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Writing A Book: Revision - Udemy

Writing A Book: Revision - Udemy | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
Learn how to take your first draft to a complete story that is ready for critique and how to deal with the feedback.
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Starting the Story "In the Action"---Understanding "In Medias Res"

Starting the Story "In the Action"---Understanding "In Medias Res" | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
These days, especially when readers are deluged with choices, our sample pages are more vital then ever. We need to get right into the heart of the action from the get-go. But if “the heart of the ...
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This is a great explanation of the meaning of 'start in the action'.

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The saga of Elizabeth and romance | episode 2 » P. A. Wilson

The saga of Elizabeth and romance | episode 2 » P. A. Wilson | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
This is the romance story of a woman who is on the edge of declaring celibacy and cat ownership.
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Taking on a new challenge is sometimes about being brave.

 

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Trying a new way to tell stories.

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NaNoWriMo | haters beware of the fans » P. A. Wilson

NaNoWriMo | haters beware of the fans » P. A. Wilson | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
It''s that time of year again. National Novel Writing Month is around the corner and the hater posts have started. NaNoWriMo is about writing, that's it.
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I'm always amazed at the energy and excitement that fills the atmosphere when NaNoWriMo comes around.

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Creating tension in fiction | 2 tips for revision » P. A. Wilson

Creating tension in fiction | 2 tips for revision » P. A. Wilson | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
Creating tension in fiction is important no matter the genre. Tension keeps your reader turning the page. The revision stage is when you perfect it.
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No matter what the genre, fiction needs tension so that the reader will turn the page. Here are a couple of tips on how to deal with tension.

 

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How to write a book critique » P. A. Wilson

How to write a book critique » P. A. Wilson | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
When you trade critique services with another author, you learn about your own writing too. The key is knowing how to write a book critique.
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Giving a good critique of other writers' work is almost as useful as getting a critique of your own. Honing your analysis skills will help you see your own quirks.

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Editorial services | what to look for when you buy expertise

Editorial services | what to look for when you buy expertise | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
The self publishing industry is rife with people who offer services to improve your book. Editorial services are expensive. Make sure you get what you need.
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Confused about  all the services available to self-published authors? Here's some advice on what you might need.

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3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination

3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
What does it take to be a successful writer?  As I have reflected on my own journey, I am going to share with you 3 keys to writing success.   I would love to hear your keys to success as well in t...
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procrastination can be the author's worst enemy.

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Grammar, is it more important to be correct than be understood?

Grammar, is it more important to be correct than be understood? | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
This video from Stephen Fry came to my attention this week. The question of correctness in grammar is always hot in the author world. What do you think?
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Stephen Fry is right on the ball.

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Villains, those we love, those we hate, and those we feel sorry for

Villains, those we love, those we hate, and those we feel sorry for | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
Villains drive the story. Without someone in the way, the hero has no challenges. Without challenges there is no story. Why do we love some of our villains?
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It's more fun to play the villain, and for me more fun to create them. Fully rounded villains make for a great story.

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Why Traditional Publishing Will Fail (And What They Could Do About It) - The Raynfall Agency

Why Traditional Publishing Will Fail (And What They Could Do About It) - The Raynfall Agency | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
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A great article about the future of traditional publishing.

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Ebook availability, does wide make sense

Ebook availability, does wide make sense | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
As an author ebook availability means my readers need to be able to get their books from many sites. Why I keep my books for sale at unpopular sites.
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Limiting your reader access to your books may save you time, but it's not helping the readers.

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Self Publishing, the freedom and responsibility

Self Publishing, the freedom and responsibility | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
Self publishing is an interesting journey. When you have full control of your work, you are also fully responsible for the quality of the book.
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Being independent is less about belonging to a group than it is about belonging to the right group.

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My new book covers! Here’s why and how to revamp your book cover… | 30 Day Books

My new book covers! Here’s why and how to revamp your book cover… | 30 Day Books | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
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I checked out this site and found it easy to use and not expensive.

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Creativity is not just about artistry | Ideas that work » P. A. Wilson

Creativity is not just about artistry | Ideas that work » P. A. Wilson | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
Creativity touches everything. There is little in life that can't be improved with a little effort. Read on to learn about turning ideas into action.
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Ideas bombard us from all sides. Sorting the good ones from the distractions is the first step on the journey to turning ideas into action.

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13 Great Storytelling Techniques: How to Construct a Winning Story

13 Great Storytelling Techniques: How to Construct a Winning Story | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
13 Great Storytelling Techniques: How to construct a winning story and the value of storytelling
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Here's a list of great writing courses on Udemy. The links give you a discount on the course registration fee if you are planning to enroll.

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Here is a list of great writing tips for any writer. 

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How to write a story | three tips to get you started as an author

How to write a story | three tips to get you started as an author | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
When it comes to knowing how to write a story, I believe it's all about how to start. Here are three tips you can use even if you have no ideas.
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Want to write a story, but don't know how to get started? Try these 3 tips.

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How to write a novel with great characters » P. A. Wilson

How to write a novel with great characters » P. A. Wilson | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
Tips on how to write a novel with great characters can get you bogged down in details. Try these tips to tweak your characters when they need help.
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Ever read a book that had great characters? It's important that your characters are strong enough to carry the story. Here are a few tips on how to write a novel with great characters.

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Self Publishing - is it for me? » P. A. Wilson

Self Publishing - is it for me? » P. A. Wilson | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
When you decide to write the book that you feel inside,you need to decide on your publishing path. Self publishing or traditional each has pros and cons.
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When you have your book ready to publish, are you ready to self publish? A few tips for answering that question.

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Manuscript review, the second step in creating a novel » P. A. Wilson

Manuscript review, the second step in creating a novel » P. A. Wilson | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
After the first draft is complete, it's time to conduct a manuscript review. Here are some tips on how to get started.
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When it comes to creating a book for publication. Writing the first draft might be the easiest part. A few tips on revision

 

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Character Arcs—Or, Where Were You Going With That Series?

Character Arcs—Or, Where Were You Going With That Series? | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
What happens when you write a book and either people like the characters so much they ask you to continue writing about them, or the story's too big for just on (How do you handle character arc across an entire series?
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Another great article. Yes, it's hard sometimes to keep track of a multi-book series. Here are some ideas.

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Flogging the Quill: More What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel

Flogging the Quill: More What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
A couple of months back I posted excerpts from Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest post on Writer Unboxed titled What NOT to Do When Beginning Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents. Here are a few more points on opening chapters....
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These are great tips for beginner writers.

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Unlikeable characters how they carry the story

Unlikeable characters how they carry the story | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
Unlikeable characters can carry a story better than a likeable character. There's something about following them through the story that interests.
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There is a real difference between an unlikeable character you can relate to and one who simply is too different to connect to.

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Caper stories entertain us by showing then hiding

Caper stories entertain us by showing then hiding | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
Caper stories are fun entertainment. The Danny Ocean franchise does it well because they show us everything and then still fool us with the action.
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Caper stories are great in the way they tell us exactly what is going to happen, but still entertain us.

 

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Piracy, books and music and movies do we fight?

Piracy, books and music and movies do we fight? | Writing tips from the experts | Scoop.it
Over at The Raynfall Agency, Claire posted an article on piracy that is worth a read. I have a conflict between my belief about piracy and my actions.
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No matter what you tink about book piracy, your actions need to be about producing books, not fighting piracy.

 

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