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Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com

Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
In 2011, then Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats, tweeted 22 rules of storytelling. Artist Dino Ignacio then turned them into image macros.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 21, 11:36 AM
You may have already seen these rules of storytelling, but they are worth a refresher. Plus, now they've been married to some beautiful images from beloved Pixar films. My brain loves these visuals. Enjoy!

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July/August 2016 Writing Contests

July/August 2016 Writing Contests | AdLit | Scoop.it
July 2016 Type: Poetry Awards Hosted by: Literal Latte Deadline: July 15, 2016 Entry Fee: $10 Type: Nonfiction (College Student Stories) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type: Nonfiction (Parent to Parent) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type:…

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Penelope's curator insight, July 5, 12:46 PM
Writers, here are some contests to jump on before the end of July! 

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The Writer’s Toolbox - Tips From the Masters - Gotham Writers Workshop

The Writer’s Toolbox - Tips From the Masters - Gotham Writers Workshop | AdLit | Scoop.it
The master of horror gives us some sage writing advice.

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Penelope's curator insight, June 28, 3:18 PM
Let's go back about 200 years to another time and place. This writing advice (satire) is imagined from no other than the great master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe. These tips are otherworldly. I especially love #5. When in doubt? Bury someone alive. 

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Getting to the Core of Character Motivation

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Getting to the Core of Character Motivation is a guest post by Becca Puglisi detailing inner and outer motivation of characters in fiction

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Penelope's curator insight, June 7, 9:46 PM
Developing characters in our stories is one of the hardest things to get right. This is an excellent post that explains the character arc, which consists of four pieces. Worthwhile read.

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How to Overcome Writer's Block with 101 Proven Strategies

How to Overcome Writer's Block with 101 Proven Strategies | AdLit | Scoop.it
How to overcome writer's block fast with these proven tips used by writers to cure it. Beat writer's block today and boost your creativity and writin

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Penelope's curator insight, April 19, 8:47 PM
Thanks Stephen Bennett for all these mind-bending tips for overcoming writer's block. There's also a very detailed infographic of the top 25 at the end. This is a keeper!

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The rise of the short story - The Star Tribune

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Baxter, professor of creative writing at the University of Minnesota and winner of the prestigious Rea Award for the short story, said that short stories differ from novels in more than just length. “The intensity level is higher. These landscapes are more like ones lit by lightning than by candles or incandescent lamps.”

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Penelope's curator insight, February 17, 7:58 PM

 

I'm not surprised about the popularity of the short story. Attention spans in this culture are nil, and a tiny, compact story is about all people feel they can fit into their schedules. This is good news for writers, too. Short stories can be fun to compose, and to make them truly digestable, it takes quite a bit of skillful editing.

 

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 Link to the original article: http://www.startribune.com/the-rise-of-the-short-story/363868601/

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27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes

27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes | AdLit | Scoop.it
Don’t be taken in by scammy contests: there are legitimate competitions for your prose and poetry. Here are some free writing contests to get started.

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Penelope's curator insight, February 16, 12:07 PM

 

The best motivation for writing? Cash, prizes and notoriety! Check out these 29 free writing contests and see if one strikes your fancy. You may want to google the site to get the most updated listing, as I entered #7, Real Simple Magazine's contest last year and the contest details are a few years behind.

 

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Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/27-free-writing-contests/

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 20, 11:05 AM

Can't win if you don't play -- come on, just send it out.

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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016

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Kick your writing career into high gear with this year’s list of the best writing websites.

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A. G. Moye's curator insight, January 26, 3:06 PM

Anything to help get your career rolling in writing. 

Penelope's curator insight, January 27, 1:56 PM

 

Great resource for writers--beginners and pros alike!

 

 

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Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-writers-2016/

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Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: Top ten books

Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: Top ten books | AdLit | Scoop.it

Australian authors of Children's and Young Adult fiction share their favourite teen / YA books.


