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6 ways Twitter has made me a better writer | Poynter.

It’s been almost four years since I first set up my Twitter account. I joined in August 2007 as part of a story I was writing about the implications Twitter could have for journalism.
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“I never thought I’d be a Twitterer who twittered tweets” was my lead. (Clearly, the word “tweeted” wasn’t yet part of my vocabulary.)

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After I wrote the story, many journalists told me Twitter was just a passing phase, and that it didn’t hold any promise for journalists.

A lot has changed since then.

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Twitter is now my primary source of news, as it is for many journalists. But it’s also been an important tool that’s helped me strengthen my writing skills.

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Twitter teaches me to write succinctly.

As a writer, I’ve always had a tendency to be wordy. I was the student who wrote longer essays than I needed to, and the newsroom intern who had to be reminded to stick to her word count.

Twitter forced me to change.

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The social networking site taught me that in writing, every word counts (literally). By limiting myself to 140 characters, I have to be strategic about how many words I use and how I use them. Training myself to write succinctly on Twitter has made me more aware of extra words in my storie.

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Twitter makes me feel like I’m part of a community of writers.

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I’ve never met the majority of writers I follow on Twitter, and yet I still feel connected to them. I regularly see their tweets, and sometimes I send them a reply or direct message.

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I offer feedback on their work, and I share my own ideas and stories with them. Having these conversations with other writers makes me feel as though I’m part of a community that cares about the written word. And it gives me a chance to strengthen my voice as a writer by contributing to the discussion.
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Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark has often said that to be a better writer, you have to read, write and talk about reading and writing. Twitter is one of the best places to have this conversation. 

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Twitter an Grundschulen: Kinder lernen 140-Zeichen-Sprache - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - SchulSPIEGEL

Twitter an Grundschulen: Kinder lernen 140-Zeichen-Sprache - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - SchulSPIEGEL | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

An einigen französischen Schulen setzen Lehrer den Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter ein, um Kindern Lesen und Schreiben beizubringen. 140 Zeichen passen gut zur Alterstufe, argumentieren die Pädagogen:
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Auf die Frage, wer denn laut vorlesen will, recken fast alle Schüler die Finger in die Höhe. Dabei sind die Siebenjährigen in der Privatschule Immaculée Conception im nordfranzösischen Seclin auch nicht lesefreudiger als anderswo. Doch die Kinder dürfen aus dem Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter vorlesen, und den finden sie cooler als ihre herkömmlichen Lehrbücher. Auf Twitter gebe es auch Bilder, doch das mindere das Interesse an der Schrift nicht, im Gegenteil, sagt die Lehrerin Céline Lamare.

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Seit September setzt die junge Frau mit den halblangen lockigen Haaren die Kurznachrichten von maximal 140 Zeichen, die Tweets, in ihrem Leseunterricht ein.

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"Die 140 Zeichen bei Twitter passen gut zu ihrer Lernstufe", sagt die Lehrerin. Außerdem zwinge der Kurznachrichtendienst die Kinder, an ihre "Leser" zu denken und gebe so der Übung zusätzlich Sinn. "Man kann mit anderen Klassen reden, also strengt man sich mehr an", sagt die kleine Valentine.

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Schulprojekte mit Twitter existieren auch in anderen Ländern, auch in Deutschland. Doch meist ist es die Oberstufe, die mit dem Kurznachrichtendienst ihren Diskussionen eine neue Form verleiht. In Frankreich gibt es auf der Website Twittclasses 124 solcher Projekte, davon 37 für die Grundschule.

http://twittclasses.posterous.com/

 

 

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Nur ein Knopfdruck | Du & Ich ....... ars vivendi

