Productivity vs. Getting Things Done This post originally appeared on the Exist blog. I’ve been a sucker for so-called “productivity porn” for a while. I still am, to some degree, but I’ve been working hard to cure myself of this time-wasting habit and I’m getting a lot closer to that. 15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad Creating books on the iPad doesn’t seem like the first thing you might do with one of the popular little tablets, but it’s really quite capable of doing so provided you’re not trying to write the next great novel. We’ve written about 3 apps to reate books on the iPad in the past, but the following listly by Meg Wilson goes further, including 15 apps to do so. The artful collision of technology, learning, and literacy is an idea promoted in the Common Core Standards, which is likely your rule book if you teach K-12 in an American public school.
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How to Weave Story Elements and Avoid Info Dumps Our stories consist of many elements: dialogue, action, setting, description, internal thought, emotion, visceral reaction, worldbuilding, backstory, etc. Each of those contributes to our story, and none of them are “evil.” Not even backstory. *smile* Our stories are stronger for including all of the elements. Yet given my mention of backstory, it’s probably obvious that we can overdo those elements as well.
Creative Writing These OWL resources will help you with the basics of creative writing. This section includes resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Fiction Writing Basics The Listening Project The Listening Project is a partnership between BBC Radio and the British Library that invites people to share an intimate conversation, to be recorded and broadcast by the BBC and, if suitable, curated and archived by the British Library. These conversations will form a unique picture of our lives today, preserved for future generations. Visit The Listening Project website (BBC) and get involved. Throughout the Project, our experts will be discussing these conversations and highlighting related recordings in the archive, on their Sounds blog. Visit the Sounds blog and join the conversation. Sounds at the British Library
» Writers as Rock Stars: Introducing Liner Notes, a Music Column for Writers Recently, I went to Terminal 5, a music venue here in NYC, to see UK singer Lianne La Havas perform live. I stood behind my diminutive partner while we watched roadies set up the sound for Lianne. I swayed from the Maker’s Mark I had ingested, which then combined with the two beers I consumed earlier at dinner. Twenty minutes later, Lianne took the stage. Or rather, as the audience eager to hear her voice, we relinquished the stage to her.
20 Facebook Groups for Writers You Don’t Want to Miss Whether you’re a freelancer, a blogger, a fiction writer or anything in between, we could all use a little company on the sometimes lonely road known as the writing life. Maybe you just got your first offer to ghostwrite a book and have no idea what to charge. Maybe your characters refuse to do what you want them to do (isn’t that just like them?), and you could use someone to commiserate with. Maybe it’s after midnight and you’re still up trying to wrestle the words into submission, and you dearly need to be talked down off the ledge. Whatever the reason, Facebook groups can be a fantastic way for writers to connect, trade advice, swap war stories and find new opportunities.
New Tools, New Articles, and a Rock The Vault Update - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS™ Hi everyone, We’re at the midpoint of our launch festivities and enough #myfavoritethesaurus pictures have been shared to unlock some more prizes. Have a look at what’s been added! Have you entered yet? There’s still a ways to go, however, so please, keep showing off your #myfavoritethesaurus pictures online. We’ve seen some real beauties, and I’ll post a few here.
The Frugal Book Promoter, by Carolyn Howard-Johnson Carolyn Howard-Johnson is my unofficial writing mentor. I write ‘unofficial’ because I basically adopted her and her work as my go-to guides for improving and promoting my writing. Our paths crossed when we were both writing for MyShelf.com, a long-standing book review website. Carolyn advocates for writers, particularly in helping them maneuver through the publishing and marketing world. 100+ Sites to Download All Sorts of Things These days you can find all sorts of things online, from audio books to flash files, from sound effects to CSS templates. Below we compiled a list with over 100 download sites that serve that purpose. We will also try to keep the list updated, so if your favorite download site is not here, let us know about it with a comment. Audio Books Librivox: One of the most popular audio libraries on the web.
7 Top Ebook Price Promotion Stats You Need to Know Authors and book marketers are always looking for ways to increase discoverability and revenue of their backlist books, and price promotions are a known way to reach a high volume of readers. But how can you run the most effective promotion possible? Using data to determine what kind of price promotion you should run can help you achieve your goals more effectively, whether it’s to reach more readers or increase revenue for a particular book. In 2015 BookBub ran over 12,000 price promotions for over 7,000 authors. In the process of running all those deals, we learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t.
Writer’s Toolbox A writer needs a toolbox as much as any other occupation. When building a house, for example, the right tool speeds up the progress and can shave time off your goal. Listed below are my top picks for a writer’s toolbox. Feel free to bookmark this page and come back as needed. Instead of fishing through the internet on your own, it’s all compiled here for you. 60 Awesome Search Engines for Serious Writers June 20th, 2010 Finding the information you need as a writer shouldn’t be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of search engines out there that are designed to help you at any stage of the process, from coming up with great ideas to finding a publisher to get your work into print. Both writers still in college and those on their way to professional success will appreciate this list of useful search applications that are great from making writing a little easier and more efficient. Professional