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Ten Ways to Raise Writers by Julie Falatko

Ten Ways to Raise Writers by Julie Falatko | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

"Why are my kids (especially my older kids) suddenly so interested in writing, when previously it was all about reading? Maybe it’s that we’re all taking writing seriously. At any rate, here are my top ten ways to get your kids excited about writing."


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How Your Setting Can Affect Your Characters

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Setting is an often underused tool. We all create one, usually more than one, but we don't always take advantage of what the right setting can do for our novels--the setting is just a place where the novel takes place, not something crafted to serve the story.

This is a missed opportunity, because setting can bring out subtleties in the story and deepen an entire scene. It can permeate a story and evoke both character and reader emotions.


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Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus - An online thesaurus and dictionary of over 145,000 words that you explore using an interactive map.

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An online thesaurus and dictionary of over 145,000 words that you explore using an interactive map. It's a tool for people who think visually. The most fun you've ever had with words.
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Fall in Love with Falling in Love

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A teen romance imprint and community where writers and readers can share, read, rate, and discover swoonworthy manuscripts for publication.
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h2g2 - Concepts from Fiction

Every now and again, someone adds a concept to the human meme-pool1. Many of these were first postulated in scientific works, but some spring from works of fiction.

Here we look at what these concepts say about the thoughts of the authors and the times in which they were formulated. If we focus on the 19th and 20th Centuries, we discover several distinct themes. These concern society as a whole, individual human behaviour, and what one might call visions of the future. The concepts these individuals created or named are mostly very bleak, concerning the crushing of the individual, the shadow-side of humanity, and the unreliability of progress2.


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Interesting. Wonder what themes today's fiction would show? The breakdown of society?

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Developing Creativity: Fear Is Not A Disease | TalentDevelop

Developing Creativity: Fear Is Not A Disease | TalentDevelop | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

"As children, fear is a natural part of our lives, but as adults we view fear as a disease. It’s not a disease." - Psychologist Robert Maurer //

 

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.” James Thurber  //

 

Ben Stiller stars in and directs a movie version of Thurber’s famous story “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and comments, “At a certain point, you want to be taking chances. That’s when you’re having the most vital experiences.”

 

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 24, 2013 1:56 PM

Without fear, we are not moving forward into new and uncharted waters.

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The Upside of Plan B | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

The Upside of Plan B | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

A look at how even if you aren't the full-time author you'd hoped to be, there are some good things about Plan B--working another job while you write on the side.

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You Will Always Be Creative

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By Marianne Knowles Recently, an old friend wrote to say that he feared his days as a writer were nearly done. It wasn’t only that for the first time in many years he was not participating in NaNoW...

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Good reassurance.

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The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them)

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Writer's Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?

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Good advice. I liked the last bit on revision. Sometimes it's just difficult.

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Writing with Scientists with the American Museum of Natural History Home

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In this workshop for kid scientists, transform your collection of notes, observations, research, and experiment results into a knockout science report.
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10 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo - Writing Rightly

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10 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo

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Come on, you know you want to write.

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Penelope's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:46 AM

 

In honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), I'm posting this informative (and amusing) article from the NaNoWriMo blog.

 

I have been signed up with NaNoWriMo for the past four years, but have not gone through process. For someone who needs a kick in the pants, this might be your gig.

 

Some of the 10 reasons you should frantically push through November and get a 50,000 word novel written?

 

o You love to write - what better reason!

o You have  story just burning to be told

o You want to escape chilly winters of the Northern Hemisphere

o You want to escape sunburns of the Southern Hemisphere

 

Read the post for the other six tips, and get started on your novel--today! You now have 24 days left to finish. Ready, set, go!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.nanowrimo.org/post/32671611607/10-reasons-you-should-do-nanowrimo

 

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Nine two-sentence horror stories scarier than any Hollywood movie

Not so long ago, Reddit users gathered around a digital fire to tell horror stories using only two sentences. The experiment demonstrated that the power of suggestion is infinitely more powerful than the explicitness of modern Hollywood gore.

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Oh yeah, could be way fun writing prompts.

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Get out of your own way - Creative Something

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Get out of your own way How often do you get in your own way? We put ourselves into situations where doubts and fear basically shut down what we’re capable of. Rather than looking at situations in an...

