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Mary Clark's curator insight, January 29, 2013 11:48 AM

Or ballet flats, clogs, or whatever you wear to work!

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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.

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For those prone to depression, this was an interesting read.

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12 Must-Follow Blogs For Authors

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 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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TypWrittr Is a Simple, Distraction-Free Writing Webapp - Lifehacker

TypWrittr Is a Simple, Distraction-Free Writing Webapp - Lifehacker | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Web: Whether you're starting the next great novel or you just have your own thoughts you'd like to get down without being distracted, typWrittr is a simple, easy-to-use webapp that gives you space to write, an attractive background, and just enough...
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For those easily distracted...

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The First Sentence Is a Handshake

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According to science fiction writer William Gibson, a book's opening should be an inviting enigma to the reader—and a motivational benchmark for the writer.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 11, 9:40 AM

A handshake tells you a lot about a person and in that brief moment of pressing flesh to flesh, people make assumptions about expectations, possibilities, character, and more, especially because one's eye contact is assessed at the same time as that handshake. Lots of chatter in those non-verbals.


I used to tell my writing students they had 35 words to get and keep the attention of their readers. 35 words. About the same as a handshake and check of eye contact.


Read the last few paragraphs of this piece carefully. You will learn at least three things: 1) writing takes time; 2) writing requires editing and revision; and 3) every writer has his or her own process.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, November 12, 12:53 PM

This article is particularly interesting as it is part of a series of different authors views on favourite pieces of literature 

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14 Witty Jokes for the Grammar Nerd in Your Life

14 Witty Jokes for the Grammar Nerd in Your Life | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
If you get a kick out of grammar jokes, you'll love this list of 14 of our favorites.

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Fun for the writer/grammar lover.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 15, 8:20 PM

Oh yes.


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 15, 10:30 PM

Humour always helps.

 

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National Archives to Host Thank You Note Writing Contest - CBS Local

National Archives to Host Thank You Note Writing Contest - CBS Local | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Children who just unwrapped a pile of holiday gifts will get some help writing thank you notes courtesy of the National Archives Museum in Washington.

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Awesome idea. Letter writing used to be taught in school. Not sure it is anymore.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 26, 8:34 AM

Love this. Writing "thank you" notes is a lost art and, too often, a lost gesture of gratitude and thoughtfulness.

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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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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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Writing Sonnets: Tips for Teachers

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Sonnets are complex, but they offer several lessons for students. Here's the reason as well as tips, for using this poem as a writing project.
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Reading and/or writing poetry improves all writing. 

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The Secret Emotional Lives of 5 Punctuation Marks

The Secret Emotional Lives of 5 Punctuation Marks | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Punctuation marks accept their utilitarian roles, but they too carry feelings, and they express them in subtle ways that are sometimes easy to miss.

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Good writers think about each word --AND each punctuation mark used.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 20, 4:52 PM

Especially for those of you who might be a tad excessive with your use of exclamation points.

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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

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This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 10, 11:28 PM

Your brain on writing…

Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 27, 11:15 AM

Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 7:17 PM

There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

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The Traits Of Top Creatives And The Tools They Use - Forbes

The Traits Of Top Creatives And The Tools They Use - Forbes | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
“Iron sharpens iron,” as the saying goes, and the same is true for creative types. The best creatives are just that—creatives. Working as the collective ‘one’ is an essential part of their creative ideology.

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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.

 

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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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"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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