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An Unpredictable (and Fun)Trick to Keep Your Plots Unpredictable

An Unpredictable (and Fun)Trick to Keep Your Plots Unpredictable | Writing | Scoop.it

Plotting a novel can be a lot of fun, but it can also get a little tedious at times--trying to figure out the next step of a puzzle, crafting the perfect response to every choice your characters make, deciding when, where, and if you need a plot twist. When the muse is on your side the story flows quickly, but when she's not?

For those days, try treating your scenes like a game of chance to kick start the muse and keep readers guessing.


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Rewriting: Longer, Faster, Harder

Rewriting: Longer, Faster, Harder | Writing | Scoop.it

This post specifically relates to getting from the first draft to the second draft. This rewrite is key to the whole rewriting process. Further down the line changes in small details and polishing of the text become important, but at this stage the transition from raw material to story-worthy narrative is what’s going to keep you interested in coming back time and again in order to get the story told.

 

By establishing exactly what the story is about now, you can save yourself a lot of trouble later.


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An Independent Future: The New Reality of Book Publishing

An Independent Future: The New Reality of Book Publishing | Writing | Scoop.it

The world is changing—technologically, socially, culturally—more drastically than ever before, and the publishing world is changing along with it. [Indie book publishing is the way of the future.


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Caren Cantrell's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:59 AM

I agree that quality shouldn't suffer just because you no longer need permission to become an author.

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Technology to support creative writing

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education, learning & technology

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10 Ways Plot Structure Influences Character Arc | Mystery Writing is Murder

10 Ways Plot Structure Influences Character Arc | Mystery Writing is Murder | Writing | Scoop.it
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Great post about the connection between plot and character.

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Essay - About That Book Advance ... - NYTimes.com

Essay - About That Book Advance ... - NYTimes.com | Writing | Scoop.it
Why is it that writers who can’t recall their Social Security numbers can recite a rival’s advance to the penny?
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Descriptive Words for Beauty - DescriptiveWords.Org

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What are some descriptive words for Beauty?. Here is a list of words that describe Beauty. 76 words.
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A great writers resource!

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Word formatting tips

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This section looks at: E-book formatting tips Print books formatting tips Formatting services If you plan to publish your book electronically as well as in print, make sure you read the section on ...
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Excellent step by step tips to format for Createspace / print (POD) publishing. 

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Critique Circle Online Writing Workshop

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CritiqueCircle.com is a free online collaborative writing workshop for all genres with an extensive array of features. Improve your writing and meet other writers - Sign-up today!
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Paper Rater: Free Online Grammar Checker, Proofreader, and More

Paper Rater: Free Online Grammar Checker, Proofreader, and More | Writing | Scoop.it

"Have your paper reviewed BEFORE you turn it in." Copy & Paste text from body of paper as well as the works cited portion and select the type of paper you are writing. Paper Rater will analyze and produce a report (title checker, word choice, style, vocabulary words, and a grade).

 

Good place to start before peer editing.

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.Intro/ Attention Graber: 1in 100 seems to be very little. 1 in 100 tends to be a big number with country that has three hundred million Americans. 1in 100 adults, male or female are currently serving a prison term. If you are not into statistics, two point nine million people are currently facing the wall behind a prison cell..Thesis: Many have call this numbers, atrociously high,which I can agree. It's somewhat troubling to know that twenty five percent of our population is behind bars. But what's more troubling is number of people who renters prison. One in three is more likely to reenter prison. And half of them are non-violent offenders. So what do we do as a nation?, do we call for more harsher prison Sentencing?  Or do we just keep doing what were doing? Which is nothing. I think neither. I think we should use every rehabilitative method to help nonviolent offender break their criminal trend. Personally, rehabilitation through correctional services in prison works more effective then harsher prison because it's cost effective, it reduces recidivism, it reduces crime, and reduce states budgets.        .Adaption: Since 1980, the spending on incarcerating a criminal has triple. While funding for education, forinstance, has decline substainually. With the declining funding for   education, many students has been taught in crumbling buildings and taught by outdated and beat up textbooks. That why I think rehabilitation is less costly and cost effective.    And if many states do impose on rehabilitative services, many of states would not cuteducation just to fund their prison budget..Preview: so I am going to.Define Rehabilitation.Talk about How Rehabilitation Is cost effective.A personal impact of Rehabilitation .Body:.Definitional: When people think about rehabilitation, most of them think drug treatment for drug addicts or physical therapy for a victim  of an accident or surgery. Yes, those are types of rehabilitation for different fields,but there is also penology rehabilitation. Penology Rehabilitation is a practice of changing the behavior patterns of a convicted offender and change there negative aspect of their life and change them as a whole before reentering society. Penology rehabilitationconsists of four criteria that a offender must do before reentering society. First, Academia Education, which is to help offenders gain a academic education in areas of:English, math, literature, and social science. Second, Job skills education, which is to train offenders before reentering society on how to find a job, maintain a job and teach the skills that are needed to perform the job. Third, Social values education, which is education on how to handle positive and negative life situation that takes place in society and how to renter in to a community without feeling pressured from old peers. Lastly, rehabilitation consist of physiology and behavior treatment, which offenders joins talkative group and individual therapy sessions and taught on how to control bad behavior patterns within themselves.1.Transition, this why I firmly believe rehabilitation is cost effectiveness and the effectiveness.Cost Effective: Now many of you are skeptical about the cost of rehabilitation. This is understandable. Many of you even argue that mythology of the effectives of rehabilitation. This is understandable, states budgets are being strained. But did you know it cost more to imprison a criminal than to rehabilitate them. According to federal bureau and statistics, it cost nearly on avg. $28,816.75 a year to hold a prisoner behind bars. A little note to remember, in California it cost nearly $49,000 just to hold a prisoner behind bars. Here is why we should shift our money away from prison and invest in treatment and correction. It cost on average, nearly $5,000 just to treat a non-violent offender. Within that five grand, he or she will go through an intense rehabilitation program, education program and vocational program.      2.Here's a perfect example of how rehabilitation and corrections is cost effective.  Twenty years ago, Minnesota created a rehabilitation program called The Challenge Incarnation Program (CIP). The program contains an eighteen month period of boot camp, and rehabilitation course, which was education, vocational, and therapy sessions. Once completed, every ex-con must adhere to an intense supervised release, which keeps track of ex-cons. Within twenty years, the result of the efficiency of the program showed that it saved tax payers millions of dollars, decreased recidivism rate in the state.  It also showed that ex-cons who completed the program were less likely to offend again than an ex-con who served their entire prison sentence.
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Comment on, edit, and fill PDF files, Word documents, images and more | Crocodoc