Nur ein Knopfdruck | Du & Ich ....... ars vivendi | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Nur ein Knopfdruck...Das Geräusch der auf dem dunkelgrauen Linoleumboden auftreffenden Tropfen hallte durch den fensterlosen Raum. An einer Stelle hatte sich bereits eine kleine Pfütze gebildet, in der sich das flackernde Neonlicht spiegelte. Das aus der undicht gewordenen Sprinkleranlage stammende Wasser suchte sich träge seinen Weg über das Rohrsystem, um genau an dieser Stelle nach unten zu fallen.Der Boden war von Glassplittern übersät, die im schwachem Lichtschein verträumt glitzerten. Warme Rottöne hatten stellenweise das für Büros so typische kalte Weiß ersetzt. Einem modernen Gemälde gleich bedeckten rote Spritzer und Flecken die einstmals kahle Wand.Es war Blut!Blut von Menschen, die vor nicht allzu langer Zeit noch voller Leben durch die Gänge des Bürokomplexes gegangen waren. Menschen, die nun mit seltsam entrückten Gesichtsausdruck auf dem mit Splittern übersäten Boden lagen.Menschen, die ich umgebracht hatte!
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Poetry Writing Software | Write Poetry | Poet's Pad for iPad

Poetry Writing Software | Write Poetry | Poet's Pad for iPad | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Poetry Writing Tool Helps Eliminate Writer's Block!Can't find the right word or phrase? Running low on inspiration? Then Poet's Pad™ for iPad is the app for you. It contains powerful idea generating tools designed to inspire creative expression and eliminate writer's block.Generate Ideas Based on EmotionGenerate ideas with our unique emotion based word and phrase generator. Feeling happy, angry, sexy or over the top in love? Generate words and phrases that reflect your mood and save them for later use in your poem.Find Words that RhymeQuickly generate words by vowel sound and save them for later use. (Internet connection required)Define or Find Similar WordsNeed a Dictionary and a Thesaurus? It's included too. (Internet connection required)Perfect for Spoken WordTo pratice, record and perfect your storytellling skills simply tap the 'Record' button on the built in audio recorder. Capture vocal ideas anytime inspiration strikes and save it with your poetry.
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7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects

7 Apps That Will Help You Use Your iPad For Writing Projects | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
There's little debate that Apple's iPad is not a valid replacement for a laptop computer.
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Transmedia Storytelling – Die Kunst des digitalen Erzählens

Transmedia Storytelling – Die Kunst des digitalen Erzählens | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Kollege Leidel und ich sitzen in der Cafeteria und reden über Medien, das Web und wohin das alles führt.
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Twitter Blog: Introducing Twitter Stories

Twitter Blog: Introducing Twitter Stories | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.
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John Mullan's 10 of the literary best: cliffs

John Mullan's 10 of the literary best: cliffs | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
From Gloucester's unsuccessful suicide attempt on Dover cliff in King Lear to Mary-Lou's tumble from a Cornish cliff in The Second Form at Malory Towers, these are my favourite literary cliffhangers. Which are yours?
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NaNoWriMo: The Right Rite of Passage for Writers by George Angus — The Book Designer

NaNoWriMo: The Right Rite of Passage for Writers by George Angus — The Book Designer | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
NaNoWriMo: The Right Rite of Passage for Writers by George Angus about how the National Novel Writing Month works for writers...
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Writing Prompts - Creative Copy Challenge #184

Writing Prompts - Creative Copy Challenge #184 | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
BET YOU CAN’T do this writing prompt. Take the 10 random words below and, in the comments, crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story tying all of them together!
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BBC to launch citizen journalism mobile app | News | New Media Age

BBC to launch citizen journalism mobile app | News | New Media Age | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
The BBC is planning a ’news gatherer’ app that will let ’citizen journalists’ file stories directly from their phones, which can be on the air within minutes.
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Best Article Writing Software Reviews – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Best Article Writing Software Reviews – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Reviews of the best article writing software. Writing or rewriting plr articles can be done very quickly with software but make sure you don\’t waste your money.
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William Zinsser’s 5 tips for becoming a better writer | Poynter.

William Zinsser’s 5 tips for becoming a better writer | Poynter. | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
“All writing to me is a journey. It’s saying to the reader, ‘Come along with me; I’ll take you on a voyage,’ ” Zinsser said. “These writers do that by never losing sight of the fact that they are telling a story.”

