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Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, advice and lessons from bestseller Stephen King
 
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Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, advice and lessons from bestseller Stephen King Join my latest Udemy course for less than half price! https://www.udemy.com/novel-bootcamp-imagine-plan-and-start-writing-that-book/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_29 This video is a montage of advice, tips and lessons from Stephen King, one of my favourite writers. He's a bestselling author and a true talent in horror, and more recently, crime, science fiction and literary fiction. Stephen King talks here about character, plot, notebooks, ideas, process and all sorts of things. He gives some brilliant advice that is perhaps slightly different to what you might hear elsewhere. I put this together to help people with their creative writing, to inspire different ways of planning, development. drafting and editing. Also for inspiration and to give us all something to aspire to. This is perfect for beginners to creative writing, those looking for help via lessons or lectures. So sit back and listen to the wonderful, refreshing and amazing Stephen King. Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) www.nicolamonaghan.com nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk https://twitter.com/StephenKing http://stephenking.com/ Videos with hints and tips for aspiring writers by Nicola Valentine nikivalentineTV71 CreativeWritingTV71 Image of Stephen King on thumbnail used with permission of CCBY license via Flickr. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/steph_lawton/
Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, more advice and lessons from Stephen King
 
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Creative writing lessons: Creative Writing tips, advice and lessons from bestseller Stephen King Join my latest Udemy course for cheaper than half price! https://www.udemy.com/novel-bootcamp-imagine-plan-and-start-writing-that-book/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_29 This video is a montage of advice, tips and lessons from Stephen King, one of my favourite writers. He's a bestselling author and a true talent in horror, and more recently, crime, science fiction and literary fiction. Stephen King talks here about character, plot, notebooks, ideas, process and all sorts of things. He gives some brilliant advice that is perhaps slightly different to what you might hear elsewhere. I put this together to help people with their creative writing, to inspire different ways of planning, development. drafting and editing. Also for inspiration and to give us all something to aspire to. This is perfect for beginners to creative writing, those looking for help via lessons or lectures. So sit back and listen to the wonderful, refreshing and amazing Stephen King. Thumbnail image used with permission via CCBY license. Author shared work on Flickr - https://www.flickr.com/photos/steph_lawton/
Creative Writing Lessons: Bestselling, award winning author Neil Gaiman on writing
 
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Creative Writing Lessons: Bestselling, award winning author Neil Gaiman on writing For more help with your own writing, join my latest Udemy course for better than half price! https://www.udemy.com/novel-bootcamp-imagine-plan-and-start-writing-that-book/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_29 This is a slightly random Q&A with Neil Gaiman which explores his thoughts on ideas, writing, publishing and robots. With questions and answers from a number of different interviews, Neil Gaiman talks eloquently and entertainingly on a number of subjects. He starts by tackling the question all writers hate; where do you get your ideas from? He jokes about this first but then explains why this is, and why this is such a difficult question for writers, before coming up with a very simple answer and making everyone laugh. He then answers couple of questions from slips of paper sent in by fans. Do you believe in what you write or is it all complete fiction for you? Then a question about whether the fantasy genre might go out of fashion. He talks about publishing then, and how these things work, and answers very honestly about its fashions and trends. He's then asked whether robots might take over the world; possibly his most entertaining response :) Finally, Neil talks about the power of ideas and freedom of speech in a moving speech in response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France. Throughout the video, Gaiman is funny, frank and to the point. Don't miss his writerly wisdom! Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) www.nicolamonaghan.com nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk https://twitter.com/nikival71 https://twitter.com/neilhimself http://www.neilgaiman.com/ Videos with hints and tips for aspiring writers by Nicola Valentine nikivalentineTV71 CreativeWritingTV71
Famous Writers on where they get their ideas: Stephen King, John Irving, Alan Hollinghurst
 
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Famous Writers on where they get their ideas: Stephen King, John Irving, Alan Hollinghurst Where do you get your ideas from? Famous writers Stephen King, John Irving and Alan Hollinghurst respond to this question. Stephen King is the award winning, best selling author of Carrie, The Shining, Misery, and The Shawshank Redemption, among many others. His novels have been adapted to film and TV and he has written some of the most well known stories in the contemporary world. John Irving is the best selling author of The World According to Garp, The Water Method Man, A Widow for one Year and the Ciderhouse rules. A number of his books have been adapted into films. Alan Hollinghurst has written many novels and won prizes such as the Somerset Maughan Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His novel The Line of Beauty won the Booker Prize in 2004, I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) https://literature.britishcouncil.org/writer/alan-hollinghurst https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/jun/18/alan-hollinghurst-interview https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Hollinghurst http://www.notablebiographies.com/newsmakers2/2006-Ei-La/Hollinghurst-Alan.html http://freshfiction.com/author.php?id=10690 http://john-irving.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Irving https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3075.John_Irving https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/feb/03/john-irving-interview-avenue-of-mysteries-politics-wrestling-great-american-novel http://stephenking.com/ https://twitter.com/StephenKing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/5653/stephen-king-the-art-of-fiction-no-189-stephen-king https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/07/why-stephen-king-spends-months-and-even-years-writing-opening-sentences/278043/ Part of my Creative Writing Lessons series with lots of hints and tips for your Creative Writing.
Creative Writing Lessons: Lesson 1 - Five top tips to get started (creative writing)
 
