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Grammar Girl : The Rules of Story :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

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The seven things our brains look for in a story--and it isn't all about the writing.

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Writing Inspiration: Advice from Ira Glass - Writer's Circle

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Writing Inspiration: Advice from Ira Glass
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Good reminder.

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500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar

 

"Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts we posted earlier this year.

"The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older."


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Bruno Koffi's curator insight, November 15, 10:01 AM

An article worth sharing. Offers a wide variety of topics of discussion and composition

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SelfControl

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"Whether you're writing the Great American Novel or just trying to finish a term paper by tomorrow morning, the biggest threat to productivity is distraction. And the biggest progenitor of distraction is the very machine you are working on to write that novel or term paper. This open source app blocks access to distracting websites, as well as mail servers and everything else on the internet. Just set the timer, and write."


Macs only.


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Ah, something to help block all distractions while I write. Now if only it would do laundry and make meals...

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An Illustrated Guide To Writing People Of Color

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(If you happen to be a person of another color.)
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Very helpful information.

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24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo

24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
This list of 24 quotes on writing will prepare you for NaNoWriMo and help you find the inner strength to write more and finish that novel in 30 days.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 3, 10:05 PM

 

All those NaNoWriMoers out there need all the pump up they can get for the long slog through 50,000 words of November.

 

Get encouraged, get that novel finished, and oh, don't forget to edit in December!

 

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

 

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

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These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.


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Better education about plagiarism--too bad so many school librarians have been cut .

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Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, November 7, 5:14 AM


Interesting… and what of the impact on handwriting

CECI Jean-François's curator insight, November 10, 2:49 AM

Enquête sur la litteracie numerique, des chiffres intéressants...

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INFOGRAPHIC: Yoga for Writers

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Paper cuts, carpal tunnel, compound hangovers, and the mind-numbing affects of a friend's experimental poetry reading are just some of the occupational hazards that any writer must face. Now we can...
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Literature & Latte - YouTube

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Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents.
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Absolutely love Scrivener -- and these videos can really help figure out some of the more advanced options.

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Concept Mapping/Graphic Organizers

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"Reading Rockets shares that "A concept map is a visual organizer that can enrich students' understanding of a new concept. Using a graphic organizer, students think about the concept in several ways. Most concept map organizers engage students in answering questions such as, "What is it? What is it like? What are some examples?" Concept maps deepen understanding and comprehension."Cast reports: "There is solid evidence for the effectiveness of graphic organizers in facilitating learning." A summary of this finding is that, "When looking across 23 different studies they found a consistent effect on comprehension."



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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 20, 11:41 AM

Some great links in this article to a plethora of resources. 

Sample Student's curator insight, August 20, 8:15 PM

Of great use when making decisions about supporting higher order thinking in assisted learning.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 21, 11:57 PM

A concept map is a visual organizer that can enrich students' understanding of a new concept.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Good Resources for Helping Students Learn About and Write Poetry

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Writing Alone, Together

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I used to spend my days in voluntary solitary confinement. Then I joined a writers’ collective.

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I strongly believe that a writing group of some sort will improve both your moral and your writing.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, July 8, 12:18 PM

"In the conversation about ideas — the clarification of an argument, the identification of a larger point to be made, the firmer realization of what I want to say before I start crafting the prose — the writing that results is inevitably clearer and smarter. Because I have opened my mouth and practiced using the words, I now set them down with more care, precision and patience (one writer friend has said there’s nothing like telling a lot of people a story, over drinks, for years, to refine its structure)."


And she's been able to gauge the response of an audience so the words and ideas make more sense to the listener, which means she can weigh the words and their cadence for the reader.

Tiina Airaksinen's curator insight, July 9, 6:27 AM
Kirjoittaminen on sekä yksilöllistä että yhteisöllistä toimintaa.
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Write Nonfiction: Information Sells

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Write nonfiction. It sells. Writers turn knowledge into income, and it's easily done. Although the Web is packed with free information, you can sell it.

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poetryarchive.org | Poetry archive

poetryarchive.org | Poetry archive | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Hiistoric recordings, classic poems, childrens poety, books and CDs, downloads, and more.....


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 20, 6:40 PM

I attended a beginning of the year presentation where the manager of innovation questioned the use of poetry in classrooms. I love poetry.

