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Short memoirs for kids - free documents download

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Short memoirs for kids free eBook download or read online on MyBookezzz.com - Genre Study: Teaching Memoir Writing - The Educators Network
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How to Write a Memoir Short Story

How to Write a Memoir Short Story | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
As a child I was intrigued by how exciting my friend Josh’s life was.
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Good tips on how to write a memoir short story.

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Teen Ink | A teen literary magazine and website

Teen Ink | A teen literary magazine and website | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Teen Ink, a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums. Students must be age 13-19 to participate, register and/or submit work.
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Great place to see what teens are writing -- and to submit teen writing.

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Story First, Writing Second – Especially Come November

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I spent the morning working with a very talented writer. An extremely well-placed agent had recently rejected her manuscript, but told her that he’d be happy to consider a revision, or anything els...
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Very good insights on how to craft the story ---before doing the writing.

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Creative Self Promotion: Humorous, Ingeniously Written About Pages

Creative Self Promotion: Humorous, Ingeniously Written About Pages | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
It is no secret that writing an effective 'About' page is not easy! For some, well, they just don't like talking about themselves and find it difficult to convey their message in the way they want to.
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The Strange Scientific Connection Between Coffee Shops And Creativity

The Strange Scientific Connection Between Coffee Shops And Creativity | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that the level of noise that matches the bustle of a coffee shop--around 70 decibels--spurs more creative performance than the...

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So it wasn't just an excuse!

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Home Page - Television Tropes & Idioms

Home Page - Television Tropes & Idioms | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Main: Home Page
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Okay, this is way too much fun and therefore a huge procrastination factor in the life of a writer. But did I mention fun?

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31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing

31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. Sometimes inspiration can come from unlikely sources ... (need some inspiration?
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Good list of jumping off points.

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What These 7 World-Famous Artists Can Teach You About Creativity

What These 7 World-Famous Artists Can Teach You About Creativity | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Feeling uninspired? We've all been there.

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Let’s write a novel in a month: Part 4—Slow Death | Quirk Books : Publishers & Seekers of All Things Awesome

Let’s write a novel in a month: Part 4—Slow Death | Quirk Books : Publishers & Seekers of All Things Awesome | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
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So true, alas.

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40 Inspiring Workspaces Of The Famously Creative

40 Inspiring Workspaces Of The Famously Creative | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
From tiny writing desks to giant painting studios, the only thing all of these creative studios have in common is that they inspired their successful inhabitants to create greatness.

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Interesting to see the variety. 

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Douglas Eby's curator insight, July 27, 2013 4:35 PM

J. K. Rowling wrote much of the first "Harry Potter" in coffee shops. George Orwell chose to write Nineteen Eighty-Four while living in Barnhill (1946-1949), an abandoned farmhouse on the isle of Jura in the Inner Hebrides. - From Solitude is not pathology for the high sensitivity personality http://talentdevelop.com/3558/

Carol Sanford's curator insight, July 28, 2013 11:32 AM

As you scroll through, you cannot help but notice how many look out ont nature. Since I now look at the Olumpic Mountains and the Puget Sounds from my windows, I know why. Nature, even looking at her and lsitening to the birds cry, small the freshness, I am restoried, inspired and guided in what matters most.

There were very few workspaces which were shown cluttered. Fung Shui says that a cluttered room leads to cluttered mind. It does for me I know. These creative people have sparse or orderedly work spaces. 

How beautiful to reflect on why my workspace is so inspiring to me. Have you found yours?

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YA Highway: publishing road map

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Helpful interactive map about reading, writing, and publishing.

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Storytelling Websites and Resources | Elizabeth Figa

Storytelling Websites and Resources | Elizabeth Figa | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Resources for storytelling performances, training, coaching, and research.

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Tons of links on how to tell stories, why we are so interested in stories, and websites with great stories.

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Coletta P. Kahn's comment, July 26, 2013 12:13 AM
wow good one!!
Karen Dietz's comment, July 30, 2013 8:50 PM
Thanks Coletta!
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Short memoirs for kids - free documents download

Short memoirs for kids - free documents download | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Short memoirs for kids free eBook download or read online on MyBookezzz.com - Genre Study: Teaching Memoir Writing - The Educators Network
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Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It

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Great place for students to learn about writing and to submit  writing.

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Scene Stealers: Create a Protagonist | Write to Done

Scene Stealers: Create a Protagonist | Write to Done | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Writing prompt encouraging people to create a memorable protagonist.
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Fun writing prompts.

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The Joy Is In the Struggle of Making: How Writers Get Their Ideas ~ Green Mountains Review

The Joy Is In the Struggle of Making: How Writers Get Their Ideas ~ Green Mountains Review | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

by Aaron Gilbreath

 

"Writers can backtrack and pinpoint the origin of many essays, poems and stories, the moments where we recognized some shape in the ether as the start of something, a particle to split or terrain to explore. This is the proverbial “aha moment” when something clicks. Yet the whole process remains so mysterious that we often end up speaking in hazy clichés such as “something clicked” and “aha moment,” mapping a piece’s genesis on a vague psycho-geography composed of particles and ether, because the process of discovery is often as ambiguous as our understanding of it.

 

"There is consolation, though. The more you write, the more you learn how to generate ideas. Even if you still depend on happenstance, you develop habits. Whether the places you search are on the streets or in books or the caverns of your mind, you learn to recognize the fertile locations where subjects turn up, in the same way an urban hawk learns where the pigeons roost, and you visit those locations frequently. The writer Barry Lopez summarized this tracking ability when he said something to the effect of (I’m paraphrasing from memory): once you train your eyes to see them, you realize that stories are everywhere. That’s true. But how do you learn to see?"


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Seven Steps to Build Your Experimental Capability - The Discipline of Innovation

Seven Steps to Build Your Experimental Capability - The Discipline of Innovation | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Experimenting is a core innovation skill. Scott Berkun's book The Year Without Pants outlines the approach that Automattic uses to foster experiments at WordPress.com. It's a great approach, which you can adapt to fit your organisation too.

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Peter Shanks's curator insight, September 19, 2013 9:41 AM

Here are the seven steps that they use at Automattic to build new features for WordPress.com

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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
So yea, you know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, ...

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Very interesting brain research on creativity.

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Improving Cause and Effect

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Every story is a series of events that hopefully lead from one to another. Something happens and because of that other actions need to be taken. 

 

But even when thing logically follow on from one to the next, that doesn’t necessarily make for an interesting story. Just because there’s a good reason for what a character’s doing, that isn’t necessarily enough to make it worth reading about. 

 

You can very easily get into a groove that turns into a rut. What the character needs to do next seems so obvious the writer doesn’t take a moment to consider whether that’s a good thing.


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Good reminder that when things get too logical and obvious, the reader just might lose interest.

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What Makes a Good Writer

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Someone who has a flair for worded expression can be a good writer. Someone who doesn't think of writing as a chore can be a good writer. Someone who writes like a natural can be a good writer. So, let us really find out what makes a good writer.
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Good insights--and comfort to both the natural writer and the writer that agonizes over every word.

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WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson

One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from? With Where Good Ideas Co...
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