One treat? Ot two?

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As you develop characters, imagine how they might have done on the marshmallow test. What might that mean about them as adults? Are they patient planners or feet-first reactors? How do they interact now with others and with the world around them?

The Marshmallow Test for Grownups – Ed Batista – Harvard Business Review

http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/09/the-marshmallow-test-for-grownups/

Read and read aloud

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No matter how many times you hear it in your head, your work sounds different when you hear the sound of your words.
One of my writing groups focuses almost exclusively on the sounds of our efforts. When we read, we hear the too-long sentences, the oft-repeated words, the misplaced modifiers and more.
Reading out loud is the top tip on this list, but it’s not the only good one.

20 Simple Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Writing | inspirationfeed.com

http://inspirationfeed.com/articles/blogging/20-simple-tips-that-will-dramatically-improve-your-writing/

Details, details

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When you’ve finished your writing project, unless your only goal is to finish it, you’ll want to know how to present and protect your work.
The vast majority of what I’ve written has been for newspapers, for which I’ve been paid a salary.
Stepping into other areas, especially into independent publishing, means learning a raft of details that have nothing to do with craft.
One detail is copyright. Here are some simple facts from the U.S. government.

www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf

Reading this handout won’t make you a copyright lawyer, but it should help you ask the right questions.

Give in to the urge

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You may have seen the question on your Facebook feed. I did, and I ignored it. But I found it hard to ignore the results when they started popping up.
The question FB posed was about books that influenced people. The collective answer had a lot of children’s and YA novels.
I know these kinds of self-selected surveys aren’t scientific, but I was surprised by how many in the top 20 I would have put on my list, had I made one.
Conclusion? I’m not sure. Maybe it’s time to dust off those YA ideas I’ve never finished. How about you?

Almost All the Books People Say Influenced Them Were Written for Children | Mother Jones

http://m.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/09/people-like-to-sleep-with-people-who-were-affected-by-great-books

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