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How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc

How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
One of my favourite “how to write” books is Nigel Watts’ Writing A Novel and Getting Published. My battered, torn and heavily-pencil-marked copy is a testament to how useful I’ve found it over the years.

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I never get tired of looking at plotting and it's always good to discover a new 'how to book' even if you can just glean a little of the information. The eight point arc will keep you grounded.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 26, 2:03 PM

Nigel Watts' 8 point story arc as a way to structure a story.

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A Book Is a Heart That Only Beats in the Chest of Another: Rebecca Solnit on the Solitary Intimacy of Reading and Writing

A Book Is a Heart That Only Beats in the Chest of Another: Rebecca Solnit on the Solitary Intimacy of Reading and Writing | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
"The object we call a book is not the real book, but its potential, like a musical score or seed."

"Learning how to be a good reader is w
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Reading and writing are both such intimate experiences. Insightful Article

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Map: the book that best represents each US state

Map: the book that best represents each US state | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

Some places are hard to imagine apart from the stories that are told about them.


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Interesting concept.

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3 Exciting Mindshifts for Author Entrepreneurs by Joanna Penn

3 Exciting Mindshifts for Author Entrepreneurs by Joanna Penn | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Joanna Penn describes three mind shifts for every entrepreneurial author: global, mobile, and direct.
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Joanna has an exceptional practical but readable style. A must read for self publishing authors.

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Joanna Penn is a must-follow for those new to building an author platform.

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21 of the Best Wilderness Photos From Smithsonian’s Photo Contest Celebrating 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wildlife

21 of the Best Wilderness Photos From Smithsonian’s Photo Contest Celebrating 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wildlife | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

Fifty years ago, the US adopted the Wilderness Act, which has since protected over 109 million acres of American wilderness. To celebrate this milestone, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has revealed a photo exhibit entitled “Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America’s ... http://blog.dashburst.com/pic/smithsonian-photo-contest-winners/


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Gorgeous photos. Great inspiration for travel and writing!

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Thou Shalt Blog? by Jason Matthews — The Book Designer

Thou Shalt Blog? by Jason Matthews — The Book Designer | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Thou Shalt Blog? by Jason Matthews details why authors should blog, and offers tips about blog post topics and how often to blog.
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Writers need a platform. Blogging can be a big part of building one.

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5 Lessons in Publishing Success From Bella Andre - Jane Friedman

5 Lessons in Publishing Success From Bella Andre - Jane Friedman | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
What does it take to become a best-selling indie author? Bella Andre's experience offers us several lessons.
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Always good to hear ways to improve and learn by others mistakes.

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Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
In 1963, 16-year-old Bruce McAllister mailed a four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work. Here’s what they had to say.

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Lots of good insight & quotes here, especially as symbolism is rarely discussed.

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Nicholas C. Rossis's curator insight, September 26, 3:02 AM

I'm reminded of the famous scene or "Back to School" with Rodney Dangerfield, where he cheats by giving a paper on a novel to be written by the actual author of said novel. The professor gives him an F, saying it was obvious that Dangerfield hadn't the foggiest idea of what went on in the author's mind.

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I love this rules. I mostly try and follow them. But, hey, no one's perfect.

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Man Booker prize shortlist 2014 includes US authors for the first time

Man Booker prize shortlist 2014 includes US authors for the first time | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

Two American authors line up with British novelists including Ali Smith and Howard Jacobson.


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Well done to Ali Smith.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret of Great Writing

F. Scott Fitzgerald on the Secret of Great Writing | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
"Nothing any good isn’t hard."

What is the secret of great writing? For David Foster Wallace, it was about fun. For Henry Miller, about

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We all have different styles and ideas of what is "good" writing, but they all require hard work and persistence.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, September 13, 1:16 PM

There is no "secret" of great writing. Each writer has a voice, a style, and something he or she believes must be said. The raison d'être for one writer is not the same for any other writer. Yes, there are strategies that contribute to quality writing. Yes, there are certain rules that should be followed that inform good writing of particular types in particular circumstances. What rings true and clearly today may not have the same clarity and purity tomorrow or with a different topic. Great writing is often determined by that exquisite and ineffable meeting of the written word and the reader.

Nicholas C. Rossis's curator insight, September 15, 8:16 AM

Lovely words

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Josh Weil

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Characters in our work can often surprise us. But once we've listened, make sure you follow through and be consistant

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Thoughts on a Murder Novel in Process - Maine Larry Crane

Thoughts on a Murder Novel in Process - Maine Larry Crane | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Thoughts on writing a murder novel based a full length play. A novel is a much longer piece of work.
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Larry is turning his play into a novel which I think is a fabulous idea. He shares some of the process with us here.

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Harper Lee: should Marja Mills' memoir have been published?

