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4 Tips to Avoid Writing a Derivative Screenplay

4 Tips to Avoid Writing a Derivative Screenplay | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Exciting and original ideas are among the most elusive commodities in the film industry.
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“Write What You Know”—Paying Attention to the Character Journey

“Write What You Know”—Paying Attention to the Character Journey | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Okay, yesterday I shared the tragic story of my father’s passing to give to an idea of what it means to “Write what you ‘know’” and today we’ll continue, but it’ll be a bit different. We’re going to talk about character change.
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8 Writing Tips From Screenwriting Masters Larry Gross, Naomi Foner, Henry Bean and Andrea Arnold

8 Writing Tips From Screenwriting Masters Larry Gross, Naomi Foner, Henry Bean and Andrea Arnold | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Veteran award-winning screenwriters Henry Bean ("The Believer"), Larry Gross ("We Don't Live Here Anymore") and Naomi Foner ("Very Good Girls") talked about their craft and tricks of the trade, along with Filmmaker in Residence Andrea Arnold...
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Travel Writing Tips From Don George

Travel Writing Tips From Don George | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
I asked veteran travel writer and editor Don George if he had any advice about how emerging storytellers can make their mark on the travel writing scene. Here's what he had to say.
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Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques

Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it

We weren’t all born to love verbs and spend hours toiling lovingly over word order and yet as small business owners and marketers, one of the most important hats that we necessarily wear is “writer”.

 

If you don’t consider yourself a writer, aren’t entirely comfortable with the writing process and can’t outsource to a professional, that doesn’t mean you’re dead in the water. Nor does it mean you should shrug and put out subpar content because, “Hey, I’m not a writer. That’s as good as it gets.”

 

Try one or more of these techniques the next time you put pencil to paper – or fingers to keyboard – for writing that has a whole lot more marketing punch....


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Matt Rees's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:15 AM

"Meh" does seem to be the new word on the web. It's not exactly good writing, but let's not hold that against them....

Jenny McComb's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:37 AM

Good article! Lots of useful hints to help add spark and clarity to one's writing. I found the tips on he/she/it/them especially insightful. A good example of personable writing on a specific topic as well.

Valerie Robins's curator insight, June 11, 2014 1:14 PM

If you don’t consider yourself a writer, aren’t entirely comfortable with the writing process and can’t outsource to a professional, that doesn’t mean you’re dead in the water. Nor does it mean you should shrug and put out subpar content because, “Hey, I’m not a writer. That’s as good as it gets.”


Try one or more of these techniques the next time you put pencil to paper – or fingers to keyboard – for writing that has a whole lot more marketing punch....

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Creative writing in the classroom: five top tips for teachers - The Guardian (blog)

Creative writing in the classroom: five top tips for teachers - The Guardian (blog) | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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Creative writing in the classroom: five top tips for teachers
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I always tell students that there are no set rules for writing and they can write whatever they like.
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3 Tips for Writing Heavy Emotional Scenes | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

3 Tips for Writing Heavy Emotional Scenes | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I tweeted a link to a great post by Sally Apokedak about not cheating the reader by skipping emotional scenes. Some writers struggle with heavy scenes. They’re uncomfortable with “invading” the privacy of their characters.
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Why You Should Be Writing Flash Fiction

Why You Should Be Writing Flash Fiction | Creative Productivity | 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...

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Sharon Bakar's comment, September 23, 2013 4:14 AM
There are some very nice writing prompts on this site too.
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Advice for Students: 10 Steps Toward Better Writing

Advice for Students: 10 Steps Toward Better Writing | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Writing well is easily one of the most sought-after and useful skills in the business world. Ironically, it is one of the rarest and most undervalued skill (These 10 writing tips for students will help you now and always.
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31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing

31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. Sometimes inspiration can come from unlikely sources ... (need some inspiration?
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:20 PM

Good list of jumping off points.

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How Sick is Your Novel—Can It Be Saved?

How Sick is Your Novel—Can It Be Saved? | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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Many writers struggle. We hate our beginnings, revisions are a nightmare and endings can fizzle. We work, rework, cry, try again and still don’t nail it.
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How Many Licks, um Books, Does It Take to Get to the Top of the Best-Seller List?

How Many Licks, um Books, Does It Take to Get to the Top of the Best-Seller List? | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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Most of us, especially when we’re new, want our first short story to be a major contest winner or our first novel to be a runaway success. That’s natural. Of course, this is not reality for us mere mortals.
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Writing Powerful Sentences

Writing Powerful Sentences | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
On my writing journey, I spent a lot of time studying the big-picture concepts of writing, suchas story arcs, conflict and character, but then I began to notice some smaller scale aspects. A phrase...

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, September 2, 2013 7:17 AM

The Five Senses

The authors didn’t just use the senses. They bathed the words in sight or touch or taste (often using more than one sense at a time) until I could smell the burning gasoline or feel the dried leaves crumble between my own fingers.

