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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! 

 

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

 

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.

 

***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, 2014 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, 2014 2:11 AM

love writing what you love

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

Writing is love

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How to Write a Sequel That's BETTER Than the First Book - Helping Writers Become Authors

How to Write a Sequel That's BETTER Than the First Book - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Believe you have a potentially awesome sequel idea? Unleash it using this tips on how to write a sequel that's even better than your first book!

Via Ruth Long
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Your first and best opportunity for making this book completely new and interesting is to focus the sequel on dealing with the consequences of the previous book.

 

What questions did your first book raise? Create a new world and give the sequel to your readers as a gift.

 

Writing sequels is an exciting business!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-write-a-sequel-thats-better-than-the-first-book/

 

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How a Book Becomes a Movie | Jane Friedman

How a Book Becomes a Movie | Jane Friedman | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

What authors need to know about the process of getting a book adapted to the big screen.


Via Ruth Long
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The process can be very lengthy, according to Friedman, but it can be boiled down into four parts:

 

1) The pitch

2) The option

3) Development Hell (or writing the script)

4) Production

 

Writers are advised to write the book first, then look into a plan for the movie second.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: https://janefriedman.com/2015/07/27/how-a-book-becomes-a-movie/

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10 Words to Cut From Your Writing - Entrepreneur

10 Words to Cut From Your Writing - Entrepreneur | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Want to improve your printed and online content? Chop these words -- mercilessly.
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I really very much would just like to tell you perhaps a not quite so amazing story. Literally, I've got stuff and things to tell you that just can't wait!

 

I've used all 10 words recommended we cut from our writing according to this article. Can you find them? :)

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229369

 

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How to Write a Story a Week: A Day-by-Day Guide

How to Write a Story a Week: A Day-by-Day Guide | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Turns out that writing a story a week is even harder than I thought. But with some experimentation, I think I’ve found a way to get it done. Here is a day-by-day plan to write a story in a week.
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I like this writing plan, courtesy of Ray Bradbury. Fail to plan; plan to fail. Fail to write anything, that is.

 

Here's the skinny to write a story a week:

 

1) Pick your story idea

2) Writing your opening act

3) Write the climax

4) Resolve your plot

5) Revise your story

 

Short stories are a great way to prime the pump and keep flowing those writing juices. Set aside a week and give it a whirl!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/a-story-a-week/?awt_l=OFu3A&awt_m=3fTIo9s2WcCdk5r

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Bureau 2.0's curator insight, August 23, 7:58 PM

Un mode d'emploi selon Ray Bradbury. Si vous ratez le plan, vous planifiez le ratage.

 

Voilà donc la méthode pour construire une histoire en une semaine:

 

1) Choisissez l'idée principale

2) Rédigez la scène d'ouverture

3) Rédigez le climax

4) Résolvez l'intrigue

5) Relisez toute l'histoire

 

Les histoires courtes sont le meilleur moyen d'amorcer la pompe et de garder fluide votre écriture. Mettez la vôtre de côté pour une semaine, puis revenez-y pour corriger et améliorer l'ensemble.

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How to Start Writing When You Won't Start Writing - The Write Practice

How to Start Writing When You Won't Start Writing - The Write Practice | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

I have a book in mind to start writing. For three years now. I read advice that tells me “just start writing.” And still I don’t start. Because this advice isn’t working for me, I’ve had to come up with some other techniques to power through my paralysis. See if one of these might help you get started on a new work.

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I've started experimenting with various methods of writing productivity. One I like is to jump around and write different sections of my new book instead of writing from point A to point B.  Finally giving in and using Scrivener allows me to jump around in this fashion. I'm enjoying it, and not getting as stuck.

 

Also, when an idea strikes, I'll immediately write it down on a notepad, then transfer it to the computer later. This clears my mind for other things.

 

Also, timing oneself is utterly important.  I purchased a 5-minute sand timer from Ebay to get myself started. Cost? $1.00 Value? Priceless!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/start-writing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheWritePractice+%28The+Write+Practice%29

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33 Unusual Tips to Being a Better Writer - Altucher Confidential

33 Unusual Tips to Being a Better Writer - Altucher Confidential | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Back in college, Sanket and I would hang out in bars and try to talk to women but I was horrible at it. Nobody would talk to me for more than thirty seconds and every woman would laugh at all his jokes for what seemed like hours. Even decades later I think they are still …
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Truly unusual writing tips doesn't begin to describe these. Some will have you scratching your head. Others will be laugh-out-loud funny. Enjoy. Take your pick, and toss the rest in the recycle bin. Personally, I like the sleeping eight hours a day. Can you tell I like sleep? ;)

