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While this topic will be mostly about writing, it may cover a wide variety of other subjects. Writing doesn't occur in a vacuum, it's related to everything we experience, and so a topic about writing can be about anything and everything.
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Conjugate, Conjugate, Conjugate

Conjugate, Conjugate, Conjugate | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
In my proofreading and copy editing work, as well as in my tutoring, I sometimes need to correct the conjugation of a verb. Most of the time, this is very straightforward, but tonight I have been p...
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7 Must-Read Books on the Art & Science of Happiness

7 Must-Read Books on the Art & Science of Happiness | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
From Plato to Buddha, or what imperfection has to do with the neuroscience of the good life.
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Book View Cafe announces the Superlative Publishing Award Medals and much, much more! | Book View Cafe Blog

Book View Cafe announces the Superlative Publishing Award Medals and much, much more! | Book View Cafe Blog | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Book View Cafe Blog -...

 

"There are so many unsavoury characters preying on new authors these days – with their offers of representation or editing or marketing assistance or book formatting – that we at Book View Cafe thought it was time that we did something about it."

 

Announcing the Spammies! This is a fun read for all writers.

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Why Empathy is the Key to Story

Why Empathy is the Key to Story | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
To write fic­tion, you must develop your capac­ity be empa­thetic. Empathy is so much a part of what the writer does that it would be impos­si­ble to get by with­out it.

 

In fact, you could even argue that empa­thy is syn­ony­mous with story. Don't believe me? Plug the word story for empa­thy into this list of def­i­n­i­tions for empa­thy that I found on Wikipedia:


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Writer Unboxed » The Curse of the Middle Book

Writer Unboxed » The Curse of the Middle Book | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Writer Unboxed about the craft and business of fiction...

 

"Why is the second book in a fantasy trilogy so hard to get right? The first book introduces the world, the protagonist, the goal – it grabs the reader’s imagination and holds it with everything bright and new. In the third book...."

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My Self-Publishing Journey: The Balanced Approach

My Self-Publishing Journey: The Balanced Approach | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
I recently read a blog post by Joe Konrath in which he explained for those who couldn’t figure it out for themselves, that he was abrasive on purpose in order to drive traffic to his blog. I&...
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The Year's Best Science Fiction 29th Annual Collection-Edited by ...

The Year's Best Science Fiction 29th Annual Collection-Edited by Gardner Dozois. The Year's Best Science Fiction 29th Annual Collection. Edited by Gardner Dozois. St Martins, Jul 3 2012, $21.99. ISBN 9781250003553 ...
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Convert MS Word docs to e-books for free

The Smashwords e-book-publishing service transforms Word's DOC files into the EPUB, MOBI, and other e-book formats, but only if you shun text boxes, tables, and other common formatting elements in the file, as the handy Smashwords guide explains.
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Marvel At This Periodic Table Of Social Media

Marvel At This Periodic Table Of Social Media | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Proving social media is more magic than science.

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John Steinbeck: Advice for Beginning Writers

John Steinbeck: Advice for Beginning Writers | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

This is a letter the Nobel Prize winning American author John Steinbeck wrote for beginning writers:The basic rule given us was simple and heartbreaking. A story to be effective had to convey something from the writer to the reader, and the power of its offering was the measure of its excellence.


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4 Lessons In Creativity From John Cleese

4 Lessons In Creativity From John Cleese | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

Addressing a group of attendees from the Havas Media group, Cleese brought a storytelling flair to the topic of the creative process, something he’s been discussing for decades through his educational video company Video Arts, sharing tales of writing mishaps and lessons learned from leading creative and scientific minds.


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Lifeguard sacked for saving man outside flags

Lifeguard sacked for saving man outside flags | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
A Florida lifeguard was baffled after he was fired for saving a drowning man who was swimming outside the flags.

 

Here's something to file in your Truth is Stranger than Fiction folder. Or, maybe in the Corporate Stupidity folder.

 

The claim made by the beach patrol company that "by leaving the designated area Mr Lopez put the firm at risk of being sued" may be true, but I know that if I was drowning within sight and reach of a lifeguard and he just watched from a distance because the rules said he couldn't leave the designated area, I'd be talking to the lawyers.

