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Weingarten: Cursive, foiled again! My writing is obsolete

Weingarten: Cursive, foiled again! My writing is obsolete | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Is cursive writing dead? A humorous view from a familiar voice.

 

As a person who is both old and grouchy, I have to fight the temptation to be a curmudgeon.

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Novel Writing in 30 Days or Less: PenelopeSilvers.com

Novel Writing in 30 Days or Less: PenelopeSilvers.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

This infographic gives you a 7-step process you can use to write a novel in 30 days or less. 

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I love creating visuals, and this one will help you get that book written. Not only written, but within 30 days once you check off steps 1-5. The steps will remind you to get writing--and no straying onto social media!

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How to Write a Novel in 30 Days: NickStephensonBooks.com

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days: NickStephensonBooks.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

It’s that time of year again. With November just around the corner, tens of thousands of would-be authors, publishing novices, seasoned veterans, and those who fall somewhere in the middle, come out of their writing caves – blinking into the light – to join the global furor that is NaNoWriMo (otherwise known as National Novel …

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Yes, I know NaNoWriMo is long over, but this article is cornerstone content for writers stuck somewhere along the way. This author freely shares 7 specific steps to write a novel in 30 days, beginning with the first words, to the muddle in the middle, to the final end destination.

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Why Authors Who Want To Be Published Should Write Flash Fiction

Why Authors Who Want To Be Published Should Write Flash Fiction | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
If ever an art form was suited to its time, flash fiction fits the hyper-busy, bite-sized culture of the 21st century like a touchscreen-sensitive glove.
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Flash fiction keeps you writing when you just don't have time to work on a 30,000 word novel. It also engages distracted readers, like a quick snack instead of a large dinner.

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How Writing Heals: EpicJason.com

How Writing Heals: EpicJason.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
There’s a famous fairy tale about a woman indebted to a crafty imp. As a result of some unfortunate events, she will have to give up her child if she doesn’t figure out the imp’s name. It is only after she journeys through the woods at night that she discovers the imp’s name—Rumpelstiltskin—and becomes freed…
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Stories heal us. Writing heals us. I began writing in earnest about 12 years ago to process deep pain. It truly helps to put the words on paper to understand your feelings.

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How to Start Blogging: A Definitive Guide for Authors

How to Start Blogging: A Definitive Guide for Authors | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
How authors can blog successfully for long-term platform and book marketing efforts, with tips for online writing, strong headlines, and good SEO.
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Another worthwhile read from Jane Friedman. If you write books, you should have a blog. Think of it as your home—your showcase. Share a little of yourself with the world. Carefully strategize your content. This will help grow your readership, as long as you don't throw in the towel too soon.

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Kate DiCamillo: Why Kids Books Should Be a Little Sad

Kate DiCamillo: Why Kids Books Should Be a Little Sad | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
In her response to Matt de la Peña: "I think our job is to trust our readers. I think our job is to see and to let ourselves be seen."
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If you're thinking along the lines of writing for children, this is a piece you should read. We imagine children's books should be light and uplifting, but how many of us remember the joy and immense sorrow of Charlotte's Web?

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365 Creative Writing Prompts

365 Creative Writing Prompts | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

If you want to become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing every single day. Writing prompts are useful because we know sometimes it can be hard to think of what to write about.

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When doing research, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this wonderful treasure of 365 Writing Prompts! One for each day of the year. Now there should be no more grumbling and complaining about having nothing to write.

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Infographic: The Seven Standards of Storytelling at Work | Alive with Ideas

Infographic: The Seven Standards of Storytelling at Work | Alive with Ideas | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

"In our latest infographic, we share some of the ways that storytelling can be weaved through our organisations with seven simple standards that will help you and your stakeholders communicate in a much more moving and meaningful way."



Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose), Bobby Dillard
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This infographic can be helpful in crafting your story in all types of scenarios. Writing, speaking, blogging, etc. I especially love the idea of a "swipe file" of factual stories that you can pull from when writing your own.

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Writing Wednesdays: The Clothesline Method

Writing Wednesdays: The Clothesline Method | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
I'm just starting a new novel, trying to figure out the shape of the damn thing. Here's a trick I use that might help you too. I call it the Clothesline Method
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How to write. Do it this way and that. Methods as varied as the writers themselves. However, Steven Pressfield's is newly fresh--just like the pieces of laundry (scenes) hanging from its line. If you're a confused and bewildered writer, try it. Didn't we always learn the KISS method is the best?

