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Concerning Craft: To the Writer Who Is Not Writing

Concerning Craft: To the Writer Who Is Not Writing | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
This guest post comes from Alicia Mountain. Her poem, “Without Drawing the Blinds,” appeared in LPR‘s Summer Issue 2018 (available for purchase at this link). Mountain is the author of the collection High Ground Coward (University of Iowa Press), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Thin Fire (BOAAT Press). She is a lesbian poet, critic, and educator based…
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12 Writing Tips To Get You Started

12 Writing Tips To Get You Started | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
As Anne Frank poignantly wrote: “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” Writing can be an incredible outlet, but sometimes there are stumbling blocks along the way. Which is why the team at READ Foundation has put together a list of 12 Writing Tips to Get You…
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Actually, Other People's Dreams Are Cool 

Actually, Other People's Dreams Are Cool  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Creators like Kelly Link and David Lynch use "night-time logic" to make fantasies feel significant
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Opening Lines, Opening Doors  

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From "How Writers Write Fiction 2014 : Opening Lines, Opening Doors" by International Writing Program IOWA.

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How do first sentences function in the short story?  

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How Fiction Writers Can Show Emotions in Their Characters in Effective Ways

Editor Robin Patchen wraps up our examination of Fatal Flaw: # 6 Show, Don’t Tell. Writers often succumb to this fatal flaw of fiction writing, explaining and telling and summarizing instead …
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How free should novelists be to imagine radically different lives? 

How free should novelists be to imagine radically different lives?  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
For me – a middle-aged British man writing in the voice of a teenage Egyptian girl signing up with Isis – this is a tough question. Here is how I answer it
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Very good piece on this "cultural appropriation" bongledongle.

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Actually, Other People's Dreams Are Cool 

Actually, Other People's Dreams Are Cool  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Creators like Kelly Link and David Lynch use "night-time logic" to make fantasies feel significant
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Use dreams as a source of creative material.

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500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing - The New York Times

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing - The New York Times | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Here are 500 student opinion questions that invite narrative and personal writing, all together in one place.
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Tishani Doshi on How She Writes a Poem

Tishani Doshi on How She Writes a Poem | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

"Steal a first line if you must. After you’ve finished writing the poem, destroy that line. Or not. Newspapers can be a good source of inspiration. Or not. Handwrite, preferably in turquoise ink. Or not. Worship words and keep a notebook filled with them. Or not. Memorize a poem you love. Or not. Understand that poetry is held in the body—that it works to a different kind of time and rhythm from prose words and news words and figure out how to inhabit that time. Or not. Long walks may help. Or not. Listen to Baudelaire: “Be drunk” —on wine or virtue, but be drunk. Or not. Proceed. Or not."

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“The Power of Normal: Exploring the Notion of Story Structure,” by Nii Ayikwei Parkes

“The Power of Normal: Exploring the Notion of Story Structure,” by Nii Ayikwei Parkes | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Author Nii Ayikwei Parkes on the dangers of reading literature that conforms to one's expectation of literature.
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Writing advice from Bestselling Author and Creative Writing Guru

Writing advice from Bestselling Author and Creative Writing Guru | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Here on Daily (w)rite, as part of the guest post series, it is my pleasure to welcome David Corbett, who shares writing advice on
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Excellent writing advice esp. on creating character.

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The tools matter and the tools don’t matter

The tools matter and the tools don’t matter | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Though you might not think it from the comic, I’m actually sympathetic to questions about tools and process, as I myself am a kind of process junky. I love
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Concerning Craft: To the Writer Who Is Not Writing

Concerning Craft: To the Writer Who Is Not Writing | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

This guest post comes from Alicia Mountain. Her poem, “Without Drawing the Blinds,” appeared in LPR‘s Summer Issue 2018 (available for purchase at this link). Mountain is the author of the collection High Ground Coward (University of Iowa Press), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Thin Fire (BOAAT Press). She is a lesbian poet, critic, and educator.  

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"Writer, you are living a life, even if it is humble or meager in ways. Writing comes out of this life lived, the sensory details, the doubt, the microwaved dinner, the weight of your jacket, the joy, the car payment, the lonely shower, the movement of your body. Everything you do away from your notebook or keyboard is writing. Even if it fills months or years, you can make use of it—this can all end up on the page. You know this."

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How to Write Short Stories (Hint: It's Not That Simple)

How to Write Short Stories (Hint: It's Not That Simple) | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
O. Henry Prize Stories editor Laura Furman advises on what's essential - and what's not - when considering how to write short stories.
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Three Big Tips for Writing A Personal Essay

Three Big Tips for Writing A Personal Essay | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Writing a personal essay begins with knowing the form. Here are the basics, as well as some great examples, some places to submit and more. Read on.
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Watch: How 'No Country for Old Men' Successfully Defies Narrative Expectation

Watch: How 'No Country for Old Men' Successfully Defies Narrative Expectation | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
'No Country for Old Men' forces the viewer to create meaning for themselves. 
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Writers have much to learn from filmmakers and their techniques. Here the focus is on why you don't need to tell your audience everything but let them work to fill in the gaps after you have provided them with the clues they need to reach their own conclusions. Don't give them 4, always give them 2+2.
 
If you haven't seen the film do go look for it but be warned - it is very violent. It's on a par with the novel which is saying a great deal because Cormac McCarthy is one of the greatest living authors.
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Using Word Choice to Establish a Mood in Your Writing

Creating a mood and an atmosphere in your writing is critical to hook readers and keep them reading. Your word choice is instrumental in establishing that mood.
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Bernadette Mayer's List of Journal Ideas 

Bernadette Mayer's Writing Experiments * Pick a word or phrase at random, let mind play freely around it until a few ideas have come up, then seize on one and begin to
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Found this list of writing prompts and journalling ideas veery interesting.

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Write on Wednesday – Quick Story Formula – Story A Day

Write on Wednesday – Quick Story Formula – Story A Day | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

This is an awesome way to quickly launch (and finish) a new story, any time you have time to write but are short on inspiration. Try it!

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Really nice way into writing a story.  Can't wait to try it.

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MOOC-Packs 

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Amazing resource from University of Iowa.. The course materials for past writing and literature MOOC courses online. Even though these course are no longer running live, you can study at your own pace.
 
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Amazing resource from University of Iowa.. The course materials for past writing and literature MOOC courses online. Even though these course are no longer running live, you can study at your own pace.
 
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In a rare interview, Elena Ferrante describes the writing process behind the Neapolitan novels

In a rare interview, Elena Ferrante describes the writing process behind the Neapolitan novels | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
An interview with Elena Ferrante about her writing process, the Neapolitan novels and #MeToo, exclusively in English at the L.A. Times.
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"Was the whole story planned in advance before the actual writing started?

No, I never plan my stories. A detailed outline is enough for me to lose interest in the whole thing. Even a brief oral summary makes the desire to write what I have in mind vanish. I am one of those who begin to write knowing only a few essential features of the story they intend to tell. The rest they discover line by line."

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"Intuition is Essential." Writing Advice from Gabriel García Márquez 

"Intuition is Essential." Writing Advice from Gabriel García Márquez  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

"Ultimately, literature is nothing but carpentry. . . Both are very hard work. Writing something is almost as hard as making a table."

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‘Messy attics of the mind’: what’s inside a writer’s notebook?  

‘Messy attics of the mind’: what’s inside a writer’s notebook?   | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Scribbled observations, dinner party conversations, flashes of perception ... inspired by Henry James’s jottings, Paul Theroux, Susie Boyt and Amit Chaudhuri share their note-taking habits
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