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Why Scrivener Is An Essential Writing Tool For All Authors

Why Scrivener Is An Essential Writing Tool For All Authors | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Scrivener if the writing tool that all authors have been waiting for! Here's a behind-the-scenes tour ...
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How to Use Data to Tell a Stronger Story

How to Use Data to Tell a Stronger Story | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Data visualizations that don't communicate a larger story don't succeed. Here's how to balance your data, design, and messaging.
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Write A Novel In A Month: 5 Tips To Make It Easy

Write A Novel In A Month: 5 Tips To Make It Easy | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
“ You don't have time to write a novel. But what if you could easily write a novel in a month? Follow these five tips to get confident that you can do it.”
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Penelope's curator insight, August 15, 2017 2:40 PM
Sound impossible? Not if you set your mind to the task, write 1K words per day, and try a technique straight from one of the masters, Dean Koontz. His advice begins with brainstorming of titles using a keyword (one that evokes emotion). Think blood, dragon, hurricane, flood, etc. Flavor the word with different combos of nouns and adjectives. When you find one that strikes a nerve, begin writing to flesh out a sketch of a story.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"*** 

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3 Visual Thinking Tips to Make You a Brilliant Writer

3 Visual Thinking Tips to Make You a Brilliant Writer | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
“ When writers apply visual thinking to their writing magic happens. This tutorial teaches you how to make your content clearer, vivid, and more persuasive.”
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Penelope's curator insight, August 17, 2017 10:07 PM
I love these creative writing tips from Henneke. She not only gives us brilliant advice, but she draws some mighty cute cartoons. An excellent read.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 18, 2017 12:55 AM

Useful writing tips.

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The single reason why some people can't write, according to a Harvard psychologist

The single reason why some people can't write, according to a Harvard psychologist | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
“"Why is so much writing so hard to understand? Why must a typical reader struggle to follow an academic article, the fine print on a tax return, or”
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The Dos and Don'ts of Self-Publishing A Book - Write On Track

The Dos and Don'ts of Self-Publishing A Book - Write On Track | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Self-publishing can be a steep learning curve even when you're doing it for a second time. There are written and unwritten rules and procedures and these are the ones I've discovered.
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From paying the bills, to £2,000 a day: making a killing from self-publishing

From paying the bills, to £2,000 a day: making a killing from self-publishing | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Her Last Tomorrow, Adam Croft’s latest DIY thriller, lifted his bedroom business into the sales stratosphere. He talks about paying off his mortgage in weeks and why he’s fine with publishers being ‘sniffy’
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Why Authors Should Be Wary of Self-Publishing Packages, and What to Watch For - Publishing services for self publishing authors and businesses

Why Authors Should Be Wary of Self-Publishing Packages, and What to Watch For - Publishing services for self publishing authors and businesses | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
The 5 most common ways authors are taken advantage of when buying self-publishing packages and how to buy only what you need to publish your book.
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How I Get Featured in the Largest Websites in the World

How I Get Featured in the Largest Websites in the World | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Learn how you can get published or featured by writing for some of the biggest publications online, including The Huffington Post, Vice, Forbes and HBR.
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Self Publishing The Book Inside Of You

Self Publishing The Book Inside Of You | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
If you are a writer who is unpublished, you might be puzzled as to how do you get your book in front of agents and publishers. After trying to get a book in the hands of traditional publishing experts several years ago, I learned the hard way of what didn’t work to publish a book. […]
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How self-published novel Jalan Jalan took flight with an Asian publisher

How self-published novel Jalan Jalan took flight with an Asian publisher | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Mike Stoner couldn’t find a publisher for his story of an expat’s dark days in Indonesia – until he looked east
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The Two Minute Miracle — How creative writing can improve your health

The Two Minute Miracle — How creative writing can improve your health | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Just two minutes of creative writing about positive and negative life-experiences can improve your health and well-being. James Pennebaker discovered that writing about trauma or upheavel in your life for fifteen minutes on four separate occasions, resulted in 50% less trips to the doctor, and greater happiness, and well-being. This study has been replicated many times, with different writing subjects…
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How to Self-Publish Your Non-Fiction Book

