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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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NaNoWriMo: Planning a Novel with Evernote Templates Medium.com

NaNoWriMo: Planning a Novel with Evernote Templates Medium.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

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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The Shapes of Stories

The Shapes of Stories | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

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kenekaplan's curator insight, January 19, 2013 7:26 PM

And video of Kurt Vonnegut at the chalkboard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP3c1h8v2ZQ

Angela Antle's comment, January 30, 2013 8:15 AM
Fun graphic of most effective story shapes
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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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Need something to get you--or your students writing? Great prompts.
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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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12 Essential Essays for Writers

12 Essential Essays for Writers | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen King - Short, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil Gaiman - A meditation on inspriation

Those Words That Echo…Echo…Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid - Another great essay from the the New York Times Writers on Writing series

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Love the different perspectives and the commonalities.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 2, 2014 11:27 AM

Writers on writing... always worth reading.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, November 4, 2014 1:37 PM

Looks like a great list