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Advice For Writers From Literary Agents

Advice For Writers From Literary Agents | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
By Chuck Sambuchino Literary agents are full of great advice for writers. That’s why, whenever I am concluding an interview with an agent, I always end the encounter by asking “Is there any other p...
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TEN SIMPLE KEYS TO PLOT STRUCTURE

TEN SIMPLE KEYS TO PLOT STRUCTURE | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
The official website of best-selling author and story consultant Michael Hauge.
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4 Ways to Carve Out Writing Time During a Crazy-Busy Life - Parade

4 Ways to Carve Out Writing Time During a Crazy-Busy Life - Parade | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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A reader of last week's post left a comment on my Facebook page.
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How to Stop the Psychodramas and Get Your Writing Done

How to Stop the Psychodramas and Get Your Writing Done | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Are your moods -- or your life -- keeping you from succeeding as a freelance writer? Here's the key to getting the writing done no matter what.
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World Building Tips and Tricks - Writing Gears

World Building Tips and Tricks - Writing Gears | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
As a reader, one of my favorite things is entering a new world that feels like it existed, in all of its glorious complexities, far before I opened the book housing it. I feel like a discoverer of a lost or hidden world.
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Five Common Problems I See In Your Stories

Five Common Problems I See In Your Stories | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
This past weekend, I served as faculty at the wonderful Pike's Peak Writing Conference in lovely Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, my first job on the first day of the conference was to take part ...
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Writing Pitfalls: Dialogue | The Mad Reviewer

Writing Pitfalls: Dialogue | The Mad Reviewer | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
... to be a writer or even an expert on books in general, but I know what I like as a reader and what other people like to read in general. That's why I'm writing this 10 part series to help writers, especially self-published writers, ...
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Writing retreats in Spain | Write and publish your book with The Word Alchemist

Writing retreats in Spain | Write and publish your book with The Word Alchemist | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Writing retreat in Spain A writing workshop in Spain is like no other experience. Imagine waking to pure peace, watching the sun rise over the hills, drinking in the warmth of a new day.
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For writing non-fiction, but may be interesting

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St. Louis is the Best City in the U.S. for Writers: Report - Riverfront Times (blog)

St. Louis is the Best City in the U.S. for Writers: Report - Riverfront Times (blog) | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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'Game Of Thrones' Creator George RR Martin Shares His Creative Process - Business Insider

'Game Of Thrones' Creator George RR Martin Shares His Creative Process - Business Insider | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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'Game Of Thrones' Creator George RR Martin Shares His Creative Process
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Apple, again, provides a killer example. The iPod wasn't the first mp3 player; it was just the most beautiful one.
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Three Ways to Use Dialogue to NAIL Great Characters | Ninie Hammon

Three Ways to Use Dialogue to NAIL Great Characters | Ninie Hammon | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Dialogue is one of the most powerful tools a writer can use to create unforgettable characters. What characters say follows the show-don't-tell principle of good writing.
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Hilary Davidson: Sorry, but social media will not sell your book

Hilary Davidson: Sorry, but social media will not sell your book | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
At each writers’ conference, the same question comes up: "How do I use social media to sell my book?" When I answer, I make people sad.
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A Writer's Sketchbook

A Writer's Sketchbook | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Once upon a time I took an art class in the hope of giving my stick figures some life. 

Despite the best efforts of my talented teacher, my stick figures remained rather flat, but what I remember...
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When Flaws Go Too Far: Avoiding Unlikeable Characters | WritersDigest.com

When Flaws Go Too Far: Avoiding Unlikeable Characters | WritersDigest.com | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Here are a few tips to make sure you don’t go overboard with negative personality traits.
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10 Can't Miss, Surefire Secrets Of Torturing Fictional People

10 Can't Miss, Surefire Secrets Of Torturing Fictional People | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Everybody loves a sadist. At least, when it comes to storytelling. The more pain and misery a writer puts her or his characters through, the more we adore it. But how can you torment your characters without going too far, or falling flat? Here are 10 killer rules for how to bring the pain.
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Are Your Characters Fighting Obstacles or Each Other?

Are Your Characters Fighting Obstacles or Each Other? | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Maybe I'm just a team player at heart, but I prefer a group of characters who work together to overcome problems. That “us against the world” attitude that makes me want to cheer for them and I can't wait to see how they deal ...
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Step into Storyboard Cafe, a new community connecting readers and writers online - ChicagoNow (blog)

Step into Storyboard Cafe, a new community connecting readers and writers online - ChicagoNow (blog) | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Step into Storyboard Cafe, a new community connecting readers and writers online ChicagoNow (blog) Move over, Goodreads: today marks the launch of Storyboard Cafe, a new Chicago-based online community for readers and writers that aims to improve on...
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Don’t Make These Four Mistakes When You Name Your Characters | Ninie Hammon

Don’t Make These Four Mistakes When You Name Your Characters | Ninie Hammon | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Names matter. Fictional characters must have distinctive names that are appropriate to the culture, not repetitive, and varied in structure.
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4 Levels of Editing Explained: Which Service Does Your Book Need ...

4 Levels of Editing Explained: Which Service Does Your Book Need ... | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
During an initial scan of the text, she notices a few trouble spots — for example, the plot is lost in large sections of background information and the characters are difficult to distinguish from one another.
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Where are all the heroines in YA fiction? - The Guardian

Where are all the heroines in YA fiction? - The Guardian | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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Where are all the heroines in YA fiction?
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When you look at teenage fiction, it does seem true that virtually all female protagonists have to be involved in some kind of romance.
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How To Create Fictional Characters, Part 2

How To Create Fictional Characters, Part 2 | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
This is the second in a series on creating fictional characters.  Part 1 covered an overview. You can download the full template as a Word doc or a PDF. Personal Life General History Family & U...
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Every review of Black Widow in 'Captain America' is wrong

Every review of Black Widow in 'Captain America' is wrong | Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Black Widow isn't the stereotype you've been told she is.
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