effort into. If so, then with the second draft, I clean up spelling and grammar. I add anything I forgot to include in the first draft and take out whatever isn’t working. Then the real fun begins with the third draft. (Despite its importance, art should always be a form of play.) That’s where I work on what I know are my creative weaknesses."


Via Sharon Bakar
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I love this piece. It absolutely sings and goes straight to the heart of a writer. If you are a creative, you should feel inspired and thankful for the opportunity to create beautiful art with your words.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 15, 1:37 PM
An interesting article that underscores the complexity and messiness of good writing.
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Four elements that every flash fiction story needs

Four elements that every flash fiction story needs | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Sick of writing your novel yet? Learn to write great flash fiction and recharge your writing no matter what the length.
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What's so difficult about writing flash fiction (very short stories)? After all, there are less words. However painful it may be, like squeezing a size 18 body into a size 12 dress, nip and tuck at those words, but leave the heart of your story intact.

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15 Creepy Books Recommended by Margaret Atwood  BookBub.com

15 Creepy Books Recommended by Margaret Atwood  BookBub.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
15 books recommended by Margaret Atwood, including great dystopian books. Featuring classic novels like 'Brave New World' and recent fiction.
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Like getting spooked? Prolific author, Margaret Atwood, recommends 15 creepy ones for your enjoyment.

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How to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year, According to Harvard Research

How to Read (a Lot) More Books This Year, According to Harvard Research | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Reading is a huge key to success and wealth, but how can you actually benefit from this habit as a busy adult? I’ve said it many times: reading books is a major key to success.

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Read before you decide to write. Sage advice, but when? One tip from this author is...there are hidden minutes everywhere. Find yours.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 30, 1:31 PM
There are many hidden moments to read.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 2, 2:02 PM
Reading and conversation are essential to learning.
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Creative Writing Tools - eadeverell.com

Creative Writing Tools - eadeverell.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“ This is a list of creative writing and self-publishing tools, apps and websites + a few extra that I thought would help! 

Via Ariana Amorim, Jim Lerman, Shannon Bolithoe , Sharon Bakar
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A veritable treasure trove of advice and links for writers. Keep this in your toolbox!

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John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction: NYTimes.com

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction: NYTimes.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“All suggestions can be ignored when necessary,” says the best-selling author, but ignore them at your own peril. (And put away that thesaurus.)
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Writing Do's and Don'ts courtesy of astounding plotter and prolific author, John Grisham!

My favorite suggestion is to not write the first scene until you know the last. Then you have a destination in mind, which should make the journey a heck of a lot easier.

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Forget About Being a Good Writer (And Do This Instead)

Forget About Being a Good Writer (And Do This Instead) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

People often ask me what it takes to be a good writer. The short answer? I don’t know. The slightly longer answer? I don’t know, and I don’t care. 

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Good vs. effective writing? Yes, there is a major difference as Jeff Goins so delicately describes.

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195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing

195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Good writing is about well-chosen nouns and powerful verbs, not adjectives and adverbs. What constitutes a tired verb? Here’s what to look for:
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Dynamic tips to metamorphose your writing from meh to meow! 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 31, 12:03 PM
When I wrote and re-wrote my rubrics, I used verbs to create an action for students. It was also a great grammar lesson when we went over the rubrics. Verbs and action drive good writing.
Agi Anderson's curator insight, June 15, 6:16 AM
Worthy read about the Power of verbs!
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How to Play With Words (and Find Your Voice)

How to Play With Words (and Find Your Voice) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Is your word choice a tad staid? This tutorial helps you play with words so your writing stands out. Includes various examples plus a word choice exercise.
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Cat got your tongue when it comes to putting words to paper? Well, kick out the cat and keep silent no more! Henneke enchants us yet again with her magical formula to find our voice. Cough out that fur ball and be silent no more!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 2, 7:07 PM
I used poetry with students to help them play with and find words. Poetry writing is a way to discover and express who we are through our voice.

The points at the end of the article are insightful. It reads more like a know your audience list, as opposed to a do and don't do list.