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Why YOUR Opinion of Your Writing Is the One That Matters Most - Helping Writers Become Authors

Why YOUR Opinion of Your Writing Is the One That Matters Most - Helping Writers Become Authors | the writing life | Scoop.it
If you’re trying too hard to please others in your writing, then you may be in danger of snuffing, or at least damping, your creative spark.
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Why Are Certain Stories Timeless? What Scrooge Can Teach Us About Great Writing

Why Are Certain Stories Timeless? What Scrooge Can Teach Us About Great Writing | the writing life | Scoop.it
Ebenezer? Raise an Ebenezer? I needed to know more. Ebenezer is actually אבן העזר, Even Ha'Ezer, which literally means stone of help or monument to God's glory and is referenced in the book of Samu...
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Use a voice that’s appropriate to your genre

Use a voice that’s appropriate to your genre | the writing life | Scoop.it
If, like every good writer, you are reading a lot in your genre, you should have a good feel for what kind of voice is typical. But good writers also read widely. If you have done so, especially if...
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Why YOUR Opinion of Your Writing Is the One That Matters Most - Helping Writers Become Authors

Why YOUR Opinion of Your Writing Is the One That Matters Most - Helping Writers Become Authors | the writing life | Scoop.it
If you’re trying too hard to please others in your writing, then you may be in danger of snuffing, or at least damping, your creative spark.
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20 new articles on writing you don’t want to miss… as voted by 6,000 writers

20 new articles on writing you don’t want to miss… as voted by 6,000 writers | the writing life | Scoop.it
This week's portion of collective genius - articles on writing, self-publishing & marketing books, as decided by the actions of 6000 social media followers.
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A raw blog post.

A raw blog post. | the writing life | Scoop.it
Three years ago this week… I lived in a mobile home. A very small, 1,000 square foot trailer house. With black linoleum, horrendous gold trim, an air conditioner that didn’t work, a patio door that...
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If you are a discouraged writer, you have to read Colleen's story and see how far she's come in the past three years. Amazing!

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Why You Might Be Ruining Your Story's Best Scenes - Helping Writers Become Authors

Why You Might Be Ruining Your Story's Best Scenes - Helping Writers Become Authors | the writing life | Scoop.it
Talks about why appropriate repercussions will always be the earmark of your story's best scenes.
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How to Overcome Writer's Block: 14 Tricks That Work

How to Overcome Writer's Block: 14 Tricks That Work | the writing life | Scoop.it
It happens to every writer. It's inevitable. Eventually, you come to the end of yourself when your prose has turned to mush and you feel like throwing in the towel.

Writer's block. Every writer ...
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Story Concept and Story Premise: Do You Know the Crucial Difference? - Helping Writers Become Authors

Story Concept and Story Premise: Do You Know the Crucial Difference? - Helping Writers Become Authors | the writing life | Scoop.it
Are story concept and story premise interchangeable words for the same idea--or are they separate tools with their own important jobs to fulfill?
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Excellent article by K.M. Weiland with great examples.

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How to write your first draft in 20 days

How to write your first draft in 20 days | the writing life | Scoop.it
I know you NaNoWriMo junkies are freaking out about this right now. This.
This thing of being able to write a whole novel in 1 month. You bite your
nails and elbows and neighbors and whatever else you can bite, wondering,
"Can I do it? Can I? Is there a magic formula?" Well, I am NOT doing
NaNoWriMo. In fact, I've never done it. But I'm doing my own NaNoWriMo in
that I'm writing the 1st draft of CORNERS right now, and by my calculations
the whole thing will be done in 20 days. 

"That is c
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"I'm the Next Rowling" - Literary Lies

"I'm the Next Rowling" - Literary Lies | the writing life | Scoop.it

As an intern with a literary agent, I see plenty come through her inbox as I file her queries for her to check out.  I have to make sure they are genres she represents, follow the guidelines, and aren’t spam or utterly offensive.


The authors who write in toe a very thin line of business, personality, confidence, and humility.  It’s a hard thing to do.For some, it’s impossible.

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Great advice on what NOT to put in your query letter.

