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Why Most Writing Tips Are Useless (and How to Really Up Your Game)

Why Most Writing Tips Are Useless (and How to Really Up Your Game) | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Want to improve your writing skills? These 6 Writing Hats will totally transform the way you think about your craft.
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6 Online Tools That Will Help The Writing Process

6 Online Tools That Will Help The Writing Process | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Getting the writing process started is difficult. Keeping it going is even harder. These online tools should help you out!

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Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques

Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it

We weren’t all born to love verbs and spend hours toiling lovingly over word order and yet as small business owners and marketers, one of the most important hats that we necessarily wear is “writer”.

 

If you don’t consider yourself a writer, aren’t entirely comfortable with the writing process and can’t outsource to a professional, that doesn’t mean you’re dead in the water. Nor does it mean you should shrug and put out subpar content because, “Hey, I’m not a writer. That’s as good as it gets.”

 

Try one or more of these techniques the next time you put pencil to paper – or fingers to keyboard – for writing that has a whole lot more marketing punch....


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Matt Rees's curator insight, February 19, 2014 1:15 AM

"Meh" does seem to be the new word on the web. It's not exactly good writing, but let's not hold that against them....

Jenny McComb's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:37 AM

Good article! Lots of useful hints to help add spark and clarity to one's writing. I found the tips on he/she/it/them especially insightful. A good example of personable writing on a specific topic as well.

Valerie Robins's curator insight, June 11, 2014 1:14 PM

If you don’t consider yourself a writer, aren’t entirely comfortable with the writing process and can’t outsource to a professional, that doesn’t mean you’re dead in the water. Nor does it mean you should shrug and put out subpar content because, “Hey, I’m not a writer. That’s as good as it gets.”


Try one or more of these techniques the next time you put pencil to paper – or fingers to keyboard – for writing that has a whole lot more marketing punch....

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Cube Creator - writing prompts and story generator

Cube Creator - writing prompts and story generator | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it

This interactive cube creator will help your students to start their own story writing. It breaks the writing process into six distinct parts which will guide students to write their own  biographies, mystery stories, short stories, and free planning of story, a blank  template that they can customize.


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Rhonda Kay's curator insight, June 18, 2013 3:44 PM

Must check this out...wonder if it's too K-12.

 

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, June 19, 2013 4:46 PM

Lots of awesome uses for this.  Added to my CCSS resources. 

Donna Mingrone's curator insight, July 31, 5:14 PM

Must check this out...wonder if it's too K-12.

 

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3 Great Posters for Teaching Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Great Posters for Teaching Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/yhqGY8Ycs6

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Dan Ferreira's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:37 PM

I like the hamburger pic! 

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Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips

Make Your Writing Pop: 8 Tips | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
With email and social media, everyone writes all the time now. Are you any good at it? Here are eight ways to improve.

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Interesting balance of ideas for better writing. 

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Susan Anderson's curator insight, June 6, 2015 2:20 PM

"Channel Your Inner Twelve Year-Old" - Love that one best! The best/worst insult I've ever gotten was that I write like a fifth grader. Mission accomplished.


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11 Tips to Tighten Your Writing | B2Community

11 Tips to Tighten Your Writing | B2Community | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
Whether the quote above is attributed to Blaise Pascal or Mark Twain depends on who you ask. I always thought the quote was Twain until I sat down to write this post and discovered that it’s one of…

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Jessica Kelly's curator insight, October 9, 2014 5:12 PM

We all need a reminder to tighten up from time to time. I love the "save your money" tip. If each word really cost us $1, we'd see much shorter prose, eh? (Did I really just pay $1 to say "eh"?)

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9 Qualities of Good Writing

9 Qualities of Good Writing | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it

There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....

 

Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.

 

Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?

 

Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....


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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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The Real Life World of a Freelance Writer, and Tips To Keep You Sane

The Real Life World of a Freelance Writer, and Tips To Keep You Sane | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it
There are no short cuts to success in freelance writing, but there are things you can do to make your journey easier. Check out these suggestions.

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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, August 18, 2013 3:33 AM

Super encouraging article from a fomer teacher turned writer who is now teaching us how to freelance write! 

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Stop Telling Students "Said is Dead"

Stop Telling Students "Said is Dead" | Creative Productivity | 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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Meditation and The Art of Writing

Meditation and The Art of Writing | Creative Productivity | Scoop.it

I want to tell you about an invaluable writing asset.

 

It’s become a non-negotiable element of my writing process, and I hope it becomes the same for you.

 

Writing is hard work. It’s not hard like electrical engineering (a chapter in my past life), which was a mind-numbing, sleep-depriving, hair-pulling kind of hard.

 

Writing is more a sweet torture, soreness-post-crazy-workout kind of hard.

 

You know the routine: The words get stuck. The ideas get jammed. The mind gets cluttered, and you get discouraged.


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