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The Habits of Highly Productive Writers

The Habits of Highly Productive Writers | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
There are no tricks to make writing easier, just practices you can develop to get it done.
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6 simple tactics for writing with impact

6 simple tactics for writing with impact | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Good writing is as important now as it’s ever been. It may be even more important. Here’s how to make yours difficult to ignore.
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Why People Hate Blogging (and How to Make It Better)

Why People Hate Blogging (and How to Make It Better) | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it

It’s not hard to find yourself in a love/hate relationship with blogging. Sure, you know it’s a great way to connect with potential customers and generate leads, but it can also be a real pain in the you-know-what. Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned vet or just getting started, here's 12 undeniable reasons why people hate blogging. And, more important, 12 surefire ways to get over them.

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Guilty as charged on a few of these. Time probably being the biggest one.  If I could, I would write 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but went I write I sometimes lose hours, I get so involved in the process. They say write first, edit later, but to me, the post, prose, or whatever I'm writing has to be good enough (notice. I didn't say perfect?), the first time.

It takes too much patience to see results - I'm slowly learning patience. I do watch my follower count fluctuate. The one for my personal Twitter is now averaging in the high 60's, low 70's.  Still a long way from that million that I want, but I will get there!  The triple digit on Wordpress is great and definitely reflective of the idea the more effort you put into something that bigger results you will see. The Facebook page and Twitter account for Stars of Heros will increase as well with time, but right now there isn't much going on with the series, so I'm definitely not worried there yet.

There's already so much content out there - Oh, boy, that's a big one for me on multiple levels. It was actually almost the reason I stopped writing. Who was I to go up against the likes of Tom Clancy and Jim Butcher? But then I slowly realized they have their stories and I have mine. Our perspective and voice is what makes us unique.

 

Bottom line, a writer needs to writer. Whether it's a blog, poetry, prose, or whatever else is needed, the words that you put down on paper (be it virtual or real), will inspire and impact someone. Even if it's only you to write some more.

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WriteIntoPrint: Self Editing 4 Fiction ~ #2 Show AND Tell

WriteIntoPrint: Self Editing 4 Fiction ~ #2 Show AND Tell | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it

Contrary to the “Show Don’t Tell” sound-bite circulating nowadays, the formula for creating an absorbing novel is a proportionate and pertinent blend of both of these elements – along with dialogue, which often shows and tells in its own right. The trick is to identify which portions of the story work well as scenes (showing) and which are served best by narrative (telling) and where to incorporate either of them in dialogue.

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The catch phrase of "Show, don't tell," really ties me up sometimes. I want to be the best writer, I can. Keep my readers involved and part of the action. There  are times, though, I just can't rely completely on showing to make this happen. I have to tell what a person is thinking, give depth to the character by relaying their backstory, or explain stuff in a short amount of time that would take way too may pages otherwise.


What I like about the "show and tell" concept is that it fits my need and style completely. It's the balance. The ying and yang. And it doesn't have the negative connotation of an exception that but always seems to bring to a sentence.

 

One thing that the article points out is adverb telling and watching out for the overuse for it. When I first started writing, adverbs were the quick and easy way of expressing something obvious. As I've matured, however, I've found them to be a missed opportunity to give a scene more depth and flavor by actually describing the idea they are trying to convey.  In fact, I think I've gone to the opposite extreme of avoiding them completely in my books.

 

That's the thing about fiction writing, though, it's not meant to be a thing of extremes, unless there's a need to grab the reader's attention with strong emotion or action. An incomprehensible book that breaks every rule, will bomb miserably on Amazon, but so will a formula one that creates something exactly like what some reader read yesterday. Fiction is the act of creating characters that are believable and stories in a voice and a style that is unique and balanced.

 

Believe me, I tried to follow tried the extreme approach. I thought if I followed all the rules, I would have the perfect book that would sell millions of copies. What I got instead were passages, that though perfect in grammar and sentence structure, came out stilted and flat, and a bad case of lockup because of all the contradictions. Through this experience, I've learned that rules are there to make things make sense, but not dictate exactly what I do. How much or how little I follow is what creates my style, and right now, I'm going for the instinctive, somewhat rule following method, that has me really proud of what I'm writing while standing up to the glances it's gotten so far.  And show and tell, not show don't tell, fits perfectly within the context of what I'm trying to do and achieve.

