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How to Become the Best Writer Possible

How to Become the Best Writer Possible | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Is there a secret formula to become a best seller? Actually, there kind of is. It isn’t magic, or science, or anything especially inspiring. It’s insight from actual best sellers and acclaimed writers who know what they’re doing. These are the most important lessons you’ll probably ever learn as a w
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Why Writers Need to Read if They Want to Be Good

Why Writers Need to Read if They Want to Be Good | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Good writers read 

Writers need to read. A lot. Magazines. Books. Periodicals. And so on. They need to grasp the art of language, to appreciate the finer points of words. As they read, they should jot down ideas and capture thoughts as they come. Nothing inspires a writer like reading someone else’s words. As a writer, you’ll find yourself hitting plateaus and roadblocks when you aren’t reading. You’ll run out of words, if you’re not regularly being challenged through books and other material.

This is an important step to becoming a good writer. But for those of you who struggle to follow through with projects (like I do), this may discourage you. You may doubt you can do this. If so, remember: 
It’s not about finishing Many people read books to finish them. This is not always necessary. You can and should read books or articles just to read them — to glean new ideas, learn new words, and fall back in love with writing.
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Story Dice - Roll the Dice to Get a Story Starter

Story Dice - Roll the Dice to Get a Story Starter | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Story Dice is the name of two different, but similar apps that can be used to generate creative writing prompts.
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How to Use Instagram As An Author Plus 10 Ways to Grow Your Account Organically

How to Use Instagram As An Author Plus 10 Ways to Grow Your Account Organically | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Tips on using Instagram as an author and growing your platform effectively.
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Ros Barber: Traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No way. Here's why.

Ros Barber: Traditional publishing means poverty. But self-publish? No way. Here's why. | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Life as a professional writer is financially depressing, and I’ve often been advised to self-publish. Here’s why I won’t do it
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5 Things Writers Should Know About Wattpad & the Future of Publishing

5 Things Writers Should Know About Wattpad & the Future of Publishing | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Wattpad is proving out a publishing model that could well be the standard in years to come. Here's what all writers need to know about Wattpad.
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Penelope's curator insight, March 14, 10:01 PM
As a promotional tool, I'm going to revisit Wattpad. At one time, I posted a short funny story with a twist. You can read it here:. http://bit.ly/thepet After pinning to my Twitter profile, it's been retweeted almost 100 times.

Now, this author had a dud book, and he posted the entire thing to Wattpad and it garnered 214,000 reads, with readers begging for a trilogy--which he kindly obliged.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***
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Social Media for Writers: Which Platforms You Need to be on, Based on What You Write

Social Media for Writers: Which Platforms You Need to be on, Based on What You Write | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Having a social media presence is essential for all writers. Here's a guide to which platforms you need to use, based on what you write.
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The 17 Most Popular Genres In Fiction – And Why They Matter

The 17 Most Popular Genres In Fiction – And Why They Matter | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Genre is a style or category of art, music, or literature. It describes the style and focus of the novel you write. Here are 17 popular genres.
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20+ Great Apps to Help You With Your Writing via Educators' technology 

20+ Great Apps to Help You With Your Writing via Educators' technology  | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Jim Lerman
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Sometimes a simple heartwarming story is all it takes to move and engage an audience

Sometimes a simple heartwarming story is all it takes to move and engage an audience | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
This story was published on Christmas Eve 2011. Six years later it remains one of the most popular kid lit picture books on Storybird. Sometimes a simple heartwarming story is all it takes to move and engage an audience.
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Write Stronger Sentences With the 2-3-1 Trick

Write Stronger Sentences With the 2-3-1 Trick | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
In my six semesters as an English major, this is the best thing I learned: When in doubt, put the best bit of a sentence at the end, the next-best bit at the beginning, and the rest in the middle. So in order of bestness, that’s 2, then 3, then 1.
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'Youthquake' is 2017 word of the year

Oxford Dictionaries says the word, coined in the 1960s, sums up millennials driving political change.


Other words in contention: 


Antifa - a short word for "anti-fascist" 


Broflake - a man who is readily upset by progressive attitudes, from the derogatory use of "snowflake" 


Kompromat - the Russian term for material used in blackmail 


Unicorn - adding rainbow colours to things - especially food


Milkshake duck - a person or character on social media that appears to be endearing at first, but is found to have an unappealing back story

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Most Common Mistakes in English

Most Common Mistakes in English | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
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How to Read Like a Writer

How to Read Like a Writer | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
How to Read Like a Writer by Mike Bunn
This essay is a chapter in Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Volume 2, a peer-reviewed open textbook series for the writing classroom.

