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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 recently stumbled upon a delightful little book calledAdvice to Writers, “a compendium of quotes, anecdotes, and writerly wisdom from a dazzling array of literary lights,” originally published in 1999. From how to find a good agent to what makes characters compelling, it spans the entire spectrum of the aspirational and the utilitarian, covering grammar, genres, material, money, plot, plagiarism, and, of course, encouragement.
"Je suis récemment tombé sur un livre charmant petit personnage appeléAvis aux écrivains », un recueil de citations, d'anecdotes, d'écrivain et de la sagesse d'un éventail éblouissant de lumières littéraires», publié à l'origine en 1999. De la façon de trouver un bon agent pour ce qui le rend personnages convaincants, il couvre tout le spectre de l'aspiration et de l'utilitaire, couvrant la grammaire, les genres, le matériel, l'argent, l'intrigue, le plagiat, et, bien sûr, de l'encouragement".
Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers via @21cif http://sco.lt/...
"Poetry must resemble prose, and both must accept the vocabulary of their time."On October 11, 1936, the BBC invited William Butler Yeat
And video of Kurt Vonnegut at the chalkboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ
"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper."Kurt Vonnegut's recently publishe
As an English teacher, and as a writer, I've studied the lives and the work of any famous writers. Here's a snapshot view of how some of the greats approached their work. Exerpts of interviews with Ray Bradbury, Joan Didion, E.B. White, Jack Kerouac, and many others make fascinating reading.
by Maria Popova“Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.”
In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments.
Article by Shannon Doyne and Holly Epstein Ojalvo
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"This lesson plan is focused on the art of writing memorable sentences, and how descriptive language has been found to stimulate cognitive function. The writers of this blog post say students first should study their favorite sentences, discussing the qualities that make them great. They should then work in groups to paraphrase the sentences, comparing their new creations to the originals and discussing their own cognitive responses to each."
From its inception, the Fairfax Network’s Meet the Author series has served to promote literacy, and an interest in reading and writing, by giving students direct access to authors who share their personal stories, offer their writing tips, and encourage students to “keep reading, keep writing, keep dreaming.”
Host of the Conscious Discussions talk radio program, Lillian Brummet, is honored to showcase authors, storytellers and poets reading from their published work on Authors Reads radio program.
Students work with authors and editors to develop writing skills. Favorite authors give tips and tricks for biography, descriptive writing, folktales, mystery, myths, journalism, poetry, speech writing, and book reviews.
Writing in The Guardian in years past, Christopher Hitchens revisited Animal Farm, George Orwell's 'dystopian allegorical novella' that took aim at the corruption of the Soviet Union and its totalitarian rule.
1988 Interview with Isaac Asimov by Bill Moyers - about learning, computers, religion, population growth, the universe..
Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write.
Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Here on his OFFICIAL Web site, see the NEW EDITION with 25 new stories, available now in bookstores.
Here's a direct link to Robert Fulghum's journal. He's always been a quirky and insightful writer!
Australian author, Deborah Abela, is visiting The Book Chook today as part of a blog tour for her hugely popular Ghost Club books. Deborah shares some great tips for young writers in:
A Magazine for Writers and Readers...
Lots of gems here!
Fascinating letters. Interesting correspondence. (RT @cota_meza: Consejos de escritor C. S. Lewis: Letters of Note: C.
When 11-year-old Kahlo Smith found out she couldn't enter Three-Minute Fiction she wanted to why. (Includes NPR audio)
Interview with authors of this new book, Martha Pennington and Pauline Burton.
Watch Reading Rockets' exclusive video interviews with top children's book authors and illustrators. You'll discover if Chris Van Allsburg is really as spooky as his books, where Jon Scieszka gets his wacky ideas, and why Patricia Polacco's warm family tales seem so real. Browse through more than 100 interviews below >