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Place & Location

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Location – notes Much as a place can elicit the greatest mystery and contemplation, or even dread and anxiety, place prompts story-telling. Location can be the empty white space that demands meanin...
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Tenses in fiction writing: Present, past, past perfect and habitual past

Tenses in fiction writing: Present, past, past perfect and habitual past | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
You have a choice when it comes to tense in your fiction’s narrative. Here’s an overview of the tenses you’ll most likely be working with, and some guidance on the benefits and challenges of each.
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 Using Hybrid Genres in Your Writing

 Using Hybrid Genres in Your Writing | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

"Hybrid-genre writing, at its best, can catch its readers with their guard down. While we expect to see controversies arise and watch characters develop in traditional literary forms, we don’t expect to see the same happen in a short text conversation or a strategy guide. When a writer working in a hybrid genre balances a simple, well-told story (or in some cases a quick, well-articulated point) with the strangeness of working in a new form, they can create a unique tension uncommon in conventional writing."

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 Writing magical realism: The ultimate guide

 Writing magical realism: The ultimate guide | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

How modern writers seamlessly blend fantasy with reality.

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A Writing-Exercise Grab Bag - Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts

A Writing-Exercise Grab Bag - Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
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A Close Reading of the Best Opening Paragraph of All Time  

A Close Reading of the Best Opening Paragraph of All Time   | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
One hundred and one years ago today, Shirley Jackson was born. During her lifetime, she wrote “The Lottery,” and The Haunting of Hill House, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, the …
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The POV and Tense of Your Story: How It Affects Tension, Flow and Style

Writers sometimes agonize over whether to tell their stories in first person or third person, past or present tense. These decisions affect the obvious. This includes the way first person can limit…
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How to Write a Compelling Memoir (and Stay Sane in the Process)

How to Write a Compelling Memoir (and Stay Sane in the Process) | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
In this post, Tanja Pajevic shares how to write a compelling memoir and stay sane in the process. In this post, she describes nine tips, including clarifying your scope, how to correct course as you go, and more.
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WRITERS DON'T PLOT YOUR NOVEL  

WRITERS DON'T PLOT YOUR NOVEL   | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Paul Kingsnorth describes his writing process and argues that a story is a living thing that finds the right writer to tell it: don't plot your novel.
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Lydia Davis: Ten of My Recommendations for Good Writing Habits 

Lydia Davis: Ten of My Recommendations for Good Writing Habits  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Adapted from the essay “Thirty Recommendations for Good Writing Habits” in Essays One. * The following are just my personal pieces of advice. They won’t be the same as someone else’s, and they may …
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The naked truth: how to write a memoir 

The naked truth: how to write a memoir  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
When writing your life story you need to be candid, authentic and artful says Blake Morrison - but don’t forget the jokes
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What's Needed is Magic: Writing Advice from Haruki Murakami 

What's Needed is Magic: Writing Advice from Haruki Murakami  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
If you can believe it, Japanese novelist, talking cat enthusiast, and weird ear chronicler Haruki Murakami turned 70 years old this weekend. 70! But I suppose we should believe it, despite the yout…
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The 50 Best Writing Websites of 2020: For All Your Writing Needs

The 50 Best Writing Websites of 2020: For All Your Writing Needs | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Feeling lost on your writing journey? We've got you covered with the 50 best writing websites of 2020 full of advice, information, and support.
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Essential Character Development Questions: 3 Questions to Ask Every Character You Write

Essential Character Development Questions: 3 Questions to Ask Every Character You Write | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles (second here) on the fundamentals of character development written for Writers.com by our instructor Gloria Kempton, in support of a full character development course she’s developing. In this article, Gloria covers the three essential questions you should ask each character you write. There are three questions …
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Sure, Plot is Good, But Have You Tried Talking About Story Shape? | Literary Hub

Sure, Plot is Good, But Have You Tried Talking About Story Shape? | Literary Hub | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
I have a problem with plot. The problem is not with the craft concept that is “plot.” The problem is with me. Whenever I’ve tried to apply “plot” to my writing process, I can’t get it to do what a …
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Maybe the Secret to Writing is Not Writing?  

Maybe the Secret to Writing is Not Writing?   | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
For almost two years after my first book was published, I did not write a single new thing—not an essay, a story, a chapter, an ode, an elegy, nor even a monostich. There were reasons. I was grievi…
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Writing about our mothers is a hellish assignment. How to? Here's how.

Writing about our mothers is a hellish assignment. How to? Here's how. | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Writing about our mothers can cause a good memoir writer to stop writing. Don't stop. Listen up and learn how with Elissa Altman on the QWERTY podcast.
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The Stories WeTell

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Booker 2019 winner talks about her own journey to becoming an author. I like this:

 

"I have seen aspiring writers defeated by a rejection that is inevitable for most of us at stages in our writing careers. Either you are crushed by it and stop writing, or it deepens your resolve to improve your skills and stories and get your work out there. Resilience is one of the most important qualities for a writer because it means that you will develop the inner resources to keep going through all the challenges life has to throw at you, and a life in the arts can be rocky, to say the least. Instant success doesn’t prepare people for the obstacles ahead. You only you know the extent of your resilience when it is tested, when your dreams and plans are thwarted and you still resolutely refuse to give up."

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Tessa Hadley Masterclass: One Matchbox, Twenty Writers, A Single Story

Tessa Hadley Masterclass: One Matchbox, Twenty Writers, A Single Story | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

A lovely piece about including details to bring your writing to life. Try looking at things closely and getting that down on the page.

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Mistakes Writers Make When Submitting to Literary Magazines

Mistakes Writers Make When Submitting to Literary Magazines | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
In this guest post Eva Langston from Carve Magazine shares ten of the most common mistakes writers make when submitting their work. 1. Not reading literary magazines This seems obvious, but if you want to…
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Neil Gaiman Talks Dreamily About Fountain Pens, Notebooks & His Writing Process in His Long Interview with Tim Ferriss

Neil Gaiman Talks Dreamily About Fountain Pens, Notebooks & His Writing Process in His Long Interview with Tim Ferriss | Creative Writers | Scoop.it

Last February, Neil Gaiman sat down for a 90-minute interview with author, entrepreneur and podcaster Tim Ferriss.
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How Non-Chronological Writing Can Create Character Empathy

Have you read a book that jumped around chronologically, but was so well done that you read it in one sitting? Think The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger or Truly Madly Guilty by Liane…
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Overcoming Writing Anxiety

Overcoming Writing Anxiety | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Editor’s Note: In this article, instructor Dennis Foley gives his best tips and perspectives on overcoming writing anxiety. His advice is geared toward novelists, but is equally valuable for any form of creative writing. We’ve all been there. Writer anxiety Yep, at some point in the process of writing a novel, you will suddenly be …
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