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Creative Writing Lessons: Lesson 1 - Five top tips to get started (creative writing) Get access to my latest Udemy course - Novel Bootcamp - for less than half price. https://www.udemy.com/novel-bootcamp-imagine-plan-and-start-writing-that-book/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_29 This is my first Creative Writing lesson, my five top tips to get started. I made this video back in January 2015 so excuse the reference to happy new year from back then. The tips are all good for any time in the 21st century, though :) Getting started with your creative writing might be a new resolution, or you might have been planning to get going with your writing for some time. Either way, this video can help. I've put together five tips based on my own experience of getting started with my own creative writing, to help start you off and inspire you. Whether you're looking for inspiration, encouragement or just a little bit of advice from someone slightly further along, this is the perfect video to help. My name's Niki Valentine, but I also write as Nicola Monaghan. I write novels and stories in two different genres. I've won literary prizes and made bestseller lists but, more importantly, I managed to get started on my creative writing and can help you do the same. These five simple lessons are all born out of my own experience, and the things I did right and wrong along the way. Learn from my mistakes and challenges, as well as my successes. Learn about setting targets, and writing challenges that might help you, such as National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) and 100k in 100 days. Whether your ambition is to become a novelist, or just to get started and get some short stories out there, get inspiration and encouragement and get started putting pen to paper! This is part of my series/course of lectures and lessons for beginners in Creative Writing. Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half www.nicolamonaghan.com http://nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk/ http://nanowrimo.org/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/125279004297437/?fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicola-Monaghan/132549283433432?fref=ts https://twitter.com/nikival71 http://www.dailywritingtips.com/creative-writing-101/ http://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/ http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/ https://twitter.com/writingprompts https://twitter.com/writingprompt I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Images used in gslides presentation are all Flickr hosted creative commons. No changes were made to these images, except to resize and insert them into a gslides format. Credits: ‘Writing’ CCBY (c) Pedro Ribeiro Simões, https://flic.kr/p/4DCcv4 'Reading' CCBY (c) Pedro Ribeiro Simões, https://flic.kr/p/o1ZnHD 'notebook and coffee' CCBY (c) flickr user waferboard flickr.com/waferboard hosted at https://flic.kr/p/egGqwV 'On Target' CCBY (c) Jürgen Zahrl . https://flic.kr/p/53Gxci 'Sunset em Pimlico' CCBY (c) Eduardo Otubo https://flic.kr/p/8LaxKV Videos with hints and tips for aspiring writers by Nicola Valentine nikivalentineTV71 CreativeWritingTV71
Stephen King, a natural storyteller
 
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Stephen King, a natural storyteller This is Stephen King doing what he does best; telling stories. As he takes us through anecdotes about the dog that inspired Cujo, through his first ever meeting with a ;real writer' and to the time he threw the manuscript for Carrie in the bin (his wife rescued it - phew) we see just how naturally telling stories comes to King. No wonder he's so good at what he does! The anecdotes also give you an insight into the writing process of Stephen King and his life, and they will make you laugh. One of my very favorite writers, and the King of writing in my opinion :) I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (https://www.youtube.com/editor) Videos with hints and tips for aspiring writers by Nicola Valentine nikivalentineTV71 CreativeWritingTV71
Udemy Novel Bootcamp Course Sampler: Choosing a point of view and narrative style
 
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Udemy Novel Bootcamp Course Sampler: Choosing a point of view and narrative style This is a sample lecture from my Udemy Novel Bootcamp course. This course covers all the basics on getting started with a novel, beginning with finding and developing ideas, plotting and planning, building characters, structure and starting the actual writing. The course is currently on Black Friday promotion on Udemy but the first 50 students to enroll via this link can get it even cheaper, for just 9.99 https://www.udemy.com/novel-bootcamp-imagine-plan-and-start-writing-that-book/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_999 This lecture talks about the ways a writer might decide on which narrator is best to tell their story. It also discusses point of view and how to get this right without confusing the reader. https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolavalentine/ www,udemy,com www.nicolamonaghan.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/311526622632395 http://www.thewritechannel.com/ https://the-write-channel.teachable.com/
Tip of the Week Episode 4: Show don't tell (includes a Skillshare competition!)
 
