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Ghost Novel:Day 2 | How to Incorporate Writing into Your Day

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Dean Wesley Smith – The writing of Dean Wesley Smith

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This is a fascinating peek into Day #2 of the “ghost” writing novel process of Dean Wesley Smith. Day 1 had a grand total of 7,625 written words!  Day 2 is much of the same.

Breakfast, e-mail, writing, mail pick up, lunch, writing, break, e-mail, writing, break, nap with cat, dinner, dishes, e-mail, tea, writing, break, sorting collectibles, tea, snack, writing, watch TV, writing, bed.

Day #2 total? 7,734 words. Grand total in 2 days? 15.359! And we say we don’t have time to write

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and Day 2: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8943

 

 

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Ghost Novel: Day 1 | How to Incorporate Writing into Your Day

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Dean Wesley Smith – The writing of Dean Wesley Smith

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Life meets art. We writers are always asking the question, “How can I write a novel when I have so little time?” Well, Dean Wesley Smith can do it and you can, too!

He made one post per day detailing his ghost writing process. He slept with the cat, did laundry, ate, watched TV and still managed to write over 7,000 words per day! 

 If he can do it, we can, too. Learn how to incorporate writing into your life by reading about Dean’s book writing journey.

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and Day 1: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?p=8935

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Handwritten Manuscript Pages From Classic Novels – Writing History

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“These days, almost all works of literature are written on computers — from their first inklings, saved in a document called “notes,” to their final, emailed-out drafts — and even, increasingly, read on them. “

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Novelists in this century have it made with Microsoft Word and writing programs such as Scrivener to organize all their thoughts, edits, and ramblings and tie them all up in a neat little bow of a book.

This article gives us a pictorial glimpse into the writing minds of some very famous authors. I enjoy analyzing ones such as the manuscript for Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary”. I can just picture him sitting at a small desk, in a hard wooden chair, with only a small candle lighting the way. He’s got the crinkly paper twisted in such a way (as we were taught in elementary school) to force his writing to head uphill all the way. The first page of Vladimir Nabokov’s first draft of “Invitation to a Beheading” would barely retain any of the first writing, as all of his edits take over the page.

These snippets of pieces of manuscript history are fascinating, and should make us feel very fortunate that we have all the tools readily availalble to us to enhance our writing.

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and all manuscripts:http://flavorwire.com/387994/handwritten-manuscript-pages-from-classic-novels/view-all

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How to Create a Character | Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage

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Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage – “read with hunger, write with joy, live with passion.”

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Creating characters is something that writers struggle with from time to time. How soon to give out the name? The distinguishing characteristics? The personal tics? If you are short on ideas for your characters, this article by Holly should give you some great tips for well-rounded characters. She suggests:

o Don’t start your character off with a name or a physical description

o Do start developing your character by giving him (or her) a problem, a dramatic need, a compulsion

o Don’t rely on crutches

o Do empathize with your character

o Don’t sympathize with your character

o Do write from your own life

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article: http://hollylisle.com/how-to-create-a-character/

 

 

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27 Pieces Of Advice For Writers From Famous Authors

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Celebrated authors, editors and illustrators write advice to young writers on their hands for ” Shared Worlds ,” a two-week creative writing summer camp at Wofford College.

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27 Pieces of Advice–all with a powerpoint on the hand of its famous author. Advice like:

o Write, finish things, keep writing

o Read widely, write often, keep going

o Write what you would love to read, finish what you begin to write

o Don’t take anybody’s writing advice too seriously!

o Trust your imagination, don’t be afraid to fail

o Start the next one

o Never give up!

 The consensus among these famous writers? Write, read a lot, and write some more!

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and all the writing advice: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ellievhall/27-pieces-of-advice-for-writers-from-famous-authors

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Self-Publishing Success Stories: The Anatomy of a Kindle Bestseller

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Writing for writing’s sake is absolutely brilliant, but many of us have ambitions to be #1 on the Amazon charts, selling hundreds of thousands of books and raking in the cash! 

