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Postcards connecting the world

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A postcards exchange project that invites everyone to send and receive postcards from random places in the world. For free!
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This could have some definite classroom uses. Practice writing short.

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This could have some definite classroom uses. Practice writing short.

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Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy?

Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?
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Interesting ideas. Could be used to help create characters.

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Katerina Plotnikova

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Awesome writing prompts. There are adult content photos, but they are blacked out (need to click to see).

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April is National Poetry Month! - ReadWriteThink

April is National Poetry Month! - ReadWriteThink | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Students are assigned to be "poets of the day" and are provided several models to create, illustrate, and present their different poems to the class.
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Lots of great links as well as lesson plans for National Poetry Month

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Poem in Your Pocket Day- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

Poem in Your Pocket Day- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion
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I know of poets who carry around a copy of the poem they are working on -- reading it and thinking about it all day.

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How to Read Poetry 101: Whys and Wherefores | Tor.com

How to Read Poetry 101: Whys and Wherefores | Tor.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Amal El-Mohtar teaches you how and why to read poetry.
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Celebrate National Poetry Month.

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National Poetry Month- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

National Poetry Month- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion
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Celebrate National Poetry Month. Reading poetry helps to improve every kind of writer--not just poets.

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The Three Dimensions of Character

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If you want to write a character from the ground up, a character who is as real as any person living, yet wholly your own creation, then there are three aspects you need to know in depth: the physical, sociological and psychological.


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Great way to know your characters well enough to predict what they would or wouldn't do in any given situation.

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Writing and the Creative Life: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Writing and the Creative Life: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Scott Myers digs into Carolyn Gregoire's 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently and his past to illuminate his own creative path.

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The 7 Story Archetypes, and How They Can Dramatically Improve Your Marketing. | Social Media Today

The 7 Story Archetypes, and How They Can Dramatically Improve Your Marketing. | Social Media Today | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Did you know that there are only 7 basic plotlines throughout all story telling? 

Christopher Booker author of The 7 basic plots distills all of story telling to 7 basic archetypes that make up all of storytelling throughout history.

 

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Written for marketing -- helpful for writers of all sorts.

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Go Teen Writers: A List of Character Archetypes

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Fun list to get writers thinking about character development.

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The 4 Story Structures that Dominate Novels | WritersDigest.com

The 4 Story Structures that Dominate Novels | WritersDigest.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
All stories contain four elements that can determine structure: milieu, idea, character and event. Here's a look at each one and how each will affect your novel. by Orson Scott Card
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This is helpful when plotting, outlining, or when you are stuck and not sure where to go.

 

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ReadWriteThink: Student Materials: Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story.
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Good way to help students think through plot.

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27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity - Edudemic

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Sometimes you're just stuck in a creativity rut. Check out these 27 simple ideas to boost your creativity!
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Hemingway

Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.

Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic — try editing this sentence to remove the red.

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This would be really helpful for students.

 

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She Takes Stunningly Beautiful Photos With REAL Animals.

She Takes Stunningly Beautiful Photos With REAL Animals. | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
This is NOT photoshop, believe it or not.
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Would be really cool writing prompts!

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Poem-A-Day- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion
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Get a poem a day in your email.

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NaPoWriMo

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Each day during the month of April, we’ll be featuring a participant’s blog, and a prompt. Something new we’ll also be doing this year is featuring a small press or journal every day, with a focus on those presses/journals that have published NaPoWriMo participants.

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A poem a day for 30 days. Are you up for the challenge?

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iUniverse Publishing | Writing Tips | How poetry can improve your writing craft

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Looking at how poetry can improve all writing.

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James Scott Bell: The "Write From The Middle" Method - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS

James Scott Bell: The "Write From The Middle" Method - WRITERS HELPING WRITERS | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Today we’re welcoming bestselling author and brilliant writing coach James Scott Bell to Writers Helping Writers. James has created a unique writing method that solves the “plotter or pantser” dilemma when it comes to structuring a novel, so please read … Continue reading →

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Christi Krug's curator insight, March 24, 11:46 PM

You've got your plotters, and you've got your pantsers (writing by the seat of their pants), and here's yet another option, writing from the middle.

 

But I daresay there are many, many more ways to write a novel and you won't know the best way for *you* until you experiment. And experiment. And experiment.

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Penelope

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@Christy Absolutely right. As Gorby (went forgotten last times, in vain) loved to say: "Once started, the thing will develop and go for itself. It has its own dynamism."
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20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print.

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Great list with explanations about why something is right or wrong.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, March 25, 9:24 PM

Worth reviewing.

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LoVe writes

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Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga

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http://www.thebookchook.com/2014/03/poetry-with-kids-presenting-haiga.html


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Some great ideas on how to connect pictures with Haiku and then how to present.

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BookChook's curator insight, March 6, 11:28 PM

Some ideas on presenting haiga after children have created them (by adding haiku to images.) Also links to other articles about creating poetry with kids. 

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The 12 Common Archetypes

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"Although there are many different archetypes, Jung defined twelve primary types that symbolize basic human motivations. Each type has its own set of values, meanings and personality traits. Also, the twelve types are divided into three sets of four, namely Ego, Soul and Self. The types in each set share a common driving source, for example types within the Ego set are driven to fulfill ego-defined agendas."

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Good list to help writers with character development.

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How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc

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One of my favourite “how to write” books is Nigel Watts’ Writing A Novel and Getting Published. My battered, torn and heavily-pencil-marked copy is a testament to how useful I’ve found it over the years.
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Nigel Watts' 8 point story arc as a way to structure a story.

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TEN SIMPLE KEYS TO PLOT STRUCTURE

TEN SIMPLE KEYS TO PLOT STRUCTURE | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
The official website of best-selling author and story consultant Michael Hauge.
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These are great points to consider wherever you are at in the writing process, but I think they are especially helpful if you get stuck.

 

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Facebook: Writer’s foe or beloved friend? - The Writer

Facebook: Writer’s foe or beloved friend? - The Writer | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Facebook can motivate users to build a diverse writing community, sharpen their skills as an editor and stretch as a writer.

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, March 19, 7:40 PM

I can find myself in what Linda K. Wertheimer writes, with the exception of her tolrating Twitter, I like Twitter a lot, but I'm not going to tell you why in this very spot, for this is about Facebook and how the platform can be your ally.