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Too often, Zinsser said, people become so preoccupied with writing well that they clutter their stories with unnecessary words that lead readers astray. Good writers make every word count, and they avoid abstractions.

“Nobody wants abstractions,” Zinsser said. “They want specific details that help them discover something new.”

Think of writing as a process, not a product ...
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William Zinsser has spent a lifetime teaching people how to become better writers. Now at 88, the author of “On Writing Well” is just as much a student of the craft as he is a teacher.

http://www.williamzinsserwriter.com/william-zinsser-biography.html

 

... About a year ago, he decided to set up a personal website and start a weekly blog for the American Scholar.

...He still teaches at The New School and Columbia University‘s graduate school of journalism and spends much of his free time reading and writing in his New York City apartment. 

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What is “Social Reading” and why should Libraries care? – A TTW Guest Post by Allison Mennella « Tame The Web

What is “Social Reading” and why should Libraries care? – A TTW Guest Post by Allison Mennella « Tame The Web | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
“Social reading,” as a concept, is actually quite simple:  people want to share what they have read with other people and receive feedback about their thoughts and ideas.  Technology is the great enabler for social reading, and the natural place for this activity to cultivate.  Social reading has several key characteristics.  First, social reading is an extremely public activity.  Gone are the days of “selfish,” private reading: reading alone in the bathtub, alone under the covers, alone on the couch, alone in the park, etc.  Social reading exists because of the interactions between two or more persons and the text, whether in-person or digitally.  Second, social reading extends the reader’s experience.  It takes the reader out of the book and encourages the reader to make connections, draw conclusions, summarize thoughts, and ask questions in conversation with others.  Social reading helps a book become memorable; it can be a conversation starter between two new friends, or a way to develop online skills like reviewing, recommending, communicating via social media platforms, and exploring what it means to be part of a community of shared interests (both on and off line).  
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A Creative Tool For Developing Business Stories

A Creative Tool For Developing Business Stories | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
The Art Of Storytelling In Business Communications And Public Relations...
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8 iPad Apps for Brilliant Writing | Copyblogger

More and more people are using mobile devices to create content — and thankfully, there are a slew of new apps that make it incredibly easy to write on the go.Not long ago, I talked about a few ways to use the iPad to get your writing mojo back. I wouldn’t want to leave anyone hanging once they were ready to bust out that next great article, so here we are again with the tools to get the job done.Here are 8 tools you can use for your own brilliant writing:
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Yoza Cellphone Stories

Yoza Cellphone Stories | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

The m4Lit (mobiles for literacy) project is about using mobile phones as a way for teens to read and write. We provide mobile novels (m-novels) to read, as well as invite writing in the form of reader comments and writing competitions, all on mobile phones. Our point of departure is that South Africa is a book-poor, but mobile phone-rich society. If teens don't read and write enough, but love their mobile phones, then that is what we have to work with. ... 
Our goal is to build a mobile library of stories of multiple genres -- called Yoza -- that is available to teens not only in South Africa, but ultimately throughout Africa. For the foreseeable future the mobile phone, not the Kindle or iPad, is the ereader of Africa. We will exploit that to improve Africa's literacy levels.

Writing for mobile

Authors should be conscious of writing to the nature of the mobile phone medium:
-- The format that has worked for us is the following, but variation is welcomed (there's no manual for writing m-novels in Africa):

  • -- Each story is around 20 chapters.
  • -- Each chapter is 400 words.
  • -- Interactivity is very important 
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Each story is about a 20 page Word doc!
Below are downloadable versions of some of the stories, which also include comments and competition winners from the mobile version of the stories. More stories for download will be available in the future.
Kontax 1: The Beginning

With no illustrations — for easy printing
PDF | DOC | ODT
With illustrations
PDF | DOC | ODT
Kontax 2: The Big Win

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Kontax 3: The Holiday Diaries

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NaNoWriMo: Some helpful hints and tools

