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6 Apps That Block Online Distractions So You Can Get Work Done

6 Apps That Block Online Distractions So You Can Get Work Done | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Perhaps sensing a shift in the zeitgeist, The New York Times has run no less than three stories over the past week about unplugging from the Internet. In the most widely read, P...
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Need a little help sticking to your writing instead of checking your facebook page? Some of these might do the trick. Not all free however.

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8 Ways To Be More Creative At Work, From The Mind Behind "Brain Games" - Co.Create

8 Ways To Be More Creative At Work, From The Mind Behind "Brain Games" - Co.Create | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Brain Games host Jason Silva discusses how the behavioral revelations gleaned through his series can create a happier, more productive workplace.

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Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader

Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.
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Even checks if the word is correct for the context -- ie. their, they're, there.

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A Lesson On Overcoming Self-Doubt -

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Feeling self-doubt is just part of being human, but understanding your psychology can help you overcome it.

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Sooner or later, a writer has to deal with the gremlins of self-doubt. This article has some good tricks and tips for defeating those gremlins.

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11 Imagination-Jarring Tips From Creative Geniuses

11 Imagination-Jarring Tips From Creative Geniuses | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Tactics practiced by big thinkers, artists, and innovators. (Looking for writing inspiration? Check out these 11 Imagination-Jarring Tips From Creative Geniuses.

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10 Common Fiction Problems and How to Fix Them

10 Common Fiction Problems and How to Fix Them | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
When you write and revise your fiction, you deal with a host of problems. With some novels, it’s hard to decide on the right point of view. With others, it’s a struggle to work out the plot. Sometimes it’s a matter of getting the language down just right. Of course it’s one thing to spot a problem, another to fix it. Consider the following ten rather typical problems most fiction writers face—and some possible fixes.

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What's Really Standing Between A Creative Hobby And A Creative Career

What's Really Standing Between A Creative Hobby And A Creative Career | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Ready to turn what you love to do into your full-time life? Here's how to get started.

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Writing With a Heavy Teaching Load

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Yes, you can "find time" to write, but not without sacrifices.
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Substitute "Demanding Job" for the words "Heavy Teaching Load". 

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Ones to Watch: 2015 Teen and YA fiction from Usborne

Ones to Watch: 2015 Teen and YA fiction from Usborne | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
2014 – what a year! Looking back at our YA releases - which include three perfect romances from Stephanie Perkins and Holly Bourne’s exceptional The Manifesto on How to be Interesting - you may think...
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Write a letter to the future

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Write a letter to your future self and read the public (but anonymous) letters from others
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Write a letter to your future self and set it to be delivered on a specific date. Of course, it assumes you will have the same email address -- but could be fun.

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5 Quick Ways to Assess Kids' Writing Progress

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Is your students' writing all over the map? Here are five quick strategies to assess students' writing that are fair and will save you hours of grading time.

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Top 4 Free & Incredibly Useful Writing Apps - Writer's Circle

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Top 4 Free & Incredibly Useful Writing Apps
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How To Create A More Intentional Life - Creativity For Life

How To Create A More Intentional Life - Creativity For Life | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Are you living “intentionally” or by “accident”? Your own personal creativity is the portal to your more intentional life.
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Be creative on purpose.

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What's Changed and What's Stayed the Same - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management

What's Changed and What's Stayed the Same - Books & Such Literary Management : Books & Such Literary Management | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

I began blogging as an agent in January of 2008, and it’s remarkable to look back over my past posts and notice how much has changed in six years.

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Change seems to be coming faster and faster. In the publishing industry, this is certainly true.

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Tricks of the Trade 2: Red Herrings

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Although the term red herring is usually associated with murder mysteries, most stories contain an element of misdirection to keep the reader guessing at the outcome. When it’s obvious where it’s headed, even if the route contains interesting obstacles and encounters, you miss out on that feeling of discovery when you realise the answer isn’t A, as you thought, but B (which seemed impossible but now you can see of course it was B, it was always B, sneaky, sneaky B).

