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▶ Willamette Writers 2014 Presenter Interview Series: Christi Krug - YouTube

Christi Krug tells us who she is, what she'll talk about at the con and why she's awesome. #Willwrite14
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Thoughts on procrastination, and a sneak preview of the upcoming workshop at the Willamette Writers Conference 2014.

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Obscurity, Clarity, & Trying to Mean | Creative Writing

Obscurity, Clarity, & Trying to Mean | Creative Writing | Writing | Scoop.it
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Good thoughts on finding the balance between accessibility and obscurity.
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David Whyte on Vulnerability, Presence, and How We Enlarge Ourselves by Surrendering to the Uncontrollable

David Whyte on Vulnerability, Presence, and How We Enlarge Ourselves by Surrendering to the Uncontrollable | Writing | Scoop.it
The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability
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I once thought my life was to be about strength, success, and accomplishment. Now I see it is all about vulnerability, presence, and surrender. I'm grateful to the wisdom that enables this transformation - the wisdom of the poets.
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BBC - Seriously...10 Women Who Changed Sci-Fi

BBC - Seriously...10 Women Who Changed Sci-Fi | Writing | Scoop.it
Profiling some of the finest female science fiction authors.

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John Steinbeck's 6 Writing Tips

John Steinbeck's 6 Writing Tips | Writing | Scoop.it
We've talked about the writing rules of famous authors on this blog before. Most of you know about Jonathan Franzen's 10 rules, but we've also looked at the writing guidelines of George Orwell and Margaret Atwood. Today, let's take a look at John Steinbeck's 6 writing rules, published recently by The Paris Review: Abandon the…
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Rule number one: "Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish."

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How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known

How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known | Writing | Scoop.it
all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
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There's a method to my walking madness.

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6 Tips on What to Do with Those Great Writing Ideas | Live Write Thrive

6 Tips on What to Do with Those Great Writing Ideas | Live Write Thrive | Writing | Scoop.it
Insights, inspiration, and practical advice for writers
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Some thoughts on what to do first, how to approach getting organized, and some organizing principles . . .

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Judy Blume: ‘I buried this story for 40-something years’

Judy Blume: ‘I buried this story for 40-something years’ | Writing | Scoop.it
The wildly prolific and popular American author has resurrected terrifying childhood memories for her latest novel for adults
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Judy Blume talks about what writing has meant to her, and about unearthing the childhood tragedy that lead to her most recent novel.

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Emily Dickinson Attends a Writing Workshop - Aerogramme Writers' Studio

Emily Dickinson Attends a Writing Workshop - Aerogramme Writers' Studio | Writing | Scoop.it
This unique work by Jayne Relaford Brown is from Visiting Emily: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Emily Dickinson. Image via Lit-Hum.    Follow @A_WritersStudio You Might Also Enjoy:David Sedaris – What’s Funny About America (video)On Treating Writing as a Form of PlayHow Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain?Meg Rosoff: How to …
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Every writing workshop participant - and instructor - should see Emily Dickinson's "manuscript feedback"!

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Kindling: Being Authentic: A Story from Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Kindling: Being Authentic: A Story from Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike | Writing | Scoop.it
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"The person you like is not really me." --Sonia

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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 131, Grace Paley

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 131, Grace Paley | Writing | Scoop.it
“There were two husbands disappointed by eggs,”
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I especially love how she hears a sentence and starts a story.

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That'll Always Be The Dream: National Novel Writing Month

That'll Always Be The Dream: National Novel Writing Month | Writing | Scoop.it
If you look around the internet, you'll see a bunch of people writing novels this month. And talking about it a lot.
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It's here!  National Novel Writing Month! I'll be digging in to focus on my novel, like so many others, but I'll be tweaking the system to make it my own.

 

I hand-write my first drafts, while most NaNo participants will be using computer. I also don't expect to be tweeting or socially networking with the other NaNo peeps. 

 

The beauty of the thing is the intention and knowing others share that intention.

 

"And they're off!"

