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How to Write the Perfect First Page, Part 1 | Writing Rightly

How to Write the Perfect First Page, Part 1 | Writing Rightly | Writing mag | Scoop.it
Agents and readers alike make snap decisions based on the first page, so you better make it good!

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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 27, 9:23 AM
Great Work, Penelope! Looking forward for Part 2. Thank you!
A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 27, 2:23 PM

How many of you spend  hours on your first page.? We can always use a little help.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, April 27, 11:45 PM

Yes, catching the reader's attention on the very first pages is primordial !

 

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Terms Used on This Site - Writingeekery

Terms Used on This Site - Writingeekery | Writing mag | Scoop.it

You can read through this page if you want, but it isn’t meant to be a vocab list. It’s just a resource to clarify a word’s meaning when you’re confused. A vocab list is boring, dry, and doesn’t help learning. Learning is easiest when it’s interesting and meaningful.


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Penelope's curator insight, April 2, 8:40 PM

 

Hail all aspiring writers!

 

Ye olde writing jargon we toss about so freely is forthwith broken down into its most humble beginnings. Immersion in a craft for years upon years may contribute to the dreaded "expert" speak.

 

Really, we don't mean to act high and mighty. Please forgive us. Read and extract some exciting yet befuddling words; go forth now and use them with confidence.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.writingeekery.com/glossary/

 

 

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Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly

Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November | Writing Rightly | Writing mag | Scoop.it

I spent the morning working with a very talented writer. An extremely well-placed agent had recently rejected her manuscript, but told her that he’d be happy to consider a revision, or anything else...


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Penelope's curator insight, March 14, 1:42 PM

 

Do you write stories and become lost meandering down an aimless path to nowhere? If you are lost, so is your reader. All of us have been there, done that. The secret is to figure out how to jump back on the great story path--so our readers want more!

 

This writer suggests we must first begin our story not by plotting, or furiously writing by the seat of our pants--but by knowing our protagonist all the way to his/her inner core.

 

From the article: "The protagonist’s internal misbelief must already exist before the plot kicks into action. Every protagonist must enter already wanting something very badly, and with an inner issue – fear, fatal flaw, wound, misbelief – that keeps her from getting it. You must know these before you start to write because they define what the story will be about."

 

 “The end of our exploring will be to arrive at where we started, and to know the place for the first time.” – T.S. Eliot

 

 “The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” — Proust

 

Think about that for a minute. Feel it. Story is about an inner change.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://writerunboxed.com/2013/10/10/story-first-writing-second-especially-come-november/

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Everyone has a story!

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Great article Penelope ! Congrats !

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Jack Kerouac: 30 Cool Tips - Writing Rightly

Jack Kerouac: 30 Cool Tips - Writing Rightly | Writing mag | Scoop.it

Gotham Writer's Workshop in New York City. 30 Cool Tips from Jack Kerouac


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Penelope's curator insight, January 31, 6:03 PM

 

It's Famous Author Friday! Since we are unable to talk with this famous, long-gone author to pick his brain, the second best thing is to mull over his writings. Fellow writers were always asking Author Jack Kerouac how he did what he did. So he set down 30 essentials in something he called “Belief and Technique for Modern Prose."

 

Jack Kerouac is author of the landmark "On the Road," and who some believe, helped usher in the 1960s counter-culture movement.

 

Some make sense, and others well....

 

