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Educational Leadership - Expecting Excellence: Rigor Redefined

Educational Leadership - Expecting Excellence: Rigor Redefined | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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John R. Walkup's curator insight, January 27, 2014 12:40 PM

A short article on rigor, with input from industrial managers.  The role of questioning in rigor is raised, as well as collaboration, leadership, agility, adaptibility, initiative, entrepreneurialism, oral/written communication, accessing/analyzing information, and curiousity/imagination.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 29, 2014 8:29 PM

I like the word vigour. It fits with life. I agree we need new education and that is not a new package with technology as the add-on. It is a whole new way of thinking i.e. a Kuhnian paradigm shift.

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Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today

Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today | Education and Training | Scoop.it
There’s never in the history of the world been a better time to be a writer. You can write what you like. No one will burn you at the stake for your ideas.


The biggest benefit of all: you’ve got the Internet.


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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, October 19, 2013 4:25 PM

Those of us who like to write are looking for how to do it, and also get paid. These are some amazing ideas for how to make a business from online writing. 

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Where Do Periods Go in Quotations?

Grammar Girl explains the differences between American and British rules of grammar. 


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Early jobs of famous authors: Harper Lee, Hilary Mantel and more - USA TODAY

Early jobs of famous authors: Harper Lee, Hilary Mantel and more - USA TODAY | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Early jobs of famous authors: Harper Lee, Hilary Mantel and more USA TODAY."


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Penelope's curator insight, August 13, 2013 12:57 PM

 

Many writers today must work second jobs to make ends meet, and these famous authors were no different. From the reclusive Harper Lee, to the very social Bethany Frankel, these authors worked many an odd job while honing their writing skills. Much of what they saw probably influenced their literary works.

 

It is interesting to read that before Harper wrote the legendary, "To Kill a Mockingbird," she was an airline ticket agent before she was bankrolled by a generous couple to spend a year in full time writing. Anne Rice, of "Interview with a Vampire," was an insurance claims examiner. Not many vampires in that line of work.

 

There are nine interesting stories in all. These are famous authors who worked in the trenches just like the rest of us, but had dreams and never gave up on those dreams.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

The original article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/08/12/authors-early-jobs/2644469/

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5 Traits of the Successful Author - Writing for Kindle

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"Again, writers write. One of the main reasons I am such a proponent of blogging is that it trains writers for a professional pace. It trains us to meet deadlines."


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Penelope's curator insight, July 22, 2013 8:56 PM

 

o Passion

o Self-Discipline

o Humility

o Healthy Relationship with Failure

o Perseverance

 

These 5 characteristics of good writers apply to writers of traditional books as well as ebooks.

 

Writers must have PASSION for what they are doing, or they will burn out. Writing is not an easy profession. It is very self-motivated. You will soon find out if you have it--or you don't.

 

It goes without saying that writers must have SELF-DISCIPLINE. The nun in the Catholic school is not standing over you with a ruler any more. You must push yourself to write. Blogging, as well as content curation is a great way to practice the skill of writing.

 

Writers never stop learning, and that takes HUMILITY to admit this. Most feel that they are never good enough. This pushes us to strive to be better at what we do.

 

If we FAIL, we learn to pick ourselves up over and over again. Book not selling? Figure out why. Haters leaving one star reviews? Make the book better.

 

Walking hand-in-hand with all of the above, is PERSEVERANCE. Without it, we will be like a wisp of smoke that will get carried away with the first big gust of wind. Start the story, and stick with it all the way to the end. Keep going. Never, never, never give up.

 

 

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

 

 Link to the full article: http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/5-traits-of-the-successful-author/

 

 

 

Jacques Goyette's comment, July 25, 2013 8:33 PM
I feel the 2nd and 4th traits are the hardest to get Under control.
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Why a free chapter is a lousy thing to give away if you want to sell a book

Why a free chapter is a lousy thing to give away if you want to sell a book | Education and Training | Scoop.it

"The days of being teased are over. Do we really want to play the warehouse food sample game?"


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Penelope's curator insight, June 27, 2013 11:56 AM

 

Quite a few authors are giving away a free chapter to their work on their blog or other writing sites. These sites are hoping to be the place where the author first shelved parts of their mega best-seller.

