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James Scott Bell: The "Write From The Middle" Method - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

James Scott Bell: The "Write From The Middle" Method - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Writing | Scoop.it
Today we’re welcoming bestselling author and brilliant writing coach James Scott Bell to Writers Helping Writers. James has created a unique writing method that solves the “plotter or pantser” dilemma when it comes to structuring a novel, so please read … Continue reading →

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You've got your plotters, and you've got your pantsers (writing by the seat of their pants), and here's yet another option, writing from the middle.

 

But I daresay there are many, many more ways to write a novel and you won't know the best way for *you* until you experiment. And experiment. And experiment.

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The writing method debate has heated up. Plotters and pantsers now have a new sparring partner: Tweeners.

 

The brilliant writing coach, James Scott Bell, has written a new book which promptly downloaded itself onto my Kindle. He contends we should not concern ourselves whatsoever about plotting or pantsing, but instead write our novel from the middle.

 

This from a man who has studied plot and structure for over twenty-five years. He written perhaps fifty novels, and immersed himself in all methods of writing.

 

Bell says we should begin at the "mirror moment" of the novel. A place somewhere in the  middle. A place where the character has their defining moment, questioning who they are, what they doing, and why they are doing it. It's the heart of a novel, and where we will impress readers, editors and agents alike.

 

He tells us that even if we love our pantsing and plotting, the "WFTMM" will enhance our writing that much more. Intriguing.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/03/james-scott-bell-write-middle-method/comment-page-2/#comment-55548

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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 3, 2014 3:51 AM
@Christy Absolutely right. As Gorby (went forgotten last times, in vain) loved to say: "Once started, the thing will develop and go for itself. It has its own dynamism."
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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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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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Give Your Particulars, Tell Me Who You Are - Christi Krug

Give Your Particulars, Tell Me Who You Are - Christi Krug | Writing | Scoop.it
Students new to Wildfire Writing classes show up full of hesitation. How can they share their work with the others in this community, when the class is comprised of all beliefs and backgrounds? There are many pieces of ourselves that others might not “get.” Questions of race and religion, of politics and persuasion, of secret …
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Yes, please. Write about what's different about you - and find a safe place to share.

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J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat

J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat | Writing | Scoop.it
J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers: INFOGRAPHIC
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Tolkien's letters interpreted as writing tips - cheesy in the interpretation, but interesting nonetheless. (No, sorry, this infographic will not make you an Instant Bestselling Author Today! Carry on.)

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How to Pronounce Cacao - YouTube

Learn how to say Cacao correctly with EmmaSaying's "how do you pronounce" free tutorials. Definition of cacao (oxford dictionary): noun (plural cacaos) 1 [ma...
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Just the other day I asked a store clerk how to pronounce "cacao" and she didn't know. Turns out I was saying it right.

 

Though, I've been saying joie de vivre wrong.

 

When you learn vocabulary through the written word, you miss out on pronunciation.

 

In my writing classes it's quite interesting how writers pronounce words they've been "thinking" and reading all their lives but have not heard aloud. I've heard dozens of interesting and inventive variations!

 

If you click through to "Emma Saying" channel you can get a playlist of 359 videos, each with top mispronounced words in English. Good solid help for word people.

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Kindling: Activity vs Receptivity in the Creative Life - or - Why My Writing Sucks

Kindling: Activity vs Receptivity in the Creative Life - or - Why My Writing Sucks | Writing | Scoop.it
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Thoughts that have truly helped me balance activity and receptivity. Also see: http://www.scoop.it/t/contemplative-living

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Willamette Writers Conference - Video Sneak Peek on Procrastination - Christi Krug

Willamette Writers Conference - Video Sneak Peek on Procrastination - Christi Krug | Writing | Scoop.it
In nearly two decades of working with emerging writers, I’ve noticed that many don’t acknowledge the grip procrastination has on them. At some level, they feel bad about putting off what they know they should be doing. But in their procrastination, they often hide the truth from themselves and pretend they are just too busy …
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The first step in dealing with procrastination is to notice it - and that involves feeling it.