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2011/03/33-unusual-tips-to-being-a-better-writer/

 

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 31, 4:35 PM

 

Truly unusual writing tips doesn't begin to describe these. Some will have you scratching your head. Others will be laugh-out-loud funny. Enjoy. Take your pick, and toss the rest in the recycle bin. Personally, I like the sleeping eight hours a day. Can you tell I like sleep? ;)

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2011/03/33-unusual-tips-to-being-a-better-writer/

 

Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, August 5, 3:38 PM

 

Truly unusual writing tips doesn't begin to describe these. Some will have you scratching your head. Others will be laugh-out-loud funny. Enjoy. Take your pick, and toss the rest in the recycle bin. Personally, I like the sleeping eight hours a day. Can you tell I like sleep? ;)

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2011/03/33-unusual-tips-to-being-a-better-writer/

 

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24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo

24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
This list of 24 quotes on writing will prepare you for NaNoWriMo and help you find the inner strength to write more and finish that novel in 30 days.
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All those NaNoWriMoers out there need all the pump up they can get for the long slog through 50,000 words of November.

 

Get encouraged, get that novel finished, and oh, don't forget to edit in December!

 

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

 

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http://blog.sellfy.com/24-quotes-writing-nanowrimo/?__scoop_post=4030552661&__scoop_topic=952111#__scoop_post=4030552661&__scoop_topic=952111

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When Your Writing Routine Goes Poof - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

When Your Writing Routine Goes Poof - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
I’m an easily distracted person. In order to write productively, I need a private space with no voices, few interruptions, and a view—because, let’s be honest, when you spend a large portion of your writing time staring out the window, you … Continue reading →
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This article is so helpful, especially since my writing routine has gone poof! poof! poof! in the last couple of years.

 

Hey, who says you have to write on the computer? I'm finding simple tools such as a roller ball pen and a spiral notebook open up that brain spigot and get the ideas flowing. And, you can do it anywhere!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/08/happened-writing-routine/

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How Do You Come Up With Story Ideas? - A Writer's Journey | Writing Rightly

How Do You Come Up With Story Ideas? - A Writer's Journey | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
A common question for new writers is "Where do story ideas come from?" In this post, I'll walk you through the "Idea Net" technique.
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Great hunting techniques for story ideas inside this article. Writers should have nets in hand and ready to cast in all directions. Oh, and remember to ask, "what if" more than once. Dig deeper.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.erindorpress.com/2013/01/how-do-you-come-up-with-story-ideas/?utm_content=buffer9282c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Great hunting techniques for story ideas inside this article. Writers should have nets in hand and ready to cast in all directions. Oh, and remember to ask, "what if" more than once. Dig deeper.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.erindorpress.com/2013/01/how-do-you-come-up-with-story-ideas/?utm_content=buffer9282c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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How to Listen to a Famous Author Talk About Writing | Writing Rightly

How to Listen to a Famous Author Talk About Writing | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Over the past year I’ve spoken at a number of writer’s conferences, where I’ve met a great many fabulous, dedicated and talented writers and listened to a lot of keynote speeches by best selling novelists...

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This is great stuff from Lisa. The writer's missives needed said; we needed to hear them. While enjoyable to learn at the feet of famous writing masters, we also need to click hearing filters to "on" while listening. They are human--not gods.

 

She filtered out the good, bad, and ugly from this keynote speech by "famous" author, who remains unknown to us. His process may not be ours, but we can still glean some wisdom nuggets. We just need to know which ones to mine.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/14/how-to-listen-to-a-famous-author-talk-about-writing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

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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
Penelope's insight:

Myth #1

======

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

 

Myth #2

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

 

Myth #3

======
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! 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/3-myths-writing/

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Write Faster (and Better, Too) | Writing Rightly

Write Faster (and Better, Too) | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Have you read Rachel Aaron's book 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love yet?  You really should-- it's great.

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This article echoes my sentiments in a blog post I wrote called, "Break Out of that Writing Rut..." http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

 

This author also recommends reading a book called, "2K-10K: Write Faster, Write Better, Write More of What You Love."

 

If your writing has stalled, this book could give you the jumpstart you need to begin again. Highly recommended.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/03/write-faster-and-better-too/comment-page-1/#comment-515038

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5 Reasons Internal Dialogue is Essential in Fiction (And How to Use It in Your Story)

5 Reasons Internal Dialogue is Essential in Fiction (And How to Use It in Your Story) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
For a reader to invest their time in our story, they need to care what happens. Internal dialogue is one of the tools at our disposal to make them care because it creates an intimate connection bet...
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The voice inside our heads. We have that running dialogue going on all the time. How do we show it in our writing?

