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I sifted through this piece from hootsuite and I’m highlighting a few from its list.
The writer, Todd Clarke, caps the list with the following hashtags readers/writers can follow.
Hope you find some value here!
Lift that pen and go!
The latest from Jon Winokur’s Advice to Writers blog. Also, excerpted in The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing
The most important thing is you can’t write what you wouldn’t read for pleasure. It’s a mistake to analyze the market thinking you can write whatever is hot. You can’t say you’re going to write romance when you don’t even like it. You need to write what you would read if you expect anybody else to read it. And you have to be driven. You have to have the three D’s: drive, discipline and desire. If you’re missing any one of those three, you can have all the talent in the world, but it’s going to be really hard to get anything done. — Nora Roberts
I’m currently taking the non-fiction course offered by scribewriting.com. With a number of resources and ample instructor expertise, the logical and methodical approach been very helpful in addressing audience and outlining the larger project. [Tomorrow, we will cover more of the actual writing of the book and on Friday, they are offering a Q. and A. session that will last at least an hour.]
These same folks will be teaching a free course on memoir next week.
Follow this link to sign up: https://scribewriting.com/bookschool/
Just thought I would pass along the info for those considering a new non-fiction project.
Thanks to Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings for this excellent page that includes Miller’s ‘daily program’.
- Work on one thing at a time until finished.
- Don’t be nervous. Work calmly, joyously, recklessly on whatever is in hand.
- Forget the books you want to write. Think only of the book you are writing.
This 21 Authors Share One Piece of Advice for Writers post by Robert Lee Brewer from Writer’s Digest could easily be a springboard for 21 separate posts. The word cloud above offers a few items from the article. Take a look.
Austin Kleon encourages us to be attentive and diligent in writing down all our thoughts and sift through them for later exploration.
How about ratcheting up your powers of attentiveness?
Here are a few ideas from Cris Freese in this Writer’s Digest article.
Reminder: Simply restricting one or more of the five senses will heighten the others. [Try closing your eyes while eating. You will most likely hear your chewing more distinctly and I’ve found more flavors are pronounced. But hey, maybe that’s just me. But really, try it.]
Back to ‘curation’ mode…
I’m not an avid user of Pinterest, but when I do sit down with it, well, it really is a gold mine of links and information.
Here are a few Pinterest-gleaned items that might interest you:
1. A Writer’s Manifesto
2. 101 Best Websites for Writers [I clicked the link which sent me to a page that offered a link to this valuable PDF.]
3. 10 Great Podcasts for Writers
4. The Super-Secret Way to Create Suspense in Your Story
Who can blame you?
Who are these people and why are they allowed to publish this drivel? It has to stop!
In the meantime, just to add to the confusion, take a look at what Susie Orman Schnall says in Writer’s Digest about balancing work and life. Pay particular attention to tip #4.
“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King
“Style is to forget all styles.”
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.”
Credit to: writersdigest.com
Take ten minutes and write a short review of your current finished, or nearly finished, project.
In a way, you’ll be taking a close-up view…but from a distance, that of an ‘objective’ reader. Yes, kind of a paradox, isn’t it?