Harper Lee: should Marja Mills' memoir have been published? | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
A war of words broke out this week following the publication of a memoir featuring To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee. So what are the ethics of telling someone else's life story, asks Aida Edemariam
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The right to privacy surely should prevail, if Harper Lee feels it should. It is her life story being told.

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Weird and wonderful bookshops worldwide

Weird and wonderful bookshops worldwide | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

From a Canadian bookshop opened by Alice Munro in the 1960s to one in the island of Santorini started by drunk Oxford students, some of the world’s most exotic booksellers feature in The Bookshop Book, published as part of a UK-wide Books are My Bag campaign to support the bookselling industry in the run-up to Christmas. Its author Jen Campbell introduces some of the finest.


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What an awesome photo!

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A List Of 29 Creative Things To Write About

A List Of 29 Creative Things To Write About | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Writing can often be easy, but not always. Many times during a writing career you slam dunk into writer's block, wondering what to write about. To get you started on some idea's, check out these 29 creative writing prompts.

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Good to have prompts to hand

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Why Little Free Libraries Are the Water Coolers of the Digital Age

Why Little Free Libraries Are the Water Coolers of the Digital Age | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
The popular, homemade ‘give a book, take a book’ boxes bring neighbors together.

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These are fantastic additions to neighborhoods.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, October 14, 1:19 PM

Little Free Libraries are just cool. And it encourages READING, maybe even the serendipity of reading a book or article or essay that seems appealing, which is one of the hoped for results after wrestling with a writing project.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 14, 6:52 PM

As many Schools do away with libraries and librarians, this is a wonderful idea. It would also be wonderful if we retained libraries and librarians in School.

 

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Patrick Modiano, a Modern ‘Proust,’ Is Awarded Nobel in Literature

Patrick Modiano, a Modern ‘Proust,’ Is Awarded Nobel in Literature | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
The Swedish Academy cited the ability of Mr. Modiano, whose novels center on topics like memory, identity and guilt, to evoke “the most ungraspable human destinies” in his work.
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So glad I found this. His works sound fascinating, and are on my to read list now.

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7 Horror Books Scarier than Any Movie

7 Horror Books Scarier than Any Movie | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Scary movies are undeniably terrifying... but horror books are the understated devils of the horror industry. Read these books just in time for Halloween!

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It's that time if year. do you want to be scared?

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, October 5, 8:49 PM

I would add:

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Also worth a mention:
The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
The Little stranger by Sarah Waters

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Should You Be Using a Pen Name? by Helen Sedwick — The Book Designer

Should You Be Using a Pen Name? by Helen Sedwick — The Book Designer | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Should You Be Using a Pen Name? by Helen Sedwick explains why authors use pen names, how to choose and register a pen name, and what not to do when using one.
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Interesting one for me -AKA!  I love pen names, but they're not right for everyone.

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MyStorybook.com - Free Storybook Making Online

MyStorybook.com - Free Storybook Making Online | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

Write and share your very own storybooks with this free online app!

 


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Looks like a great tool for young and not so young!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 21, 6:57 AM

This is a nice tool to use with younger learners to get them writing and publishing their own illustrated books.

natasha dcosta's curator insight, October 3, 11:40 PM

teachers and technology 

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Walt Whitman, Bohemian Dandy: The Story of America’s First Gay Bar and Its Creative Coterie

Walt Whitman, Bohemian Dandy: The Story of America’s First Gay Bar and Its Creative Coterie | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
"A failed romance. A restless sense of longing... These are raw ingredients that get mulled, weighed, processed -- and ultimately transforme
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We all need a place to write. Why not America's first Gay Bar?

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Jane Austen Festival breaks record for Regency costume gathering

Jane Austen Festival breaks record for Regency costume gathering | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

Bath festival reclaims world record from American Austen fans.


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Looks like a festive event! 

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Sara Rosett's curator insight, September 16, 8:55 AM

Jane Austen is a popular as ever! 

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Keeping going – novelist Rosie Garland on persistence and creative rituals

Keeping going – novelist Rosie Garland on persistence and creative rituals | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Three years ago Rosie Garland had pretty much given up all hope of getting her novels published. Her agent wasn’t taking her calls, rejections were comin

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Persistence is key to being a writer and rituals can help that process.

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The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness

The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
The science behind the "tortured genius" myth and what it reveals about how the creative mind actually works.

"I think I’ve only spent
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Man Booker prize: David Nicholls and Ali Smith among 13 names on longlist

Man Booker prize: David Nicholls and Ali Smith among 13 names on longlist | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Chair of judges, AC Grayling, says it has been 'vintage year' for competition which this year includes US writers for first time
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Only 3 women on the list out of  13? Really?

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