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Pantone Fashion Color Report {Spring 2015}

Pantone Fashion Color Report {Spring 2015} | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
As a crochet blogger, sometimes I wish winter would last forever. (Frigid temps are good for this business.) But as a mom of two young boys living in Michigan, where for the last 3 months the wind chill has been in the negatives more than it's been in the positives, I gotta say.... I need spr

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Love this - and all the handy links to the yarns available in the yummy colours!

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How Scrivener Helped Me Organize All My Writing - Lifehacker

How Scrivener Helped Me Organize All My Writing - Lifehacker | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
How Scrivener Helped Me Organize All My Writing
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Scrivener is a name that gets tossed around a lot in writing circles, but it's not immediately clear how it's useful. Subsequently, I've avoided it for years.
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I'm a huge Scrivener fan...love using this software for freelance writing and fiction writing.

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Writing With Purpose - Business 2 Community (blog)

Writing With Purpose - Business 2 Community (blog) | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
Writing With Purpose
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While most of us won't ever pen something that influential, even ordinary, everyday writing has power.
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how to create a new book cover for your altered art journal

how to create a new book cover for your altered art journal | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
Hiya, peeps! The surf is firing, but the crowds are heavy...I'm gonna keep this quick. I finally had a chance to play with some beautiful Japanese fabric that I found at SuperBuzzy! SuperBuzzy is a...

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7 Truths About Keeping a Diary From 10 Brilliant Minds | Endpaper ...

7 Truths About Keeping a Diary From 10 Brilliant Minds | Endpaper ... | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
Virginia Woolf observed that writing for no audience – writing just to write – is great practice. “It loosens the ligaments.” Her diary writing, she noted, is rough and ungrammatical. She tended to write in her diary at a quick pace, ...

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Journal Mondays Writing Prompts | The Write Prompts

Journal Mondays Writing Prompts | The Write Prompts | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
What is something about you people do not seem to understand no matter how many times you try to explain.

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20 Quotes to inspire and motivate you to write

A writer needs lots of inspiration and motivation. I myself struggle finding motivation and inspiration sometimes.


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Penelope's comment, February 23, 2013 2:12 PM
Merci' Jacques. ;)
Jacques Goyette's comment, February 23, 2013 5:18 PM
Bienvenue Penelope. ;-)
Penelope's comment, March 8, 2013 8:55 PM
Bonne Journée Jacques! ;)
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When Characters Go Their Own Way

When Characters Go Their Own Way | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it

What’s this? Me, the arch-planner, admitting that my characters sometimes have a will of their own? I’ve always dismissed that idea as nonsense. Characters come from the mind of the writer, where else? The writer invents them, so they dance to her tune. She can make them do and think and say what she wants all the way through the story. Right?

 


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5 Ways to Curate Content on Your Blog

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Learn five easy ways to curate content published by varied sources and turn that content into useful content for your blog.

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The Daily Routines of Famous Writers

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper."

Kurt Vonnegut's recently publishe
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The Seductive Power of Storytelling

The Seductive Power of Storytelling | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it

One afternoon back in 10,000 B.C., a pair of Mesopotamian farmers made the amazing discovery that bread wasn’t the only thing they could make from harvested grain. If they mixed it with water and left it around to ferment, the result was a blissful brew that instantly made them regret they’d have to wait until 1600 A.D. for the invention of a nice pizza to go with it.

 

If this were the opening paragraph in a newspaper story, you probably wouldn’t know where it was going. That doesn’t really matter. All that matters (especially from the vantage point of the person who wrote it) is that you’re already hooked to keep reading to see what happens next. In a noisy, competitive marketplace where every seller wants to be heard by as many buyers as possible, the ones that consistently close deals are those who artfully employ the most universal magnet in mankind’s existence: the promise of a tale well told.


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My Story is Your Story; The Magic of Storytelling

My Story is Your Story;  The Magic of Storytelling | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it

Tell me what you see when you think of the word “story”.  Is it the image of small children being read to? A newspaper article or work of popular fiction? These are all stories and yet they are only the opaque surface of something larger, a deeper set of pictures, which are connected to stories and their telling. Stories are not just a passive absorption of information, but rather a co-creative and dynamic experience. This active engagement in the tales we know shapes our idea of who we are. Stories offer us something to believe in and they are constantly barraging us with new ways of thinking, feeling and opportunities for action. Thomas King writes: “Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous.” (9) The power of stories is that they do shape our beliefs; the stories we hear and those we do not have a profound effect on what we believe about the world and ourselves.


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Brand Storytelling Lessons From a Successful Screenwriter

Brand Storytelling Lessons From a Successful Screenwriter | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it

"The big problem is that just because storytelling is becoming more popular doesn’t mean it’s always being done well. In truth, effective storytelling is deceptively difficult, requiring dedication, focus, and ongoing practice (talent plays a bit part, as well).