 

The problem? If your book is on Amazon they already provide a free sample download, so are you providing any extra value? I don't believe so.

 

If you are using a free chapter givewaway to get an e-mail address, so be it. You are creating a relationship with your reader, and that is a good thing. Maybe instead you should give away an audio sample instead of the written sample. Get creative with this, and use the giveaway before the launch of your book to send people to your written work.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.takepermission.com/writing/free-chapter-give-away-publishing-mistake/

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Four Crucial Steps to Writing and Publishing Your First eBook

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Here are four steps to ensure the smooth writing and publishing of your first ebook.

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Penelope's curator insight, June 17, 2013 8:13 PM

 

Writing and publishing an ebook in four easy steps? Too good to be true, but at least these will get you started, if you are still sitting on the fence about it. Here are the four:

 

STEP 1: Identify your AUDIENCE - If you could sell your book to just one person, who would that person be? Make a list of their attributes.

 

STEP 2:  RESEARCH the gaps - What do readers wish the books in this marketplace would also include?

 

STEP 3: WRITE! - There's nothing to sell if you don't have a book!

 

STEP 4: PRODUCTION: eBook editing, design and programming - Hire a professional to help you if you have the funds to do so.

 

Writing and publishing to Kindle is not a "get rich" quick scheme. If you make it your job every day, then put in the work necessary to make it a success.

 

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

 

Read the rest of this article on The Future of Ink:  http://thefutureofink.com/four-crucial-steps-to-writing-and-publishing-your-first-ebook/

 

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50 pieces of writing advice from authors

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Writers – well, good writers anyway – understand words. They have this uncanny knack of knowing which one to use and when – and just think, there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of the blighters.

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Valérie Larouche's comment, April 29, 2013 1:33 PM
^_^ Poe's always been my soulmate :)
Marie-Hélène Estéoule-Exel's curator insight, May 30, 2013 9:00 AM

add your insight...

Penelope's comment, June 11, 2013 10:28 PM
Don't hold back, the page is the place to let it all hang out.
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Stop Telling Students "Said is Dead"

Stop Telling Students "Said is Dead" | Education and Training | Scoop.it
There are two words you should use when writing dialog, "said" and "asked." Otherwise, don't use anything else.
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Dani Shapiro on the Pleasures and Perils of Writing & the Creative Life

Dani Shapiro on the Pleasures and Perils of Writing & the Creative Life | Education and Training | Scoop.it

"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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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/

 

 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, October 25, 2013 8:30 AM

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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The 6 Best Books on Writing

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When you're low on inspiration, confused, or just procrastinating, writers' guides can be your salvation. Here are six books on writing we turn to again and again (and a few of them are on sale through 9/30!

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

Natalie Goldberg has a series of books, all of which are foundational and supportive and easily read. Check out this list - the reading (and writing) is good. Share!

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Make it Interesting for the Reader: A Simple Writing Strategy {Week 4}

Make it Interesting for the Reader: A Simple Writing Strategy {Week 4} | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Welcome back to Simple Writing Lessons for the Primary Grades, a 12-week collaborative writing series, hosted by The Measured Mom and This Reading Mama (that’s me)! If you have missed any of the lessons we’ve covered so far, click here to see the introduction and links to the lessons (scroll down).

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Great advice for writers of any age!

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Jane Logan's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:48 AM

Some good strategies for writing lessons

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Warning! to Writers by Natalie Goldberg (Thunder and Lightning Excerpt) · Creativity-Portal.com

Warning! to Writers by Natalie Goldberg (Thunder and Lightning Excerpt) · Creativity-Portal.com | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft. Published by arragement with Open Road Media.

 

"I HAVE NOT SEEN WRITING lead to happiness in my friends' lives. I'm sorry to say this, I, who just fifteen years ago published a book telling everyone to grab their notebooks and write their asses off. No high like it, I said. I meant it — and it was true. Now I'm past fifty, and I have given everything to writing, the way a Zen master watches her breath and burns through distraction. Was I a fool to do this? Did I choose the wrong path?"


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:11 PM

As a student I wrote a lot of poetry.   I kept at it.  I found that pain was the best source of inspiration.  And eventually I got tired of the pain.  I remember the day I decided, if I have to suffer to be a poet, I won't be a poet.