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Tip of the Week Episode 4: Show don't tell (includes a Skillshare competition!) To enter the competition there are two easy stages: 1. Join my skillshare short story course via the following link http://skl.sh/2Bh7Wp0 - and get two months free premium access to Skillshare, with lots of other courses including my 'Kickstart your novel' course 2. Post a class project, which is a 6 word short story, bu 1st January. WIn a critique of your own 2000 word short story. Good luck! In this week's Write Channel tip of the week video we discuss one of the most popular phrases in creative writing teaching; show don't tell. This is probably the piece of advice that I give out most often to beginning writers, and the advice that I've heard others give most too. But what does it really mean? This video explains everything. Telling is where a write simply states whatever it is she wants the reader to take from the situation or character behavior. This is fine in certain quantities but can feel flat and boring if done too much. Showing is when a writer demonstrate what she wants to say by giving the reader a scene or action to work it all out from. Generally, it's a much more interesting and vivid way to write, as it keeps us with the characters and in the action. There's also 'show and tell' when a writer shows us something then goes on to tell it as well So, generally, try to show what you want to for the reader as much as possible. And avoid both showing and telling your reader too. www.nicolamonaghan.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/311526622632395 www.skillshare.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Show,_don%27t_tell http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/showing-and-telling-the-basics.html
Creative Writing Lessons: Finding ideas and getting creative with your writing
 
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Creative Writing Lessons: Finding ideas and getting creative with your writing This is an extract from my short story course, hosted on Udemy, which you can access via the link below and get for half price :) This lecture takes you through the different methods you can use as a writer to find ideas. It starts by answering the question I get asked the most as a writer; where do I get my ideas from? I do my best to answer that and then talk about places new writers might find inspiration. The advice talks about how reading can help, how writing inspires us to write more, how keeping a notebook can help. It talks about writing prompts and exercises, and where you can find them, going through all of my recommended places. There's no one method that works for everyone, so it's all about finding what works for you. There's a follow up lecture about that too, coming soon... Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half https://www.udemy.com/u/nicolavalentine/ www.nicolamonaghan.com http://nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/nikival71 http://www.dailywritingtips.com/creat... http://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/ http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts http://writingprompts.tumblr.com/ https://twitter.com/writingprompts https://twitter.com/writingprompt www.nicolamonaghan.com/blog/ http://www.writeordie.com/ myBook.to/The_Killing_Jar myBook.to/starfishing myBook.to/The_Okinawa_Dragon myBook.to/thenightlingers Author.to/Nicola_Monaghan Images in my presentation provided courtesy of the following Flickr users under CCBY license: ‘Writing’ CCBY (c) Pedro Ribeiro Simões, https://flic.kr/p/4DCcv4 'Reading' CCBY (c) Pedro Ribeiro Simões, https://flic.kr/p/o1ZnHD 'notebook and coffee' CCBY (c) flickr user waferboard flickr.com/waferboard hosted at https://flic.kr/p/egGqwV I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)
Creative Writing lessons: lesson 3, story structure (creative writing)
 
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Creative Writing lessons: Story structure lesson. Improve your creative writing. For more help with your own writing, join my latest Udemy course for half price! https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_50 This video is a creative writing lesson explaining the basics of story structure. It begins with the basic three act structure, using Cinderella as an example. It then looks at Freitag's pyramid, again using the fairy story Cinderella to explain in context what the model is saying. Finally, it draws some conclusions about the things we need to be concerned about when we write stories. This is part of a series of Creative Writing lessons designed, scripted and narrated by prize winning novelist Nicola Monaghan, who also writes bestselling books as Niki Valentine. To see more creative writing lessons by Nicola Valentine subscribe to this channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/nikival71 Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half http://nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk/ http://nanowrimo.org/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/12527... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nicola... https://twitter.com/nikival71 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramatic_structure http://thecinematheque.ca/education/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/LanguageofFilm01.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narrative_structure http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/ http://study.com/academy/lesson/rising-action-in-a-story-definition-examples-quiz.html http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/2014/03/dont-plot-just-play-fortunately-unfortunately.html I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Videos with hints and tips for aspiring writers by Nicola Valentine nikivalentineTV71 CreativeWritingTV71
Getting started with Creative Writing - tips and advice from writers and teachers
 
