When in doubt, reach for an expert to tell you how to muddle through that middle, or what kind of structure your novel needs. James Scott Bell is one of the very best. Check out this brief post celebrating the tenth anniversary of his invaluable writing craft book, Plot & Structure (Writer's Digest Books).
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4. "Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process" on Edutopia (Diane Darrow)
Technology isn't always the easiest thing to use, especially when it decides not to work for you, but when you can make it work for you, some aspects of life (and writing) get infinitely easier. Here's a survey of eighteen different apps that really help creative minds. It's even conveniently divided according to what part of the writing process you're facing.
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3. "Um or Er: Which Do You, Um, Use More in, Er, Conversation?" on The Guardian (Stuart Jeffries)
Few people, writers or not, will argue that the English language seems to be declining, sometimes from one moment (or article) to the next. On the other hand, even the best public speakers, when caught off-guard, might drop a monosyllabic placeholder into conversation. Which one is your downfall?
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2. "The Complete A to Z Guide to Personal Branding [Infographic]" on Lifehack (presented by Feldman Creative and Placester)
Even authors are building a personal brand, whether you think about it or not. The way you present yourself to the public ... the social media you choose to use to reach your intended audience and build your platform ... the persona you consistently portray online ... all if it together is your personal brand. This infographic is one to save and revisit!
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1. "Creative Writing Courses Are Killing Western Literature, Claims Nobel Judge" on The Guardian (Alison Flood)
Nothing like a controversial piece to get conversation going. Horace Engdahl, Swedish Academy member and a judge for the Nobel prize for literature, is of the stated opinion that United States writers, with their creative writing programs, MFA degrees, grants, and residencies, are too beholden to institutions to be truly creative. His thesis seems to be that the odds of an American writer winning a Nobel prize for literature decrease with each passing generation. What are your thoughts?
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There's the lineup for the week. What did I miss? Which did you find most applicable?