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Eight Simple Tips for Editing Your Own Work | Write to Done

Eight Simple Tips for Editing Your Own Work | Write to Done | the writing life | Scoop.it
Editing your own work can be difficult. This article shows you exactly how to edit your own work successfully!
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How to Build a Better Content Marketing Strategy

How to Build a Better Content Marketing Strategy | the writing life | Scoop.it
While following a documented content marketing strategy closely can help keep it focused on your organization's goals, you will often need to account for new insights and information you receive as...
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On Treating Writing as a Form of Play - Aerogramme Writers' Studio

On Treating Writing as a Form of Play - Aerogramme Writers' Studio | the writing life | Scoop.it
A guest post by Eli Glasman. For years before my novel was published, I felt insecure about whether or not I was a ‘real’ writer. I don’t think this is a unique anxiety amongst unpublished authors and I responded to this anxiety in the way I think many people do: I romanticised the act of writing.
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Horror Authors: How to Scare the Heck Out of Your Readers

Horror Authors: How to Scare the Heck Out of Your Readers | the writing life | Scoop.it
Use sentence structure to evoke feelings of anxiety or fear in your reader.
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How I Reached 100,000 Visitors with These 7 Rules

How I Reached 100,000 Visitors with These 7 Rules | the writing life | Scoop.it
Over the years, I’ve taught you a lot about content marketing… from what tactics others are using to showing you what’s working. But I’ve never r
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How to Reveal Character Emotion Without Venturing Into Cliché

How to Reveal Character Emotion Without Venturing Into Cliché | the writing life | Scoop.it
One of the most important goals of any fiction writer is getting the reader to connect on an emotional level with the story's characters. But how do you accomplish this without being clumsy—without...
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Have You Found Your Brand?

Have You Found Your Brand? | the writing life | Scoop.it
Did you know that every author has a brand? I’m not tal…
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Helpful tips to discover what your author brand is and how to promote it.

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How to write a good book summary

How to write a good book summary | the writing life | Scoop.it
A book summary is basically a hook. To hook the reader. And this is the
only thing I know about it. YOU CAN LAUGH NOW. I keep telling you that I
have no clue what I'm doing. No clue how to write books, how to market
them, how to anything. Well, this post is the scariest of them all for me
to write. Because I have no bloody clue how to write a good book summary. I
will attempt to dissect it here, and, in writing it out, hopefully get a
better idea.

You might want to peck my eyes out now li
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Backstory: The More You Know, The Less I Have To

Backstory: The More You Know, The Less I Have To | the writing life | Scoop.it
So if you don’t know your backstory, you can’t leave it out. On the other hand, if you DO know it, you don’t feel compelled to put it in, because you don’t have to tell yourself your own story whil...
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How To Supercharge Your Writing - Use This Cinematic Technique | Write to Done

How To Supercharge Your Writing - Use This Cinematic Technique | Write to Done | the writing life | Scoop.it
Do you want to write scenes that electrify readers? That live on forever in their memories? Learn how to supercharge your writing using this cinematic technique.
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The Ultimate Book Launch Guide: 33 Ideas that Any Author Can Use

The Ultimate Book Launch Guide: 33 Ideas that Any Author Can Use | the writing life | Scoop.it
Getting ready to launch your book? Try some of these book launch ideas to connect with potential readers and lead them along the path to life-long fans.
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Avoid extraneous details in your fiction

Avoid extraneous details in your fiction | the writing life | Scoop.it
Writing good descriptions means including details that are relevant to the setting, to the viewpoint character, and to the story.
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Spec-Fic Subgenres: Paranormal & Supernatural

Spec-Fic Subgenres: Paranormal & Supernatural | the writing life | Scoop.it
Paranormal. Supernatural. They’re the same thing, right? I don’t want to say a flat-out no but…no, not really. Often times these terms are used interchangeably, but they are different.   Paranormal   Paranormal refers to things that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding, like telekinesis or telepathy. The word paranormal means, essentially, “something that exists outside of what we consider to …
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Column D: Should You Take Him Back? (When to use Flashback) - Script Magazine

Column D: Should You Take Him Back? (When to use Flashback) - Script Magazine | the writing life | Scoop.it
Like voice-over, flashback is “frowned upon” by screenwriting gurus, professors and so-called purists. Drew Yanno chimes in on using flashbacks.
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How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines

How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines | the writing life | Scoop.it
Would you like to start publishing your short stories or poems but don't quite know how to even begin? This article from the editor's at Neon on how to submit your writing literary magazines is a great step-by-step guide.
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