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Write for Dummies.com - For Dummies

Because consumers look to Dummies.com for answers on nearly every part of their life, we're looking for expert authors on all kinds of topics — from iPhones to investing. If you're a topic expert with excellent writing skills and would like to contribute articles to Dummies.com, please complete the form below. We'll review your credentials and writing sample. If there's a match, we'll contact you. Unfortunately, we can't send feedback to everyone, so only the authors that we think are the best match for Dummies.com will be contacted.

 

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How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.)

How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.) | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Sometimes I am all about balance. I want to work in that exact rhythm of nurturing all parts of my life: getting good work done, but also seeing plenty of friends, discovering new places in the city, and being an all-around good citizen. 


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Penelope's curator insight, March 2, 10:47 PM
I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon this young writer's website, but I'm glad I did. One of the freshest voices I've read in quite a while, she doles out juicy wisdom nuggets on writing and life. Enjoy!

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401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - NY Times

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"Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times.

"This list of 401 prompts (available here in PDF) is now our third iteration of what originally started as 200 prompts for argumentative writing, and it’s intended as a companion resource to help teachers and students participate in our annual Student Editorial Contest. (In 2017, the dates for entering are March 2 to April 4.)"


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Teen March writing prompt calendar

Teen March writing prompt calendar | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to ensure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of prompts on hand. Teens thrive when they are given boundaries with generous margins. The twenty writing prompts in this free printable March writing prompt calendar provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate your high schooler while allowing for plenty of creative expression!
The calendar is not dated, so you can use it year after year whenever you need writing inspiration for your middle school or high school student. Each week features five different categories of prompts so your tween or teen isn’t stuck in a rut of only expository or only persuasive topics.

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Mind-Mappers to Help You Organize Your Thoughts

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You can skip paper and pencil by using these tools to help streamline the process of outlining ideas visually.
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Everything You Didn't Do in 2016

Everything You Didn't Do in 2016 | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Frustrated by what you've left unfinished this year? Here's why you should celebrate your incomplete work.
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Celebrate the done and the undone. One cannot experience "flow" without butt in chair (or just doing it despite the gremlins that say you are no good.)
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Children's Publishing Blogs - Blogs blog posts

JacketFlap profiles more than 200,000 authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of books for Children and Young Adults
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Check out the links to writer, agent, and publisher blogs on the right side and down.
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6 Great Websites for Teen Writers | Brightly

6 Great Websites for Teen Writers | Brightly | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Rather than bombard teens with fancy pens and motivational reading, direct them to a comfort zone: the Internet. These sites are great resources for future storytellers.
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101 Fabulous Plot Resources for Novelists

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Alanna Shaw's curator insight, October 3, 2016 10:45 AM
While this list of ideas might be geared more towards the author in training, it is also a great place to get ideas for teaching creative writing to students.
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How To Build Your Own Self-Hosted Author Website In 30 Mins

How To Build Your Own Self-Hosted Author Website In 30 Mins | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A step by step tutorial on how to set up your own self-hosted WordPress author website in less than 30 minutes. Plus tips on professional themes and setting up

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Practutor Blog15 Great Tools to Publish Student Writing - Practutor Blog

Practutor Blog15 Great Tools to Publish Student Writing - Practutor Blog | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Publishing student writing does not mean posting their assignment on a blog. Learn how to publish student writing and showcase it to the world to read.
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Readability Grader (Test) – Jellymetrics.com

Check if your content is too hard to read. Free forever.
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Could be useful to know readability level of your own blog, but also if using blog material with students.
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July/August 2016 Writing Contests

July/August 2016 Writing Contests | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
July 2016 Type: Poetry Awards Hosted by: Literal Latte Deadline: July 15, 2016 Entry Fee: $10 Type: Nonfiction (College Student Stories) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type: Nonfiction (Parent to Parent) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type:…

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Writers, here are some contests to jump on before the end of July! 

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The Official Manuscript Wish List & #MSWL ® Website

The Official Manuscript Wish List & #MSWL ® Website | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
The official website of Manuscript Wish List (MSWL) and the #MSWL hashtag, supported and run by dedicated people in publishing. What do you want in your inbox?
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Great place to find out what type of manuscripts are wanted where.
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The Art of Storytelling | Pixar in a Box | Partner content | Khan Academy

The Art of Storytelling | Pixar in a Box | Partner content | Khan Academy | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

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"Khan Academy has teamed up with Pixar to create this interactive lesson about the Art of Storytelling. In this Pixar in a Box lesson, young writers get to hear the perspectives of numerous Pixar storyboard artists as they explain their creative processes and their personal favorite stories. These videos are accompanied by four activities designed to get youth to reflect on and discuss different aspects of storytelling, including memory. In the opening video, film director Pete Docter provides an especially helpful reflection on what it really means to "write what you know." Other clips urge students to consider their favorite films or the different storytelling elements that appear in their favorite films. Youth are also encouraged to ask their own What if? questions in regards to their favorite films, fostering creativity. This Khan Academy collection could make a strong addition to an elementary school language arts class or an enrichment class. As of this write up, this series includes one complete tutorial; additional tutorials on storytelling are coming soon."


