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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?

Via Sharon Bakar
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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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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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5 Unique Ways To Brainstorm Out of A Creative Rut

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Tips for helping artists get out of a creative rut and working on that blank canvas


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Scribophile - Writing Rightly

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"He Said, She Said: Dialog Tags and Using Them Effectively."


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Penelope's curator insight, October 30, 2013 6:01 PM

 

Dialogue can trip up even the most seasoned of writers. You can read about it all day long, but until you're actually writing and needing to use dialogue tags (or speech tags), you'll probably skip over this stuff.

 

Think of these tags as signposts, pointing to who is actually doing the talking. Each tag contains at least one noun or pronoun. (said, asked, whispered, remarked).

 

Susannah said

the clerk asked

she said and took off her coat

he said, looking sad

 

As I am writing my current novel, I sail merrily along, adding in some dialogue tags with ease, and getting myself mired in the mud at others.

 

Do I use he said or she said? Where does that comma go? Should I use a more expressive tag?

 

One thing to keep in mind: the "he/she said," or "he/she asked" will disappear in the reader's mind, while adding in an expressive tag will make it stick out like a sore thumb.

 

Read on if you, too, need a college lesson in drumming up the proper speech tag.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.scribophile.com/academy/he-said-she-said-dialog-tags-and-using-them-effectively

 

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, October 31, 2013 4:44 PM

Tis is how dialog tags should be used.

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How Digital Writing Is Making Kids Smarter

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There's plenty of hand-wringing over how technology is affecting communication, but an illuminating article by Clive Thompson argues that technology may be doing more to increase literacy and encourage reading since the rise of the novel.

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How To Write Controversial Topics In A Responsible Fashion

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When giving advice to new bloggers as to what kind of content grabs the most readers, the most comments, and the most shares on social media, most elder statesmen of the blogging community will say that controversy sells.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Looks at blogging --but could be used for debate and other forms of writing/presenting.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:41 PM

Writing about controversy is hard. Those who are attempting to report on controversy need to be objective. Objectivity can be difficult to manage, especially with controversial topics because controversial topics invite, well, controversy--argument, dissent, etc.

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Dani Shapiro on the Pleasures and Perils of Writing & the Creative Life

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"It is in the thousands of days of trying, failing, sitting, thinking, resisting, dreaming, raveling, unraveling that we are at our most engaged, alert, alive."


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So many of these quotes resonated with me. Here's one: "The British author and psychologist Adam Phillips has noted, “When we are inspired, rather like when we are in love, we can feel both unintelligible to ourselves and most truly ourselves.” This is the feeling I think we all yearn for, a kind of hyperreal dream state."

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Penelope's curator insight, October 22, 2013 9:52 PM

 

There is a mysterious and thought-provoking question; why do people want to write?

 

The answers are as varied as the individual writers themselves. The soul stirs, quickens, when pen is put to paper or fingers fly on the keyboard.

 

The writer's life is greatly romanticized. However, it requires grit. The truth is it can be very lonely. Take heed--if you choose this writer's life--you must drown in it.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/10/21/still-writing-dani-shapiro/

 

 

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50+ Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story

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by Alan Levine

 

"t was not long ago that producing multimedia digital content required expensive equipment and deep levels of technical expertise. We are at the point now where anyone can create and publish very compelling content with nothing more complex than a web browser.

"The point is not that these are professional level production tools, but that the barrier of entry to content creation can be drastically low. And you should find a new mode of creativity when the tool have some limits as to what they can do-- and find that the core of the story is much more important than a widget."

 

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This is Alan Levine's classis wiki from 2007, most recently updated in May, 2013. The site links to, names, and briefly describes more than 50 web 2.0 tools to use and share with students for many forms of storytelling. Be sure to check oout the "New Tools to Be Added" link in the navigation bar. It goes to a page containing tools that Levine is still considering for addition to his list. Readers may suggest tools to add as well.


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Having an audience matters when you write. Now there are so many different ways to reach an audience.

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TEDxSwarthmore - Mary Jean Chan - A Tapestry of Narratives: Conversations through Poetry

Watching the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie's TED talk, "The Danger of a Single Story," was a powerful reminder for Chan that ideas about what constitute...
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One story cannot tell the whole tale. The power of poetry.

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10 Tips For Writing Endings To Your Story - Writing Rightly

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"Always keep in mind what is expected in the genre you’re writing. If you’re writing a category romance, then the hero and heroine must unite at the end."


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Penelope's curator insight, August 23, 2013 4:07 PM

 

Writing endings for our stories could be the easiest thing in the world or the hardest. The best way to begin is to ponder on what kind of ending is expected for the genre in which you are writing. If you are writing a category romance, readers are going to expect the love interests to finally get together and have a happy ending. There have been exceptions (Romeo and Juliet or Love Story). If you are a reader anticipating a romantic story and happy ending, do you want to read a tragic ending? I don't.

