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Writing Tips by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell

Writing Tips by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell
Image by Austin Kleon Here's one way to become a better writer. Listen to the advice of writers who earn their daily bread with their pens. During the past week, lists of writing commandments by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard (above) and William Safire have buzzed around Twitter. Henry Miller (from Henry Miller on Writing) 1. George Orwell (From Why I Write) 1. Margaret Atwood (originally appeared in The Guardian) 1. Neil Gaiman (read his free short stories here) 1. William Safire (the author of the New York Times Magazine column "On Language") 1. Related Content: Ray Bradbury Gives 12 Pieces of Writing Advice to Young Authors (2001) John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for the Aspiring Writer and His Nobel Prize Speech Elmore Leonard’s Ultimate Guide for Would-Be Writers

The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement Here’s another one of my “Best of…” lists. This time it’s focused on websites to support writing instruction/reinforcement for grades K-12. You might also find these other writing-related “The Best…” lists useful: K-12 is a pretty wide-range, and there are some sites here that are obviously more geared towards either younger or older students. I used my usual criteria though, which is that they all need to be accessible to English Language Learners and to teachers who only know how to email and copy and paste a url address. I’m feeling a little conflicted about making this list. I believe the best way computers can help students become better writers is by their just using wordprocessing. Another reason I’m a bit conflicted is because I believe the best writing curriculum out there, by far, is the one offered by the WRITE Institute. (You can now purchase — for $20 each — the supplemental units the WRITE Institute creates and then reproduce them for a one-time classroom use. Related

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction Image by Lloyd Arnold via Wikimedia Commons Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write. His best stories are masterpieces of the modern era, and his prose style is one of the most influential of the 20th century. Hemingway never wrote a treatise on the art of writing fiction. 1: To get started, write one true sentence. Hemingway had a simple trick for overcoming writer's block. Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. 2: Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next. There is a difference between stopping and foundering. The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. 3: Never think about the story when you're not working. 7: Be Brief.

ITI's ™ Copyright © 2014 Information Today, Inc. All rights reserved. Literary Market Place™ and™ are trademarks of Information Today, Inc. View Information Today, Inc.'s or's terms of use. John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for the Aspiring Writer and His Nobel Prize Speech Today is the 110th birthday of writer John Steinbeck, whose great novel of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath, gives an eloquent and sympathetic voice to the dispossessed. In 1962, Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." You can watch him deliver his Nobel speech above. And for insights into how Steinbeck reached that pinnacle, you can read a collection of his observations on the art of fiction from the Fall, 1975 edition of The Paris Review, including six writing tips jotted down in a letter to a friend the same year he won the Nobel Prize. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. "As you write," Steinbeck says, "trust the disconnections and the gaps. Related content: Writing Tips by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell Remembering Ernest Hemingway, Fifty Years After His Death

20 Basic Plots For Story Generators - Software Secret Weapons The 20 Basic Plots are collected by the Tennessee Screenwriting Association . After you come up with your own system for generating ideas, the next step is to put them in some recognizable story form (the basic plot idea), build your central conflict (the story premise sheet), then build your character and underlying themes (the thematic premise sheet). 1. QUEST - the plot involves the Protagonist's search for a person, place or thing, tangible or intangible (but must be quantifiable, so think of this as a noun; i.e., immortality). 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. (Note: Sometimes #19 & #20 are combined into rags-to-riches-to-rags (or vice versa) of a Protagonist who does (or doesn't) learn to deal with their dominating character trait). Looking At People Through Their Words illustrates the use of artificial intelligence and data mining for text analysis.

Amazon aren't destroying publishing, they're reshaping it The debate about Amazon v the publishing industry is getting so heated and so polarised that quite soon it's going to need its own version of Godwin's law. The passion is almost religious. On the one hand, you have those who say Amazon is a kind of new publishing messiah, casting out the old gatekeepers and ushering in a democratised, consumer-centric book trade. Amazon makes money differently from a conventional publisher. It's perfectly true that Amazon's approach is, for the moment, mostly cheaper for the consumer than the now-endangered agency model favoured by publishers. Before agency was introduced, Amazon boasted of controlling 90% of the ebook market. And why is competition important? Digitisation was supposed to lead to a great democratisation of access to creative work. So Amazon, Google and Apple are gatekeepers. Amazon is a corporation, not a philanthropic trust dedicated to the production of works of art and literature. Traditional publishing is far from blameless.

PageFour - Novel Writing Software - Software for Creative Writers Archetype: The Fiction Writer's Guide to Psychology 4 Simple Ways to Create a Well-Written Ebook You’ve got a great idea. You’re going to write an ebook – perhaps your first! It’ll grow your business, bring in money, and help establish your expertise. And to keep yourself accountable, you tell all your readers to expect the ebook by the end of the month. Sure, that might mean a few caffeine-fuelled, late-night sessions … but your ebook will be done, dusted, and out the door. Heck, if you really knuckle down, perhaps you can knock out a short ebook in a single week. Maybe you can. But that doesn’t mean you should. Writing an Ebook isn’t a Race It’s easy to feel pressured to knock this out fast. But writing your ebook isn’t a race. Yes, at some point, you need to ship it out. Your Ebook Should be Your Best Work Whether your ebook is a paid product or a freebie, it needs to show you at your best. If customers need to pay for it, they’ll expect an ebook that’s complete, carefully structured, and well-written. And if your ebook is a freebie, you still need to make it as good as you can.

How To Bullshit Your Way Through Any Essay If there is one thing college kids neglect the most, besides basic diet and hygiene, it’s the homework assignment essay. Hastily written and utterly unedited the night before it’s due, the modern essay has become something of a nightmare for lackadaisical college students. But writing an essay that seems like it was written by someone with more than a double-digit IQ is not nearly as difficult as it seems, I assure you. Even the laziest Guitar Hero II god can whiz through an essay that reads like it was written by F. 1)The introductory paragraph. 2)The thesis. 3)Topic sentences. 4)In-text quotes and citations. 5)The conclusion. Slap some page numbers on that bitch and load a bowl—your essay is done. How to Take Others' Ideas and Make Them Your Own Avoiding plagiarism in the internet age Thomas Edison is arguably the most famous inventor in the history of the world. But did you know that only a small fraction of the gadgets and devices he holds patents for have actually been attributed to him? That is not to say that Edison wasn’t a great inventor… he surely was. However, he ran several large workshops where he collaborated with other talented scientists, including Nickola Tesla. What is plagiarism? There is nothing at all uncommon or unethical about sharing ideas with others. The only surefire way to avoid plagiarism is to know what it actually is. What’s the difference? For passages that are fewer than 40 words, always use quotation marks and name the author or authors in the bibliography or footnotes. Plagiarism, on the other hand, is when you try to pass another writer’s work off as your own. How to avoid plagiarism There is such a thing as accidental plagiarism. Cite your sources Why include citations?