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50 redundant phrases to avoid in writing

50 redundant phrases to avoid in writing | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
We get the point; no need to say it twice. Eliminate duplication for concise writing.

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Remove the repetition for brief, "to the point" writing. Redundancy happens in conversation and is a natural occurrence but when it comes to writing, on the other hand, it should be avoided in all instances.

 

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Top 10 TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking

Top 10 TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
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As a fan of Ted Talks, I highly recommend number nine on the list:

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius.
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The Value of Authentic Feedback

The Value of Authentic Feedback | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
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This writer shares a great insight about feedback and the important role it plays in developing a manuscript. This must have been a challenging lesson for him, but it was clearly quite valuable.

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How to Format Your Novel for Submission (And Why It Matters)

How to Format Your Novel for Submission (And Why It Matters) | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Once upon a time I was reading through some fiction by well meaning (and sometimes very talented) indie authors. Among the pieces was a screenplay that the writer wanted desperately to sell and tha...
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Move Past Negative Events In Your Life By Writing About Them - Lifehacker Australia

Move Past Negative Events In Your Life By Writing About Them - Lifehacker Australia | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Truly awful events in our lives have a tendency to leave their mark. There’s a good chance you’ll be hanging on to some traumatic experien...
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A friend and I were just discussing this. Writing out the trauma does seem to help some people move past their pain. 

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Boys 'held back by reluctance to write at home' - BBC News

Boys 'held back by reluctance to write at home' - BBC News | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
A study suggests boys are being held back by their reluctance to write outside school.
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What can parents do to encourage boys to write outside of school?

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5 Sites to Maximize Your Editing

5 Sites to Maximize Your Editing | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
I've been posting a lot about editing lately, and there's reason for it. I'm overbooked with editing projects--a novel and two children's books constantly calling for my attention. As such, I've be...
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Thanks, Amanda, for sharing this blog post!  I visited each and every one of these sites and found them to be entertaining (I Write Like...) and informative (all of the others).  I can guarantee that I'll be putting these to good use.

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Nine novels later - Texas A&M The Battalion

Nine novels later - Texas A&M The Battalion | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
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Ted Boone, Mays Business School lecturer, participates in the kick-off event for NaNoWriMo.
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NaNoWriMo in action on the ground.

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How to Use Traps to Create Suspense in Fiction

How to Use Traps to Create Suspense in Fiction | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
 



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It doesn’t matter what genre you’re writing, you need suspense to keep readers turning pages.
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Marcy Kennedy offers great suggestions for creating suspense.

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Don't Fear the Editor: 7 Keys to Editing Success - Business 2 Community

Don't Fear the Editor: 7 Keys to Editing Success - Business 2 Community | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Does the word editor conjure an image of the bespectacled newspaper guy, red pen in hand, tearing up the draft you worked so hard to create? If so, you’re not alone. Editors strike fear into the he…
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Editors are here to help. Here are some things to pay attention to in your own writing. They're also what editors are looking for when they do their jobs.

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Modern Authors Delve Into Digital and Visual Storytelling

Modern Authors Delve Into Digital and Visual Storytelling | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it

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Stephanie Walden:  "A look at how authors are using social media and visuals to connect with fans, build online communities and rethink the creative process."

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Today's children's and young adult writers must embrace these changes in order to survive!

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Storytelling digital y visual ;-)

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Authors Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan on co-writing - USA TODAY

Authors Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan on co-writing - USA TODAY | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
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Authors Suzanne Hayes and Loretta Nyhan on co-writing
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Writing Empire Girls was different. We had to create characters who overlapped in our chapters. That meant we had to do a lot of plotting.
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Thinking about co-authoring a book? Read about how the authors of Empire Girls worked together successfully.

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On the case: Seven new crime novels you need to read - The Globe and Mail

On the case: Seven new crime novels you need to read - The Globe and Mail | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
On the case: Seven new crime novels you need to read
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Melville House, 176 pages, $14.95Didier Daeninckx loves to drop names; he opens this novel with the Jean Jaurès, Louis de Funès, and the Cathars.
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Every one of these crime novels sounds like an absolutely delightful read.

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Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists! - io9

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists! - io9 | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!
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Every year, the art world chooses the best science fiction and fantasy illustrations — providing a visual feast for the rest of us.
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These covers are truly beautiful. it makes me wish I were a visual artist.