In order to create the delight a reader feels when their view of the world (even when it’s a made up world) is spun around 180 degrees and they see things how they truly are you have to first convince them of the way things truly aren’t.

So you lie to them.

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13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing

13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez

 

"There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. And while displaying writing and art in the school halls or a teacher-made book can accomplish that feeling to some degree, publication in a more “official” vehicle carries more weight.

"These publications are the real deal — online and print periodicals that showcase work by student artists and writers, some as young as age five. Many are run by a staff that is partly or completely made up of students. Each one is beautifully designed and features high-quality work. Some even pay. If you know a student who aspires to become a serious writer or artist, encourage them to take the next step and start working toward publication."


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The ability to publish can have a significant impact on the quality of student work.

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, January 26, 4:02 PM

Sounds like a great resource of where to get out your work.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 27, 12:27 PM

The ability to "publish" can have a great impact on the quality of work turned in by students.

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Great Tech for Online Writing and Blogging

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Being able to write clearly is an essential skill for all students. It can be hard for kids to pen what they mean, though. With simple online writing tools and blogs like these, students get practice writing informally in settings that aren't too daunting. Get them writing with their peers and they may soar even more.

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Having an audience beyond just a teacher can be extremely motivating.

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Having an audience beyond just the teacher can be extremely motivating.

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Organizing writing projects by year - Unclutterer

Organizing writing projects by year - Unclutterer | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
When looking to organize your writing projects, whatever they may be, Scrivener for Mac and Evernote for all platforms can easily make this possible.

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7 Simple Tricks to Become a Successful Self-Editor

7 Simple Tricks to Become a Successful Self-Editor | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Everyone knows that good editing is essential but you don’t to send an agent or a potential publisher a manuscript that doesn’t look like a million bucks. Lesley Vos provides some great tips to get you there.

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The Secret to Teaching Great Writing: Use the News! | Edudemic

The Secret to Teaching Great Writing: Use the News! | Edudemic | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
As a professional writer and a writing specialist, I know that not everyone is as hepped up about words as I am. (What, you mean you don’t want to spend the next five hours chatting about the relationship between a character’s syntax and their familial history? Say it ain’t so!). I know that if I have any hope of maintaining student (and teacher) attention spans, I have to keep it relevant to the here and now.

My secret: use the news! With all of its of-the-moment relevancy and juicy tidbits, the news is the perfect lens through which to teach the ins and outs of craft – or, probably more accurately, the perfect mask to distract students as I sneak in the real lessons. Let’s take a look at some of the most creative and effective techniques out there today.

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Great ideas to teach thesis, structure and more.

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Methow Arts: 6th Graders Make Tracks with Ekphrastic Writing

By Ashley Lodato, Arts Education Director - Methow Arts Alliance If you've ever read an essay inspired by a painting, or listened to a song prompted by a p
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Writer’s Quote Wednesday, “Dream Writing” 2015-3

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Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you a...
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Six Alternatives to Book Reports

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Marinhos's curator insight, September 23, 2014 3:59 PM

Estímulo para a reflexão e a escrita. Mas pelo que sei só funciona em iPad.

Diane Ilkiw's curator insight, September 24, 2014 9:23 AM

Love this idea

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In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativity

In Praise of Melancholy and How It Enriches Our Capacity for Creativity | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
How the American obsession with happiness at the expense of sadness robs us of the capacity for a full life.

"One feels as if one were ly
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For those prone to depression, this was an interesting read.

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12 Must-Follow Blogs For Authors

12 Must-Follow Blogs For Authors | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
 One key factor to our success as authors is what we have learned from others along the way. So today, we want to share 12 of our favorite blogs for authors. We encourage you to check them out as well as share which blogs are your favorite blogs are in the comments.   #1. The …
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Good for inspiration as well as tips and tricks.

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