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Getting started with Creative Writing - tips and advice from writers and teachers. For more help with your own writing, join my latest Udemy course for half price! https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_50 Creative writing can be daunting at first. In this video, successful writers and teachers talk about establishing a regular writing practice, using your own life to inspire stories and scenes, how to make your writing more vivid, and their own inspirations and ideas. John Updike gives advice to new writers about establishing a writing practice and putting aside time Lawrence Spann discusses reading and writing, and ways to get started as a writer to help the words flow Sam Slaughter talks about how to use your own life experiences when writing fiction, and how you change and compile these to make them work better. Robin Neal talks about vivid writing, and ways to show rather than tell in your stories. Finally, Booker prize winner Margaret Atwood talks about why she writes about the near future, and the advantages she sees in doing that. This is the first video in my series/course of lectures and lessons for beginners in Creative Writing. Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor using YouTube hosted Created Commons. I hope you enjoy my video and it helps with your writing! (http://www.youtube.com/editor) Related websites: http://nicolamonaghan.com/ http://nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk/ http://www.theguardian.com/books/johnupdike http://www.pechakucha.org/users/lawrence-spann https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSsELOTu508 http://www.samslaughterthewriter.com/ http://www.thereviewreview.net/about/reviewers/sam-slaughter http://robinbneal.com/ Videos with hints and tips for aspiring writers by Nicola Valentine nikivalentineTV71 CreativeWritingTV71
The Write Channel Creative Writing Course, Lesson 1: Write Great Dialogue
 
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The Write Channel Creative Writing Course: Lesson 1 Write Great Dialogue The Write Channel Course: Lesson 1 Dialogue In this video, I will explain the basics of good dialogue. This is vital to creating characters that leap off the page and to make sure there's lots of conflict in your story. When characters fall flat or are described as one dimensional, often it's the dialogue that's the real problem. I talk about dialogue, subtext and conflict, explaining that dialogue needs to do more than one job in order to feel realistic and convincing. I also cover dialogue attribution, and how to do this well. I point out that dialogue works well when it does more than one job. Many writers starting out don't take dialogue seriously enough, and the result is characters who tell each other exactly what they want, or even tell each others things the two of them already know. This does not make for interesting or realistic scenes. I follow up my advice with examples from my work in progress DEAD FLOWERS, showing you the dialogue I started with, and how I edited it to make it work better. I also talk about some examples from film and TV. There are some writing exercises suggested at the end too. Do please cut and paste your responses in the comments and I'll take a look at what you came up with! This video covers all the basics you need to get going and improve your dialogue in a couple of simple steps! There are also two writing exercises. You can post your results in the comments below. Exercise 1 (based on The Wire). Write a scene of dialogue where the characters say just one word. Exercise 2 (based on Pulp Fiction) Write a scene where what the characters say and the way they talk is at odds with the action Royale with cheese video available from the Movieclips channel. See https://youtu.be/6Pkq_eBHXJ4 www.nicolamonaghan.com http://Author.to/Nicola_Monaghan http://myBook.to/The_Killing_Jar https://www.amazon.co.uk/Niki-Valentine/e/B0057NKLDG http://www.hbo.com/the-wire https://www.miramax.com/movie/pulp-fiction/ https://www.youtube.com/user/movieclips. Thumbnails and channel art royalty free via Canva.com Screen layouts via canva.com and powerpoint https://products.office.com/en-gb/powerpoint Screen capture and music via camtasia http://discover.techsmith.com/camtasia-rlsa-30-desktop/ Subscribe button courtesy of https://openclipart.org/detail/190688/video-channel-subscribe-buttonz\A1 Find out more about me here: www.nicolamonaghan.com http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/niki-valentine/ http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/nicola-monaghan/ https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolavalentine/ All stock footage from http://www.beachfrontbroll.com Join me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/311526622632395/ Niki Valentine TV 71 Nicola Valentine creative writing help Creative Writing TV 71
Write Channel Quote of the week episode 3: Highsmith When writing a novel, please yourself first
 