NaNoWriMo: Some helpful hints and tools | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
This morning, I noticed a tweet from @rvbelzen that said, "As a NaNoWriMo veteran, do you have any tips for this NaNoWriMo newbie, maybe an article you wrote about it?" Most of the posts that I've done about National Novel Writing Month for TUAW have focused on the tools, not on the technique. Based on the tweet, I thought I'd give you some hints from a three-time NaNoWriMo winner (that means you wrote a 50,000-word novel in the month of November) about how to prepare for the writing marathon.
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Write 50 new stories that begin with 50 Hemingway endings - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning

Write 50 new stories that begin with 50 Hemingway endings - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it

When you see a list of endings from Hemingway stories, you can also see the even more intriguing beginnings of stories not yet written. Here are some from the 50 Hemingway endings over here, and don't forget to blog and link back to any stories you (or your students) come up with!

But they could not help his fear because he was up against an older magic now.

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* “We’ll have to go,” Nick said. “I can see we’ll have to go.”

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* Looking back from the mounting grade before the track curved into the hills he could see the firelight in the clearing.

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* Then he was dead. ...

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Why AudioBoo is a terrific tool for writers | Write for Your Life

Why AudioBoo is a terrific tool for writers | Write for Your Life | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
This post gives you an overview of the audio blogging application, AudioBoo, shows you how to use it as a writer and invites you to listen and subscribe to our smashing new AudioBoo stream.
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Introducing The 6 + 1 Model For Effective Copywriting (Better Than AIDA!) - Smashing UX Design

Introducing The 6 + 1 Model For Effective Copywriting (Better Than AIDA!) - Smashing UX Design | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
AIDA. Attention, interest, desire, action. It’s the classic copywriting formula, studied and used by almost every copywriter on the planet. Well, I’m not a fan. Not because it isn’t accurate, and not because it doesn’t work.
Complexity is important — critical, even. And in this case, it involves information that AIDA lacks but that is needed in order to write effective copy (unless you’re one of those people to whom it comes as naturally as speaking). Here, then, is the 6 + 1 model, with six steps plus one extra thing you’ve got to cover along the way.

Ready to dive in? Let’s get started with the first item.
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Apple's Siri Is as Revolutionary as the Mac - James Allworth - Harvard Business Review

Apple's Siri Is as Revolutionary as the Mac - James Allworth - Harvard Business Review | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
The initial reaction to the iPhone 4S was cooler than Apple might have hoped. Expectations had been hyped to such a point that people were looking for a leap forward equivalent to the first iPhone. When they couldn't immediately see it, many were disappointed. But that leap was there — it's just not one that is easily seen. Siri, the new iPhone's voice-control software, is going to have as big an impact as that first iPhone did. It's going to fundamentally change our relationship with computers.

Almost everyone referenced the Mac when they were eulogizing Steve Jobs last week. There's no doubting the importance of that little machine — it revolutionized computing, by making it accessible to those without specialized knowledge. Traditional human/computer interaction was turned on its head: not only did the Mac represent the first broad adoption of the mouse, but also of the graphical user interface. No longer did you have to type commands into Unix or DOS to get a computer to do what you wanted it to do. Instead, the Mac used a desktop metaphor — you moved the mouse and the cursor around the screen, like your hand moving across your desk.
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Ongoing writing challenge with more flexibility than NaNoWriMo: 250, 500 or 1000 Words A Day - Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers - For Writers, Librarians, Editors and Bibliophiles

Ongoing writing challenge with more flexibility than NaNoWriMo: 250, 500 or 1000 Words A Day - Inkygirl: An Illustrated Guide For Writers - For Writers, Librarians, Editors and Bibliophiles | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Illustrated tips, info, comics, interviews for writers by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of I'M BORED by Michael Ian Black, Simon & Schuster/2012.
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Best Article Writing Software Reviews – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Best Article Writing Software Reviews – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly | Online Creative Social Mobile Writing, Storytelling | Scoop.it
Reviews of the best article writing software. Writing or rewriting plr articles can be done very quickly with software but make sure you don\’t waste your money.
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