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Under no circumstances write (merely) what you know

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Is the age-old adage of ‘Write what you know’ really the best advice to give to new writers? Author and editor Siobhán Parkinson shares her thoughts.   Let’s say your name is Amy and you have lived in a three-bedroomed semi-detached house in a nice estate on the outskirts of a medium-sized town in the Continue Reading →
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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

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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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The Case Against Italicizing “Foreign” Words 

The Case Against Italicizing “Foreign” Words  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Khairani Barokka explains why the practice of italicizing non-English words is a form of linguistic gatekeeping.
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Confront your fears … and four other ways to stop procrastinating 

Confront your fears … and four other ways to stop procrastinating  | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Address your perfectionism, make a small starting step and break the cycle that is holding you back
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Fragmented Narratives Are Broken, Independent, and Honest  

Fragmented Narratives Are Broken, Independent, and Honest   | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Before I was a writer, before I stared at an unfonted screen, before I grew to like/then hate/then like again the blue bubbles of track changes, before I became an expert in online faffing when I h…
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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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How to Write an Ending that is Surprising Yet Inevitable

How to Write an Ending that is Surprising Yet Inevitable | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Welcome to Read Like a Writer, a new series that examines a different element of the craft of fiction writing in each installment, using examples from the Recommended Reading archives. Each month, the editors of Recommended Reading—Halimah Marcus, Brandon Taylor, and Erin Bartnett—will select a few stories that illustrate a specific technique, style, or writing …
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‘Write It Down’: Historian Suggests Keeping a Record of Life During Pandemic

‘Write It Down’: Historian Suggests Keeping a Record of Life During Pandemic | Creative Writers | Scoop.it
Tico Braun offers many suggestions to create a record of what’s happening – for the sake of history and to be part of a different kind of community.
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