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Write Channel Quote of the week episode 3: Highsmith When writing a novel, please yourself first Today's Write Channel Quote of the week is from Patricia Highsmith, author of suspense classics such as The Talented Mr Ripley and Ripley's Game. HIghsmith's advice is to please yourself first when writing a book. So write the book you want to read. You'll have to spend so much time with it, and read it so many times yourself, that you really need to love it. And, if you do. hopefully that passion will show in the writing. So, find an idea you love and that makes you enthusiastic about writing. Please yourself first All of my stock footage is from http://www.beachfrontbroll.com/ Find out more about me at www.nicolamonaghan.com http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/niki-valentine/ http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/nicola-monaghan/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Ripley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patricia_Highsmith https://www.goodreads.com/series/43329-ripley http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/patricia-highsmiths-ripley-book-series-797465 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Ripley-Novels-Talented-Followed/dp/0393066339 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/02/tom-ripley-the-likable-psychopath-patricia-highsmith https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plotting-Writing-Suspense-Patricia-Highsmith/dp/031228666X http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0134119/
The Write Channel Course, lesson 2: Establishing a writing habit
 
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The write channel lesson 2, establishing a writing habit So you want to become a novelist, or hone your creative writing skills? One of the best things you can do is establish a writing habit. This video takes you through a number of things you can do to help. This includes tactics like Morning Pages, as originally outlined by Julia Cameron in her non-fiction book The Artist's Way, and setting yourself a daily word count. Find a way of working and writing that works for you. This is also a preview of my new Udemy course, coming soon. on writing novels. If you're not already enrolled on my Short Story course, you can get it at the moment on Udemy for $15. If you get in a bit quicker you can get it even cheaper, for $10. The first fifty to enrol can use this coupon YOUTUBE_50 - the course is here https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/learn/v4/overview Happy writing. And don't forget to tell me in the comments what you'd like to see next from The Write Channel! Niki www.nicolamonaghan.com www.thewritechannel.com www.udemy.com https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolavalentine/ https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/learn/v4/overview http://juliacameronlive.com/ http://juliacameronlive.com/blog/ https://nanowrimo.org/dashboard
Novel Bootcamp Udemy Creative Writing Course Sampler: Three top tips for starting a novel
 
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Novel Bootcamp Udemy Creative Writing Course Sampler: Three top tips for starting a novel This is a sample lecture from my Udemy Novel Bootcamp course. This course covers all the basics on getting started with a novel, beginning with finding and developing ideas, plotting and planning, building characters, structure and starting the actual writing. The first 50 students to enrol in the next 48 hours can get this course at a very special offer of $19 but, if you miss out on that, there's a second link with a special offer "$29. These coupons are only valid until 31st December, so move fast! https://www.udemy.com/novel-bootcamp-imagine-plan-and-start-writing-that-book/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_19 https://www.udemy.com/novel-bootcamp-imagine-plan-and-start-writing-that-book/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_29 This video covers my three top tips for getting started with a book. These are: 1. Sum it up in a sentence The idea needs to be succinct and make sense as a novel but it also needs a bit of depth in order to be developed into such a novel project 2. Live with the idea for a while The idea needs to grow and develop to make it as a novel. For this it might need some space, so try to live with the idea for a while - until you feel the momentum building and are ready to go 3. Characters are more important than plot. A good story involves character that do things that make sense to who they are as characters, rather than jumping through plot holes a commanded by the writer. So character should lead the plot and not the other way around This video is full of creative writing tips and advice for starting a novel https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolavalentine/ www,udemy,com www.nicolamonaghan.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/311526622632395 http://www.thewritechannel.com/ https://the-write-channel.teachable.com/
The Write Channel tip of the week episode 3: Share your writing
 
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The Write Channel tip of the week episode 3: Share your writing The latest in the Write Channel tip of the week series. This time, the tip is 'share your writing'. First, though, edit it to the point where you can't make it any better yourself. Then share. You can share online in groups and forums or you can share in person in groups or classes. it can be hard and feel difficult at first. It can even be painful. But nothing will improve your work faster than feedback from people who are able to be honest and specific about what works and what doesn't in the piece. So. be brave and share. All of my stock footage is from http://www.beachfrontbroll.com/ Find out more about me at www.nicolamonaghan.com http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/niki-valentine/ http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/nicola-monaghan/
The Write Channel Creative Writing Quote of the week episode 1 Kill Your Darlings
 
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The Write Channel Creative Writing Quote of the week episode 1 Kill Your Darlings This is my very first Write Channel quote of the week video. This time around, I've chosen the quote Kill Your Darlings. This quote is variously attributed to William Faulkner, Oscar Wilde, Anton Chechov. Lots of really famous writers. But, actjually, the best attributation we can find for this is in the publications of a less well known Arthur Quiller-Couch The quote is 'Kill your darlings' or 'murder your darlings' Not meant literally- this is the idea that if you find there are sentences or passages in your writing that you are particuarly impressed with yourself for writing, you should strike them out. More about the origins of Kill your darlings here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/10/18/_kill_your_darlings_writing_advice_what_writer_really_said_to_murder_your.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kill_Your_Darlings_(2013_film) http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Kill%20your%20darlings Find out more about me here: www.nicolamonaghan.com http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/niki-valentine/ http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/nicola-monaghan/ https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolavalentine/ All stock footage from http://www.beachfrontbroll.com Join me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/311526622632395/ Niki Valentine TV 71 Nicola Valentine creative writing help Creative Writing TV 71
Creative Writing Lessons: Lesson 2 how to beat writers' block (creative writing)
 