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Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write | Writing | Scoop.it
Writers have a serious advantage over the rest of us.
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Yes, writing can bring about emotional and even physical health. We writing coaches have known this for some time, without the official research. 

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“The Dactyl Poem” by Allan Wolf

“The Dactyl Poem” by Allan Wolf | Writing | Scoop.it
Allan Wolf performs his work

Via Claudia M. Reder
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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, September 8, 1:55 PM
He juggles while reciting his Dactyl poem!
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Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies | Writing | Scoop.it
A guide for the perplexed
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If you aren't sure where to begin, some thoughts... 
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To Become a Better Writer, Be a Frequent Walker

To Become a Better Writer, Be a Frequent Walker | Writing | Scoop.it
Novelists and poets have long held that walking and writing are closely connected. Now there’s research to back up that claim.
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I love combining writing in my mind with the movement of my feet. Research validates my habit.
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Top 4 Best Practices For Writing Great Book Blurbs

Top 4 Best Practices For Writing Great Book Blurbs | Writing | Scoop.it

Your blurb has to sell your digital book for you. When you sell your book online...


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro, Sharon Bakar
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For those with a self-published book in mind . . . .

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, November 24, 2014 9:33 PM

Very good advice on how to blurb a book.

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Staying Present While Thinking - YouTube

Share your videos with friends, family, and the world
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"If you're a writer, you continually have to reach down to the depths of your being to access that."

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Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary | Writing | Scoop.it
Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Plath, and more.

"You want to write, you
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You'll never know just how journaling can enrich your life until you write yourself into a state of freedom.

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Submit Like A Man: How Women Writers Can Become More Successful — Medium

Submit Like A Man: How Women Writers Can Become More Successful — Medium | Writing | Scoop.it
For six years, I worked as Co-Editor-in-Chief at a small literary journal in the Northwest, Crab Creek Review.
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Most excellent points on persistence in submitting - whether you see this as a "man trait" or not.

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A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate - The New Yorker

A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate - The New Yorker | Writing | Scoop.it
The distinction between literary fiction and genre fiction is neither contemporary nor ageless. It bears the stamp of a unique time in literary history.
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Lovely insights on the history of the split between "literary" and "genre" fiction.

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The Palindrome Game of the Enigma Codebreakers : Word Count : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

The Palindrome Game of the Enigma Codebreakers : Word Count : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus | Writing | Scoop.it
Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus: Word Count - The critically lauded film The Imitation Game just won an Oscar for Graham Moore's screenplay, adapted from Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. Crosswords play an important role in the story of the World War II codebreakers, but it turns out they also mastered the art of the palindrome. Palindromist Magazine editor Mark Saltveit reveals a long-hidden chapter of wordplay history.
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"Doc note: I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod." Discover the origin of this gem and the connection to Alan Turing.

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5 Routines To Clear Mental Clutter

5 Routines To Clear Mental Clutter | Writing | Scoop.it

"Year after year, people complain of being more overwhelmed than they were the year before,”

 

"Endless distractions are leading us to ruin our health. But giving your mind time to "rest and digest" can reverse the damage."


Via craig daniels
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"Creating time for unconscious thought" is especially important for creative people. If you're not feeling creative lately,  you could be short on this.

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It may seems counter-intuitive but turning off the noise and tuning your focus can aid in getting more done...

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National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month | Writing | Scoop.it
November 1-30. The world needs your novel.
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FAQ's about NaNoWriMo -

 

I like the invitation here. Not everyone has to "win" - many of us set different word count goals or define the outcome differently.

 

The point is, at the end of the month, a writer can have a motherlode of written raw material to work with.

 

What about you? Want to draft your novel in a month?

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Naomi Shihab Nye - The Art Of Disappearing

Naomi Shihab Nye reads her poem The Art Of Disappearing 

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This is glorious. "Walk around feeling like a leaf."

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Martin Eke: My Window

Martin Eke: My Window | Writing | Scoop.it
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Stories of a Lunch Lady.

 

(What ordinary people or scenes fill your day, from which you can draw stories?)

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