How to Self-Publish Your Non-Fiction Book | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Writing non-fiction is different than fiction, so don't follow generic self-publishing advice; here's exactly what you need to know to self-publish your next book.
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Studying Creative Writing And Learning To Write Novels, by Steven Lochran

Studying Creative Writing And Learning To Write Novels, by Steven Lochran | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
More than once I’ve been approached by an aspiring writer asking my opinion about studying Creative Writing at a tertiary level. Given the time and money it takes to attain a qualification, is it worth it? I should say right off the bat that I majored in Creative Writing. Based on my experience I’d happily…
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This 2 Minute Read Will Make You Write Better Forever

This 2 Minute Read Will Make You Write Better Forever | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
“The following 4 tips took me 3 years of writing to collect, but will only take you 2 minutes to learn. Your writing will be better forever.”
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novel writing software - bibisco

novel writing software - bibisco | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
“bibisco is a novel writing software that helps writers to develop characters,design novel structure,organize chapters and scenes,analyze the novel.”
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Katherine Boo's 15 rules for narrative nonfiction -- now this is a 'must-read'

Katherine Boo's 15 rules for narrative nonfiction -- now this is a 'must-read' | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
“Exploring the art and craft of story”
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Easy Strategies to Evoke Emotion in Your Writing

Easy Strategies to Evoke Emotion in Your Writing | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
“ The best writers are masters at evoking an emotional response from their readers.”
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Penelope's curator insight, August 22, 2017 1:05 PM
Want your readers to feel instead of just read your writing? The author of this post shares some wonderful strategies, with examples, for punching up your words with emotion. 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 22, 2017 1:45 PM
Want your readers to feel instead of just read your writing? The author of this post shares some wonderful strategies, with examples, for punching up your words with emotion. 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
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The Different Stages of Editing a Novel | Liminal Pages

The Different Stages of Editing a Novel | Liminal Pages | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
It may surprise you to discover there are three levels of editing that a novel should go through before publication. The first looks at the big-picture, foundational elements (such as story, plot, characterisation, marketability, pacing, voice, etc.). The second level looks …
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21 Top Examples of Creative Writing - Writing Tips Oasis

21 Top Examples of Creative Writing - Writing Tips Oasis | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Want to start writing, but are unsure of what style of writing to take on? Our list of 21 examples of creative writing will help you to decide.
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The Reason Why You Aren’t Happy With Your Novel. | WTD

The Reason Why You Aren’t Happy With Your Novel. | WTD | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Are you happy with your novel? Every writer who has ever written THE END knows it is a lie because THE END is in fact, the beginning,
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Leslie Lehr asks: Is Your Book Ready To Self-Publish?

Leslie Lehr asks: Is Your Book Ready To Self-Publish? | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Author and writing consultant Leslie Lehr asks, Is Your Book Ready to Self-Publish? and offers a 12-step checklist to help you answer the question.
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Systems fiction: a novel way to think about the present

Systems fiction: a novel way to think about the present | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Seen in literary fiction as well as SF, this genre weaves together complex debates in a way that can offer a clearer view of the future – think Atwood, DeLillo and Asimov
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A Story of a First Novel - StoryStudio Chicago

A Story of a First Novel - StoryStudio Chicago | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
Congratulations to our guest blogger Amelia Brunskill on her first novel! Amelia was part of StoryStudio’s Novel in a Year program, and we thank her for sharing her story. The idea kept coming up and I’d kept pushing it right back down. An idea for a story: a mystery about the death of a twin, Rea
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8-Stage Ebook Project Workflow Checklist For Self Published Authors - Digital Book World

8-Stage Ebook Project Workflow Checklist For Self Published Authors - Digital Book World | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
How much work really goes into publishing your own book? Many authors plunge into self-publishing without really knowing what they're getting into. This 8-stage workflow covers the main steps in creating a digital book.
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So You’ve Decided to Write: Is Your Novel Actually Fiction or Non?

So You’ve Decided to Write: Is Your Novel Actually Fiction or Non? | A Writing Life | Scoop.it
A young woman in a bar asked me if my novel, which she had heard about from the bartender, was fiction or nonfiction. The awesome post-literateness of her
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