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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, 2014 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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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, 2014 7:17 PM
We always need the reminder to KISS!
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C'est si simple…

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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, 2014 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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I Lived Out of My Car to Fund My Startup - Storied Lives

I Lived Out of My Car to Fund My Startup - Storied Lives | Writing mag | Scoop.it
Austen Allred, the co-founder of social news-sharing app Grasswire, was like any other budding entrepreneur when he set out earlier this year for the West Coast in hopes of funding his startup. He was broke.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 6, 2013 8:16 PM

 

Stories about people are fascinating. Stories about people who do crazy things for what they believe in? Intriguing. What sets these people apart from everybody else? At what lengths will they go to achieve their dreams?

 

Read on for a story about a young man who believed in his dreams enough to sleep in his car for three months. This is the story of the co-founder of social news-sharing app--Grasswire.

 

What made him take extreme measures to see his dream unfold? I believe it is summed up in one word. Passion.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/the-exchange/lived-car-fund-startup-003502975.html

 

 

 

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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, 2014 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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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, 2014 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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10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal - Storied Lives

10 Creative Rituals You Should Steal - Storied Lives | Writing mag | Scoop.it

Benjamin Franklin made sure to end every day by asking “What good have I done today?” Maya Angelou only wrote in tiny hotel rooms. Jack Kerouac made sure to touch the ground nine times before writing.


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John Michel's curator insight, January 14, 2014 8:16 AM

Sustained creativity doesn’t come from a flash of brilliance or a single afternoon of inspiration. It comes from a consistent routine that serves as the bedrock for getting things done.

Penelope's curator insight, January 14, 2014 6:20 PM

 

This is a great post to start off the new year. Unique routines. We all have them. They can be fairly tame or outright crazy. I was especially interested in routines of the writers in the bunch.

 

Best-selling author Cheryl Strayed on the importance of writing daily:

"Writing forces you to locate your clarity."

 

Radio host Garrison Keillor makes sure to get into the “observable world.”

 

See if you can find a routine that sparks a new idea in you!

 

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

Link to the original article: http://99u.com/articles/21137/10-creative-rituals-you-should-steal

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 15, 2014 10:30 AM

Intersesting perspective on daily activity for leaders.