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Very original and helpful in making an outline or draft. 
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100 NEW Blog Topics for Fiction Writers: Mixtusmedia.com

100 NEW Blog Topics for Fiction Writers: Mixtusmedia.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

One of our most popular blog posts from the past few years was called 50 Blog Topics for Fiction Writers. I had a conversation with a fiction writer who said, "I write fiction - why would I need a blog? What on earth would I write about?" 

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This is a wonderful list of 100! new blog topics, which gives us almost an entire year if posting once per week. I have this printed and hanging on the back of my office door. 

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Write Like a Human: 5 Ways to Truly Enchant Your Readers

Write Like a Human: 5 Ways to Truly Enchant Your Readers | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
How to convey tone in writing? This article shows 5 types of tone in writing with examples. Learn how to vary your writing tone so you can engage readers.
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Talk like a human. Engage. Use tiny sentences. Poke readers. Read further and memorize all five tips for more vibrant writing.

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Writing Flashbacks: How To Make Them Work In Fiction

Writing Flashbacks: How To Make Them Work In Fiction | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Writing flashbacks badly can stunt the flow of your story, lose a reader’s interest, create confusion and ruin your book. Here's how to write them well.

Via Sharon Bakar
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If you write stories and use flashbacks to explain things, this article is a must read for you. The explanation and examples given are excellent, and will give you a clear picture of why and how flashbacks can be used correctly.

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How to Streamline Your Writing Process: 7 Perfectionism Pitfalls: PenelopeSilvers.com

How to Streamline Your Writing Process: 7 Perfectionism Pitfalls: PenelopeSilvers.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Henrietta takes the lead in a journey to better and faster writing.

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You are going to love this infographic shared by fellow writer and creative artist, Henneke. Her little alter ego, Henrietta, takes us on a colorful and fun journey to streamline our writing.

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Don’ts and dos: AuthorAndSister.net

Don’ts and dos: AuthorAndSister.net | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Our list of don'ts and dos. Think about keeping a list of your own, one you will hang on a wall where you work, of the don’ts and dos that are specific to you that you need to remember for your work on your next book, and that reflect your own weaknesses and strength.
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Writers need to always have a positive outlook to keep on trucking, and this article keeps it that way. Even the nos have a positive bent. Some great tips to hang on your wall.

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Video #1 - Gain Fresh Perspective | Revise with Confidence

Video #1 - Gain Fresh Perspective | Revise with Confidence | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Free "Revise with Confidence video training series"
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Are you worried that your writing is no good? If you're ready to throw in the writing towel, then perhaps this video series is tailor made for you. This MFA writing coach wants to help give you some fresh perspective on your writing, so you can move forward with confidence.

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Content Marketing - Five Storytelling Tips

Content Marketing - Five Storytelling Tips | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
People have been using stories as a way to transfer knowledge. The practice had such a profound effect on us that, even today, we find it hard to turn away from story-driven content. Here are 5 tips for using storytelling in content marketing

Via Daniel Watson
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When we learned to write in grade school, we were told to make sure our story has a beginning, middle, and end. The three-act structure. The technique still holds true today—from content marketing, to blogging to novels.

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Juan Antonio Cantos's curator insight, February 28, 4:34 AM
People have been using stories as a way to transfer knowledge. The practice had such a profound effect on us that, even today, we find it hard to turn away from story-driven content.
Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 28, 11:46 AM

What great reminders that make a direct link between storytelling principles and generating content for marketing. 

 

Reminders like: know your audience, learn the basics of storytelling, and control the pacing. Of course, basic storytelling skills will only get you so far, so keep upgrading and honing your skills into advanced storytelling.

 

Enjoy this quick piece and remember these principles of success.

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20 Picture Books About Writing a Story (For Writing Workshop)

20 Picture Books About Writing a Story (For Writing Workshop) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Teachers and parents, use these picture books to model the process of writing a story. Some of these books show how writers get ideas. Others show the challenges of plotting and drafting the words in a story. All are about a part of the process of storytelling. Kids need plenty of these examples to encourage them as they develop their own story telling abilities.