What Does It Mean to Read Like a Writer? When you Read Like a Writer (RLW) you work to identify some of the choices the author made so that you can better understand how such choices might arise in your own writing. The idea is to carefully examine the things you read, looking at the writerly techniques in the text in order to decide if you might want to adopt similar (or the same) techniques in your writing. You are reading to learn about writing.

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Want to Be a Better Writer? Read More.

Want to Be a Better Writer? Read More. | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

"It usually helps me write by reading -- somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear." - Steven Wright

Reading is fashionable. Again. It’s cool. We bet you all can find many statements about how good and useful reading is, how much it can influence a person and his way of thinking, and how awesome it is to sit on your cozy sofa, reading your favorite book and diving (not literally of course) into this imaginary and so wonderful world... And all such statements are true, actually. Many famous writers, singers, politicians, and even movie characters prove the fact of reading’s great influence on people’s mind: if you take a look at their bookshelves, you’ll definitely be surprised. (Check out the infographic at the end of this post.)

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Do You Need a Literary Agent? The Definitive Pros and Cons List

Do You Need a Literary Agent? The Definitive Pros and Cons List | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
A literary agent can be an author's key to the publishing world. But take note of the key phrase there: can be, not is. In today's ever-evolving literary landscape, there are plenty of different ways to get your work out there. So does every writer seeking publication need a literary agent?
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Pinterest for Authors: A Beginner's Guide

Pinterest for Authors: A Beginner's Guide | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Learn four reasons writers might want to use Pinterest, how to best use the platform, and best practices to get the most traction for your work.
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Should You Post Your Novel Online for Free?

Should You Post Your Novel Online for Free? | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Publishing your material online for free has pros and cons. Let’s start with the cons, because no one ever worries about the potential pros (sky-high blog hits, making too much money, landing on the cover of WD, etc.).
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Stephen King's No-Adverbs Rule Is Going Out Of Fashion

Stephen King's No-Adverbs Rule Is Going Out Of Fashion | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Some bestselling books are using so many adverbs that it must make Stephen King wince, acutely. Are overused adverbs a new fashion in popular writing?
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Is It Time To Go Back To Basics With Writing Instruction? | MindShift | KQED News

Is It Time To Go Back To Basics With Writing Instruction? | MindShift | KQED News | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
A writing program that many high school teachers thought would be far too easy has proven crucial to develop students' critical thinking and written expression
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Why the Man Booker rule change could revolutionise Ireland's literary culture

Why the Man Booker rule change could revolutionise Ireland's literary culture | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
The Irish market follows the Man Booker closely. Now, the rule change we campaigned for will encourage authors to publish their books at home

Via Gerard Beirne
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5 New Ways for Writers to Keep a Journal | WritersDigest.com

5 New Ways for Writers to Keep a Journal | WritersDigest.com | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
If you’re one of those writers who’s been meaning to start a journal for years but doesn’t get inspired by the idea of stream-of-consciousness-ing your thoughts each day, you're in luck—here are five solutions just for you.
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This word is a student’s best friend and a concert-goer’s most dreaded nightmare.

This word is a student’s best friend and a concert-goer’s most dreaded nightmare. | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
Canceled and cancelled are correct, but the spelling depends on where you call home. However, there is an exception.
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How you can connect to friends who are depressed: Some heartfelt advice from writer Bill Bernat, who’s been there

How you can connect to friends who are depressed: Some heartfelt advice from writer Bill Bernat, who’s been there | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it

Depression doesn’t diminish a person’s desire to connect with other people, just their ability.

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Birth of Ludwig Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto | History Today

Birth of Ludwig Zamenhof, creator of Esperanto | History Today | A Writer's Notebook | Scoop.it
The creator of Esperanto was born to a Jewish family in Bialystok in Poland, then under Russian rule. He was given the Hebrew name Eliezer, or Leyzer in Yiddish, which later mutated into Lazar or Lazarus and eventually to Ludovic or Ludwig. Zamenhof is the Esperanto version of his original surname.
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