 

Great blog post by Marcy Kennedy that gives us some great tips for using internal dialogue properly.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/5-reasons-internal-dialogue-is-essential-in-fiction-and-how-to-use-it-in-your-story/

 

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The Most Popular Book Set in Each State — in One Surprising Map

The Most Popular Book Set in Each State — in One Surprising Map | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
What are your neighbors reading?
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During those rainy days, when you're searching for something to do, here's this--a nonsensical trivia map of the most popular books in each of the 50 states. Memorize it, cram your head full of facts, and show off to the world how smart you are!

 

Now, start with where you live. What is the most popular book in your state?

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://mic.com/articles/118844/the-most-popular-book-set-in-each-state-in-one-surprising-map

 

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The writer's life: Robert Olen Butler - USA Today

The writer's life: Robert Olen Butler - USA Today | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
With F. Scott Fitzgerald award, Robert Olen Butler joins pantheon of great authors
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I'd think I'd died and gone to heaven if I woke up in a library like the one filling up Robert Olen Butler's house.

 

All writers must read his wonderful and unique book, "From Where You Dream," on only writing from your unconscious. It's boldly different in its suggestion to not begin writing until you get into the writer's "zone", the dreamspace. That is where art resides and is created, Butler says.

 

So nice to have a Pulitzer price winner in our very own gator country!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/08/06/robert-olen-butler/2625059/

 

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6 Quick Tricks to Transform Crappy Ideas into Gleaming Nuggets of Undeniable Genius • Boost Blog Traffic

6 Quick Tricks to Transform Crappy Ideas into Gleaming Nuggets of Undeniable Genius • Boost Blog Traffic | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Struggling to come up with content ideas that don't suck. Learn how to transform mediocre to magical with these simple creativity tricks.
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Oh, the agony of being just--plain.

 

It strikes at the heart of every writer.

 

There is new-found hope for the uninspired amongst us.

 

Read Glen's surprising tips, apply its soothing salve, and see if your writing ideas don't snap to and recover fully!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://boostblogtraffic.com/blog-post-ideas/

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The writers who invented languages - BBC

The writers who invented languages - BBC | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
JRR Tolkien created Elvish and many other writers have made up new words and phrases. But can you really construct a whole new lexicon? Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.
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Do you speak Elvish? Or Dothraki? Or perhaps just Pig Latin.

 

Made-up language -- or 'conlang', as in 'constructed language', is not easy to bring to life. 

 

David J Peterson deconstructed the Dothraki language (Game of Thrones), with the Dothraki Companion app, and finds there is some consistency to the grammar. He discovered objects followed verbs, prepositions preceded nouns and so on. 

 

J.R.R. Tolkien created multiple conlangs, several so precise they've become the subject of university classes.

 

One thing for sure. Writing is hard enough, without creating an entirely new language to go with it. These authors created mystical and magical worlds, delighting and creating raving fans.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150706-the-writers-who-invented-languages

 

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How to Write a Memoir: Cat Talk with Marion Roach Smith

How to Write a Memoir: Cat Talk with Marion Roach Smith | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Have you ever wanted to write a memoir? Marion Roach Smith the author of "The Memoir Project," will show you how on Cat Talk with Pooh Hodges, a cat.
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We have a memoir in all of us. First, however, boil your blog post, essay, or book down to a simple formula: (It's about x as illustrated by y to be told in a z). The cat, Pooh Hodges tell us his example might be: It's about thrill, as illustrated by my hunting life, to be told in a blog post.

 

Very insightful! Especially from the POV of a cat.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/how-to-write-a-memoir-cat-talk/?awt_l=OFu3A&awt_m=3Vls4wfPKcCdk5r

 

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We have a memoir in all of us. First, however, boil your blog post, essay, or book down to a simple formula: (It's about x as illustrated by y to be told in a z). The cat, Pooh Hodges tell us his example might be: It's about thrill, as illustrated by my hunting life, to be told in a blog post.

 

Very insightful! Especially from the POV of a cat.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritepractice.com/how-to-write-a-memoir-cat-talk/?awt_l=OFu3A&awt_m=3Vls4wfPKcCdk5r

 

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KAPOW!  Cutting Scenes Like a Superhero

KAPOW!  Cutting Scenes Like a Superhero | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

There’s a scene in my novel-in-progress that I absolutely love. It has magic, romance, and the flavor of a fairy tale — everything I’ve tried to accomplish in this book.