Comment on, edit, and fill PDF files, Word documents, images and more | Crocodoc | Writing | Scoop.it
Comment on, edit, and fill out PDFs, Word documents, images and more. Highlight text and add comments using our free online document annotator.

 

The site does not require logins to upload and annotate. One user would upload and then share the url with their collaborators. Once a document is uploaded to the site and given a random url, the user would only be able to remove it by signing up with a login. With that said, this is still a quick and simple way for a teacher to have a class collaboratively annotate the same document or upload multiple articles and have small groups annotating each. Teachers can then dowload a PDF of each article with the annotations for grading purposes.

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5 Essential Tips for Writing Killer Fight Scenes

5 Essential Tips for Writing Killer Fight Scenes | Writing | Scoop.it

Fight scenes are dangerous territory for writers. On the surface, they seem as if they’re guaranteed to keep the reader glued to the action in the same way as they often do at the movies. In reality, though, readers tend to skip over fight scenes – skimming the long, tedious, blow-by-blow descriptions in favour of getting back to the dialogue and character-driven drama that truly engages them in the story.


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Indie Authors: How to Use Story to Sell Your Stories. | Self-Publishing Advice

Indie Authors: How to Use Story to Sell Your Stories. | Self-Publishing Advice | Writing | Scoop.it
Kathy Meis explains Bublish, the book promotion tool that tells the stories behind the stories.

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Don't Ask What I'm Writing

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No stage of the writing process — not the editor’s first response to the manuscript, not the review gauntlet — is as fraught for writers as those first few months of uncertainty: that miserable time when we think, believe, know with absolute assurance that we’ve found the key to the novel in our heads, though maybe, probably, definitely not.

 

Want to lose a friend who’s a writer? Ask her, a month in, how it’s going.


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Character vs. Plot by T. Allen Diaz

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Today I have sci-fi author T. Allen Diaz with me to discuss his take on the character vs plot argument. Which do you focus on when reading or writing. Or do you require an even balance?
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How To Find Reviewers for Self Published Books - GalleyCat

How To Find Reviewers for Self Published Books - GalleyCat | Writing | Scoop.it
How To Find Reviewers for Self Published Books
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Great information for all writers / authors. 

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Indelibles, Shareathon, #Row80 News Updates & Resources. #amwriting

Indelibles, Shareathon, #Row80 News Updates & Resources. #amwriting | Writing | Scoop.it
This is my Indie Life, Shareathon, Indie Soap Box File and ROW80 post (now there's a mouthful!). Click to catchup on my news, my updates and for a list of writers resources.
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Websites for writers

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Whether you’re looking for advice, ideas, online tools or writers’ communities, you’ll find plenty of links to useful websites on this page.
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Handy resources list for writers and artists. 

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Help Your Friends to Help Your Book Go Viral - She Writes

Help Your Friends to Help Your Book Go Viral - She Writes | Writing | Scoop.it
If you haven’t impregnated a Kardashian, toppled Wall Street, or starred in your own syndicated un-reality show, you may not have an instant platform for promo…
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Free online polls - Easypolls

Create free online polls using the intuitive and easy-to-use EasyPolls.net from ObjectPlanet. You can share your polls on Facebook, Twitter, or embed the poll on your page. You can create web polls for free in minutes.
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Comment on, edit, and fill PDF files, Word documents, images and more | Crocodoc

Comment on, edit, and fill PDF files, Word documents, images and more | Crocodoc | Writing | Scoop.it
Comment on, edit, and fill out PDFs, Word documents, images and more. Highlight text and add comments using our free online document annotator.

 

The site does not require logins to upload and annotate. One user would upload and then share the url with their collaborators. Once a document is uploaded to the site and given a random url, the user would only be able to remove it by signing up with a login. With that said, this is still a quick and simple way for a teacher to have a class collaboratively annotate the same document or upload multiple articles and have small groups annotating each. Teachers can then dowload a PDF of each article with the annotations for grading purposes.

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