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Why punctuation matters. A classic! courtesy of www.facebook.com/grammarly

Why punctuation matters. A classic! courtesy of www.facebook.com/grammarly | On Writing | Scoop.it

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Teaching William Zinsser to Write Poetry

Teaching William Zinsser to Write Poetry | On Writing | Scoop.it
Diana Goetsch writes about contemplating gender transition and teaching poetry to the beloved nonfiction writer William Zinsser, near the end of his life.
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The White Darkness: A Journey Across Antarctica

The White Darkness: A Journey Across Antarctica | On Writing | Scoop.it
David Grann writes about Henry Worsley’s solitary trek, which became a singular of character.
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Ursula K. Le Guin On ‘Starting Late’ as a Writer

Ursula K. Le Guin On ‘Starting Late’ as a Writer | On Writing | Scoop.it
LE GUIN: My mother had always wanted to write. She told me this only after she’d started writing. She waited until she got the kids out of the house, until she was free of responsibility for anybody except her husband. Very typical of her generation. She was in her fifties when she started writing—for kids,…
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5 Things Fiction Writers Do That Annoy Readers | WritersDigest.com

5 Things Fiction Writers Do That Annoy Readers | WritersDigest.com | On Writing | Scoop.it
It's great for fiction writers to experiment with unconventional devices and writing styles, but sometimes going off the beaten path can alienate your readers. Here are five approaches that you might want to reconsider before including them in your work.
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13 writing tips, from beloved teacher Anne Lamott

13 writing tips, from beloved teacher Anne Lamott | On Writing | Scoop.it
Here are thirteen pieces of advice to help you sit down and start writing, shared by essayist and novelist Anne Lamott.
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The Business of Writing: The Importance of Backstory

The Business of Writing: The Importance of Backstory | On Writing | Scoop.it
By: Linda Rohrbough Most new writers get a story idea, plan a little about how the story will go, then start writing. I started tha
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James Patterson To Give $1.75 Million To Bolster Classroom Libraries

James Patterson To Give $1.75 Million To Bolster Classroom Libraries | On Writing | Scoop.it
In the third installment of Patterson's School Library Campaign in partnership with Scholastic Reading Club, grants of $500 will be given to 3,500 teachers.
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An A.I. Says There Are Six Main Kinds of Stories

An A.I. Says There Are Six Main Kinds of Stories | On Writing | Scoop.it
A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.
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Ria Fritz's curator insight, May 11, 2017 10:51 AM
Amazing, though the end result is something that many authors could've told you. ;) Still, very interesting to see the sciences and humanities collide in such a useful way!
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Philip Pullman unveils epic fantasy trilogy The Book of Dust

Philip Pullman unveils epic fantasy trilogy The Book of Dust | On Writing | Scoop.it
Author’s new novel series is set in London and Oxford and overlaps with hugely popular His Dark Materials
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Christopher Marlowe Officially Credited As Co-Author Of 3 Shakespeare Plays

Christopher Marlowe Officially Credited As Co-Author Of 3 Shakespeare Plays | On Writing | Scoop.it

"Despite years of controversy about the authorship of some of Shakespeare's work, this is the first time a major publishing house has formally named Marlowe as a co-author. Oxford University Press will list both William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe as co-authors of the three Henry VI plays in its newest complete edition of Shakespeare's work..."

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What’s on Michelle Obama’s mind? Meet the speechwriter who puts it into words.

What’s on Michelle Obama’s mind? Meet the speechwriter who puts it into words. | On Writing | Scoop.it
For seven years, nearly every public address by the first lady has been written by one woman.
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Here's the original 3-page outline George R.R. Martin wrote for 'Game of Thrones' in 1993

Here's the original 3-page outline George R.R. Martin wrote for 'Game of Thrones' in 1993 | On Writing | Scoop.it

"WARNING: Possible spoilers for the "Game of Thrones" series. There are currently five "Game of Thrones" books with a few more in the works. However, author George R.R. Martin’s original plan was for the series to be a trilogy. Redditor TheNextRobin noticed a tweet from UK bookseller Waterstones which contained three photos of a 1993 letter Martin wrote outlining the entire series. The tweet has since been deleted, but not before the images made it to the Internet..."

