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Courage and Creativity | Katie de Veau

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Maybe I'm just getting older, but I believe more than ever that it takes great courage to be creative. We become so afraid of getting it wrong. I find that.

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And in the schools, where more and more is about test scores, creativity definitely takes courage--both for the teachers and the students.

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Made Of Story (& 5 Ways This Impacts Your Writing) | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Made Of Story (& 5 Ways This Impacts Your Writing) | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Story helps us learn or remember what is important, know who we are and explain our behavior, and make sense of the world in a way that doesn’t drive us mad.

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Starting A Story In The Middle

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Starting a story in the middle of action is fine if that’s the kind of story you’re telling. Generally, that'd probably be something in the adventure/thriller genre. But not all stories suit the kind of opening where assassins are chasing a monkey over the rooftops of Buenos Aires (although I have no doubt that book would be a huge hit).

 

But an energetic set-piece out of an action movie isn’t the only way to make the reader feel they’re in the middle of something interesting. Another way a story can benefit from starting in the middle is to start in the middle of emotion.


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Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry for Kids - Free Online Rhyming Dictionary for iPhones, Laptops and More

Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry for Kids - Free Online Rhyming Dictionary for iPhones, Laptops and More | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Free online rhyming dictionary for kids created by children's poet Kenn Nesbitt. Type in the word you want to rhyme and get a list of rhyming words organized by syllable count or word frequency.
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I find this site a little overwhelming visually--which will bother some students--but the info. is good.

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StayFocusd

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StayFocusd increases your productivity by limiting the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites.
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Need help avoiding the distraction of facebook when you want to get some writing done? Check it out.

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25 Creative Writing Prompts | Writing Forward

25 Creative Writing Prompts | Writing Forward | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

By Melissa Donovan

 

"Here at Writing Forward, I’ve published poetry prompts, journal prompts, fiction and poetry writing exercises, but today I’d like to try something different. Here’s a mash-up of creative writing prompts. There are no rules. Write a poem. Write a short story. Write an essay. Aim for a hundred words or aim for a thousand. Just start writing. Take off and fly, and have fun."


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3 Fiction Writing Exercises | Writing forward

3 Fiction Writing Exercises | Writing forward | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

By Melissa Donovan

 

"For writers who are young or just starting out with fiction, these exercises provide practice and experience. For more experienced writers, these exercises offer inspiration and can help you see a story from new angles.

 

Today’s fiction writing exercises are carefully chosen to help you develop some of the most critical components in a story. If you can create a few characters; identify a conflict, climax, and resolution; and choose a theme, you’re well on your way to writing a short story or novel that will resonate with readers".


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 12, 2013 6:55 PM

I think these are good exercises for writers of almost any level.

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Recipe for a Successful Synopsis | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author

Recipe for a Successful Synopsis | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Whether we’re entering contests or submitting manuscripts to agents or publishers, at some point, most of us need to write a synopsis. Many writers hate writing synopses, but I don’t mind them. At least not anymore.
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Write or Die by Dr Wicked | Putting the 'Prod' in Productivity

Write or Die by Dr Wicked | Putting the 'Prod' in Productivity | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Choose your goal and your preferred punishment (just in case you don't meet that goal) and write!

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15 Radical Ways to Get Unstuck

15 Radical Ways to Get Unstuck | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
From falling in love with your stuck to spending 3 days alone with it, see if one of these doesn't get you free.
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Love the "go into a room with nothing for 3 days." Now that's radical!

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Laura Brown's comment, February 13, 2013 5:25 PM
Not very likely to work out though. I thought it was a bit odd when I read it. But, the idea would be something you could use in a more moderate way.
Sarah McElrath's comment, February 13, 2013 9:43 PM
Right about now I wish I had 3 days to do nothing! Fat chance though.
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How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos | Foter Blog

How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos | Foter Blog | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

People often find CC photos on various sites and wonder how to attribute them. In order to help you, our team prepared a comprehensive infographic that reflects interesting research findings, gives details of Creative Commons licenses and illustrates how to properly attribute CC photos.

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Great infographic.

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A Character Needs A MacGuffin

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A MacGuffin is the thing a character wants. It’s what he sets out to find, hide, build or destroy. Its existence it is what drives a story forward. 

 

It was a term coined by Alfred Hitchcock, and the reason he gave it such a silly name is because he believed it didn’t really matter what it was, just as long as it existed and the need it represented was clear. 