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Some good steps to quiet the gremlins of self-doubt.

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Ruth Harris: 6 Writing Dragons: How To Slay Them...and Get Where You Want To Be in 2014

Ruth Harris: 6 Writing Dragons: How To Slay Them...and Get Where You Want To Be in 2014 | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
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I have fought all these dragons. Sometimes I win... sometimes not so much. How about you?

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So You Want To Start A Blog?

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If you’re planning on starting a blog, there’s no shortage of reference material here at MakeUseOf — we have an entire manual dedicated teaching you the ins and outs of WordPress, [http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/set-up-your-blog-with-wordpress-the-ultimate-guide ] and we’ve even compared two popular blogging platforms [  http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/blogger-vs-wordpress-comparision/ ] then laid out the facts to help you choose...


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Lots of good information here. Infographic.

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The Science Behind Storytelling — and Why It Matters

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by Gavin McMahon

 

"As presenters we want people to pay attention, be engaged and remember the message. The key to doing that? Science now says it involves storytelling: Stories stimulate emotions, which may be the key to better learning, attention, memory and decision making.

 

"When we listen to stories, more of the brain lights up, according to Annie Murphy Paul, author of “Brilliant: The New Science of Smart.” Stories cause your neurons to fire the same way they would if you were doing the actual action talked about. For example, if you were listening to someone talk about kicking a ball, the motor part of the brain that would help you kick a ball in real life lights up."


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You really can gain experience through reading.

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5 Steps That Will Boost Your Creativity - Edudemic

So how does one go about harnessing their inner creativity? It isn't a process that can really be forced.

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Helpful infographic on ways to be more creative.

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Peter Shanks's curator insight, December 25, 2013 7:23 AM

The handy infographic below takes a look at ways you can be more creative, and some great techniques you can employ to get the juices flowing when your river of creative has run dry.

 

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15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts : Teacher Reboot Camp

15+ Resources to Inspire Writing with Digital Prompts : Teacher Reboot Camp | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

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BookChook's curator insight, December 23, 2013 12:23 AM

Websites and other ideas with writing prompts to spark student writing. 

Terry Doherty's curator insight, December 23, 2013 4:17 PM

I am (admittedly) a HUGE fan of writing prompts. They aren't just for school, either. They are wonderful "teasers" for dinner-table conversation, too. 

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Create a Heart-Warming Christmas Story - The Writer

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To win any of our great prizes, simply review the Christmas story summary below and then create a heart-warming story that brings all the emotion of loss, tragedy and Christmas spirit to life.

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Laura Brown's curator insight, December 10, 2013 2:39 PM

Deadline is December 15th.

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Literary Agents Pitch as Well! - Women Writers, Women Books

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, December 9, 2013 4:21 AM

Katie Shea Boutillier sheds light on her work day. Reading queury letters? During her commute, or in bed.  Imagine that. An Lit Agent's work is never done. 

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The Downside of Plan B | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

The Downside of Plan B | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Are you where you want to be in your writing life? Or did you settle for Plan B?

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The 5 Rules of Storytelling Every Teacher Should Know

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 A good story does have to abide by certain rules and these rules are learned through practice. Andrew Stanton, the Pixar writer and director behind both Toy Story and WALL-E, talks some of these rules  in his popular TED Talk, The clues to a great story.


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:30 PM

Story telling is a key to helping students remember facts and engage the imagination.

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How To Get Your Writing Noticed

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After much consideration, you’ve decided to take the plunge and develop your online presence with a shiny new author website. Now comes the important part— making sure your site is well designed. You want the style and function of your author website to turn curious visitors into dedicated fans. To capture the interest of even your most casual reader, here are five must-have design essentials for your website:

 


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Anne R. Allen's Blog: The Laws of the (Amazon) Jungle—Eight Rules Authors Need to Know to Stay Safe

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, November 5, 2013 11:19 AM

No need to tell you about bullying, on the Internet or In Real Life, right? Still, if you're unprepared as a writer/ author you may get your feelings hurt real bad. After all it's realistic to expect 50/50 love/hate responses to your book/baby. Baby? Yes, to authors their books are their babies. Attacking one's book may be perceived as being personally attacked.

 

And at any rate: Critique does not equal attack.

 

Read and prepare.

 

Be aware.