I still write verse, but I fully acknowedge I'm no poet. (However I'm as happy as I've every been... and that's happy indeed.)

Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s comment, August 3, 2013 3:54 PM
The Bhagavad-gita teaches that happiness and distress come and go like the winter and summer seasons. Whether you write or not.
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Are Self Publishers the Cool Kids Of The Industry? - Writing for Kindle

Are Self Publishers the Cool Kids Of The Industry? - Writing for Kindle | Education and Training | Scoop.it
By Terri Giuliano Long for IndieReader.com For years, self-publishing was widely considered an embarrassing fallback option.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 10, 2013 6:43 PM

 

Self-publishing now considered nouveau? That is almost laughable, considering it wasn't that long ago indies were relegated to the dark alleys of the publishing world. If you did self-publish, you wouldn't dare tell anyone. Heaven forbid!

 

Self-publishing stars are now raking in seven figure deals! Now we have options. If you don't want to field rejection after rejection, and have your fragile author's ego stomped upon, then self-publish and feel out the territory. Find your readers. You can always go back to the traditional publishers--if that is your desire. You now have a choice.

 

If you are a hardworking author, you can feasibly take a book from draft through editing and design to quality publication in three to six months—far faster than the year or more required by traditional publishers. Speed-to-market can have an enormous impact on sales, particularly for books with seasonal or topical appeal.

 

Authors, it's now up to you. Which door will you choose?

 

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

 

Link to the full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/self-publishers-authors_n_2909998.html

Jacques Goyette's comment, July 11, 2013 11:22 PM
Nicely done Penelope. Hope this will Wake some to the realities of publishing !
Penelope's comment, July 11, 2013 11:30 PM
Thanks, Jacques! I always wanted to be one of the "cool" kids! About time I say. ;)
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Giving It Away: Why Fiction Authors Should Offer Free Ebooks by Jason Kong — The Book Designer

Giving It Away: Why Fiction Authors Should Offer Free Ebooks by Jason Kong — The Book Designer | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Giving It Away: Why Fiction Authors Should Offer Free Ebooks by Jason Kong explores the reasoning that suggests new authors spread their work as widely as possible."


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Penelope's curator insight, June 19, 2013 8:52 PM

 

Personally, I am a bit conflicted about giving away free writing work, and the jury is out on how well it actually works.

 

We all know the success of "50 Shades" and "Wool", but not all writers will have success like these two. These stories were posted on writing sites for readers to discover; they found them, and passed the word.

 

I am currently working on some flash fiction (500 word story), and considering offering one or two on my website for download. This could be a great promotional tool, leading to my other books.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2013/06/give-it-away/

Jacques Goyette's comment, June 20, 2013 5:51 PM
As for many other things, there are good and bad sides to giving your book for free.
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7 Biggest Lies Writers Tell Themselves About Their Books :: Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn

7 Biggest Lies Writers Tell Themselves About Their Books :: Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Karen Rowe is a ghostwriter and editor. Today on Lynn Serafinn's Spirit Authors blog, she talks about the many ways authors deceive themselves.

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Penelope's comment, June 11, 2013 10:04 PM
Too funny, Jacques! Love it! ;)
Jacques Goyette's comment, June 11, 2013 10:48 PM
or maybe «True Lies», but that title's already taken !
Penelope's comment, June 11, 2013 11:12 PM
That was a great movie with, Ahrnold!
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How I Became a Full-time Writer

How I Became a Full-time Writer | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Today is my last day of work before I launch out on my own as a full-time writer. It's also Good Friday, a day of new beginnings only made possible by something else ending.

Today is the result ...

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, March 29, 2013 5:15 PM

I am very happy that I stumbled upon Jeff Goins' writings last year.  I am happy that he is able to now stop his full time job.

Ken

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 30, 2013 4:29 PM

Moving forward, this is an important article for me. Will I be a full-time writer? No, but things will change.

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Connect with Your Creative Writer

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Do you have to complete a piece of writing but are putting it off? A report, a blog article, or a letter? Are you finding that the moment you sit down to write, your mind seems to go blank? Crap! Writers block! What can you do about it?


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