 

The important thing is that it’s tangible.  An object, a person, a place. Some thing. If a character wants to be happy, that isn’t a MacGuffin. If he wants to be happy by stealing the Hope Diamond and becoming rich, then the diamond is the MacGuffin. 

 

But you could replace the diamond with any similar object and it would work just as well. The important thing to remember is that it needs to be a thing, not an idea or an attitude.


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Coursera: The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color

Coursera: The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, and Color | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

This Film History course explores how fundamental changes in film technology affected popular Hollywood storytelling. We will consider the transition to sound, and the introduction of color.

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Free course.

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Getting Started – When Expectations of Perfection Create a Creative Block

Getting Started – When Expectations of Perfection Create a Creative Block | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Do expectations of making something to your own standards of perfection ever create a creative block that stops you from getting started? That was the case a dear friend described as she struggled ...

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The book in the head is always better than on the page because the book in your head isn't real--yet.

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Narrable - bring your photos to life

Narrable - bring your photos to life | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Narrable is an online storytelling site that combines your most important photos with the voices that bring them to life.


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Saray Gutierrez's curator insight, February 17, 2013 10:39 AM

Love it!

Gianfranco Marini's curator insight, February 18, 2013 12:50 AM

Un servizio gratuito che consente di realizzare in modo molto semplice una presentazione costituita da immagini e registrazione vocale a commento delle immagini. Si tratta di un webware semplice da utilizzare in ambito didattico e che può essere utilizzato dal docente e/o dagli studenti per creare storie (storytelling) o presentazioni

Alex Alves De Paula's curator insight, November 18, 2014 7:35 PM

Narrable enables users to create short narrated slideshows. Start by uploading the pictures that you want to talk about. You can then record a narration for each picture via your computer's microphone or by uploading an audio recording that is stored on your computer. Narrable projects can be shared via email, Facebook, or by embedding them into a blog or wiki.

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Hacktivity Kits

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The Hacktivity Kits make it easy for anyone, anywhere, to organize their own webmaking session.

This page helps you understand the overarching concepts of the modular resources we've designed for you. Give it a quick read and then choose the Hacktivity Kit you'd like to start with.

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Learning about the world through photography | TrekEarth

Learning about the world through photography | TrekEarth | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
TrekEarth is dedicated to fostering a global community interested in photography from around the world.
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Could be used to help create a realistic setting in your writing.

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10 Tips to Improve Your Fiction Writing Skills | Writing Forward

10 Tips to Improve Your Fiction Writing Skills | Writing Forward | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Writing fiction, whether short or long, can be a very trying experience indeed.  So many writers of fiction have different processes for achieving their writing goals that it’s hard to sift through what works and what doesn’t.

 

"Writing is a process that requires skill, determination, adaptability, and plenty of time.  Here are some suggestions for improving your fiction writing skills, gleaned from trial and error over time."


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The Other Side of the Story: Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now

The Other Side of the Story: Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

By Janice Hardy

 

"Today, I'd like to share a few of those weak area words that often pull me out of a story. Some words, phrases and sentence structures that I've seen (and commented on) in many a critique. If you have these things in your manuscript, please remember that there's nothing inherently wrong with these words and phrases, they're just commonly seen hanging around weak prose. So if something feels off in your work or you're looking for that next step to improve your craft, these are some options to try. "


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Good list of editing tips. 

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Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Once Upon a Tool

Ozge Karaoglu's Blog - Once Upon a Tool | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

By Ozge Karaoglu

 

"[The]Internet has been a great source for storytelling activities. Here are some of the web tools that you can use as story starters with your learners.


Read more: http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org/2013/02/09/once-upon-a-tool-2/#ixzz2KjVuLiHq
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 12, 2013 7:10 PM

12 strong digitl tools for storytelling, described by one the web's best collectors of resources for teachers.

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Technology and Writing - SMcElrath - XMind: Professional & Powerful Mind Mapping Software

Technology and Writing - SMcElrath - XMind: Professional & Powerful Mind Mapping Software | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Great websites and apps for each part of the writing process. (Revised and expanded)

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Work in progress. I added a few more sites. Downside of xmind is that you have to download it, but at least it's free. Then you can adapt/change for your own needs.

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Soshiku › The Smart Way to Keep Track of Your Schoolwork

Soshiku › The Smart Way to Keep Track of Your Schoolwork | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A simple but powerful way for students to keep track of their homework, and to never miss a due date again.
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Good be good for keeping track of freelance writing jobs too.

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