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9 Qualities of Good Writing

9 Qualities of Good Writing | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it

There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....

 

Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.

 

Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?

 

Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....


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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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Bridging the Gap Between Typewriters and Mechanical Keyboards .::. Inspire the Muse

Bridging the Gap Between Typewriters and Mechanical Keyboards .::. Inspire the Muse | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Three years ago I purchased my first typewriter, A Royal Quiet Deluxe. Ever since, I have been on a quest to have an authentic typing experience that allowed me to type directly to a digital file. The inconsistency of the key strikes meant that scanning and converting typed pages was going to be more trouble than it was worth. In this digital world, however, wouldn't it be nice if I could magically get the letters off of the platen and onto the screen?
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Breaking Down the Elements of Acting

Breaking Down the Elements of Acting | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
If theatre is awesome for kids, which kids? What kinds of awesome? And how? Let's break it down.
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Breaking Down the Elements of Acting

Breaking Down the Elements of Acting | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
If theatre is awesome for kids, which kids? What kinds of awesome? And how? Let's break it down.
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Why Ear Training Might Matter More than You Think

Why Ear Training Might Matter More than You Think | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Every music major takes 'ear training' classes at some point, and it's easy to go through the motions and just try to get it over with. But it turns out that ear training is more valuable than it may appear.
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From Fanon to Canon: Antisepticeye .::. Inspire the Muse

From Fanon to Canon: Antisepticeye .::. Inspire the Muse | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
All popular creations have a strong fandom inspired presence to them, separate from the original canon. But what happens when the creator of that canon decides to adopt the fanon, and make it reality?
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What Do You Write On? .::. Inspire the Muse

Paper brands and writing software options are just as diverse as pens and pencils. There’s a difference between scrap, copy, and resume papers. Some writers need lined or grid marked paper, while others prefer blank sheets.
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How to Improve Your Writing: 5 Secrets From Hollywood | TIME - TIME

How to Improve Your Writing: 5 Secrets From Hollywood | TIME - TIME | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Start with a solid structure
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Fiction Southeast – “7 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction”

Fiction Southeast – “7 Tips for Writing Flash Fiction” | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
an online literary journal dedicated to short fiction
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Time Management—Are We Busy or Fruitful?

Time Management—Are We Busy or Fruitful? | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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I do a lot of stuff. Actually too much stuff but I am totally woking on that saying “No” thing.
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Writing Habits And Routines, Filling The Creative Well And More Tips On Writing And Productivity | The Creative Penn

Writing Habits And Routines, Filling The Creative Well And More Tips On Writing And Productivity | The Creative Penn | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
You can't make a living from your writing if you're not actually writing. And while writing may seem easy to some and it has its fun moments, it's actually
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More than Just a Flashback—Introducing the Easter Egg

More than Just a Flashback—Introducing the Easter Egg | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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So we have spent a couple posts talking about “flashbacks” and I need to take a moment to expound on something. I was a naturally good editor. It’s how I got my start.
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Understanding the Flashback—Bending Time as a Literary Device

Understanding the Flashback—Bending Time as a Literary Device | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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Last time we talked about flashbacks and why they ruin fiction. But, because this is a blog and I don’t want it to be 20,000 words long, I can’t address everything in one post.
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Deep P.O.V. Part Two—Crawling Inside Your Characters

Deep P.O.V. Part Two—Crawling Inside Your Characters | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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Last time we talked about the history and evolution of POV (Point of View) and why certain types of POV might not be the best choice for a modern reader.
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Can a Simple Walk Improve Your Creative Thinking?

Can a Simple Walk Improve Your Creative Thinking? | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Do you need a new approach to a project? Consider taking a walk to get a fresh perspective.
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The Underrecognized Inspirational Value of Persistence

The Underrecognized Inspirational Value of Persistence | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
How long should you stick with searching for ideas – and why?
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Conquer All Your Unfinished Tasks Using the “Drop the Tails” Method - Breakthrough with Arina!

Conquer All Your Unfinished Tasks Using the “Drop the Tails” Method - Breakthrough with Arina! | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Unfinished tasks leak the energy out of you and keep your mind foggy and unfocused. Learn how finish what you start and develop the Finishers Habit!
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Kids Who CAN But WON’T: What Can Parents Do?

Kids Who CAN But WON’T: What Can Parents Do? | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Resolutions? Expectations? The New Year is inevitably full of promise—and promises. However, kids’ resolve sometimes melts like snow… Here’s how parents can help children and teens meet responsibilities and challenges throughout the coming months.
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A Game Where Creative Writing Progresses the Story .::. Inspire the Muse

One part immersive side scroller, one part writing prompt. This is the premise behind the game Elegy for a Dead World, by Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal.
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Laura Dockrill's five tips for writing for real

Laura Dockrill's five tips for writing for real | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Darcy Burdock author and performance artist Laura Dockrill always wanted to be a writer... until the big red pen of school shrunk her confidence.
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Writing for the Soul: 5 (Less Conventional) Tips | WritersDigest.com

Writing for the Soul: 5 (Less Conventional) Tips | WritersDigest.com | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
I’ve just published my second book in the Storm Siren trilogy (thank you, HarperCollins) – and I’ll be honest with you. There are days I absolutely love wh
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7 Tips for Adding Humor — Guest: Rhoda Baxter

7 Tips for Adding Humor — Guest: Rhoda Baxter | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Most genres benefit from including touches of humor here or there—even the dark and angsty stories. But I'm not naturally a funny person, so I jumped at the chance to host an expert on comedy writing.
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When Dreams Go Bad—Dream Sequences, What Works & What Flops

When Dreams Go Bad—Dream Sequences, What Works & What Flops | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
This GORGEOUS image via Flickr Creative Commons, courtesy of Aimannesse Photography In the past several posts we have been unpacking the “flashback.” But, over the course of us talking about flashbacks and how to deliver backstory, a lot of people...
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Time as a Literary Device: Unpacking the Parallel Timeline

Time as a Literary Device: Unpacking the Parallel Timeline | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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One reason we might be tempted to use a flashback is to explain or to expound to artificially prop up weak characterization or a weak plot (the training wheel flashback).
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Writing rituals and tips for new writers

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Following is an interview with Rachel, originally published on NovelKicks, 21 April 2015. What is your new novel, Stranger Child about, and what inspired it? If I had to find one word which sums up...
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Writing Tips from Patricia Park, author of Re Jane | Penguin Random House

Writing Tips from Patricia Park, author of Re Jane | Penguin Random House | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
We know readers tend to be writers too, so twice a month, we’ll feature writing tips from our authors. Who better to offer advice, insight, and inspiration than the authors you admire? They’ll answer...
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