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Make a Living as a Writer: A Simple Strategy That Works | Writing Rightly

Make a Living as a Writer: A Simple Strategy That Works | Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
A new way to look at your writing business to help you build your client base -- and your bank account.
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Sometimes the simplest advice is the best. Set up a system for your writing, so you can start making $$ from it!

 

Your system, according to this writer, should be a 25/50/25 rule. This will allow you to make money from the small stuff, while continually aspiring for a bigger slice of the writing pie.

 

The first 25: small projects

The 50: Challenging projects

The next 25: Almost impossible

 

Read the full article to find out the author's excellent suggestions, and more recommended resources. You can make a living as a writer!

 

 

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Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/make-living-writer-simple-strategy-works/?utm_source=The+Write+Life&utm_campaign=71f4f03f09-main_list_11_6_13_11_5_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ae07a22b59-71f4f03f09-96058577&mc_cid=71f4f03f09&mc_eid=7900762dbd

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, July 9, 2014 10:46 AM

When you have a system, a plan, you are more likely to follow through. This suggested set-up will help you get started.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 9, 2014 5:39 PM

Interesting but a bit complex.

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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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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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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.
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Writing in the Cracks of Life – The Writing Cooperative

Writing in the Cracks of Life – The Writing Cooperative | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Everyone gets 24 hours, 1440, minutes, and 86,400 seconds per day. No amount of hustle, worry, experimentation, or time travel can change these numbers. 


Via Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Love the metaphor "cracks of life." Once you read this, you'll be searching for those unplugged cracks all over the place! Find them and write on!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 7, 2017 2:10 PM
Leonard Cohen wrote that light comes in through cracks.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 7, 2017 5:49 PM

Love the phrase and the imagery "cracks of life." Write on.

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NaNo Prep: How Understanding Conflict Will Make Your Plot Explode

NaNo Prep: How Understanding Conflict Will Make Your Plot Explode | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

NaNo Prep: How Understanding Conflict Will Make Your Plot Explode November is almost upon us, and in the build up to NaNo, 

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A tiny chart shared by this author is deceptively simple, but should zoom your writing to new heights. Conflict is the key to well-written story, and one that readers will be clamoring to read. Copy it and use it!

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Learn About the Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers

Learn About the Elements of Basic Plot for Beginning Writers | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Most writers study the elements of plot and pay serious attention to how to successfully construct a narrative. Here's what to keep in mind.
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In my Future Learn course of Fiction Writing, one of our lessons was on plotting. Their simple formula was character + conflict = plot. Of course, there isn't just one way to craft a story, but for first time writers, this might just be the easiest.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 25, 2017 3:31 PM
A short, easy to use post I would have liked to have in my classroom.
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Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension

Take Notes by Hand for Better Long-Term Comprehension | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Data suggest that taking notes by hand beats typing notes on a laptop for remembering conceptual information over time.

Via Les Howard, Luciana Viter, Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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I've read about many a famous author who writes first drafts in longhand on yellow legal pads. Personally, I like the feel of writing with pen and paper, then transcribing into a Word document. This process seems to fully engage the creative brain.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 17, 2017 2:36 PM
It is not only effective for long-term comprehension and retention. There are other benefits. Writing is a right brain activity as we usually are taking short cuts in notes. Keyboarding is a left brain activity. A conversation engages both hemispheres.


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How to Write: You're Doing it All Wrong | Almond Press

How to Write: You're Doing it All Wrong | Almond Press | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
You should write every day. Learn the rules then break them. Variety is the spice of life and you'll get stuck if you only have one project.
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It's inspiration and motivation time, boys and girls, and I believe this post will do it for you. I needed to read it, you need to read it. There is no RIGHT or WRONG way to write. 

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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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365 Creative Writing Prompts

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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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Jacques Goyette's curator insight, January 25, 12:17 AM
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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Character Chart for Fiction Writers - EpiGuide.com

Character Chart for Fiction Writers - EpiGuide.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Everyone's a character. How well do you know the ones in your story?
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I'm currently taking an 8-week Writing Fiction course through Future Learn. We work extensively on doing character sketches. It's not only fun, but challenging. When you're getting to know your characters, one way is to write down everything you can think about them. Print out this character chart, and use it for each of your characters. I believe it will open the door to know them more intimately.

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Famous Authors’ Great One-Liners – Writer’s Relief – Medium

Famous Authors’ Great One-Liners – Writer’s Relief – Medium | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Another rejection letter? A bad case of writer’s block? If you need something to lift your spirits, here’s a list of classic one-liners attributed to well-known authors. They’re not all jokes about…

Via Ivon Prefontaine, PhD
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 7, 2017 12:22 PM
There are excellent lines in the article.
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How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing | WritersDigest.com

How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing | WritersDigest.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
by Grant Faulkner When I first became a writer, I marveled at the magical worlds my favorite authors created—their lyrical prose, their riveting plots, the

Via elearning hoje
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If you haven't yet written the great American novel, then you might want to take the leap into NaNoWriMo. If writing 50K words in a month won't get that book jump started, I don't know what will.

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The tao of the Three Little Pigs - The Writer

The tao of the Three Little Pigs - The Writer | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Take heart from the Three Little Pigs: Don’t let an inner critic huff, puff, and blow your work down.
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You'll love the metaphor of the "Three Little Pigs" children's story to your inner critic. Yes, he/she will huff and puff, but don't let it blow your house down! You keep on writing no matter the obstacles. 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 17, 2017 2:47 PM
I could have used this in my teaching. I used Fractured Fairytales to explore writing and its elements. What surprised me was how little experience some students had with fairytales and satire.