IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills
44 views | +0 today
Follow
IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills
Takes one to know one. Writing advice from @wordsprof, the self-published author of Bella and Bootlicker.
Curated by Steve Piacente
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Steve Piacente from Creativity Scoops!
Scoop.it!

Visual Writing Prompts: Cultivating Curiosity + Creativity - Playful Learning

Visual Writing Prompts: Cultivating Curiosity + Creativity - Playful Learning | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
“Why is the snail on a skateboard?” “Is that Abraham Lincoln in a jetpack?” These are the types of questions raised by students in my fourth grade classroom everyday after lunch.

Via Creativity For Life
Steve Piacente's insight:

A great tool to get the creative juices flowing

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Steve Piacente
Scoop.it!

Weingarten: Writing for dummies - Washington Post

Weingarten: Writing for dummies - Washington Post | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
Weingarten: Writing for dummies
Washington Post
So, instead, they like to read things that are written for fifth-graders. If you want seventh-grade kids to want to read all by themselves, you have to give them fifth-grade books!
Steve Piacente's insight:

Keeping it simple doesn't mean dumbing it down. It means writing with clarity and precision.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Steve Piacente
Scoop.it!

Steve Piacente » 7 Tips for Better Sex (Scenes)

Steve Piacente » 7 Tips for Better Sex (Scenes) | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
Steve Piacente's insight:

Prevent premature evacuation by readers

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Steve Piacente
Scoop.it!

Steve Piacente » Happy Hour and the Dead Man

Steve Piacente » Happy Hour and the Dead Man | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
Steve Piacente's insight:

A novel way to learn more about your characters ...

more...
Slashed Reads's curator insight, October 20, 2013 3:52 PM

Quantum physics lends the probability that all characters in all books exist in some parallel universe once observed. However, I tend to think that the observed is the observer, author or reader, that exists in distance universes as well as in the universe of the mind. This assures one they are never alone. And that is why I alaways recommend a glass or two of chardonnay when in the company of many or, erroneously presuming, no one at all. 

Rescooped by Steve Piacente from The Funnily Enough
Scoop.it!

Orient Your Reader: Who, Where, When of Scene Writing

Orient Your Reader: Who, Where, When of Scene Writing | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it

I had a great time this past weekend, teaching fiction techniques at a rockin' new writers conference called Portals. Both of my workshops involved scene writing, and many of the participants were young adults. One scene writing technique, orienting the reader, came up again and again.
 

In good scene writing, it's also vital to inform the reader of the What, How and Why. But I believe your reader won't get that far unless you provide some very basic info. Here's what I mean:


Via mooderino
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Steve Piacente from Bullish Ink: Write Fiction Right
Scoop.it!

How to Write Dynamic Dialogue - Curiosity Quills Press

How to Write Dynamic Dialogue - Curiosity Quills Press | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
Irving Podolsky breaks down the art of story telling into its basic components and dissects the craft of constructing engaging and realistic dialogue.

Via Ruth Long
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Steve Piacente from iGeneration - 21st Century Education (Pedagogy & Digital Innovation)
Scoop.it!

20 Tips on Writing from Famous Authors

20 Tips on Writing from Famous Authors | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
more...
Elizabeth Pina's curator insight, October 17, 2013 7:45 PM

I rescooped this from my scoop it page. The original article comes from wiseinkblog.com. It mentions things that have already been said by famous authors, for example "the first draft of everything is shit" by Ernest Hemmingway. It also has other quotes that talk about not forcing your writing, which I found interesting because I know that many college students do that; I may or may not be guilty of procrastination myself. :)

Rescooped by Steve Piacente from Education and Training
Scoop.it!

Why You Should Be Writing Flash Fiction

Why You Should Be Writing Flash Fiction | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
1. Flash fiction is a quick and simple way to practice writing. You don't get bogged down in plotting, or the intricacies of character development and world-building. You can focus on one area in w...

Via Ruth Long , Bobby Dillard
more...
Sharon Bakar's comment, September 23, 2013 4:14 AM
There are some very nice writing prompts on this site too.
Scooped by Steve Piacente
Scoop.it!

A Great Periodic Table to Enhance Students Writing Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Periodic Table to Enhance Students Writing Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
Steve Piacente's insight:

Helpful way to navigate past writer's block

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Steve Piacente
Scoop.it!

More about Writer's Block - Gaithersburg Book Festival

More about Writer's Block - Gaithersburg Book Festival | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
The GBF is one of the nation's premier literary events. Join us for author events throughout the year and save the date for the 5th annual GBF on May 17, 2014!
Steve Piacente's insight:

Interviewing your characters may be the way to break through writer's block.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Steve Piacente
Scoop.it!

SleuthSayers: Professional Tips: Speech! Speech!

SleuthSayers: Professional Tips: Speech! Speech! | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
Realistic dialogue is difficult enough and outside the purview of my lessons, but I'm amazed how many writers haven't mastered the 'mechanics', the essential punctuation required to make dialogue readable.
Steve Piacente's insight:

Few things will stop a reader faster than dialogue that sounds phony. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Steve Piacente
Scoop.it!

Short and Sweet: Reading and Writing Flash Fiction - New York Times (blog)

Short and Sweet: Reading and Writing Flash Fiction - New York Times (blog) | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
Short and Sweet: Reading and Writing Flash Fiction
New York Times (blog)
Overview | What are the essential elements of a story? How can writing flash fiction help us become better writers?
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Steve Piacente from The Funnily Enough
Scoop.it!

Creating Tension

Creating Tension | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it

"The cat sat on the mat is not a story. The cat sat on the other cat's mat IS a story." (John le Carré)

 

I love that quote because it so perfectly explains the necessity of adding tension to a scene.

 

Tension matters BIG TIME. It helps with pacing and keeps readers interested in your story.


Via mooderino
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Steve Piacente
Scoop.it!

Best First Lines of Novels | Infoplease.com

100 Best First Lines of Novels:
http://t.co/4jp2hWcT41
#fiction #literature #writing #writetip
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Steve Piacente from Teaching Creative Writing
Scoop.it!

Back to Basics: 10 Things Every Writer Should Do in Their Novel | WritersDigest.com

Back to Basics: 10 Things Every Writer Should Do in Their Novel | WritersDigest.com | IndieAuthor: Hone Your Skills | Scoop.it
Here's a guest post from bestseller Brenda Novak, who reveals 10 key basics to writing a great novel. (RT @OOSABookClub: 6. Skip the boring stuff. Nobody wants to read it. Use snappy, realistic dialogue that is unique to each character...

Via Charles Fischer
more...
No comment yet.