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Harriet Beecher Stowe | Christian History

Harriet Beecher Stowe | Christian History | On Writing | Scoop.it

"When President Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1863, he is reported to have said, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!" Uncle Tom's Cabin may not have caused the Civil War, but it shook both North and South. It declared the profound value of a human soul and made emancipation inevitable."

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Unstoppable: YA Fantasy Author Leigh Bardugo | The WD Interview

Unstoppable: YA Fantasy Author Leigh Bardugo | The WD Interview | On Writing | Scoop.it
In this interview from the March/April 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest—including outtakes that didn't appear in the magazine—bestselling author Leigh Bardugo discusses finding YA fantasy stardom and why, if pursuing a dream, you’re always on the right track.
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A Letter to Ursula Le Guin on the Day After Your Departure

A Letter to Ursula Le Guin on the Day After Your Departure | On Writing | Scoop.it
When I lost hope in this world, you offered me a plethora of fully formed universes to learn from.
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‘Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,’ by David Frum

‘Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,’ by David Frum | On Writing | Scoop.it
The most important new book about the dangers of Donald Trump's presidency is getting the least attention at the moment. "Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic," by respected conservative author David Frum, offers a persuasive and detailed account of how Trump is undermining American institutions, including the presidency itself. It's never going to compete with Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" for incendiary anecdotes and speculation about Trump's fitness for the highest office in the land, or the intellect of his favorite daughter or patriotism of his namesake son. Neither is it going to encounter any questions about the thoroughness or methodology of Frum's reporting.
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Standing Up to President Trump

Standing Up to President Trump | On Writing | Scoop.it
There never has been a president whose election has caused as much widespread alarm among so many people in all segments of the publishing industry as Donald Trump.
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What Writers Can Learn From 'Goodnight Moon'

What Writers Can Learn From 'Goodnight Moon' | On Writing | Scoop.it
The Little Fires Everywhere novelist Celeste Ng explains how the surprising structure of the classic children’s book informs her work.
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House Votes to Give Some Powers of Librarian of Congress to Donald Trump

House Votes to Give Some Powers of Librarian of Congress to Donald Trump | On Writing | Scoop.it
Congress voted to cut the powers of the first African American Librarian of Congress and give some of her powers to Donald Trump.
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7 overlooked women writers you should be reading now

7 overlooked women writers you should be reading now | On Writing | Scoop.it
Top female writers and editors recommend other female authors who have somehow been overlooked or forgotten, either because of their gender, the language in which they wrote, or their books have gone out of print.
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Free Speech Is Not an Academic Value

Free Speech Is Not an Academic Value | On Writing | Scoop.it
You don’t have the right to say whatever you want on a college campus.
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Maine author Ashley Bryan's book about slaves wins Newbery Honor Award - The Portland Press Herald

The prize recognizes excellence in children's literature.
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President Obama Reveals His Eight Essential Sci-Fi Movies And TV Shows

President Obama Reveals His Eight Essential Sci-Fi Movies And TV Shows | On Writing | Scoop.it
He may be America's nerdiest president.
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Ria Fritz's curator insight, May 11, 2017 10:54 AM
None of these are terribly surprising, but yessssss Blade Runner!!
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The Chronicles of Amber TV Series Could Be the Next Game of Thrones

The Chronicles of Amber TV Series Could Be the Next Game of Thrones | On Writing | Scoop.it
Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) will bring Roger Zelazny’s 10-part Chronicles of Amber book series to television, with co-producer David Alpert of Skybound Entertainment calling it “one of my favorite book series of all time” and “a lifelong dream” of a project. Sounds like it’s in good hands.
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This is SOOOOOOOOOO exciting!!! The Chronicles of Amber are one of my absolute favorite reads EVER!!! Let's hope and pray whoever is in charge of this project does the story right and does not destroy it -- like others did to another fav of mine, "The Mists of Avalon," with the made-for-TV movie they produced.
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Tutorial: Author Central Book Merge & More

Tutorial: Author Central Book Merge & More | On Writing | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of talk lately about reviews on Amazon and Amazon being the big, evil corporate entity. No matter what your feelings are about that, if you h
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