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Keepin' Babel at Bay: 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible

Keepin' Babel at Bay: 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Penelope's curator insight, June 25, 2014 3:30 PM

 

It's always nice to have a refresher on confusing words--especially if we long to be writers. This is our craft; let's learn it. Some mix ups are spotted so often as to be cringe inducing. More obscure words used incorrectly may be excused. Be forewarned: if you read this article, you are now an expert! :)

 

Some of the stumpers: affect and effect, compliment and complement, farther and further, insure and ensure, principal and principle.

 

One with absolutely no excuse? You're and your. Remember this; the contraction stands in for [you are]. Try them out in a sentence. See if it looks rights and makes sense. If you're still not sure? Google the word and find out the meaning!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://georg-grey.blogspot.mx/2014/05/30-incorrectly-used-words-that-can-make.html

 

Snapshotic's curator insight, June 26, 2014 8:25 AM

I was taught that using the word "nice" was horrible...

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13 Great Resources for Finding Free Public Domain Books

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Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost

Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost | AdLit | Scoop.it
We've all heard this, haven't we? Boys and books don’t go together. We heard it in library school, we might see it among our patrons, and maybe even experience it at home with the boys in our lives

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Marita Thomson's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:44 PM

Some outside the square ideas for what works with boys, but none of these ideas need be exclusive to them. I like the emphasis on relationship building for long term success. Settng up activities which don't start with books but can easily include them is an excellent soft sell option. Recognising that many kids want to do things rather than talk about them opens up interesting options.

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Maggie Lyons Blog: Books for Boys

Maggie Lyons Blog: Books for Boys | AdLit | Scoop.it

"The School Library Journal recently presented a webcast discussing books suitable for boys, who are very often reluctant readers. Presenting their recommended lists of titles were representatives of three publishing companies: Cheryl Herman, marketing director of Random House Listening Library, Margaret Coffee, marketing director of Egmont USA, and Paula Ayer, editor with Annick Press. The moderator was Ed Spicer, School Library Journal.editor."


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, October 14, 2013 6:27 AM

Nice to see Australian author Anna Fienberg on this list.

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Great book list if your stumped on what to get your nephew or just curious about new titles for boys in general! 

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So You Want To Write A Book

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25 things to keep in mind.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 20, 11:31 PM
Writing a book is hard. Very hard. This article gives you permission to feel the pain, and push through it anyway. Print it out and pin it up on your wall.

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Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity - Brainpickings.org

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity - Brainpickings.org | AdLit | Scoop.it
How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 2, 10:48 PM
Make a list--boost your creativity. Love it!

Before reading this advice, I made my own long list to draft a writing contest introduction letter. It truly does spark the imagination. Of course, this advice is from Fahrenheit 451 sci-fi author, Ray Bradbury.

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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful - Smartblogger.com

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful - Smartblogger.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why your writing lacks the impact of your writing heroes? Find out the simple secret they don't want you to know.

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Penelope's curator insight, June 15, 9:40 PM
This is an amazing post. Yes, the writing is crisp and concise, but the editing visual at the beginning is a stand-alone lesson. Every writer needs to bookmark this one!

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Link to the original article: https://smartblogger.com/editing-tips/



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Boys who live with books ‘earn more as adults’

Boys who live with books ‘earn more as adults’ | AdLit | Scoop.it
“A room without books is like a body without a soul,” observed the Roman philosopher, Cicero. It can also be a sign of financial hardship to come.

New research has uncovered a strong correlation between the earnings of adults and whether they grew up surrounded by books as children.

Three economists at the University of Padua – Giorgio Brunello, Guglielmo Weber and Christoph Weiss – studied 6,000 men born in nine European countries and concluded that children with access to books could expect to earn materially more than those who grow up with few or no books.

They studied the period from 1920 to 1956, when school reforms saw the minimum school leaving age raised across Europe. They looked at whether, at the age of 10, a child lived in a house with fewer than 10 books, a shelf of books, a bookcase with up to 100 books, two bookcases, or more than two bookcases.
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Over the period studied, the research, published in the Economic Journal, found that an additional year of education increased a man’s average lifetime earnings by 9%. But the returns varied markedly according to socio-economic background.