 

The 10 tips presented should give you a great beginning to write your own ending. Check out the article for all the details.

 

1. Always keep in mind what is EXPECTED in the genre.

2. Avoid the dreaded DEUX EX MACHINE (gods taking care of it).

3. Think APPROPRIATE ending rather than satisfying ending.
4. NO MISERABLE ENDINGS for characters to no real purpose
5. Struggling? Compose an EVENT. Bring most characters together
6. REALLY struggling—go back to the BEGINNING.
7. When the story is over—STOP.
8. BEWARE of TOO MUCH BUILD UP with too quick a resolution.
9. No need to tie up every little plot string, but TIE UP MOST of them
10. EPILOGS: I kind of like them (peek into the future)

 

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://debravega.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/10-tips-for-writing-endings-to-your-story/

 

 

 

Kimberley Vico's curator insight, August 24, 2013 12:40 AM

Like a strong beginning, you ought to have a good ending ~ in any story!  Give it a try...!

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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.

 

 

 

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Are We Too Concerned That Characters Be ‘Likable’? - Writing Rightly

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Mohsin Hamid and Zoë Heller on whether unpleasant literary characters are a turn-off or a draw.

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Penelope's comment, November 5, 2013 1:51 PM
Good point, Sharon!
Jacques Goyette's curator insight, January 8, 2014 3:22 PM

Are your characters likeable or unpleasant ? Whether done volontarily or unvoluntarily, they play a crucial role in the popularity of your book. 

KindredReaders's curator insight, February 17, 2014 1:00 PM

For me unlikable characters are a draw. What makes a life comfortable makes a story tedious. That's why an antihero, a character with moral ambiguity (e.g., Omar from The Wire) is always more interesting than a hero ... at least for me. But what do you think?

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Ten words to cut from your writing

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When you want to make your writing more powerful, cut out words you don't need--such as the 10 included in this post

Via Evelyn Izquierdo
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Yup -- lots of hedge words here. Trim away.

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Write yourself in. Figment

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Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.

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Just purchased by Random House. Great site for teen writers and readers. Educators can sign up for a free account -- see the educators link at bottom of page.

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17 illustrated brainstorm tips

17 visual tips for a perfect brainstorm. Extra tips are welcome.

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Works for writing too.

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Simon Condon's curator insight, November 24, 2013 6:07 PM

your group needs to be able to brainstorm to find new ways to apply, combine, modify the ideas given in this selection of resources.

 

Agora Abierta's curator insight, December 4, 2013 8:27 AM

Ser Creativo

R Menon's curator insight, January 18, 2014 9:11 AM

sums it up nicely

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Print your musings, doodles, storyboard in one continuous accordion spread

Print your musings, doodles, storyboard in one continuous accordion spread | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Via Judith van Praag
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Very cool. Not free, however.

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, October 22, 2013 7:29 PM

If you take note, if you take notes on paper, which really is the way to go if we may believe the archivists, who don't put their money on virtual materials, let stand something as ethereal as a cloud, take a look see at Moleskine.

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The Only 12 1/2 Writing Rules You'll Ever Need Mounted Print at AllPosters.com

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Writing Process Animation

This video describes the writing process involved in creating a good blog (or other writing endeavors, such as an essay). For other work from this artist, se...
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Geared toward blog writing -- but applicable for all writing.

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Sunny South's curator insight, October 23, 2013 10:02 PM

Engaging video on how to write a better blog

Lori Johnson's curator insight, October 26, 2013 11:11 AM

This is an engaging video for anyone who wants to or is required to write! 

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National Day on Writing #nctechat (with images, tweets) · NCTEStory

October 20, 2013. Hosts: Katherine Sokolowski (@katsok) and Penny Kittle (@PennyKittle)
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An archive of the NCTE chat with Penny Kittle and Katherine Sokolowski.

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17 Famous Quotes On Writing That Every Wannabe Author Should Memorize - Writing Rightly

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17 quotes from famous authors about how to write well, including how to start a story, choose the right words, and edit it.


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Penelope's curator insight, September 17, 2013 2:30 PM

 

Quotes are little gems for the day that can keep us going and spark our writing. Served up to you on a silver platter are 17 juicy morsels from famous authors. We have quotes on:

 

o Getting started

o Word choice and punctuation

o Story development

o Editing

o and why Simplicity is always key.

 

Here are a few:

 

“Cut out all those exclamation marks. An exclamation mark is like laughing at  your own joke.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby"

 

“Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.”

 - Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451"

 

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.”

 - Mark  Twain, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"

Check out the article for more thought-provoking quotes to keep you writing!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.businessinsider.com/quotes-on-writing-from-famous-authors-2013-9