How Does the Act of Writing Affect Your Brain

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Between 1936 and 1943 thousands of boldly coloured and graphically diverse posters were produced by the Work Projects Administration, established as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. These posters were designed to publicise health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. Here is a selection of the posters produced to promote libraries, books and learning.

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Twitter Hashtags for WritersTwitter has over 500 million users around the world, with everyone from pop stars to politicians signing up to join the social networking and micro-blogging site.

For writers, Twitter has the potential to greatly benefit your career. Twitter can better connect you with your readers, provide you with networking opportunities with other creative wordsmiths and, importantly, help you to find new audiences for your work.

Hashtags play a very important role in effectively communicating through Twitter. People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorise those Tweets and help them show up more easily in Twitter Search.

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A guest post by Brian McDonald. Brian is an award-winning writer and director. He is also a sought after instructor and consultant who has taught story structure seminars at Pixar, Disney Feature Animation and Lucasfilm’s ILM. Here he shares his advice on the natural way to tell stories.

Ever since Quentin Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction was released, people have talked in awe about how that film and others have played with traditional notions of story structure. That film tells its story out of sequence and is therefore innovative, or so the reasoning goes. This is a mistake. Telling stories out of sequence is actually as traditional as it gets.

The idea that story structure is ruled by linear chronology is a common error. As I have often written, and told students, one must look at how stories are told in real life. One must study stories not in their written form, or some other medium like TV or films, but in their natural habitat.

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“There is magic in reality if you can unlock it, if you can release it.”

Howard Jacobson, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question, shares his tips for successful writing as part of the BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

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