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How James Patterson Sells More Books Than J.K. Rowling Or Stephen King

How James Patterson Sells More Books Than J.K. Rowling Or Stephen King | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
How do you author 130 books? With a lot of work and a little help.
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Book Marketing 101 | Jane Friedman

Book Marketing 101 | Jane Friedman | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
It is possible for an author to launch an effective book-marketing campaign without a publisher’s support or assistance. Here are the basics.
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Marketing Your Book for Self-Publishers and Indie Authors — The Book Designer

Marketing Your Book for Self-Publishers and Indie Authors — The Book Designer | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Marketing Your Book for Self-Publishers and Indie Authors
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Did some research for a fellow author last night on how to market you book as an independent author.  Figured, I probably need the same info, so why not share it with others?  The next few articles will be just that.

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The Idiot's Guide To Writing Complex Female Characters In 6 Easy Steps

The Idiot's Guide To Writing Complex Female Characters In 6 Easy Steps | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
As a writer, have you ever boggled at the concept of writing women as anything other than plot devices or glorified sex objects? With this patented fool-proof system, anyone can write a well-rounded woman!
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When I read this, at first I went, "Huh? Why are we talking about males when this article is supposed to be about female characters?" Steps 1 through 5 were basically male this,, male that, and so on. Then I got to Step 6 and it all made sense.

 

I had to laugh. Because it's basically how I created my lead female character.

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Marketer Reveals 5 Top Tips for Writing Great Press Releases

Marketer Reveals 5 Top Tips for Writing Great Press Releases | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Discover 5 top tips on how to write from a press release template in 20 minutes for maximum exposure.
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6 Great Self-Publishing Tools for Small Press and Author Co-Ops | Mediashift | PBS

6 Great Self-Publishing Tools for Small Press and Author Co-Ops | Mediashift | PBS | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Many tools for self-publishers have gotten so good that they re maturing to serve groups, co-ops and small press with cloud-based and collaborative features. Here s a range of tools and services you might consider if you re growing, or growing out of, your current suite of tools.
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15 Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Silly

15 Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Silly | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Making unnecessary grammatical errors just makes you look bad, and hurts your effectiveness as a writer. So, we've assembled the 15 most egregious grammar goofs into one helpful infographic. With this handy reference, you'll never look silly again.
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Terry Tyler's Literary Blog

Terry Tyler's Literary Blog | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Terry Tyler Author, Writer, Blogger Blogger for the UK Arts Directory   Why I decided against submitting to agents …..but if you decide to, what’s best way to do it? Okay, you’ve written your ...
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An author's take on why she doesn't want to get an agent. (mainly creative control and time to publication), but also great advice on what to do if you do want to get one.

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Authors: Warning Signs That You're Being Scammed

Authors: Warning Signs That You're Being Scammed | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Your book is your dream and your baby. You want it done right, and you don't want to fall prey to things that can a) cost you a ton of money and b) delay your success. It's up to you to make sure that you don't become the next victim to something tha...
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Author Directory Sites: The Complete List

Author Directory Sites: The Complete List | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
There are a lot of different types of directories: author listings, book listings, and libraries. Th...
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Getting your name out there is half the battle of becoming a known author.  Here's a list of sites where you can start.

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ThrillWriting

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Resource site for suspense, crime, thriller, and mystery writers. Includes information for plotting and expert information to get the details correct.
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Just pursuing through this, I found some great tips on tells, signs, and other stuff that is needed to make characters more believable in violent and stressful situations.

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Smashwords: Amazon's Hachette Dispute Foreshadows What's Next for Indie Authors

Smashwords: Amazon's Hachette Dispute Foreshadows What's Next for Indie Authors | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it

Amazon and Hachette Book Group are locked in an epic battle over the future of ebook publishing. The outcome of this dispute will have permanent ramifications for publishers and indie authors alike.