 

Few people know more about crafting a successful story than Pilar Alessandra, a popular and respected Hollywood script consultant."


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Gregg Morris's curator insight, July 2, 2014 6:37 AM

Nice interview!

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Check out The Cabin's summer adult writing workshops - The Idaho Statesman

Check out The Cabin's summer adult writing workshops - The Idaho Statesman | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
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Check out The Cabin's summer adult writing workshops
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“Writing Life” with A.K. Turner is 9 a.m.-noon July 14-18 at The Cabin.
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8 Creative Storytelling Methods

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They definitely are unique and non-traditional. Some I liked, some not so much. All intriguing.

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Eli Epstein:  "Is paperback passé? Today storytellers are deconstructing books and getting innovative -- both online and offline."

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Today, storytellers find imaginative ways to share their ideas with interactive and visual elements. On modern mediums like Twitter, Vine, YouTube and other mobile applications, storytellers are crafting tales in ways that would have been unfathomable a decade ago.

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Modernes Storytelling: Ideen

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7 Ways To Keep A Personal Journal

7 Ways To Keep A Personal Journal | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
Journaling is an exercise for the mind and it has several proven benefits, but it can also seem difficult to do. This is primarily due to the overwhelming feeling of having to journal – it shouldn’t be like that.

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Digital Art Journaling Resources

Digital Art Journaling Resources | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it
While digital art journaling has been around for awhile now, it seems that in the last 6 months there has been an explosion of related products, challenges, and resources for this type of digi scrapping.

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What Shape is Your Brand Story?

What Shape is Your Brand Story? | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it

Some people talk about the “arc” of a story. Others talk about “coming full circle” and “forks in the road.” When we think about the emotional ups and downs inherent in a compelling story, our minds quickly form images of physical lines, curves, and other shapes.

 

Marketers and business owners would be wise to familiarize themselves with this infographic. Graphic designer Maya Eilam has given us all a gift by taking the time to beautifully render Kurt Vonnegut’s thinking into an illustrated model of 7 story archetypes.*  (Good-Bad-Good, etc.)  I’m already a big fan of how Vonnegut distills a story down to its essence, and have previously shared this video of him teaching story structures.


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Peter Fruhmann's curator insight, February 14, 2013 3:30 AM

I like the drawings and the clear shapes, could be helpful when you want to explain story forms (essences) to impatient managers. Although I think that the arc (the change, the aha-moment and the insight / meaning) is in every story. I wonder, though, about the 'bad to worse' with 'metamorphosis' as example: a caterpillar cocooning (reflection) and becoming a butterfly does not seem such a bad thing, a business tycoon becoming world's greatest well-doer (Bill Gates) either... And talking about Brand Stories: same goes for Organisational Stories, I think. It's all about (and made by) human beings. Stories in every shape relate the human condition in the end, don't they?

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7 Things You Need In The Beginning of Your Story

I often receive emails from writers asking for advice on where to start their story. While every story is different, here are a seven elements that I feel belong in the first few chapters of a book:


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Best Blogs for Writers to Read in 2013

Best Blogs for Writers to Read in 2013 | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it

Once again, it's that time of year. Every February, I reveal my personal list of the best blogs for writers to read. These are personal faves, so I won't be offended if you know a great blog I didn't list.

By the way, this year's list offers more than 50 blogs. In 2011, I listed 31 wonderful blogs for writers; in 2012, I listed 39 great blogs for writers; this year, the final count is 55. Who knows what the final number will be next year?


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10 Storytelling Elements That Works

10 Storytelling Elements That Works | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it

There’s a reason for why certain storytelling elements just keeps coming back, again and again.

 

Well, it’s because they work.

 

I’ve done some research and collected the different storytelling elements in one place.

 

Here we go:


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:38 AM

I have heard Donna Napoli describe #3 as "the extraordinary on an ordinary day."

BookChook's curator insight, February 11, 2013 7:36 PM

Good to use as a scaffold with older kids who want to write fiction. Maybe change some of the language? 

Sanna Tyrvainen's curator insight, February 25, 2013 2:55 AM

I think we should all do this every now and again; reflect the above list to your life or to one day of our life. I'm sure it would make our lives feel much more eventful and exciting.

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Finding Your Story

Organising my thoughts about storytelling for the media and on the social web

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Diane Wolkstein, Author Who Led a Storytelling Revival, Dies at 70

Diane Wolkstein, Author Who Led a Storytelling Revival, Dies at 70 | Tia R. Davis | Scoop.it

Diane Wolkstein, a children’s author and folklorist who once upon a time served as New York City’s official storyteller, deputized to revive the dying art in this city of eight million stories, died Thursday in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She was 70.


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