Silvia Hartmann is writing a novel in Google Docs so that readers can see her story appear line by line, edit by edit. Host Scott Simon talks with writer Silvia Hartmann about her progress.
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Try to write a novel in 140 characters! It really makes you pare it down! Penelope
We challenged well-known writers – from Ian Rankin and Helen Fielding to Jeffrey Archer and Jilly Cooper – to come up with a story of up to 140 characters.
See on www.guardian.co.uk
10 Tips for Writing Better Dialogue: I’m sure we could all use a refresher on this one! To quote or not to quote….Watching a good movie or television show is usually a great place to get a “feel” for writing dialogue. Examples of fast-paced, intelligent dialogue that will get people turning the pages: The Newsroom, Gilmore Girls, The Wire.
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These days, we hear a lot about the fact that content marketers need to be storytellers. Here are tips on how to create powerful content marketing stories.
Here’s the link to the back story video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFlbGwAW7rw&feature=relmfu
Your stories are more than entertainment — they are your authentic voice. You share them to build loyalty, trust, engage with customers, and grow your business.
The author’s tips are solid — but nothing really new. So go watch the video again for a refresher example on effective brand storytelling and the other video as a back-story example!
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenges us to write a 50K word novel in 30 days.It is doable as thousands of challenge winners from past years show us. Dust off all those stories sitting on your hard drive! No excuses now! Visit http://www.NaNoWriMo.org for more info.
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It is true and so easy to do. Whether you are writing a blog post, or a book, this method works time and time again to get the writing done–so you can kick back and relax!
Here are the very simple steps:
1) Make a list about your topic
(either write a numbered list, #1-10, or create a mind map)
2) Create a list of questions based on prompts from your list
3) Set a timer. Just write as fast as you possibly can. Don’t worry about making mistakes.
4) Clean up writing (5 minutes)
If you think this seems too far-fetched and you don’t believe in yourself, let me be your encourager. Start by answering these simple questions:
Have you written an essay or term paper in high school or college?
Do you know to research on the internet or in the library?
Have you written a poem?
Have you written a letter to a loved one?
Have you written a sentiment on a birthday card?
Have you sent e-mails, or texts, or tweets?
Do you regularly post on Facebook?
This will be the first in a series of posts that will give you your own ideas for your very own book that you can begin to craft for Amazon Kindle–and share with the world.
It does not have to be a huge book. You can publish short stories (fiction or non-fiction) from 15-30 pages to start. Remember, you can always do a small test book just to get the hang of what it involves. It doesn’t have to be a best seller right out of the gate. Sometimes it is easier to start with a non-fiction book.
Do you sew? Write computer code? Bike? Play Warcraft? Raise children? Raise goats? Live on a farm? Grow flowers? Collect toy trains? Cook? Bake? Entertain? Belong to a book club? Retired? Professional? You get the picture.
I’ve got a spiral bound, 5-subject notebook that has 5 colored dividers. In the first section goes all the brainstorms of all the ideas I have for writing. Start your Kindle journey by brainstorming everything you like or know something about. You don’t even have to be an expert at it. Make a list. It doesn’t matter if you think it is stupid, or that you think nobody would want to read what you write about. Just write it down. This is just for you. The list might look like this:
If you have more, keep adding to the list. See how many you can come up with. This is going to be your springboard for your first small book. In the next post, we’ll go into narrowing down the list to #1, and how to expand the material into a book. Have fun!