“There was a sizzle and steam and a sound like a thousand muskets firing. Then the sheets of ore began to fall.”

-          Year of Wonders, Geraldine Brooks

Emotion

The phrases usually occurred in the context of an emotional scene, but then a few well chosen words would zing the emotion all the way home.

“I had only human comparisons for such a look. Caesar and Brutus. Jesus and Judas.”

-          The Host, Stephenie Meyer

Metaphorical Language

The authors utilized metaphors or similes, fresh images that made general ideas tangible and ordinary actions captivating.

“The prayer seemed to find shelter in the morning breeze, as though chanted by the leaves overhead.”

-          Book of Dreams, Davis Bunn

 Rhythm

Repetition of a word or a sentence structure gave the writing rhythm, almost like poetry.

“Each question would lead to another and another until there was only a man and a woman in a garden and a forbidden tree.”

-          At the Scent of Water, Linda Nichols

Forceful, Visceral Words

Even removed from their scenes and sentences, the words were strong, capable of evoking a reaction. I noticed that the writers often used words related to the body (bone, blood, flesh) or to a threat (thunder, electric, knifed). Even when the words were used in a different context (neither related to a human body or a physical threat), they still carried the weight of those associations.

“Her voice was a whip-crack in the silent arena.”

-          Taliesin, Stephen Lawhead

Unique

The text twisted the normal way of saying things. The writers clearly dug deep, looking for an original and unexpected way to convey their scene, and the words they found were guaranteed to catch the reader’s attention.

“She had skin the shade of bootleg coffee, and crossing her back were the memories of lashed scars.”

-          Harvesting the Heart, Jodi Piccoult

Once I pinned down what gave these memorable sentences their power, it was that much easier to write a few of my own. What about you? Have you found other traits that make a sentence or phrase sing to you?

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

Writing As A Meditation Practice | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 4, 2016 11:26 AM
Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.
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Writing Tips for Creating a Complex Villain

Writing Tips for Creating a Complex Villain | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Today's writing tips offer ideas and inspiration to help you create a villain for your fiction project.
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How to Make Sure Your NaNo Project Isn’t a Hot Mess

How to Make Sure Your NaNo Project Isn’t a Hot Mess | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
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I LOVE NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, which is November).
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Top Writing Tips for Self-Published Authors - Publishers Weekly

Top Writing Tips for Self-Published Authors - Publishers Weekly | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Top Writing Tips for Self-Published Authors Publishers Weekly Probably, the best advice I've ever come across from a writer on writing is Elmore Leonard's suggestion, “If it sounds like writing, rewrite it.” Second best is Mark Twain's “Show, don't...
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Writing for the theatre? Be practical

Writing for the theatre? Be practical | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it

Playwrights need instinct and heart but must also be pragmatic – Miriam Gillinson advises aspiring writers how to stay grounded


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The Best Writing Tips From William Faulkner

The Best Writing Tips From William Faulkner | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
William Faulkner, the Nobel Prize-winning author of "The Sound and the Fury," "As I Lay Dying," and "Light in August," was thankfully outspoken regarding the do's and don'ts of his craft.
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Five Things: On Writing Historical Fiction | Scottish Book Trust

Five Things: On Writing Historical Fiction | Scottish Book Trust | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Wise words from the author of Booker-longlisted historical novel Unexploded (How to write a great historical novel.
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10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly

10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
In my nearly 30 years at universities, I have seen a lot of very talented people fail because they couldn't, or didn't, write.
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5 Cool Places to Find Writing Inspiration Online | My Literary Quest

5 Cool Places to Find Writing Inspiration Online | My Literary Quest | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
This last week I finally finished the second draft of my book and am now taking a much needed break away from that story. After a few weeks I'll have the perspective I need to be able to edit and revise.
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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:51 PM

Some very nice links to prompt generators to get your writing practice kick-started!

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No Plot? No Problem!: How to Schedule Time for Writing

No Plot? No Problem!: How to Schedule Time for Writing | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
No Plot? No Problem!: How to Schedule Time for Writing (Wondering if you'll have the time to write a novel this year?
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Free Thriller Novel Writing Tips

Free Thriller Novel Writing Tips | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it

Thrillers are a genre that many people can't get enough of. Building tension and keeping people turning pages are essential for successfully crafting these types of stories. As with any specific type of writing, even those with a natural talent will need some pointers. While "thriller" is not, strictly speaking, a format, a few tips can go a long way in giving your audience -- and your editor -- what they are looking for in your writing.

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Becoming Frankenstein: Writing Tips and Tricks

Becoming Frankenstein: Writing Tips and Tricks | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
A week ago, I was giving you some tips on how to build an ideal reader. This was not a lesson in how to be Frankenstein and build a creature from the ground up who would read your stuff – well, not...
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