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I can feel this author's pain as she discusses cutting out a scene that is near and dear to her heart.

 

Just recently, I experienced that pain while editing my own novel. However, think of the finished product--and your readers. And let the cutting begin!

 

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

 

Link to the original article:   http://writerunboxed.com/2014/10/29/kapow-cutting-scenes-like-a-superhero/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WriterUnboxed+%28Writer+Unboxed%29

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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, November 9, 2014 5:20 PM

Yes, well, if it doesn't fit, cut it !

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Defeat Writer’s Block! 11 Novelist-Tested Ways - Writing Rightly

Defeat Writer’s Block! 11 Novelist-Tested Ways - Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
I’m super excited to welcome Warren Adler to our blog. He’s the author of The War of The Roses and Random Hearts, which you’ll likely recognize as major motion pictures from the 80s and 90s. As a successful career author, Warren has … Continue reading →
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We all experience writer's block. How severe depends on how long you let it linger. Nip it quick, and get writing again. A Golden Globe winner shares his Novelist-Tested Ways to defeat the dratted block.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/10/11-novelist-tested-ways-defeat-writers-block/

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The Secret to Show, Don't Tell - The Write Practice | Writing Rightly

The Secret to Show, Don't Tell - The Write Practice | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
You've heard the classic writing rule, "Show. Don't Tell." Every writing blog ever has talked about it, and for good reason. Showing, for some reason, is really difficult.
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There are some great examples in this piece on how to take a small bit of story "telling" and turn it into story "showing."

 

Try it yourself with a paragraph. Interrogate your story. If you were the reader, would it fire up your imagination--or throw water on it?

 

Keep asking questions. And keep rewriting!

 

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

 

Link to the original article:  http://thewritepractice.com/show-dont-tell/

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, October 1, 2014 10:25 AM

Very good advice about how to show rather than tell by interrogating your story and being more specific.

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Thanks for you comments, Sharon!
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Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today - Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog

Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today - Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

There’s never in the history of the world been a better time to be a writer. You can write what you like. No one will burn you at the stake for your ideas. The biggest benefit of all: you’ve got the Internet. It’s a virtual world.

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You can be a writer and you can making a living from it, but it may take a little savvy on your part. If you're fresh out of ideas of where you could sell your literary wares, this article could give you a jump start.

 

There are several very creative niches I knew nothing about. Find one, and get started on your writing career!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.fabfreelancewriting.com/blog/2013/10/15/be-a-happy-writer-10-ideas-for-writing-businesses-you-can-start-today/

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The 50 Coolest Authors Of All Time | Writing Rightly

The 50 Coolest Authors Of All Time | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Everyone's got a book in them, right? Problem is, it's likely to be an absolute turkey.

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Just for fun, hover over the picture and get the bio. The list of 50 is subjective, and you may not agree! Who would you add in or take away?

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/books/the-50-coolest-authors-of-all-time

 

 

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Making Time to Write: Four Tips From a Writing Superstar | Writing Rightly

Making Time to Write: Four Tips From a Writing Superstar | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

It is the act of writing that makes you a writer. Talking about writing, reading about writing, and blogging about writing doesn’t do it.


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Four awesome tips inside this article. Author Janet Evanovich, the third richest author in the world in 2012 with her Stephanie Plum series, says to Write something every day, even if it means getting just a few sentences on the screen.

 

I'll give you the first two, and you'll have to read the article for #3 and #4.

 

1) Do it by time: Start small, if you want. Start with five minutes and increase the time by five minutes a day. In two weeks you’ll be sitting at your desk for about an hour a day. Add more time as you choose. 

 

2) Do it by pages: Start with one paragraph a day and work toward a page a day. If you do only that, by year’s ends you will have written 365 pages. 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writerswrite.co.za/making-time-to-write-four-tips-from-a-writing-superstar

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Five Steps to Crafting A Great First Sentence

Five Steps to Crafting A Great First Sentence | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

The infamous first sentence. It can't be too long, it can't be too short. It has to have a deep meaning, it needs to hook the reader. You MUST make it interesting.

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Every piece of writing, whether short or long, must begin with a first sentence. We could argue the day away on what should make up the components of said sentence.

 

One thing we know for sure. It should draw in the reader, and evoke emotion enough to keep them reading.

 

Jordan's article gives us five food-for-thought steps to craft our first sentence. Her first recommendation is to use your imagination. What is the story about? This is your first chance to make a good impression. Don't blow it. Read on for four more excellent suggestions.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://jewelsfromjordan.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/five-steps-to-crafting-a-great-first-sentence/

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