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The Write Life Presents: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014 - The Write Life

The Write Life Presents: The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014 - The Write Life | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Looking to add to your reading list this year? We've got you covered.
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71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book | Your Writer Platform

71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book | Your Writer Platform | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Do you know the most powerful way to market your book? Find out, plus 71 more book promotion strategies.
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89 Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life | Author MediaAuthor Media

89 Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life | Author MediaAuthor Media | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
We've compiled a list of 89 book marketing ideas that will change your life, build your brand, and sell your book.
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Writing For Recycle Bin! — Life Tips. — Medium

Writing For Recycle Bin! — Life Tips. — Medium | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
The act of writing is a discovery process. During which the writer keeps on learning new things all the time.
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My friend, and fellow writer, actually says he does this all the time, except he calls it the junk drawer. 

 

The article not only highlights why writing is important, even when it goes nowhere, it highlights a new way of blogging. Created by the people who founded Blogger, it not meant as a traditional blog (nor does it look one!), but a means to tell a story.  Called Medium (medium.com), I just felt really relaxed and at home when I went there.  Not sure how much I'll be contributing at first, though, as I have a lot do already.  (Finish writing my book, keep up with my Wordpress and Tumblr accounts, build a buzz around my series,  support myself, etc.).  At least, though, I know I have another outlet for my creativity.

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Amy Raby: Five Things I Learned Writing Prince's Fire

Amy Raby: Five Things I Learned Writing Prince's Fire | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
As the sister of the Kjallan emperor, Celeste cannot choose where to bestow her heart.... The imperial princess has been offered in marriage to the Prince of Inya as part of an alliance needed to e...
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I love the first point . . . "That Genre Doesn't Exist? Write It Anyway." People are always asking me what my series is about, I start off by saying, "Well, it's science fiction that involves horses, heroes, and family." Horses are found in Westerns and Fantasy, not usually Sci-Fi unless they are supposed to be some supposedly genetic altered beast or some sort of mount. In my books, my horses are characters along the lines of Black Beauty. No, you don't hear the thoughts of all of them, just the physic ones or, in one case, when one of the physic ones is helping a normal horse to speak to it's owner. Still, they don't need any words for the personality to come across.

 

The nerdy heroine and nice guys comments  ring true with me as well. My lead character is a woman. Not so much of a nerd, but not a perfect beauty either. She's got smarts, has emotional flaws, and yet still manages to be a pretty good leader. Her brothers play second fiddle to her and don't mind.

 

The "You can divert lava flow" topic reminds us all that as long as there is proof out there, you can make what seems impossible happen in your books or explain why it can't. For Spirit, I actually asked a network engineer friend of mine, why cell phones can't be relayed through satellites. I couldn't find any proof that they couldn't be, but I had a feeling that they couldn't. And it turns out I was right. The electronic footprint (or bandwidth) is just too big.

 

The deadline part I'm struggling with right at the moment. It just seemed like yesterday when I had months to go. Now I have 11 days to go and counting before I turn my manuscript into the publisher.

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So, You Want to Write a Book?*

So, You Want to Write a Book?* | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
I urge you to write the book(s) inside of you, because if nothing else, that process, and the confidence, hope and pride it brings is bound to change at least one person's life...yours....
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I started with a horse story and my first published book is going to be that horse story. It's taken me nearly 30 years to get it published, but oh well at least it's finally happening.  I have to submit the manuscript to my publisher in two weeks.

 

Over the decades it's taken me, I've come across articles that tell you what you should and shouldn't do, but they speak about the practical stuff.  This article is about the emotional stuff. I like points 3 through 5 especially because not following them is the the reason, it has taken me so long to start making my dream a reality.


I wanted to be perfect, had other things to do, and couldn't match the storytelling capabilities of Jim Butcher, Stephen King, and the like or so I thought. I was completely and utterly wrong.  I didn't need to worry about anything of those things, just my story and making sure it made halfway decent sense. And it does. So now a storyteller with something to say and a dream to share.

 

I don't need to justify that to anyone any more, not even myself. 

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20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 2014 8:48 AM

Great list with explanations about why something is right or wrong.

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The New World of Publishing

The New World of Publishing | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
It’s an interesting fact that in today’s publishing world, it’s both harder and easier to get published than it’s ever been before.
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Self-publishing e-books: How to get started

Self-publishing e-books: How to get started | Writing and Publishing | Scoop.it
Self-publishing has become an increasingly important industry for both individual authors and businesses who want to put out their own books. But how do you begin? Here are some tips for self-starters.
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