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Steven Pinker’s Sense of Style

Steven Pinker’s Sense of Style | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
The Harvard psychologist offers a writing guide based on how the mind works
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Steven Pinker explains how linguistics and cognitive psychology can help improve writing, information useful for writers, as well as for students and educators.

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Pushing Past Writing Blocks | Inside Higher Ed

Pushing Past Writing Blocks | Inside Higher Ed | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
RT @JeffreyGuterman: my comment re: Pushing past #writing blocks #writersblock #research
http://t.co/kcj73HpzJ2
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Although written from the perspective of an academic writing for academia, the insights about writing apply across the board, to all writing. No stunning new insights, but a useful reminder for those of us who struggle, as I do, with writing blocks.

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Free Online Novel Writing Software - Hiveword

Free Online Novel Writing Software - Hiveword | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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This could be useful...

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marianogueira's curator insight, January 28, 2014 4:21 AM

Un software dedicado a la escritura creativa

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The Sound of . . . Sound in Novels | Live Write Thrive

The Sound of . . . Sound in Novels | Live Write Thrive | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Insights, inspiration, and practical advice for writers
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Should your next novel be packaged with an included soundtrack?

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Jack Kerouac Lists 9 Essentials for Writing Spontaneous Prose ...

Jack Kerouac Lists 9 Essentials for Writing Spontaneous Prose ... | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Jack Kerouac wants you to turn writing into “free deviation (association) of mind into limitless blow-on-subject seas of thought, swimming in sea of E.
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Kerouac's method, which “discourages revision… chastises grammatical correctness, and encourages writerly flexibility,” may not result in publishable work for most of us, but they may be a good way to get past writer's block and get words on the page. And if you decide to revise after all, that can be your secret.

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Great myths die hard

Great myths die hard | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

Finding that part of the story of Louis Pasteur's rabies vaccine is false, Héloïse Dufour and Sean Carroll explore how science fables are born, spread and die.

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This story details how some historic scientific figures have become legends, not because of what they did, but because of what we want to believe they did.

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Hope is Required For Writing

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Writing sounds easy, but it is not. Hope is required for writing, for it is an act of faith. Famous writers struggled, and so do we. We need hope to write.

Via Sharilee Swaity
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An interesting and useful examination of the importance of hope for all writers.

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Estelblau's curator insight, August 15, 2013 5:27 AM

Via @jimlerman

KindredReaders's curator insight, December 28, 2013 1:13 PM

For those days when the words just won't come.

Kali Cordes's curator insight, February 20, 2014 5:17 PM

This article describes the necessity of hope when a writer of any level sits down to write out their thoughts. The article mentions several famous authors' descriptions of what it takes to be a writer, and how even they required some inspiration to keep at it.

I loved this  article because it describes my exact dilemma that I wrote about in my first semester portfolio. Inspiration is a hard thing to find within yourself, but it is also the most important part of writing. The hope described in the article is really the key to finding that inspiration.

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There Are No Ugly Words

There Are No Ugly Words | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
  Today’s guest is Mitchell James Kaplan author of By Fire, By Water (Other Press) which has received numerous awards and accolades including the Independent Publishers Award Gold Medal for Hi...
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Writing is complex. Writing well is more so. Many of the "rules" we are taught as beginning writers, however well-meant, turn out to be more restrictive than helpful. Among these, the aphorism that we should avoid "complex" Latinate words and those with Greek origins in favor of using "simpler" words of Anglo-Saxon (Germanic) origin. In truth, there is no prescription for finding the right word, for doing so is an art form.

 

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Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Year of The Ruby Slippers: These Five Networks Aren't in Kansas Anymore by Nora Stasio, Fairy Tale News Reporter

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Year of The Ruby Slippers: These Five Networks Aren't in Kansas Anymore by Nora Stasio, Fairy Tale News Reporter | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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So many reimaginings, but will any of them be able to convey the wonder and magic of Oz? If you were going to reimagine Oz as a TV or cable series, would you prefer to use only the basic setting, or would you prefer to adapt one of the original books by Oz (or one of his successors) and, if so, which one?

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Wellcome Images Now Available Free of Charge Under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Wellcome Images Now Available Free of Charge Under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Wellcome Images provides a huge archives of more than 100,000 high resolution photographs, ephemera, maps, paintings and drawings. The company has now made a major announcement: Dear colleague, We have some very important news to announce.
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Looking for artwork for the cover of your historical novel, on which to base your own artwork, or for a history project with your students? A huge archive of material is now free under the creative commons attribution licence, making over 100,000 high-res images available to the public.

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Where one in 10 will publish a book

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By Rosie Goldsmith
BBC News, Reykjavik

 

Iceland is experiencing a book boom. This island nation of just over 300,000 people has more writers, more books published and more books read, per head, than anywhere else in the world.

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It's tempting to want to blame the evocative landscape or the long winter nights for all this creative activity, but those features have been part of Iceland for a long, long time. So, what is happening in Iceland that has resulted in such an outpouring of creativity? And, how can we help writing to flourish everywhere?

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How to Write for Video Games – featuring Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and ... - Gamesauce

How to Write for Video Games – featuring Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and ... - Gamesauce | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
How to Write for Video Games – featuring Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and ...
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Writing for video games is an esoteric art. It's very different from writing novels, comics, film scripts or event blog posts like this.
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Because you know you've thought about it!

 

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How Much Does It Really Cost To Professionally Self-Publish Your Own Print Book

How Much Does It Really Cost To Professionally Self-Publish Your Own Print Book | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

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Here's a good overview of the self-publishing process, from start to finish, along with cost estimates for each step.

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Robin Good's curator insight, May 18, 2013 5:00 AM



How much does it really cost to publish your own book? Miral Sattar, on PBS Mediashift, provides a very useful article outlining eight main expenditure areas and providing some indication of what the cost of doing these activities may be for an independent self-publisher.


From formatting to getting reviews, the article properly identifies all of the work steps needed to professionally publish a book without going to partner with a traditional book publisher.


I found this resource to be very useful, not so much for the precise cost ranges listed, but more for outlining so clearly to new would-be self-published book authors, how much work and how many people have been traditionally involved in this process.


While I firmly believe that today it is not necessary at all to involve all the professionals listed in this article, it is also true that for most people it is really a must to have someone checking his writing style, editing work and helping out with formatting and graphics before even considering to distribute a new book.


It should be kept in mind though that there are certainly also new alternatives for proofreading, editing and vetting your content, as well as for getting beautifully designed covers that can get those more inclined to learn to save quite a bit of money and time.



Useful. Informative. 7/10


Full article: http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/05/the-real-costs-of-self-publishing-book



francesco guglielmin's comment, June 13, 2013 7:53 AM
Robin don't forget www.papyruseditor.com : it's awesome tool for publish an ebook !
Robin Good's comment, June 13, 2013 2:24 PM
Grazie Francesco. :-)