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Creative Writing Lessons: Lesson 2 how to beat writers' block Creative Writing Advice: writers' block and how to beat it and carry on writing The latest video in my series to help people with creative writing is on the subject of writers' block. Writers' Block can be the worst thing. I've put together some thoughts and tips that I hope will help. With ideas from me and other writers to help you work through writers' block, and some of the tricks and tips I've picked up along the way, this will hopefully get you thinking differently, worrying less about your work and bring you through your crisis of confidence and out the other side of writers' block. Philip Pullman suggests that Writers' Block doesn't exist. Perhaps refuting its existence is the way forward. Mostly, writers' block tends to be about confidence, and a writer feeling that they'll never write well enough. To get through to the other side of the block, the writer needs to ignore those negative feelings and write something, anything. This video will help you find ways to do this, and introduce exercises, and a website, to help. Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half Part of my series of creative writing lectures and lessons for beginners. Check out the playlist and channel for more like this. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor, and using Screencastify software on a google chromebook (http://www.youtube.com/editor) https://www.screencastify.com/ https://www.google.co.uk/chrome/devices/ http://nicolamonaghan.com/ http://nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk/ http://www.philip-pullman.com/ http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/title/the-alan-sillitoe-interview/id/2242 http://www.writeordie.com/
Creative Writing Inspiration: six word memoirs and stories
 
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Creative Writing Inspiration: six word memoirs and stories It can be really hard to get started with creative writing. You want to be a writer, so what do you need to do? There's a simple answer - write! This video suggests a starting point. Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a short story in six words. See his response to the challenge, as well as those of young writers, in this video. Write your own six word story and post it in the comments here! Get started with your creative writing and try to make a story happen in six words. Find inspiration through the stories of others and get started! Part of my series of videos in a course of lectures and lessons for beginners in creative writing. Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half I created this video by remixing Creative Commons hosted on Youtube. You can do the same yourself using the YouTube editor. I hope you enjoy the video and it helps with your creative writing. I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor) www.nicolamonaghan.com http://nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk/ http://www.sixwordmemoirs.com/ http://www.sixwordstories.net/ https://twitter.com/sixwordstories http://www.reddit.com/r/sixwordstories/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_sale:_baby_shoes,_never_worn http://www.biography.com/people/ernest-hemingway-9334498 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway Videos with hints and tips for aspiring writers by Nicola Valentine nikivalentineTV71 CreativeWritingTV71
The Write Channel Featuring Nicola Valentine - a channel for creative writers
 
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The Write Channel Featuring Nicola Valentine - a channel for creative writers This video is an introduction to The Write Channel and to me, Nicola Valentine. The Write Channel is the place for writers who are serious about their craft. I've been writing fiction and teaching creative writing for a decade. The channel features The Write Channel Creative Writing course, with a new video a month, as well as a tip and quote of the week section. There's also lots of other content from myself and other writers. So, pull up a seat, grab a coffee, and get ready to improve your creative writing skills! www.nicolamonaghan.com http://Author.to/Nicola_Monaghan http://myBook.to/The_Killing_Jar https://www.amazon.co.uk/Niki-Valentine/e/B0057NKLDG http://www.hbo.com/the-wire https://www.miramax.com/movie/pulp-fiction/ https://www.youtube.com/user/movieclips. Thumbnails and channel art royalty free via Canva.com Screen layouts via canva.com and powerpoint https://products.office.com/en-gb/powerpoint Screen capture and music via camtasia http://discover.techsmith.com/camtasia-rlsa-30-desktop/ Subscribe button courtesy of https://openclipart.org/detail/190688/video-channel-subscribe-buttonz\A1 Find out more about me here: www.nicolamonaghan.com http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/niki-valentine/ http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/nicola-monaghan/ https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolavalentine/ All stock footage from http://www.beachfrontbroll.com Join me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/311526622632395/ Niki Valentine TV 71 Nicola Valentine creative writing help Creative Writing TV 71
New Skillshare course - get started on your novel
 
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A introduction and taster to my new skillshare course 'Get Started with you Novel. Join here and get premium membership on the site for $0.99 for three months! http://skl.sh/2eVcs0D
My Novel Bootcamp Course on Udemy
 
