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Jeff Baker: Portland writer Brian Doyle has four books coming in the next 12 months

Jeff Baker: Portland writer Brian Doyle has four books coming in the next 12 months | Writing | Scoop.it
Doyle has three books coming out this year and three more in 2014.
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I have heard Brian Doyle speak several times, read most of his books and perused his essays and poems. I can tell you he is an inspiring human being, not just a fine writer.

He will be our guest at the Wildfire Wednesday readings, Cascade Park Library on October 30.

If you are in the Portland/Vancouver area you will NOT want to miss it.

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▶ Willamette Writers 2014 Presenter Interview Series: Christi Krug - YouTube

Christi Krug tells us who she is, what she'll talk about at the con and why she's awesome. #Willwrite14
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Thoughts on procrastination, and a sneak preview of the upcoming workshop at the Willamette Writers Conference 2014.

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Iconic Books That Almost Didn't Get Published

Iconic Books That Almost Didn't Get Published | Writing | Scoop.it
It's hard to imagine a world without Harry Potter, Peter Rabbit, and Anne Frank, but these stories almost didn't see the light of day!
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Sheer, dogged, unflagging, persistence is how these authors brought their books to us!
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» Twelve Famous Authors Who Didn’t Get Published Until Their Fifties (Or Older)

» Twelve Famous Authors Who Didn’t Get Published Until Their Fifties (Or Older) | Writing | Scoop.it
Often people tell me they are too old to become a writer. Sometimes these people are in their thirties or forties, sometimes they are in their fifties and sixties. But the fact remains the same, no matter how old you are, you are not to0 old to become a writer.
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You are not too old! It is not too late! Read how these authors weren't halted by age.
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11 Writers Who Started Late

11 Writers Who Started Late | Writing | Scoop.it
Forget “under 30” or even “under 40” lists. Some of the world's most celebrated writers didn’t hit their literary stride until their mid-forties or later.
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Don't despair if you didn't start writing until 40 . . . 50 . . . or 60. Relax, you've got lots of time!
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Obscurity, Clarity, & Trying to Mean | Creative Writing

Obscurity, Clarity, & Trying to Mean | Creative Writing | Writing | Scoop.it
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Good thoughts on finding the balance between accessibility and obscurity.
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David Whyte on Vulnerability, Presence, and How We Enlarge Ourselves by Surrendering to the Uncontrollable

David Whyte on Vulnerability, Presence, and How We Enlarge Ourselves by Surrendering to the Uncontrollable | Writing | Scoop.it
The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability
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I once thought my life was to be about strength, success, and accomplishment. Now I see it is all about vulnerability, presence, and surrender. I'm grateful to the wisdom that enables this transformation - the wisdom of the poets.
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BBC - Seriously...10 Women Who Changed Sci-Fi

BBC - Seriously...10 Women Who Changed Sci-Fi | Writing | Scoop.it
Profiling some of the finest female science fiction authors.

Via Sharon Bakar
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John Steinbeck's 6 Writing Tips

John Steinbeck's 6 Writing Tips | Writing | Scoop.it
We've talked about the writing rules of famous authors on this blog before. Most of you know about Jonathan Franzen's 10 rules, but we've also looked at the writing guidelines of George Orwell and Margaret Atwood. Today, let's take a look at John Steinbeck's 6 writing rules, published recently by The Paris Review: Abandon the…
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Rule number one: "Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish."

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Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary | Writing | Scoop.it
Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Plath, and more.

"You want to write, you
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You'll never know just how journaling can enrich your life until you write yourself into a state of freedom.

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Submit Like A Man: How Women Writers Can Become More Successful — Medium

Submit Like A Man: How Women Writers Can Become More Successful — Medium | Writing | Scoop.it
For six years, I worked as Co-Editor-in-Chief at a small literary journal in the Northwest, Crab Creek Review.
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Most excellent points on persistence in submitting - whether you see this as a "man trait" or not.

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A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate - The New Yorker

A Better Way to Think About the Genre Debate - The New Yorker | Writing | Scoop.it
The distinction between literary fiction and genre fiction is neither contemporary nor ageless. It bears the stamp of a unique time in literary history.
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Lovely insights on the history of the split between "literary" and "genre" fiction.

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The Palindrome Game of the Enigma Codebreakers : Word Count : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

The Palindrome Game of the Enigma Codebreakers : Word Count : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus | Writing | Scoop.it
Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus: Word Count - The critically lauded film The Imitation Game just won an Oscar for Graham Moore's screenplay, adapted from Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. Crosswords play an important role in the story of the World War II codebreakers, but it turns out they also mastered the art of the palindrome. Palindromist Magazine editor Mark Saltveit reveals a long-hidden chapter of wordplay history.
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"Doc note: I dissent. A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod." Discover the origin of this gem and the connection to Alan Turing.

