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Top 10 Most Read Books in the World | Visual.ly

Top 10 Most Read Books in the World | Visual.ly | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Top 10 most read books in the world over the past 50 years.
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Interesting infographic. Nice to see a couple of YA books on there!

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With Writing, Opportunity Comes From Small Moments ~ The Atlantic ~ by Joe Fassler

With Writing, Opportunity Comes From Small Moments ~ The Atlantic ~ by Joe Fassler | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Author Katherine Heiny describes how the best details in fiction can be ripped from small talk and eavesdropped conversations on the bus.

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The Ocean Is . . . Metaphor Writing | Scholastic.com

The Ocean Is . . . Metaphor Writing | Scholastic.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Use The Ocean Is by Kathleen Kranking as a mentor text and as an introduction to metaphors for students.

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20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius

20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Here’s a terrific list of the best apps for writing on your iPad that is going to be of some great use for students of just about any age. Whether you’re in primary school or attending a university, you need to have a better way to take notes and jot down ideas than your standard notebook.

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Why Fan Fiction Is The Future of Publishing - Daily Beast

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How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ took #FanFic from literary backwater to publishing powerhouse.
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Interesting look at the place of fan fiction in the world of writing and publishing.

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301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - New York Times (blog)

301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - New York Times (blog) | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
For our Second Annual Student Editorial Contest, in which teenagers are invited to write on an issue they care about, we have gathered a list of 301 writing prompts that may help — an update to last year’s popular list of 200.
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Some great and relevant topics here.

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Learn and Write Diamante Poems with a Free App - ClassTechTips.com

Learn and Write Diamante Poems with a Free App - ClassTechTips.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
If you’re looking to motivate student poets in grades K through 12 you’ll want to check out Diamante Poem in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  This interactive app can help students understand how to create this special type of poem.  ReadWriteThink offers a variety of lesson plans for teachers to use with this app.  It is a good choice for one-to-one classrooms or an option for a literacy center.  Whether you are teaching a unit on poetry or just helping students understand the difference between nouns and verbs, Diamante Poem is a fun free app for ELA classes.

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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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4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing

4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

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How Writing Fiction Masters Fear - The Atlantic

How Writing Fiction Masters Fear - The Atlantic | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
When novelist Harriet Lane received a serious diagnosis, she started telling stories that let her meet anxiety on her own terms.

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Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives

Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Think you're too busy to be creative? Artist Danny Gregory has some ideas for you – like drawing your breakfast.

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Doesn't have to be just drawing -- writing would work too. Don't know about music or painting. Might get a little messy. : )

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Persistence Pays - For Any Kind of Publishing | Writers In The Storm

Persistence Pays - For Any Kind of Publishing | Writers In The Storm | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Hybrid author, Holly Robinson, straddles the worlds of Indie and traditional publishing. She answers the oft-asked question: “Which do you like better?”
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Holly describes both the self-publishing route and traditional publishing in regards to writing and editing, marketing, and where the money is.

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7 writing mistakes you need to stop making today - USA TODAY College

7 writing mistakes you need to stop making today - USA TODAY College | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
College requires you to write from your first semester to your last.
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Some basic tips.

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Online text to speech (TTS) converter - SpokenText.net

SpokenText converts any text into clear natural sounding speech. Convert documents, web pages or just copy and paste the text you want to convert, then learn while on the go
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Listen to your writing -- often you hear mistakes you wouldn't otherwise notice.

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Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman

Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
I began using Dragon Dictation a few years ago when my work with a group of struggling writers left me searching for a tool that could help them get the great ideas they were sharing aloud onto a page. I wanted something elegant: a tool that wouldn’t interrupt students as they were speaking but rather, quietly capture what they were saying and flip it into text.

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For those with Chrome, take a look at VoiceNote II for similar abilities.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 26, 9:09 PM

A useful tool for differentiation perhaps?

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Tricks of the Trade 2: Red Herrings

Tricks of the Trade 2: Red Herrings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
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

Great Tech for Online Writing and Blogging | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
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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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 20, 11:22 AM

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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