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Ellen Plotkin Mulholland
As some of you know, I recently fell in love. With Scrivener. We met, married, and are enjoying a passionate honeymoon.Scrivener saved my writing life.
If you don't use it, and have no interest in using it, I suggest this: take a sheet of paper and scratch out some notes before you write. Create a mind map, a word web, anything.
I was never a fan of outlines. Until now. Fellow tweeps agree. Try K.M Weiland and Gabriela Pereira. Between their helpful tips and my dear Scriv, I'm in writing heaven.
Before you go on, let me make one thing clear. By outline, I don't mean grade-school roman numerals and capital letters. By outline, I mean a sketch, a map, a skeleton of your story; I mean the major plot points, the central message, the potential obstacles. (Remember: what happens in your head, stays in your head. Unless you open your mouth.)
Here are my 5 take-aways on the importance of outlining your story:
read the rest here
Take a moment to visit PageCurl.net, a new site with author resources. While there, please consider voting for "This Girl Climbs Trees" in the September
Cover Clash contest.
Author, reader, poet, teacher, mom. Please take time to peruse this site and get to know my YA books (THIS GIRL CLIMBS TREES and BIRDS ON A WIRE), my thoughts on writing, and my advice to young writers. Watch This Girl's book trailer here.
Connect with me here or online.
Enter the September ThisGirl writing contest:
Beginnings and Endings
Be sure to read the July 'Secrets' contest winner, Melanie Walton's entry!
HumpDay is nothing if you don't get your poetry on. Tweet your favorite lyrical ditty or an original of your own. I tweet HumpDay poetry (twitter.com/humpdaypoetry)
Best tips for storytelling. Ever. (thanks @A_WritersStudio @DisneyPixar)
If you're a teen, this site has great ideas to get you started on your writing path. (thanks @writing_tips)
Join me on Sound Cloud for some original poetry. Discover your new addiction to live voices!
More tweets here.