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Writing is hard work! That is a given, but once your book is actually written, how in the world do we enter into the ranks of the Kindle bestsellers?

This article by bestselling author Mark Edwards touches on some characteristics of what goes into a Kindle bestseller. Begin your journey armed with these tools, and you might also enter through the portals of the elite “bestseller” club.

1)  Get the BASICS right (GRIPPING book, great COVER, excellent book DESCRIPTION)

2) Write a MARKETING plan (this is tip most authors skip over)

 3) Get your books NOTICED (Twitter w/ tools such as Tweet Adder and Triberr)

 4) Identify BLOGS and SITES that might review your book (send a professional template requesting a review)

 5) Get into the ALSO BOUGHT Amazon “bar” of popular books

 6) Set up a BLOG and interview other popular authors

 7) Be prepared to WORK HARD!

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

 Link to the full article with all the details for your own plan: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/01/21/self-publishing-success-kindle-bestseller/

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15 Common Grammar Mistakes – Writing and Editing

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This fun and informative infographic sums up several of my pet peeves. If you are going to write–then please learn proper grammar! When I am reading and encounter glaring grammatical errors, I just close up the book and put it away.

 It does take some practice, but this very important part of writing can be accomplished. If I see one more YOUR for YOU’RE or  IT’S for ITS, I think I will just scream!

This graphic can be printed out and tacked up on your wall for easy viewing and consulting while writing. Enjoy!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original infographic: http://writerswrite1.wordpress.com/2013/04/09/15-common-grammar-mistakes/

 

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50 pieces of writing advice from authors

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Writers – well, good writers anyway – understand words. They have this uncanny knack of knowing which one to use and when – and just think, there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of the blighters.

 

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Hover over a picture and mine yourself a quote from one of 50 Writers that you can latch onto and gleen from. Here are a few of my favorites:

ERNEST HEMINGWAY – “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

HARPER LEE – “Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself… It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.”

SYLVIA PLATH – “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” 

EDGAR ALLAN POE – “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” 

W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM – “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

  ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and all the quotes and quotees: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/50-pieces-of-writing-advice-from-authors

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Authors: when is the most productive time to write?

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I read this article on cracked.com yesterday, entitled “5 things you can do right now to be instantly smarter.”

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Could the best time of day to write be when you are tired, frazzled, and at your worst? Apparently, experiments have shown that our brain adapts to new and crazy ideas when we are annoyed. When we’re at ease our brain is comfy and rejects ideas that seem too weird. Huh? 

I am trying to get my writing done first thing in the morning when I am fresh, and my mind hasn’t been overtaken by all the gobbledegook on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and e-mail. This seems to be working for me. I jump in with both feet, get the required (my own goals) amount of writing done, and get out.

The ideas that come to me are fresh from the dream state, and not affected by all of the other social interference out on the web. I think each person has to find their own writing bliss, embrace it, and reject what doesn’t work. The whole point is to get it done, and be pleased with your finished work.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly”***

 Link to the original article and the full interview: http://crimsonleague.com/2013/03/31/authors-when-is-the-most-productive-time-to-write/

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

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These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

I am tucking this list of Pixar’s “22 Rules of Storytelling” into my writer’s toolbox to pull out when I am working on my writing for Kindle. I can readily pick up some new ideas by quickly scanning the list, and referring back to these rules could truly get you out of some stuck-in-the-mud storylines.

I’m fondly recalling Pixar’s Movie, “Up”. If they used these rules in writing the love story of Carl and Ellie, then these rules would also work great for romance stories written for Kindle. Their beautiful story in the movie is the shortest, most eloquent and touching love story I think I have ever seen. Although it was between two digitally created characters, every time I watch it, I sob like a baby.

Pixar knows of which they speak. This one is a keeper.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”***

Link to the original article: http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/07/pixars-22-rules-of-storytelling/

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