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The Creative Process: Station Four

The Creative Process: Station Four | Writing | Scoop.it
Welcome to Stage Four in the Creative Process! Revision Village is where you revise, edit, and polish your work. You’ve got to be ready to bustle about in town, make connections, and to make decisions. Just today, in Wildfire Writing Master Class, ten writers looked at drafts and considered options for revision and editing. Questions …
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You're the Writer, It's Your Show - Don't Tell Us The Back Stage - Christi Krug

You're the Writer, It's Your Show - Don't Tell Us The Back Stage - Christi Krug | Writing | Scoop.it
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Some great wisdom from Desiree about what to reveal and what not to reveal.

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Christi Krug - Wildfire Writing - Igniting the Creative Fire

Christi Krug - Wildfire Writing - Igniting the Creative Fire | Writing | Scoop.it
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Small presses: Minor Arcana Press, Printed Matter Vancouver, and Forest Avenue Press. Love 'em!

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National Poetry Month: You Expand the Definition - Christi Krug

National Poetry Month: You Expand the Definition - Christi Krug | Writing | Scoop.it
A writing coach touches on National Poetry Month, expanding the definition of poetry to include whatever the new poet wishes to create.
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Invitation!

 

Hey, you. Wildfire Writers - those of you using a ten-minute practice you've learned in my class or elsewhere - please share your poems with me this month.

 

Please post them on the Wildfire Writing Facebook page or send me an email. Some might land on this blog.

 

Let's play.

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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."


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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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A Memoir Is Not a Status Update - The New Yorker

A Memoir Is Not a Status Update - The New Yorker | Writing | Scoop.it
I wonder what would have become of me if I had come of age as a writer during these years of living out loud.
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“It is always what is under pressure in us, especially under pressure of concealment—that explodes in poetry.”

 

Great thoughts about writing memoir in the digital media age.

 

(Thank you, Arvy!)

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Willamette Writers Conference

Willamette Writers Conference | Writing | Scoop.it
Educating, promoting and empowering writers of all disciplines
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I've been attending for many years. This time, thrilled to be a presenter! 

 

The Willamette Writers Con is a fabulous place for information, inspiration, and network building! 

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Small Distractions Are Making You A Terrible Writer, Says Science

Small Distractions Are Making You A Terrible Writer, Says Science | Writing | Scoop.it
Close. That. Tab.
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More research supporting the idea that we do much better work without interruptions.

 

I've observed that first drafts are most productive with the least use of technology. If you can do it, writing by hand forces concentration. Try it.

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Oh dear, the science proves it!  

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Secrets of the Creative Brain

Secrets of the Creative Brain | Writing | Scoop.it
A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness. 
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"When eureka moments occur, they tend to be precipitated by long periods of preparation and incubation, and to strike when the mind is relaxed."

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John Green’s Superb Advice to Aspiring Writers and Creators in the Digital Age

John Green’s Superb Advice to Aspiring Writers and Creators in the Digital Age | Writing | Scoop.it
A vital reminder of the only good reason to put something into the world.

Advice to aspiring authors from successful ones seems to be a s
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"Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And [not] because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people." --John Green

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In a nutshell: "Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts." -- John Green

KindredReaders's curator insight, June 18, 2014 12:43 PM

In a nutshell: "Don’t make stuff because you want to make money — it will never make you enough money. And don’t make stuff because you want to get famous — because you will never feel famous enough. Make gifts for people — and work hard on making those gifts in the hope that those people will notice and like the gifts." -- John Green

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Kindling: The Pause in the Creative Process: Why Writers Need Time

Kindling: The Pause in the Creative Process: Why Writers Need Time | Writing | Scoop.it
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Do you know about the "Pause" in writing?

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Come Out of Hiding and Be Celebrated - Christi Krug

Come Out of Hiding and Be Celebrated - Christi Krug | Writing | Scoop.it
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Being noticed and celebrated can be one of the toughest things for a writer.

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The Poem That Made Sherman Alexie Want to 'Drop Everything and Be a Poet'

The Poem That Made Sherman Alexie Want to 'Drop Everything and Be a Poet' | Writing | Scoop.it
Alexie never thought he could leave his reservation to pursue a writing career—but a line written by Adrian C. Louis taught him to venture outside the "reservation of his mind."
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Our most powerful writing comes from our most authentic struggles, and the reservations of our own minds - those places we can never leave.

 

I love this: "When I wrote before, I was always wearing a mask—I always adopted a pose. I was always putting on a white guy mask." --Sherman Alexie, telling how it all started with a poem.

 

 

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