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My Novel Bootcamp Course on Udemy This is a quick video explaining what my Novel Bootcamp course on Udemy is all about. The first half of the video explains what we'll cover. On the course, I talk about ideas and inspiration, Writer's process, plotting and planning a book, building great characters, story structure and how to make a start on the actual writing. My Udemy course is available at special prices for the next few weeks. If you're fast and are within the first 50 students who enroll before 31/12/17 you can get the course for $19 https://www.udemy.com/novel-bootcamp-imagine-plan-and-start-writing-that-book/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_19 The next 100 students can buy the coures for $29, still loads better than half price! https://www.udemy.com/novel-bootcamp-imagine-plan-and-start-writing-that-book/?couponCode=YOUTUBE_29 There are already some samples of the course here on YouTube and more to come over the next few days. https://www.facebook.com/groups/311526622632395 https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolavalentine/ www.udemy.com www.nicolamonaghan.com https://youtu.be/G0EIy7lKS6s www.thewritechannel.com
The Write Channel Creative Writing Quote of the week episode 2: quote from Stephen King On Writing'
 
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The Write Channel Creative Writing Quote of the week episode 1 - quote from Stephen King 'On Writing' This is my second Write Channel quote of the week video. This time around, I've chosen a quote from Stephen King's book 'On Writing'. The quote is: “If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” So, Stephen King is saying you need to read. My advice (and his) is to read a lot and write a lot. The more you read, the more your learn your craft. And, interestingly, the less likely you are to end up being derivative. Every good book you read is a masterclass. And there are so many books - so many potential masterclasses. So get out there, grab a book and start learning. More quotes from Stephen King here at Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3389.Stephen_King Find out more about me here: www.nicolamonaghan.com http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/niki-valentine/ http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/nicola-monaghan/ https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolavalentine/ All stock footage from http://www.beachfrontbroll.com Join me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/311526622632395/ Niki Valentine TV 71 Nicola Valentine creative writing help Creative Writing TV 71 Thumbnail picture of Stephen King courtesy of https://www.flickr.com/photos/steph_lawton under the Creative Commons scheme CCBY license
Creative Writing Quote of the Week episode 4: Stephen King 'set loose the monsters
 
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Creative Writing Quote of the Week episode 4: Stephen King 'set loose the monsters This week's quote of the week is from the wonderful Stephen King once again; the inventor of scary clowns and master of horror. This is what he has to say: "I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose." In Stephen King's case, of course, these are literal monsters. But you can also think of these as difficulties and problems that your character needs to overcome. So, follow King's advice - make us care about the character then release those monsters! To enter the competition there are two easy stages: 1. Join my skillshare short story course via the following link http://skl.sh/2Bh7Wp0 - and get two months free premium access to Skillshare, with lots of other courses including my 'Kickstart your novel' course 2. Post a class project, which is a 6 word short story, by 1st January. Win a critique of your own 2000 word short story. Good luck! www.skillshare.com http://stephenking.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King www.nicolamonaghan.com http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-quotes http://www.writersdigest.com/writing-quotes
The Write Channel Creative Writing Tip of the Week episode 2: Stare into Space
 
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The Write Channel Creative Writing Tip of the Week episode 2 Stare into Space This is the second video in my Tip of the Week series, coming every Wednesday from The Write Channel. Today's tip comes to you courtesy of my first primary school teacher, Miss Brown, who was forever telling me off for staring into space. Having spoken to lots of other writers and creatives about this, I find it is a common experience. Lots of us stare into space. We daydream. It's another place that the ideas come from and it's where they go to percolate too. So, my advice in this video is to start staring into space, or carry on staring into space, or get staring into space. Daydream. Let the ideas flow. Some of the most important work a writer does is where they are staring out of the window, looking into the stars, or enjoying a good long walk/think. All of my stock footage is from http://www.beachfrontbroll.com/ Find out more about me at www.nicolamonaghan.com http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/niki-valentine/ http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/nicola-monaghan/
The Write Channel Creative Writing Tip of the Week episode 1 WRITE
 