1)   Scribbled secret notebooks, and wild typewritten pages, for yr own joy

2)   Submissive to everything, open, listening

3)   Try never get drunk outside yr own house

4)   Be in love with yr life

5)   Something that you feel will find its own form

6)    Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind

7)   Blow as deep as you want to blow

8)    Write what you want bottomless from bottom of the mind

9)    The unspeakable visions of the individual

10)  No time for poetry but exactly what is

11)  Visionary tics shivering in the chest

12)  In tranced fixation dreaming upon object before you

13)  Remove literary, grammatical and syntactical inhibition

14)  Like Proust be an old teahead of time

15)  Telling the true story of the world in interior monolog

16)  The jewel center of interest is the eye within the eye

17)  Write in recollection and amazement for yourself

18)  Work from pithy middle eye out, swimming in language sea

19)  Accept loss forever

20)  Believe in the holy contour of life

21)  Struggle to sketch the flow that already exists intact in mind

22)  Don't think of words when you stop but to see picture better

23)  Keep track of every day the date emblazoned in yr morning

24)  No fear or shame in the dignity of yr experience, language & knowledge

25)  Write for the world to read and see yr exact pictures of it

26)  Bookmovie is the movie in words, the visual American form

27)  In praise of Character in the Bleak inhuman Loneliness

28)  Composing wild, undisciplined, pure, coming in from under, crazier the better

29)  You're a Genius all the time

30)  Writer-Director of Earthly movies Sponsored & Angeled in Heaven

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.writingclasses.com/InformationPages/index.php/PageID/464?utm_source=Gotham+Writers%27+Workshop+List&utm_campaign=6547a5a1c2-3_13_13_Synapse_Writing_Advice_23_11_2013&utm_medium=email

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A Secret Site Chock-Full of Hungry Readers Begging to be Fed! - PHILOSBOOKS

A Secret Site Chock-Full of Hungry Readers Begging to be Fed! - PHILOSBOOKS | Writing mag | Scoop.it
Wattpad is a site full of 24 Million Readers!

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Penelope's curator insight, January 24, 10:14 PM

 

I'm giving Wattpad more than a passing glance after listening in on a webinar with their Head of Content Publishing. This site is overlooked by authors--but readers are another story.

 

It's great for self-publishers, but If you are looking for a traditional publishing contract, you can collect raw data of your readers' tastes. You can then share with a prospective publisher. New authors have been discovered and promoted to celebrity status on the site.

 

A few other interesting tidbits?

 

o 80% of readers are on mobile phones and tablets

o An older demographic - 40% in the 18-30 age group

o If you write YA, there are a core group of teens on the site

 

You may even run into Margaret Atwood or a few other famous authors! Check out the article for the inside scoop on 45+ more tips and tricks so you can make an educated choice. To share or not to share?

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/wattpad/

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How to Participate in a Tweet Chat — Social Media Coach

How to Participate in a Tweet Chat — Social Media Coach | Writing mag | Scoop.it

Twitter chats, sometimes known as a Twitter party or a tweet chat, happen when a group of people all tweet about the same topic using a specific tag (#) called a hashtag."


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Have never attended one of those chats in spite of more than 2 years in tweeting. Knew only to put a #hashtag with my name  in my tweets (if the chars allowed that) for to enlighten the possible search after me. As a matter of fact, it seems, as I know twitter, impossible to organize more than one to attend something at a proper ordered time and with proper ordered person/avi and compel them to not seek for stunning tweets by some random member of the whole community, be follower or not for their whole time on twitter. Twitter is a lonely bird. The tweeps are cats who lay an ambush for a tweep or the tweet, eager to catch it (RT) and display it on the own TL (play with it until dead), each for self. And the more or less brilliant answers, waken up in own brains from a flying thought seen here and there on a tweet or a chain of tweets on a hot subject of the day, are then those own tweets that the others love from you, just like you love theirs. And, of course, if you have announced that you pertain to some subject, like news, day trading, comedy or so, you take care that your tweets are more or less in that circle that the tweeps expect from you. So long.

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Penelope's curator insight, October 22, 2013 10:32 PM

 

I was invited to a Twitter chat last week, and was curious as to how this could work for authors. The chat was about writing great headlines, so the hashtag (#) had the word "headline" in it. I wasn't there at that exact time, but I went to Twitter later and searched on the hashtag (#) to read through the comments.

 

I can see this as being an amazing promotion tool for authors. And it is free! The author could set up weekly or monthly chats to flesh out their readers. Of course, you must first set up a free Twitter account. For book promotions authors could schedule:

 

o  Weekly or monthly chat to answer book questions

o  Chats to create excitement leading up to a book launch

o  Chat to take suggestions for new books from readers

o  Tweet chats after new releases and give away prizes!