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The Source of Bad Writing

The Source of Bad Writing | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
The 'curse of knowledge,' writes Steven Pinker, is the result of writers' assuming readers understand the subject. This causes bad writing.
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Remember what your high school teacher said? Always write as though your audience is unfamiliar with the topic.

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A Note on Novel Length

A Note on Novel Length | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
How long should my book be? It's a silly question, or so it seems. What does length matter so long as the story is well written? I have by turn either obsessed over novel length or ignored it entir...
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This article gives a quick list of common word counts for different genres. Handy.

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The rise of self-publishing and the athlete influencer - iSportsTimes.com

The rise of self-publishing and the athlete influencer - iSportsTimes.com | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it

Are Readers want to see authentic content - This past year we have seen athlete self-publishing take form in both SportsBlog and The Players' Tribune

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Are you reading athletes' blogs?

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10 Tips For Writing Endings To Your Story

10 Tips For Writing Endings To Your Story | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
1. Always keep in mind what is expected in the genre you’re writing. If you’re writing a category romance, then the hero and heroine must unite at the end. If you’re writing a mystery, you must sol...
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This is a good list of tips for ending stories. Way to call out certain authors for tricky endings.

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The 3 Reasons You're Not Good at Telling Stories

The 3 Reasons You're Not Good at Telling Stories | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Why do all your stories suck? Telling stories is an art -- and a lot of people haven't quite mastered it yet. Here's how to get better at telling stories.
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So, maybe not all of our stories suck, but some of them do. This blog breaks down the art of storytelling into simple concepts.

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Story Structure for Dummies - Storyfix.com

Story Structure for Dummies - Storyfix.com | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Hear this, and hear it clearly: Story does NOT trump structure. Story IS structure.

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No matter where you are in the world of "story" this is one you'll want to read.

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Master Pacing in Fiction & Take Your Story From Boring to Exciting | WritersDigest.com

Master Pacing in Fiction & Take Your Story From Boring to Exciting | WritersDigest.com | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Discover the best tools for pacing a novel and more from Crafting Novels & Short Stories. Plus, learn how to pace a novel and write your best story today.

Via Ruth Long
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This article beautifully summarizes tools we all need to raise our writing to the next level, and they're not only for fiction writers.

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Poems Inspired By Two-Letter Words - Here And Now

Poems Inspired By Two-Letter Words - Here And Now | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Stephin Merritt of the band The Magnetic Fields is out with a new book of poetry inspired by Scrabble two-letter words.
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So simple and perfectly delightful for those of us who are easily entertained...

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Author, activist Ru Freeman to receive Kafka Prize for fiction - University of Rochester Newsroom

Author, activist Ru Freeman to receive Kafka Prize for fiction - University of Rochester Newsroom | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it

University of Rochester Newsroom Author, activist Ru Freeman to receive Kafka Prize for fiction University of Rochester Newsroom Sri Lankan-American writer Ru Freeman has been named the 2014 recipient of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction,...

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Sri Lankan-American writer Ru Freeman has been named the 2014 recipient of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction

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A novel for men who don't read novels » Spectator Blogs

A novel for men who don't read novels » Spectator Blogs | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Are you the sort of man – or is your man the sort of man – who's always meaning to read more novels but never gets round to it? Proper novels, I mean, rather than your John Grisham/Andy McNab stuff. Well the book you've ...
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Have a man in your life that you'd like to purchase a book for? Here's a suggestion.

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5 Things George R.R. Martin Is Doing (Other Than Writing ‘Winds of Winter’) - WSJ

5 Things George R.R. Martin Is Doing (Other Than Writing ‘Winds of Winter’) - WSJ | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
As filming for season 5 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” gets under way, fans suffering from withdrawal can always turn to another favorite pastime: guessing when George R.R. Martin might complete “The Winds of Winter." (5 Things George R.R.
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Week of July 3, 2014 - NPR

Week of July 3, 2014 - NPR | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
Week of July 3, 2014
NPR
After a woman disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage.
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Gone Girl, with ten weeks on NPR's best paperback fiction list, and The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert have made it to my must read list.

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The Art of the Done List: Harnessing the Power of Progress

The Art of the Done List: Harnessing the Power of Progress | Writing and Editing | Scoop.it
What did you get done today? Knowing the answer makes a huge difference in your motivation levels.
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Writers and other knowledge workers can use this method to assess our productivity and to feel a well-deserved sense of satisfaction when the work  gets done, even though we don't always have a physical item in hand to show for it.

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