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The Write Channel Creative Writing Tip of the Week episode 1 WRITE This is the first video in my Tip of the Week series, coming every Wednesday from The Write Channel. Today's tip is very simple. Write. This might sound a bit glib but it's the most important part. Follow writing prompts. Describe interesting things you've experienced. Make up character and create a scene. Get some words on paper. The rest will come. People ask me all the time where I get my ideas from. I've thought long and hard about this question. The truth is that the ideas come from the writing. So write! All of my stock footage is from http://www.beachfrontbroll.com/ Find out more about me here: www.nicolamonaghan.com http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/niki-valentine/ http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/writers-directory/nicola-monaghan/ https://www.udemy.com/user/nicolavalentine/ All stock footage from http://www.beachfrontbroll.com Join me on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/311526622632395/ Niki Valentine TV 71 Nicola Valentine creative writing help Creative Writing TV 71
Creative Writing Vlog 25th January - Creative Writing, a cat and room of one's own
 
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Creative Writing Vlog 25th January - Creative Writing, a cat and room own This is my first vlog, so I'm still getting used to being on camera, and to setting up my lighting, mic and so on. Any feedback gratefully received. I was going to talk about why I'm not writing a novel at the moment but then my cat intervened. How dare I make a video without her help! In the end, the world revolves around her instead. Cats are good at this. Every writer should have a cat of his or her own. A kind of familiar, a bit like witches have. So here's mine. And my 'room of her own' of Virginia Woolf wisdom. I hope you enjoy meeting them both. My cat is called The Dream Tiger, like one from Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but imagine how mad I sound when I'm calling her in for her dinner! I wrote a story about her once called catstory. It's quite strange but completely true. See below! Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half https://transcendentalswimming.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/the-dream-tiger-and-the-shed/ www.nicolamonaghan.com http://nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk http://www.channel4.com/programmes/noel-fieldings-luxury-comedy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Room_of_One%27s_Own I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)
Creative Writing Lessons: Publicizing your own creative writing
 
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Creative Writing Lessons: Publicizing your own creative writing This is one of the later lectures in my course on Short Stories hosted on Udemy.com. Hopefully, it gives you a sense of where the course goes. You can see my full Udemy tutor page. https://www.udemy.com/u/nicolavalentine/ This lecture takes you through the different methods you can use to publicize your writing and get your work noticed without spamming your friends and followers. I talk about websites, social media and email lists, giving an introduction to these areas and showing some examples. The course takes you through the whole process of writing a short story, from finding the first sparks of ideas, to developing these, writing drafts, editing and polishing, publishing your stories and what to do once their out there. Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half https://www.udemy.com/u/nicolavalentine/ www.nicolamonaghan.com http://nikivalentine.webeden.co.uk/ https://twitter.com/nikival71 www.nicolamonaghan.com/blog/ myBook.to/The_Killing_Jar myBook.to/starfishing myBook.to/The_Okinawa_Dragon http://www.yourfirst10kreaders.com/ http://www.jfpenn.com/ http://www.thecreativepenn.com/ https://twitter.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ https://www.youtube.com/ https://www.udemy.com/courses/ myBook.to/thenightlingers Author.to/Nicola_Monaghan http://mailchimp.com/ http://www.aweber.com/ I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)
Advice for writers by Nicola Monaghan - Creative Writing
 
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Advice for writers, a prose poem by Nicola Monaghan, aka Niki Valentine. Based on a piece written originally for my blog, this has been adapted, edited but also had a verse added. For more specific advice about your writing, join my Udemy course for less than half price :) https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=19DOLLARDEAL Set to a trancey background, this animated piece of writing gives advice for new writers that keeps ending on the same word - WRITE! It starts by suggesting the reader imagine a trance soundtrack, then moves onto the statement 'Don't listen to other writers'. It works thought a bunch of don'ts - don't think, don't assume, don't waste your time - with various scenarios, always leading to the simple statement WRITE! Edited in Adobe After Effects and the YouTube editor, with background of video loops from www.movietools.info This is a fun, quirky video that makes it's point by humour and repetition. WRITE! Thanks for watching. If you're interested in learning more about creative writing and short stories, follow this link to a special offer on my current Udemy course. https://www.udemy.com/short-story-workshop-learn-from-a-prizewinning-writer/?couponCode=YouTube_Half http://nicolamonaghan.com/ http://nicolamonaghan.com/2015/04/28/some-advice-for-writers/ http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/50-pieces-of-writing-advice-from-authors http://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one http://www.brainpickings.org/2013/09/11/neil-gaiman-advice-to-writers/ http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/steinbeck/steinbeck.html http://www.ernesthemingwaycollection.com/ http://www.theguardian.com/books/anne-tyler http://margaretatwood.ca/ http://www.philipkdickfans.com/ http://www.hplovecraft.com/ http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/17/world-fantasy-awards-hp-lovecraft-racism-row-statuette http://movietools.info http://www.purple-planet.com Videos with hints and tips for aspiring writers by Nicola Valentine nikivalentineTV71 CreativeWritingTV71