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Writers hear wisdom - Jackson Hole News&Guide

Writers hear wisdomJackson Hole News&GuideA record number of attendees at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference gained confidence, learned about publishing and rubbed elbows with New York literati...
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Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public

Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

"Writing is a public act," says New York teacher Ileana Jimenez, who encourages her students to blog.


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9 Books on Reading and Writing

9 Books on Reading and Writing | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Dancing with the absurdity of life, or what symbolism has to do with the osmosis of trash and treasure.

 

Although this was published as a "New Year's Resolution Reading List," books on writing are useful any time during the year. 

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Why Creativity Necessitates Eclecticism: Nick Cave’s Influences

Why Creativity Necessitates Eclecticism: Nick Cave’s Influences | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
What Dostoevsky has to do with the hunchback of Notre Dame, Muhammad Ali, and dandelions.
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The Literary Darwinists: The Evolutionary Origins of Storytelling

The Literary Darwinists: The Evolutionary Origins of Storytelling | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

The British journalist Christopher Booker parallels these two tales in a recent book to argue that all stories are built off of seven basic plot templates. For Booker, Jaws and Beowulf fall into the “Overcoming the Monster,” category along with Little Red Riding Hood and Dumas’ The Three Musketeers. From Homer’sOdyssey to the James Bond series, Booker’s widespread analysis reminds us that literature is a human universal; where there are people, there are stories.

Given the ubiquity and pleasure of stories, as well as the important role they play in human societies, it’s not surprising that literary scholars and evolutionary psychologists are beginning to critically examine literature with a Darwinian lens. In question is nothing less than the nature of literature from an evolutionary perspective.  


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Miss Snark's First Victim: Friday Fricassee

Miss Snark's First Victim: Friday Fricassee | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

"I don't know if you've been following the conversations happening in some of the CP entries, but they're delightful! Watching people get to know each other and get excited about the possibility of working together is an absolute thrill."

 

Note: CP refers to Critique Partners; Miss Snark is currntly running a critiquer dating service.

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CONvergence 2012: The Role of Religion in Science Fiction and ...

CONvergence 2012: The Role of Religion in Science Fiction and ... | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Does much of science fiction tend to assume that religion is gone or has lost its relevance? Is this a realistic assumption; religion tends to stick around. Considerations of current religions and how they would adapt to futuristic ...
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UPDATED: The man deserves a damn medal

UPDATED: The man deserves a damn medal | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

Take one crazy woman, her beleagered husband, and add anniversary madness. Stir well. Goes with everything.

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Storify - Create stories using social media

Storify - Create stories using social media | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Create stories using social media. Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories. Collect the best photos, video, tweets and more to publish them as simple, beautiful stories that can be embedded anywhere.

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The Complete Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Complete Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC] | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
The Ultimate Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet Different social media platforms have different guidelines and sizing that's why we always find ourselves  looki (RT @GoodPeopleJapan: Great tool for designers & businesses alike: complete social media...

 

Writers, artists, and others using social media to promote their work may find this useful.


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sharpster - definition and meaning

sharpster - definition and meaning | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Dictionary definitions and example sentences on Wordnik.com...

 

I just started a discussion of the word "sharpster" and added it to my list of Words Missing from Dictionaries. The word "sharpster" means someone who is a con artist or swindler, and has been used as such numerous times in literature. So, why do dictionaries leave it out?

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'Britain's Atlantis' found at bottom of North sea - a huge undersea kingdom swallowed by the sea in 6500BC

'Britain's Atlantis' found at bottom of North sea - a huge undersea kingdom swallowed by the sea in 6500BC | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Divers from oil companies have found remains of a 'drowned world' with a population of tens of thousands - which linked Britain to the continent and might once have been the 'real heartland' of Europe.
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Unicorns And Witches And Wild Mood Swings, Oh My! : NPR

Unicorns And Witches And Wild Mood Swings, Oh My! : NPR | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
The Black Jewels trilogy flips everything you thought you knew about fantasy on its head. But NPR editor Petra Mayer says it's still a wild ride of mystery, erotica, violence and even true love.

 

Fun review of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy.

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