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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad -

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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad by Ashley McCann The best writing apps for iPad, like any concept of ‘best,’ is subjective and further based on need and circumstance. Are you a poet drafting when inspiration strikes? A student taking notes and writing essays?
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Awesome apps for every part of the writing process.
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March Writing Prompts Calendar gr. 3-8

March Writing Prompts Calendar gr. 3-8 | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to ensure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of prompts on hand. Kids thrive when they are given boundaries with generous margins. The twenty writing prompts in this free printable March writing prompt calendar provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate your young writer while allowing for plenty of imagination!

Example writing prompts from the March calendar

If you fell from the sky with a parachute, where would you hope to land? Why?
If you could lift and bring home one heavy object, what would it be? What would you do with it?
Who was your favorite coach, teacher, scout leader, or Sunday school teacher? Why?
Describe something you would do if you knew you couldn’t possibly fail.
Many kids have a special blanket or stuffed animal they can’t sleep without. Did/Do you?
The calendar is not dated, so you can use it year after year whenever you need writing inspiration for your elementary students in grades 3-8.

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Journaling Apps That Inspire, Organize and Keep Out Snoops

Journaling Apps That Inspire, Organize and Keep Out Snoops | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Traditional diaries get an upgrade with apps that encourage writing, organize notes, use photographs and protect entries from nosy little brothers.
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Journal online AND keep your thoughts safe.
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10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing by @Sophia_Clark89 · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbySophia Clark

10 Ideas For Using Technology To Teach Writing by @Sophia_Clark89 · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbySophia Clark | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
To be a good writer one must constantly work on his skills. However, it is not bad news. Considering the abundance of technologies that can help you make it a fun and entertaining activity, you will have no problems advancing your skills as a writer.

Even if you are not really good with technologies, we will show a list of things you will master in no time. So, do not hesitate to try them all out both when teaching writing and when learning yourself.

Ten incredible technological solutions to help you teach and learn writing


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The 120 Most Helpful Websites For Writers in 2016 - Global English Editing

We’ve created a comprehensive list of 120 of the best websites for writers in 2016. No more searching aimlessly around the internet.
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14 categories for helpful writing websites--including grammar tips, literary agents, protect yourself, writers as business owners, and more. 
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The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016 | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Kick your writing career into high gear with this year’s list of the best writing websites.
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Some great websites for inspiration--and advice.
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5 Killer Online Journaling Tools You Should Try Out

5 Killer Online Journaling Tools You Should Try Out | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A selection of online journaling tools that you can use to take your journaling practice digital.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 14, 2016 10:02 PM
Journaling is a great way to sort out emotions and solve problems. Bonus? You're squeezing in writing at the same time. Five online tools can make the job so much easier. Evernote, one of my favorites, makes the list again!

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

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, November 22, 2016 4:31 AM

Post very interesting, revealing some aspects that I did not know about journaling tools. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish, more about business tools can be read in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

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NaNoWriMo: An #EduAwesome Project for Your #BestYearEver

NaNoWriMo: An #EduAwesome Project for Your #BestYearEver | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing: NYTimes.com

650 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing: NYTimes.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Here are 650 student opinion questions that invite narrative and personal writing, all together in one place.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 8, 2016 8:55 PM
Wow! Over half a million writing prompts to fire up creativity. Something for everyone.

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NaNoWriMo: Planning a Novel with Evernote Templates Medium.com

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In November, nearly half a million people around the world will embark on a remarkable quest. National Novel Writing Month. 


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For Evernote fans--or beginners--some templates to use during NANOWRMO
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Penelope's curator insight, October 14, 2016 12:20 PM
Fiction writing can be a daunting challenge for even the most talented. Facing a blank page can snuff out creative sparks that once burned brightly. 

Enter Evernote. I use this powerful tool all the time for clipping web pages, PDF's, etc. Evernote has created six powerful templates found inside this article that can be saved and used to the NANO writer's advantage. A little planning may get the timid writing instead of quaking. Super tool to add to your writing arsenal.

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Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel

Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A story arc is the chain on which the pearls, or scenes, of your novel are strung. The story arc--or narrative arc--is the same thing as "plot."

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Helpful way to understand and organize plot.
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Penelope's curator insight, August 2, 2016 7:15 PM
Simply explained, this article is a great keeper to explain story arc. What it is, why it's important, and how to use it to make your novels pop with tension.

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