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NPR Training | NPR
Great material on how to learn to tell good stories, present, etc
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yesterday by jschuster
CBC Radio
"One reason why [dystopian novels] have to conclude on an optimistic note is that it's very hard to write a book where you kill everyone off at the end," says Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale, with her typical dry humour. "It has a sort of a downer effect on the reader.
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yesterday by jeffhammond
Robert Caro’s Big Dig - The New York Times
Robert Caro profile on writing his immensely detailed biography of LBJ
Politics  writing 
yesterday by jab_pepper
advice to self, 1980s | the m john harrison blog
Start with images, not ideas. Themes, not concepts. Having an idea isn’t having something to write about: having something to write about is having something to write about. People & settings aren’t something to flesh out a story; a story is something you use to flesh out people & settings. Never favour plot. Story & narrative can be ok, but plot is like chemical farming. Closure is wrong. It is toxic. Work into a genre if you like, but from as far outside it as possible. Read as much about Hollywood formalism as you can bear, so you know what not to do. Break the structures–don’t look for new & sly twists on them. Never do clever tricks with reader expectation. Instead be honest, open and direct in your intention not to deliver the things they expect. You won’t always be successful in that, because it’s harder than it looks—after all, you used to be a reader too. Oh, & that’s the last thing. You aren’t a reader any more. You’re a writer, so don’t try to get reader kicks from the act of writing. Never tell yourself a story. That romantic relationship is over for you. From now on the satisfactions will be elsewhere.
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yesterday by robertocarroll
8 Best Grammar Checkers (2020): Grammarly, Ginger, & More
via Pocket - 8 Best Grammar Checkers (2020): Grammarly, Ginger, & More - Added February 20, 2020 at 09:00AM
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yesterday by williger
The Kinship of Midnight Travel | Jungle Coder
"There is a strange sort of kinship that I feel for other people I see when I’m traveling from one place to another after midnight. Part of it is that travel after everyone is supposed to be in bed means that I see things without all the people around, denuded of the hustle and bustle that often gives a place it’s charm or stress.

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For them, it likely has lost any of the romance or novelty that I still give it. But there’s still something to be said for that most remote of connections, if for no other reason that it’s just me and that other driver on the road, neither of us lost in the crowd, both wanting to reach a destination, yet still travelling in the night.

Thing is, I won’t ever meet that person. But we still shared a space, both members of the midnight traveling clan, a space that most people actively opt-out of. Many interesting bits of life are often found at the edges, where only a few people are paying attention, rather than in the rush of the crowds, where everyone already is, and has already seen them."
writing  night  travel  people  observations 
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