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How to win a creative writing competition - top tips

theguardian.com – Monday November 16, 2015

oe Craig, author of the Jimmy Coates spy series and judge of the National Short Story Week young writer competition, has some tips for budding young writers on avoiding common creative writing pitfalls and how to stand out from the crowd

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A good time to reflect on the art and craft of writing

sandiegouniontribune.com – Sunday November 15, 2015

November is National Writing Month, so today I muse about how some writers write. Ernest Hemingway's first rule for writers was to apply the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. But not all authors are able to survive with such a simple approach.

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Seven ways to start and keep your writing going

blog.oup.com – Friday November 13, 2015

Beginnings are tough. But if we’d only get started, our marks and words on the page can bootstrap our next moves. Marks and words on the page feed what in neuroscience is called our brain’s “perception-action” cycle. Through this biologically fundamental mechanism, we repeatedly act on the world, and then look to see what our actions have wrought in the world. The world talks back to us, telling us how close we are, or how far we are, from what we’d hoped to achieve (our goals).

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Can an App Really Cure Writer's Block?

bloomberg.com – Thursday November 12, 2015

When you're writing in a "flow state," words and sentences tumble out effortlessly. New tech is trying to help you achieve that.

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University of Utah offers year-long novel-writing course

college.usatoday.com – Tuesday November 10, 2015

Professors demand a lot and, when it comes to writing assignments, putting words to paper can feel like you’ve been asked to write a novel. 

Actually, for some students at the University of Utah, that’s exactly what they’re tasked to do.

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9 ways to trick yourself into writing a novel

mashable.com – Monday November 9, 2015

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo, for short). This is the year you complete the book of your dreams.

Sometimes all you need is a little motivation. Trick yourself into completing your novel this month by trying one (or all) of the strategies below.

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11 authors' strategies for overcoming writer's block

mashable.com – Monday November 9, 2015

Writer's block — an author's worst nightmare.

The dreaded lack of creative ideas and inability to produce new work has writers across the world trembling in fear.

Famed novelists F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ray Bradbury are just two of many creative minds that have suffered from this incorrigible mental block. And let's face it, if a writer tells you its never happened to them, they're probably lying.

Mashable compiled the strategies different authors use to overcome writer's block, which should come in handy since it's National Novel Writing Month.

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Writers on the pain of hindsight in publishing: 'It's like a bad breakup – you have to move on'

theguardian.com – Monday November 9, 2015

How do you let go of a book you’ve written? Viv Groskop, Sathnam Sanghera and others offer their advice for bouncing back from the post-publication blues.

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This Week in Fiction: Mark Haddon on Writing Stories as Complex as the Real World

newyorker.com – Monday November 9, 2015

Your story in this week’s issue, “The Weir,” is set in Oxford, alongside the Thames, near Wytham Woods. Why did you choose to stage such a sad event—an attempted suicide—in this bucolic terrain?

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What defines good writing?

blog.oup.com – Sunday November 8, 2015

What distinguishes good writing from bad writing? How can people transform their writing to make it more powerful and more effective? Are universities teaching students how to become better writers? In order to answer these questions and others, we sat down with Geoffrey Huck, an associate professor of the Professional Writing Program at York University.

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