Men brought up in households with less than a shelf of books earned only 5% more as a result of the extra year’s education, compared with 21% more for those who had access to a lot of books. And those that had access to books were more likely to move to the better-earning opportunities in cities than those without books.

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Spark Creativity with the Plot Generator

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Are your students going to write short story, film script or novel in the near future? Then send them to the Plot Generator for some inspiration! This free web tool features generators for various kinds of writing projects in a wide range of genres including fantasy, mystery, romance, teen... http://elearningfeeds.com/spark-creativity-with-the-plot-generator/

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Annie Dillard on Writing - Brain Pickings

Annie Dillard on Writing - Brain Pickings | AdLit | Scoop.it

"At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it."


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Penelope's curator insight, February 16, 9:20 PM

 

I love this from the writing of Annie Dillard:

 

"It is the beginning of a work that the writer throws away. A painting covers its tracks. Painters work from the ground up. The latest version of a painting overlays earlier versions, and obliterates them. Writers, on the other hand, work from left to right. The discardable chapters are on the left. The latest version of a literary work begins somewhere in the work’s middle, and hardens toward the end. The earlier version remains lumpishly on the left; the work’s beginning greets the reader with the wrong hand. In those early pages and chapters anyone may find bold leaps to nowhere, read the brave beginnings of dropped themes, hear a tone since abandoned, discover blind alleys, track red herrings, and laboriously learn a setting now false."

 

 

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 Link to the original article: https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/08/09/annie-dillard-on-writing/

 

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The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else

The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else | AdLit | Scoop.it

"In the first of a three-part series, author Jonathan Gottschall discusses the science of storytelling—not just escapism, stories have real power to hold human attention and shape our thinking."


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Penelope's curator insight, January 28, 2:40 PM

 

Coke gets it! They are master storytellers as well as syrupy drink makers. Take a peek at a Coke commercial and ask yourself, "What makes this work so well?" Then take the lessons and transfer them to your own stories.

 

 

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Link to the original article: http://www.fastcocreate.com/3020044/the-science-of-storytelling-how-narrative-cuts-through-distraction

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The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson

The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson | AdLit | Scoop.it

"I read a lot about reluctant readers and how to get boys to read.  This is definitely an issue I see in my classroom.  However, I have also encountered the opposite problem -- the boys that burn through books...

This is my go-to list of long books for voracious readers who happen to be boys…"


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When Books Come To Life, The Reluctant Reader: A YALC Fan Video.

"This video was made by people who love books. YALC is a Young Adult Literature Convention happening in London 12-13 Of July 2014."


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Recommended History Reading for Students

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ActiveHistory.co.uk just added 45 Graphic Novels to their "Wider Reading for History Students" list.

 


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How to Use Foreshadowing - Helping Writers Become Authors - Writing Rightly

How to Use Foreshadowing - Helping Writers Become Authors - Writing Rightly | AdLit | Scoop.it
If we sift foreshadowing down to its simplest form, we could say it prepares readers for what will happen later in the story.

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Penelope's curator insight, January 14, 2014 12:35 AM

 

We hear lots about point of view, plot and climax, but what about foreshadowing? This very important element of a story seems to have been relegated to a back room and stuffed in the closet.

 

In its simplest form? It prepares readers for what will happen in the story. I'm sure you've read books where at the point of a major plot twist, you shake your head and say, huh? We all have. You feel cheated and want to snap that book shut!

 

There are two parts:

 

Part 1: The Plant    (Blantant or Subtle Hints)

Part 2: The Payoff (Important Scenes Play Out)

 

Foreshadowing can ease readers into what is going to happen. Sneak it in like pureed veggies, but don't hit readers over the head with it. This way, when you execute your plot twist, your readers will be delighted--not disgusted.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2013/04/how-to-use-foreshadowing.html

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Maggie Lyons Blog: MG Fiction for Reluctant Readers - Part 2

Maggie Lyons Blog: MG Fiction for Reluctant Readers - Part 2 | AdLit | Scoop.it

"I asked readers in my network to recommend books suitable for reluctant middle-grade readers and they came up with quite a few interesting titles. Many or most of these titles have appeal for boys, who, on average, tend to be less interested in reading than girls."


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