Via Jim Lerman
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Who says children's books can't teach us the craft of writing? I had no idea of the number of creative and adorable books on the subject.. Wish I had some of these when I was in school. Better late than never.

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Award-Winning Author Judy Blume Shares 6 Inspiring Tips From 50 Years of Writing (and 85 Million Books Sold)

Award-Winning Author Judy Blume Shares 6 Inspiring Tips From 50 Years of Writing (and 85 Million Books Sold) | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Write the book you want to read and don't let the critics stop you from writing.
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Can you believe Judy Blume is 80 years old? That's hard to believe, but during that time she's been actively writing and sold 85 million books! That's a pretty big accomplishment, and she almost gave up because of the criticisms of her work. We're just glad she didn't.

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Baby Steps, Bob. Baby Steps. PenelopeSilvers.com

Baby Steps, Bob. Baby Steps. PenelopeSilvers.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Do you ever feel as if you're behind the cue ball of life? A simple solution is to remember just two words. Baby Steps. Baby step toward your goal.
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Baby steps. There's a lot of wisdom in those two words from the movie, "What about Bob?" Whether writing a blog post, short story or book. Tiny, incremental steps will get you there. You're not in a race with anybody but yourself. 

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Writing Tips 41 Experts Wish They Knew As Beginners

Writing Tips 41 Experts Wish They Knew As Beginners | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
I asked 40 of the best authors, writing coaches, and publishing experts I know what they'd tell themselves if they could go back in time to the beginning of their career. The writing tips they provided are invaluable (and I added my own to make it 41).
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Chock full of superb writing advice, these experts spill what they wish they knew back then, which is something we want to know now. So read it and take notes!

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How to Easily Write Faster Every Day, 15 Ways

How to Easily Write Faster Every Day, 15 Ways | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Does blogging take more time than you expected? 15 ways to write faster every day for free or for the cost of an egg timer.
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Infographics are so fun and I love how quickly you can grab a visual vs. slogging through a post. Great tips here to improve your writing speed and get more done!

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Writing Advice From a Newly Minted Nobel Winner: TheAtlantic.com

Writing Advice From a Newly Minted Nobel Winner: TheAtlantic.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Kazuo Ishiguro wrote the bulk of The Remains of the Day in four weeks. All it took was extreme dedication—and a willingness to be terrible.
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Laser focused, no interruptions, and willingness to pour the words onto the page--albeit awful ones. Sounds like a winning plan to me. And it was for this author.

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Editors’ Wish List When Working with Nonfiction Writers - Jerry Jenkins | Proven Writing Tips

Editors’ Wish List When Working with Nonfiction Writers - Jerry Jenkins | Proven Writing Tips | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Guest blog by Karla Dial and Dianne McDougall - What follows is common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many writers skip suggestions on this list.
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Good meat and potatoes advice when it comes to working with an editor. Find out what they want before you pitch and submit. 

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How To Easily Create a Year's Worth of Amazing Newsletter Content

How To Easily Create a Year's Worth of Amazing Newsletter Content | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Tell me if this sounds familiar: 

I have a blog, so why do I need a newsletter?

No one reads newsletters! Why even bother? 

I don’t want to bother people with a newsletter. 

I don’t have time to write a newsletter! 

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If you blog, do you send a newsletter? I'm sorry to say I don't, but will look into putting one together as my blog grows. It's hard enough to write a post week after week! The author has given us some great info if you're thinking about it.

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Forget All the Writer Advice and Write Your Face Off. You’re Welcome.

Forget All the Writer Advice and Write Your Face Off. You’re Welcome. | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Today is the eve of National Novel Writing Month. You in? Try it… if anything, it teaches you how to start and finish something, and working with deadlines. Let your imagination run wild like when…
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If you're inside the flurry of NaNoWriMo, you may need a pick-me-up about right now. I especially love this one:

Let your imagination run wild like when you we’re a child. Before the fear and uncertainty and paying the bills were a thing. Forget about all the adult stuff that sucked out the child inside and the awe and wonder!

And just write! 

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David Stapleton's curator insight, November 16, 2017 7:36 PM
I agree write your face off enjoy your gift and let it explode
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 17, 2017 4:49 PM
Makes sense.