How To Write Well

Title:How To Write Well: 10 Essential Self-Editing Tips

Author: C S Lakin, Write To Done

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The Internet, Online, 17/2/2017

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Do you want to write well?

The easiest way to write well is to edit your writing….

Learning to self-edit is a lesson in awareness. It’s all about understanding the common mistakes writers make, and how to fix those mistakes.

#1. Give it a rest…..

#2. Read aloud what you wrote…..

#3. Search and destroy weasel words…

#4. Trim sentences….

#5. You need commas…..

#6. Don’t overdo the punctuation….

#7. Pay attention to verb conjugations….

#8. Ditch extraneous tags when writing dialog….

#9. Avoid passive construction…

#10. Check those tenses………

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Sonnet 130 By W.Shakespeare

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask’d, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.

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The Passionate Shepherd to His Love By

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That Valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.
And we will sit upon the Rocks,
Seeing the Shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow Rivers to whose falls
Melodious birds sing Madrigals.
And I will make thee beds of Roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of Myrtle;
A gown made of the finest wool
Which from our pretty Lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold;
A belt of straw and Ivy buds,
With Coral clasps and Amber studs:
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me, and be my love.
The Shepherds’ Swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May-morning:
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me, and be my love.
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Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Title: Timeless Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers

Author: Maria Popova , BrainPickings.Org

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The Internet, Online, 6/02/2017

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By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of the craft as Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Henry Miller, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Susan Orlean, Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, and more.Please enjoy.

Jennifer Egan on Writing, the Trap of Approval, and the Most Important Discipline for Aspiring Writers
“You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well.”
The Effortless Effort of Creativity: Jane Hirshfield on Storytelling, the Art of Concentration, and Difficulty as a Consecrating Force of Creative Attention
“In the wholeheartedness of concentration, world and self begin to cohere. With that state comes an enlarging: of what may be known, what may be felt, what may be done.”
Ted Hughes on How to Be a Writer: A Letter of Advice to His 18-Year-Old Daughter
“The first sign of disintegration — in a writer — is that the writing loses the unique stamp of his/her character, & loses its inner light.”
Colette on Writing, the Blissful Obsessive-Compulsiveness of Creative Work, and Withstanding Naysayers
“A lack of money, if it be relative, and a lack of comfort can be endured if one is sustained by pride. But not the need to be astounded.”
Auden on Writing, Originality, Self-Criticism, and How to Be a Good Reader
“It would only be necessary for a writer to secure universal popularity if imagination and intelligence were equally distributed among all men.”
Stephen King: Writing and the Art of “Creative Sleep”:
“In both writing and sleeping, we learn to be physically still at the same time we are encouraging our minds to unlock from the humdrum rational thinking of our daytime lives.”
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing
“If it sounds like writing … rewrite it.”
Michael Lewis: Writing, Money, and the Necessary Self-Delusion of Creativity
“When you’re trying to create a career as a writer, a little delusional thinking goes a long way.”
Annie Dillard on Writing
“At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then — and only then — it is handed to you.”
Susan Sontag on Writing
“There is a great deal that either has to be given up or be taken away from you if you are going to succeed in writing a body of work.”
Ray Bradbury: How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity
How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull.
Anne Lamott: Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life.”
Italo Calvino on Writing: Insights from 40+ Years of His Letters
“To write well about the elegant world you have to know it and experience it to the depths of your being… what matters is not whether you love it or hate it, but only to be quite clear about your position regarding it.”
Ernest Hemingway : Writing, Knowledge, and the Danger of Ego
“All bad writers are in love with the epic.”
David Foster Wallace: Writing, Death, and Redemption
“You don’t have to think very hard to realize that our dread of both relationships and loneliness … has to do with angst about death, the recognition that I’m going to die, and die very much alone, and the rest of the world is going to go merrily on without me.”
Isabel Allende: Writing Brings Order to the Chaos of Life
“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.”
Stephen King: The Adverb Is Not Your Friend
“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.”
Malcolm Cowley: The Four Stages of Writing
“The germ of a story is a new and simple element introduced into an existing situation or mood.”
Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing
“Work on one thing at a time until finished.”
Advice on Writing: Collected Wisdom from Modernity’s Greatest Writers
“Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.”………………..

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Haven’t Written Anything Yet, Writing for Beginners

Title:Haven’t Written Anything Yet, Writing for Beginners

Author: Writer’s Digest

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The Internet, Online, 2/2/2017

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If you’ve only just begun to develop your writing talent, whether for fiction or nonfiction, you’ll find invaluable guidance on writing for beginners right here. You’ll learn how to start thinking like a writer, examine your work with a more critical eye, and turn it into something others will pay to read.

The 5 Essential Story Ingredients

Forget three-act structures, formulas for plot, and even beginnings, middles and ends. Write better stories by propelling your protagonist through a transformation your readers will never forget.

The Setback: How to Successfully Start Writing Again

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The 13 Best Books of 2016

Title: The 13 Best Books of 2016

Author: Lauren Christensen, Harpers Bazaar

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The Internet, Online, 1/2/2017

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2016 may be coming to a close, but there’s still time to catch up on the year’s most remarkable, influential and simply page-turning reads. From the memoir of a rock music icon to a debut restaurant world exposé-meets-bildungsroman for the millennial urban female, a fictional account of the Black American experience in the slavery-ridden South to a dying neuroscientist’s autobiographical search for his life’s meaning, the titles on this year’s bookshelves were both diverse and enlightened in their language and narrative poignancy. There simply are never enough days in the year to read all today’s literary world has to offer, so herewith, the select few we think you’d be most sorry to miss.

‘Here I Am’ by Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer continues in his tradition of kaleidoscopic fiction—his two previous novels, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close both explored the many layers of large-scale human tragedy through multifaceted lenses—with a sprawling account of several generations of a single Jewish family navigating its identity in a changing landscape in America and the Middle East. Set primarily in Washington, D.C., Here I Am makes use of multiple narrative media—from digital communication and theater to government documents, Biblical riffs and intimate scenes of private life—to create a quilted, compelling and unmissable portrait of the modern Jewish American experience.

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer, $28,
At the young age of 36—on the cusp of completing the rigorous cross-disciplinary training that tried his emotional stability, marriage, and physical health—Stanford neurosurgical resident Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with lung cancer. Inspired by his “ticking clock,” the gifted and determined young doctor set out to write this reflection on not just his own experience of striving for professional and personal fulfillment, but also on the general truths of human morality and the inseparability of the science of the brain from the immense, unknowable miracle of the human mind. Writing from the perspective of one who in his short life viewed the life/death boundary from both sides of the operating room—first as a doctor and then as a patient—Kalanithi harnesses his natural genius and lifelong passion for the written word to deliver his parting address. At once a breathtakingly honest and alternatingly harrowing and uplifting memoir, this book is also a powerful treatise on how each of us can find true meaning in life from a man whose own was cut devastatingly short. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, $25,
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So Beautiful – Blind Man Dancing!


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This is so touching: a blind man ball room dancing with his partner.



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