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Demian Farnworth provides 12 exercises that help you flesh out and sharpen the overriding need your copy must focus on -- without repeating yourself.
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Here is a simple, orderly process to get you thinking like your customer and writing persuasive copy that shows how they need your product/service. Good for websites, brochures or sales letters.
This program provides writing exercises to help students expand small moments in time by using vivid detail, thoughtshots, and snapshots. Alternatively, it also includes exercises for compressing a long period of time into a single sentence or scene.
Barry Lane does a wonderful job with his video lessons. Inspiring!
J.D. Smith Insurance presents some whacky insurance bloopers that really happened.
"Coming home I drove into the wrong house colliding with a tree I don't have."
I've always taught the importance of reading a paper aloud. Every writer should do this when proofreading. Using an avatar as a part of the process makes sense. I've used VOKI, but this use never occurred to me. What do you think? ~ Dennis
Students use text-to-speech software (Web 2.0 Avatars) to listen to their writing aloud. We use this 21st century method for proofreading when students do not read over their writing or are unaware of mistakes in their story. Students use this self-discovery strategy of revision and editing in order to privately critique their own work before conferring with the teacher.
Slick Write is a free tool that checks your writing for potential stylistic mistakes and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. Curious? Try a quick demo, or enter your own text in the editor tab. After submitting, four more tabs will appear at the top of the screen:
Lots of feedback! Goes way beyond the traditional spell/grammar check. A great revision tool.
"I try to teach revision but I always seem to run out of time. It takes my students so long just to write rough drafts that I can't help but move straight to editing. Help me find ways to make more time for revision."
This page of resources for revision create the heart of any writing workshop classroom.
My characters, "Our Six Writing Friends," are color-coded and organized by the colors of the rainbow, ROYGBV.
To begin the revising process, I ask students to use crayons, pens or digital highlighting and read through their work 5 times...
...Now they are ready to take the colorful draft and create a clean and polished final draft. "Polished, not Perfect!"
This step-by-step revising is best for assignments that the students have spent a fair amount of time on, usually the types of writing required by the grade-level standards.