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Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience. Whenever I start talking about the importance of revising our writing with my classes, I show them this photograph: an over-the-shoulder shot of Barack Obama holding a copy of his Inaugural Address from 2013.

Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience

It's a printed page covered with his handwritten edits. Words are crossed out, arrows go every which way, and there are notes everywhere. My point in showing this to students has always been: "Look how important revision is -- even the President of the United States takes the time to work on writing revision! " However, I used to overlook one key question when discussing the photograph with students: "Why did Mr. Obama care enough to revise his speech so much? " Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas.

The cold equations of “realism,” some claim, suggest there is little scope for women taking an active and interesting role in epic stories set in fantasy worlds based in a pre-modern era.

Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas

Women’s lives in the past were limited, constrained, and passive, they say. To include multiple female characters in dynamic roles is to be in thrall to quotas, anachronisms, Political Correctness, and the sad spectacle and dread hyenas of wish-fulfillment. The Brand as Publisher Masterplan - Reinventing Content Marketing for the Next Decade. [Estimated read time: 20 minutes] Introduction and background The how-to process Setting up your team Free downloads and help guide Content marketing has an image problem.

The Brand as Publisher Masterplan - Reinventing Content Marketing for the Next Decade

Camp NaNoWriMo. Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas. Learning Center. Buffer Sign In or Sign Up twitter Sign in with Twitter facebook Sign in with Facebook linkedin Sign in with LinkedIn or Forgot password?

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Master Social Media Marketing. Collect and Share What You Love with Reader Lists. Blogging isn’t just about publishing your own posts — it’s also about reading and exploring what the community has to offer.

Collect and Share What You Love with Reader Lists

But with millions of bloggers around the world, there’s so much to explore. In your WordPress.com Reader, you can follow blogs, explore tags, and see what’s new here at Discover. The Freelancers’ Roundtable. Eva Holland | Longreads |February 2016 | 25 minutes (6,339 words) There’s been more talk than usual lately about the state of freelance writing.

The Freelancers’ Roundtable

There are increasing numbers of tools for freelancers: among them, the various incarnations of “Yelp for Journalists.” There’s advice floating around; there are Facebook support groups. Share Weekly Finds – Blogging Event. This event focuses on sharing with others anything worth sharing!

Share Weekly Finds – Blogging Event

In other terms, this is basically a weekly event wherein you can share with the world anything and everything new and exciting which you found/did/saw/read in the previous week. It could be anything – new books, movies, blogs, maybe a recipe, or something new you’ve started doing and enjoying! What’s the point of the event? Blogging University. Upcoming Courses Writing 201: Finding Your Story February 1 – 26, 2016.

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November 2015: All of My NaNoWordSprints Prompts. Yeah, November was crazy.

November 2015: All of My NaNoWordSprints Prompts

There was a lot of things I did, but most of the documentation on this blog fell to the wayside in favor of getting other things done. Du leidest unter Schreibblockade? So lässt du den Knoten platzen. Polishing a Novel. Writing dual narratives. Gone Girl, How to be Both, Instructions for a Heatwave: everyone’s at it - using dual or multiple narratives to interweave two or more stories often from different time periods.

Writing dual narratives

Less common are books that use a dual narrative from the point of view of the same character. In Our Endless Numbered Days, the narrator, Peggy Hillcoat, starts telling her story in her present day – 1985 – and then goes back to 1976 to when she was eight. The chapters mostly alternate between one November day in 1985 and the time period from 1976 onwards, until the end of the novel when the two strands collide. Ten Eleven Ideas for Revising a Novel. Photo courtesy of Unsplash.com A couple of months ago I wrote a post about how get the first draft of a novel completed, and now I’m writing about how I and some other writers go about revising that draft.

I’m talking about working on the big changes – those whopping great plot holes or characters that disappear half-way through. How to Catch Up On Your Word Count This Weekend. How to Catch Up On Your Word Count This Weekend | NaNo Talk 2015 Posted by Meg on November 12, 2015 · 1 Comment Week Two is quickly coming to a close, and something’s not quite right. Your word count. That bar’s just a little below where it should be by now, and honestly, you’re not quite sure what happened. Every day you’ve vowed to crank out 1,667, but “I’ll write a little more tomorrow to make up for only writing a little today” seems to be the pattern your brain and body have preferred instead. The good news is, the end of Week Two also means the weekend is almost here. Fighter's Block! Sarah Ockler. Sarah’s Favorite Books for Writers (Amazon Store) Here are some of the most common questions people have asked me about writing. Got a question that’s not answered here? Ask me! Where do you get ideas?

Creating Conflict in Fiction: Only Trouble Is Interesting. “Conflict is the first encountered and the fundamental element of fiction, necessary because in literature, only trouble is interesting.” —Janet Burroway, WRITING FICTION In fiction, as in life, trouble comes in many forms. Confrontation. Impossible decisions. First drafting: Now 96% faster! The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar. Five Foundations of World-building. As a writer of fantasy and science fiction, I’m often asked for my tips on world-building. 4 Questions to Ask About Your Supporting... 4 Questions to Ask About Your Supporting Characters All through National Novel Writing Month, published authors will take the whistle, take over our official Twitter account for a week, and act as your NaNo Coach, offering advice, encouragement, and pep. Worldbuilding: 3 Mottos to Fuel Your Creation. Character Café: The Character-Creating Power of...

Like the main event itself, NaNo Prep is always better with an incredible writing community around you. Re: Plotting Workshop - October 11, 1pm. Writing techniques - #1 How to start writing a book when you have no ideas - Fiction by C. S. Pacat. Gift #5 and the first in a series of fortnightly posts about writing techniques! How I use a mind map to build stories — Iain Broome. Guest post by Paul Donovan Campos. A mind map is a means to visually represent ideas and their relationship to one another. South Park Writers Share Their Writing Rule #1 - AFW. Your NaNoWriMo Tuneup. The leaves are changing in the northeast and there's a chill in the air. It can only mean one thing: You are about to devote yourself to the greatest writing fest ever scheduled during a month when you are also supposed to spend time with loved ones and eat turkey. Yes indeed, National Novel Writing Month is nearly upon us once again!

NaNo Coach: 7 Essential Questions for Your... All through National Novel Writing Month, published authors will take the whistle, take over our official Twitter account for a week, and act as your NaNo Coach, offering advice, encouragement, and pep. NaNoWriMo 2015 Word Counting Calendar - Dave Seah. Customizable Tracking Spreadsheet.