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5 Routines To Clear Mental Clutter

5 Routines To Clear Mental Clutter | Writing | Scoop.it

"Year after year, people complain of being more overwhelmed than they were the year before,”

 

"Endless distractions are leading us to ruin our health. But giving your mind time to "rest and digest" can reverse the damage."


Via craig daniels
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"Creating time for unconscious thought" is especially important for creative people. If you're not feeling creative lately,  you could be short on this.

craig daniels's curator insight, November 16, 2014 3:03 PM

It may seems counter-intuitive but turning off the noise and tuning your focus can aid in getting more done...

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What Is The Morning Writing Effect? · Gwern.net

What Is The Morning Writing Effect? · Gwern.net | Writing | Scoop.it
Many writers anecdotally report they write best first thing early in the morning, apparently even if they are not morning people. Do they, and why?
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I've always functioned more creatively early in the morning - even though it's often been difficult for me to rise early. These findings gave me much to think about!
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10 Youngest Authors in History

10 Youngest Authors in History | Writing | Scoop.it
You may have heard of Christopher Paolini, who started his bestselling fantasy series, Inheritance, when he was 15. But when we went looking for the youngest authors ever, we found some astonishing younger examples. We’ve restricted this list to traditionally published novels for simplicity, and while it’s near-impossible not to miss someone, we think the authors we did find are pretty amazing. 10. Flavia Bujor Flavia Bujor wrote her first book when she was 12 and published it with HarperCollins when she was 14. The Prophecy of the Stones is about three teenage girls who come together to fulfill an ancient prophecy, while
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Nope, you're not too young, either!
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10 Famous Authors Who Never Graduated from College - Paste

10 Famous Authors Who Never Graduated from College - Paste | Writing | Scoop.it
An elite, university education seems the surest route to a prestigious career these days. But you might be surprised to find out how many authors made names for themselves without finishing -- or, in some cases, ever attending -- college.
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Academically disadvantaged? These writers didn't let the lack of a degree stop them!
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“The Dactyl Poem” by Allan Wolf

“The Dactyl Poem” by Allan Wolf | Writing | Scoop.it
Allan Wolf performs his work

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He juggles while reciting his Dactyl poem!
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Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies | Writing | Scoop.it
A guide for the perplexed
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If you aren't sure where to begin, some thoughts... 
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To Become a Better Writer, Be a Frequent Walker

To Become a Better Writer, Be a Frequent Walker | Writing | Scoop.it
Novelists and poets have long held that walking and writing are closely connected. Now there’s research to back up that claim.
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I love combining writing in my mind with the movement of my feet. Research validates my habit.
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Top 4 Best Practices For Writing Great Book Blurbs

Top 4 Best Practices For Writing Great Book Blurbs | Writing | Scoop.it

Your blurb has to sell your digital book for you. When you sell your book online...


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro, Sharon Bakar
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For those with a self-published book in mind . . . .

Sharon Bakar's curator insight, November 24, 2014 9:33 PM

Very good advice on how to blurb a book.

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How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known

How Walking Fosters Creativity: Stanford Researchers Confirm What Philosophers and Writers Have Always Known | Writing | Scoop.it
all truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
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There's a method to my walking madness.

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6 Tips on What to Do with Those Great Writing Ideas | Live Write Thrive

6 Tips on What to Do with Those Great Writing Ideas | Live Write Thrive | Writing | Scoop.it
Insights, inspiration, and practical advice for writers
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Some thoughts on what to do first, how to approach getting organized, and some organizing principles . . .

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Judy Blume: ‘I buried this story for 40-something years’

Judy Blume: ‘I buried this story for 40-something years’ | Writing | Scoop.it
The wildly prolific and popular American author has resurrected terrifying childhood memories for her latest novel for adults
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Judy Blume talks about what writing has meant to her, and about unearthing the childhood tragedy that lead to her most recent novel.

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Emily Dickinson Attends a Writing Workshop - Aerogramme Writers' Studio

Emily Dickinson Attends a Writing Workshop - Aerogramme Writers' Studio | Writing | Scoop.it
This unique work by Jayne Relaford Brown is from Visiting Emily: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Emily Dickinson. Image via Lit-Hum.    Follow @A_WritersStudio You Might Also Enjoy:David Sedaris – What’s Funny About America (video)On Treating Writing as a Form of PlayHow Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain?Meg Rosoff: How to …
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Every writing workshop participant - and instructor - should see Emily Dickinson's "manuscript feedback"!

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Kindling: Being Authentic: A Story from Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Kindling: Being Authentic: A Story from Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike | Writing | Scoop.it
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"The person you like is not really me." --Sonia

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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 131, Grace Paley

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 131, Grace Paley | Writing | Scoop.it
“There were two husbands disappointed by eggs,”
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I especially love how she hears a sentence and starts a story.

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