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar

 

"To help jump-start your brainstorming, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts from our daily Student Opinion feature that invite you to take a stand.

"Though you won’t be limited to these topics for the contest, you’ll see that our list touches on every aspect of modern life, from politics to sports, culture, education and technology. We hope the range inspires you, and we hope the fact that each question links to at least one related Times article gives you a starting point for finding evidence."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 14, 7:24 PM

To use argumentative writing, teachers and students need to know how to use the Theory of Argumentation. That is not common.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 17, 3:14 AM

Chapbook Essays galore -- with applicable background info

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Merriam-Webster Online

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description by The Scout Report

 

"Every writer needs a dictionary. The Merriam-Webster app provides "America's most useful and respected dictionary," plus synonyms, antonyms, example sentences, and many other bonus functions. It's free, it's easy, and it's available for iPhone and iPad (iOS 7.0+) as well as Android (2.3.3+)."


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This one is my favorite online dictionary. Easy to use.  Definitions understandable even for kids.

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Anita Rissler's curator insight, November 8, 4:44 AM

Utmärkt synonymlexikon nu gratis på nätet!

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 16, 7:50 PM

The M-W app should be part of the chromebooks we have at mps. I wonder if it can't be installed because it's Android not chrome... Some chromebooks take android apps, but would this one? If you read this and know the answer please drop me a line. I would like to make a suggestion to have the MW app added if it's compatible.

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How To Become An Innovator | Feng Shui Creativity Tips | The Tao of Dana

How To Become An Innovator | Feng Shui Creativity Tips | The Tao of Dana | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Become an innovator by learning the basics!

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12 Essential Essays for Writers

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On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen King - Short, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil Gaiman - A meditation on inspriation

Those Words That Echo…Echo…Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid - Another great essay from the the New York Times Writers on Writing series

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Love the different perspectives and the commonalities.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 2, 11:27 AM

Writers on writing... always worth reading.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, November 4, 1:37 PM

Looks like a great list

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Maximize Your Creative Energy - Smashing Magazine

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Brain expert Ann Holm shares pratical tips on how to maintain a work and lifestyle that will keep you healthy and maximize your creative energy.

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Writing a book? The top 5 reasons why Scrivener is my favorite writing software - YouTube

A quick overview of Scrivener writing software highlighting its easy access to reference material while writing, its cork board and split screen functions an...
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Great video showing some of the awesome things that Scrivener can do.

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Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 1, 10:15 PM

I like this software!

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Epic Story Contest Redirect | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources

Epic Story Contest Redirect | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
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What is your epic story?

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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Visual Dictionaries and Thesauri for Students

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15 Twitter Hashtags That Every Writer Should Know About

15 Twitter Hashtags That Every Writer Should Know About | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Are you late to the social networking party? No worries. It took me a long time to get into the whole social networking thing, but I’m glad I did. It’s definitely been a beneficial experience. Although Facebook continues to defend its position as the most popular social networking platform, you shouldn’t focus all of your…
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Utilize twitter to help inspire and keep you writing.

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Make a Living as a Writer: A Simple Strategy That Works | Writing Rightly

Make a Living as a Writer: A Simple Strategy That Works | Writing Rightly | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A new way to look at your writing business to help you build your client base -- and your bank account.

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When you have a system, a plan, you are more likely to follow through. This suggested set-up will help you get started.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 8, 3:08 PM

 

Sometimes the simplest advice is the best. Set up a system for your writing, so you can start making $$ from it!

 

Your system, according to this writer, should be a 25/50/25 rule. This will allow you to make money from the small stuff, while continually aspiring for a bigger slice of the writing pie.

 

The first 25: small projects

The 50: Challenging projects

The next 25: Almost impossible

 

Read the full article to find out the author's excellent suggestions, and more recommended resources. You can make a living as a writer!

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/make-living-writer-simple-strategy-works/?utm_source=The+Write+Life&utm_campaign=71f4f03f09-main_list_11_6_13_11_5_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ae07a22b59-71f4f03f09-96058577&mc_cid=71f4f03f09&mc_eid=7900762dbd

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 9, 5:39 PM

Interesting but a bit complex.

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Laker Writing Camps - Lake Michigan Writing Project - Grand Valley State University

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For those in the West Michigan Area.

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