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Hello SErs! It’s Friiiiddddaaayyy!!! (Ahem, apologies. I’ll try and settle myself.)
When Mae used this picture for her Curated Content, I loved it so much, I’ve stolen it here, lols 🙂
During the week, the SE crew of authors got busy roaming the blogosphere to round up a number of posts we hope you find helpful.
Before you get clicking to check them out, take a look at Mae’s post on Writing for the Seasons, and Staci’s on Why Novelists Should Write Short Fiction. Enjoy your Friday and today’s Curated Content! Some of today’s links should give you a chuckle 🙂
- The 17 Best Infographics for Writers (enjoy the fun)
- Why Point of View is so Important for Novel Writers (which do you use?)
- 9 Standard Online Tools to Push Your Writing Standards (from Hemmingway to Bartleby and more!)
- The Pomodoro Technique (No more excuses!)
- World Ideologies…
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It’s not Friday without Curated Content! Enjoy! ☺
Happy Friday, SE Readers. It’s time for another round of writing tips we’ve found around the web. If you haven’t read Harmony’s post, Lost in Translation, be sure to check it out. Also, my post this week is about Writing and Music.
And now, for this week’s curated content.
- Ingredients of a Great Series Character (James Scott Bell)
- Seven Simple Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic (From Just Publishing)
- How to Write Your Best Book (In Four Parts) (Jeff Goins) … It does have annoying pop ups, which you can ignore, but is still well worth a read
- Editing 101 (covering 50 topics to date)
- Finding Your Voice (three questions to help you establish it)
- How to Write a Book (20 steps by Jerry Jenkins. Yes, the Jerry Jenkins who has written almost 200 books and is responsible for the Left Behind series.)
- Inciting Incident (and insights into…
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OMG! How could I forget the Curated Content? Good stuff here, WordPressers! 👍👍
Happy Friday, wonderful SEers! The end of the week is always a reason for celebration. I hope your first days venturing into a new month have been filled with fun, good books, and prolific writing.
Speaking of writing, the SE authors have cobbled together a new collection of writing links. Before sampling the latest, take a moment to check out this week’s featured posts—Drip Campaigns by Staci Troilo and my own “It’s in the Stars . . . or Not”
Then enjoy a Friday Fix with . . .
- How to Tweet Like a Pro [Lab] (a must read for Tweeters)
- Book Blurbs (five tips to improve them)
- Monday Marketing. 3 Quick Tips (how fast does your website load?)
- Plotting (steps to go from beginning to end)
- Character Development (tips for creating compelling characters)
- How to 101 (outstanding resource list from Chris, the Story Reading Ape)
- Showing Versus Telling
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Resource of the week! You must see it to believe it! There’s a ‘How-to’ here for you! 😉👍
To make it a little easier to find the HOW TO you need, I’ve split them up into the following topic headings, just click on a heading to go to the topic listed links, then click on the post you want to read.
Click on INDEX at the bottom of each list to return here.
If you’d like to bookmark my HOW TO 101: PAGE,click HERE for the link
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF ANY LINKS OR TOPICS ARE NO LONGER WORKING OR VALID.
Editors & Editing
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Another good self-editing tool with a free and paid version! 😉
Editing transforms crappy first drafts into polished stories. To be a good writer, you must be a good editor. I’ve written extensively about how to edit your story, but today, we’re doing something different. Today, I’ll show you a program that does the editing for you.
It’s called Pro Writing Aid.
Since I brought Pro Writing Aid seven months ago, it’s become essential to my editing process. ProWritingAid is a piece of automatic editing software. No, it won’t write your story, but it will plug into Word and run over 20 types of reports on your writing.
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It’s like the Story Empire team are mind readers – such a great group of links – and I made the list! WOOT! 😉 😉
Ciao, SEers. Another week has flown by, and we’ve got another list of links from around the writers’ web for you.
Before we get to that, though, if you missed our earlier posts this week, you might want to check them out.
- Monday | Joan Hall | What’s Stopping You (conquering fear)
- Wednesday | Harmony Kent | Wicked Words (words often misused)
And now, this week’s curated content:
- Character Flaws (three categories for relatable characters)
- Cover Design (centering artwork)
- Fierce Writer: Unlock Your MICE Quotient (a method for creating story structure)
- Promote Your Book Better (Using Universal Buy Links)
- Customizing Scrivener (adding characters, locations, and items to scene metadata)
- Building a Book (setting and world-building)
- Speculative Fiction (about as good a description as I’ve seen)
- Book Promo (5 things promotion services should keep in mind)
- 3 Things That Make a Great 1st Line (create a strong opening for your book)
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by Ian J. Miller
Why have a static scene, and what do you put in it? The most obvious reason is to get an emotional response, so I thought that I should start this by asking, what piece of writing has impressed me the most on that plane?
One scene came to mind before all others, a short scene from “Anna Karenina”, and one that I rather fancy most will have considered padding, the sort of scene the average editor would delete for not moving the story onwards, yet I remember it over 40 years after reading it.
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