 

This article gives you all the details you need for "How to Listen" and "How to Participate" in Twitter chats. Party time! Let me know of your own unique ideas for holding a Twitter party.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://janetfouts.com/how-to-participate-in-a-tweet-chat/?utm_content=buffer1ca68&utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

 

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What Killed It For Me #4: Clichéd Characters - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

What Killed It For Me #4: Clichéd Characters - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Writing mag | Scoop.it

It’s hard to come up with characters who are believable yet don’t sound like every other character out there. It’s especially easy to fall into this trap with certain archetypes, like witty sidekicks or wise old mentors.


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Penelope's curator insight, April 11, 7:04 PM

 

Character creation within a novel can be a most arduous task, in my humble opinion. Maybe you have a great gal or guy in mind as you begin, but it can tax the patience of even the most experienced novelist to mold and shape them into fully fleshed out people.

 

If your characters are in need of some life resuscitation, this article could be the life preserver you need to throw your Dick or Jane stick figure, so they don't drown the story.

 

Explore the character's back story and come up with some unique flaws that are not clichéd. Explore the positive side of traits, and vice versa. Don't forget quirks and add an inner goal. The excellent article gives you the steps to get it done.

 

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

 

Link to the original article:  http://writershelpingwriters.net/2014/04/killed-4-cliched-characters/

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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 mag | 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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Penelope's curator insight, March 24, 7:16 PM

 

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

Christi Krug's curator insight, March 24, 11:46 PM

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.

Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 3, 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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Online Writing with Clarity Infographic - Business 2 Community

Online Writing with Clarity Infographic - Business 2 Community | Writing mag | Scoop.it

Online writing may include blogging, marketing copy, website or newsletter content and they all share the need for clarity.  One of the first things we learn about writing online is we have seconds to capture a reader and their attention span is short. Clear, concise writing wasn’t invented online, however, it has always been taught to writers as a best practice.  Long before the Internet, George Orwell said, “If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out."....


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Penelope's comment, February 13, 7:17 PM
We always need the reminder to KISS!
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www.aanve.com

 

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C'est si simple…

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6 Must-Know Tricks for Getting to Know Your Characters - Helping Writers Become Authors

6 Must-Know Tricks for Getting to Know Your Characters - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing mag | Scoop.it

"Many a poor plot has been forgiven thanks to its amazing characters. Dynamic, realistic, relatable characters pull readers in, open their eyes, and steal their hearts. Most of us don’t start writing until we’ve come up with a character we just adore."


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Penelope's curator insight, January 29, 11:50 PM

 

Have you ever read a book or watched a movie and thought, "I didn't know that person at all. I wish I knew more about them." You feel cheated.

 

Well, if you're writing a book, this post is for you. How do we make sure we create fully fleshed out characters who will carry the reader from opener to power packed ending?

 

According to K.M. Weiland, there are six ways to truly get to know your characters.

 

1)  Conception: Listen (let your subconcious be your guide)

2)  Casting: Search (who would play them in a movie?)

3)  General Sketches: Organize

     (write down everything you know about the story)

4)  Character Interview: Analyze (interview all characters)

5)  Outline: Discover (pay attention to the craft and discover)

6.) First Draft: Let Go (write and be open to change)

 

I'm finding that as I am writing my first romance novel, it is taking on a completely different shape. The characters are evolving, along with the plot. What an exciting journey it is to write a novel!

 

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

 

Link to the original article:  http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2013/08/get-to-know-your-characters.html

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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell-Don't Show-and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell-Don't Show-and Write More of What You Love!  via PHILOSBOOKS | Writing mag | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.


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Mick D Kirkov's comment, April 3, 12:14 AM
Perhaps love, as you wrote and they sing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGIfE9uhxSE - will port you out of the sick mood. As to my "stopping", old love doesn't rust, explains.
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love writing what you love

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Writing is love