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The books interview: the new Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry winner on learning how to be a Scottish writer and why becoming the national poet saved her life

GOAL: Write every day! REVIEW: I did some writing this year; not every day and not a lot of creative writing. I did publish a book with three of my short stories.

That is so true! Only problem I have is writing it down on paper. I always make up stories in my head, when I have quiet time to myself, when I am driving, and even dreaming at night. I just struggle with writing my imagination and wild stories down on paper. I am a very detailed person, very descriptive person, that's my main struggle is finding the words to put what's in my head on paper.

22 rules for storytelling from Pixar. Originally tweeted by Emma Coats. You admire a character for trying more than for their successes. You gotta keep in mind what’s interesting to you as an audience, not what’s fun to do as a writer. They can be v. different. Trying for theme is important, but you won’t see what the story is actually about til you’re at the end of it. Now rewrite. Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because

If you’re wondering who Hemingway is, this post is for you. Sometimes writing can be a pain. Especially if you’re writing a last minute assignment with little time to spare. No matter how hard we try, our writing is not always going to be at its best. Whatever the case, there are some great new apps available to …

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